Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, August 23, 1997

Symphony plays
at Pepsi’s 100th

THE Honolulu Symphony will perform at Pepsi's 100th anniversary and convention at the Hilton Waikoloa on Jan. 22. Symphony Executive Director Michael Tiknis said Skitch Henderson told the Pepsi president he wanted to conduct our Symphony at the convention. Henderson turns 80 in January. There is speculation that the Rolling Stones will perform during the convention. Tom Moffatt has booked the Stones at Aloha Stadium Jan. 17 ...

AT A Washington Place reception last Saturday night, Symphony chair Lynne Johnson introduced Gov. Ben Cayetano as "the husband of Vicky Cayetano" because she has become so popular. I'm gonna change my name to Ben Tiu," Cayetano said, referring to his wife's maiden name. The reception, catered by Nick's Fishmarket, followed the Symphony concert with Martin Nievera, which Cayetano chaired and which raised $50,000 for the Symphony. Nievera was a knockout. Martin and his dad, Roberto Nievera, singing together was a high point. The Nieveras sang with the Society of Seven in another outstanding set ... Singers Keali'i Reichel and Keith Ikaia-Purdy and slack-key guitarists George Kuo and Dennis Kamakahi perform with the Symphony tonight at Waikiki Shell, 7:30. Aaron Mahi conducts ...

THE MAN whose name is on the door of the plush Ermenegildo Zegna store at Ala Moana Center came to town for a reception in the store Monday night for hotel concierges. Zegna's grandfather founded Zegna, now a vast menswear chain. Christie Adams' Italian selections on the accordion and pupu from Cafe Vienna were part of the evening. It was also something of a swan song for store manager Amy Vizek, who is leaving soon to manage the Beverly Hills Zegna store ...

RHS class of '37 marks 60th

AT last week's Palomino Euro Bistro opening, Bobby Evans talked about the Roosevelt High class of '37 which held 60th reunion celebrations last week. Bobby played guitar in the RHS dance band. The bass player was Alfred Apaka, who became one of Hawaii's greatest singers. Other members were Harold Teves, James Fernie, Buzz Moriarty, Dave Pietsch, Howard Rodgers, Eric Rabe, singer Laura Freitas and Albert Moniz, who later headed MTL ... For many years, Evans and Pietsch have been in an island music group made up of the late Edward "Dudie" Kawananakoa, Bill Morris and Packy Maxwell ... As for Palomino, the Harbor Court eatery has the look and taste of success ...

A COOKING demonstration by chef Vikrant Kapoor from Tiffin Restaurant in Singapore's Raffles Hotel, followed by a five-course dinner will be offered at the Prince Hotel Sept. 2; $55. Kapoor will also offer a buffet luncheon Sept. 3, $17.95 ... "Some Like it Haute" at the Halekulani Thursday night will have Chef Yves Garnier demonstrating his French specialties. The $60 dinner cost includes wine ... Swiss Inn will be closed Sept. 8 through Oct. 7 for vacation ...Lisa Bos opens Panini Grill in Kahala Mall Monday ...

She has a crush on Krush

SHERATON Maui P.R. chief Lydee Ritchie flew in last weekend to push kamaaina rates for her property and to assist Sheraton Waikiki P.R. director B.J. Whitman with the Krush opening Esprit. She also digs the Krush. "I've got blood relatives in this band I haven't seen in years," Lydee said. "We go way back to when we used to play and sing in the Daquiaog and Salvador family garages in Kalihi during our hanabutta days." The Krush has come a long way since then ... Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross departed Kona Village this week ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people,
places and things every Saturday.

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