Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, March 28, 1998

Aluli hula tops
knockout show

HAWAIIAN Music Hall of Fame inductee Irmgard Farden Aluli did an impromptu hula in the audience as her composition "Puamana" was sung, topping a sensational program full of warmth and love at the Hawaii Theatre Thursday night. Anuhea Brown and the Pualeilani Concert Group sang as Irmgard danced. Another touching moment came when "Baby Bina" Mossman Chun, wife of Kamehameha Schools President Mike Chun, was called on stage by singer Nina Kealiiwahama-na to dance "Ka Pua Ue," written by her late grandmother, Bina Mossman. Baby Bina's brother, Dutchy Mossman, introduced Bina's compositions. Mere mortals cannot accumulate the talent that appeared on stage. But Kahauanu Lake is no ordinary guy, and he had many of Hawaii's top stars performing songs by Hall inductees David Nape, Johnny Almeida, R. Alexander Anderson, Mossman and Aluli. Lake was assisted by Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Aaron Mahi, who gave delightful commentary in English and Hawaiian as the band played for singers Nalani Olds, Kaipo Hale, Gene Roland, Cathy Foy Mahi and Misty Kelai. Emma Veary and Randy Hongo performed a marvelous tribute to Anderson. Mahi Beamer, Iwalani Kahalewai, Gary Aiko, Genoa Keawe, Arthur Lyman, the Kahauanu Lake Trio, Queenie Dowsett, Piilani Smith, Sissy Lake and many others performed. Bravo!

Gladys Brandt looks great

GLADYS BRANDT attended the concert with Bill and Jane Morris. Gladys looked stunning in a red silk coat that her dad gave to her when she graduated from Normal School in 1927. "I'm 91-and-a-half," Gladys said firmly. "Not 92 as Bud Smyser wrote." Gladys also nailed Bill for telling me about the coat ... Harry Soria, who emceed with Lake, remembered the late Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano, a past president of the Hall ... Indigo Manager Peter Dietrich had his hands full squeezing pre-show diners in Glenn Chu's eatery, next to the theater ...

IT'S ART with art," said Jean-Marie Josselin last week, speaking of the second anniversary party of his A Pacific Cafe at Ward Centre, a benefit for the Contemporary Arts Center. The museum celebrated its 10th anniversary the same night. Celebrity cooks such as Emme Tomimbang, John Heckathorn, Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young took part. "There's nothing like bringing art and good food and wine together," said Georgianna Lagoria, museum director. "It's terrific of them to do this for us" ...

HERB ALPERT of Tijuana Brass fame and his singer wife, Lani Hall, caught the mellow jazz sounds of the Bob-a-Loo Trio Sunday night at Roy's in Hawaii Kai. Roy's partne Phil Shaw told Lani he had a crush on her in earlier years. Attorney Chris Yeh on sax and guitarist Jeff Peterson backed groovy vocalist Loo Vinsonhaler ... Let's Dance, with Willie Barton's big band, is scheduled tomorrow, 6 to 9 p.m., in the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room. Jan Brenner and George Chun will sing; Rene Mansho is hostess ...

Happy Birthday, Charley

CHARLEY YOSHIDA, part-owner of Alan Wong's Restaurant, celebrated his birthday Wednesday night by putting in another night of work. "I haven't had a vacation in three years," Charley said. Neither has Alan. The award-winning restaurant marks its third anniversary April 19. Chef Tom Keller of the French Laundry, overall winner of the James Beard competition last year, popular TV Food Network chef Emeril Lagasse, and actor Russell Wong dined at Wong's recently. Lagasse also played golf on the Prince course, shooting 89 ...

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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