Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, July 25, 1998

Kaaua retiring
from Punahou

Mug shot JOAN Cooper Kaaua retires Aug. 31 after 28 years at Punahou, 16 years as alumni coordinator. She has overseen 16 luau for 33,000 guests, worked with 192 class reunion committees, coordinated 75 alumni events both on Oahu and off island, worked with 16 alumni presidents and boards, and has seen four presidents heading up her school both as a student and an employee. She said it was great having Jim Scott, class of '70, return as Punahou's president in 1994. Scott was a senior when Joan started working at Punahou ...

JOAN'S last big function was the alumni luau last month at which Judge Sam King, class of '33, received the O in Life award, the highest honor a Pun alum can receive, based on service to Punahou and the community. The Alumni Glee Club sang "Kaneohe," the King family's song, as Sam and Anne King's daughter, Louise Lanzilotti, and other family members danced hula. Kinau Boyd Kamali'i, a cheerleader in the class of '48, which was celebrating its 50th reunion, led the crowd in the school alma mater and in a cheer ...

Jazz in full swing

THE Hawaii International Jazz Festival is in full swing at the Hawaii Theatre. Tonight it's international jazz with Lalo Schifrin, Tiger Okoshi and others. The parade of big bands winds things up tomorrow ... Ka Himeni Ana will be held Aug. 8 at the Hawaii Theatre. The Hawaiian music singing contest between ensembles and without amplification starts at 7:30 p.m. ... A Frank Sinatra tribute is on tap Aug. 2 at the Royal Hawaiian with Willy Barton's big band and singers George Chun and Jan Brenner ...

GOV. Ben Cayetano and wife, Vicky, presented Donna Kahakui with Tiffany's first Hawaii Athlete of the Year Award at Kai Makana's fund-raiser at the Hilton Lagoon lawn last Saturday. Donna paddled a canoe from Maui to the Hilton Hawaiian Village beach in about 19 hours to help Kai Makana make people aware of ocean environmental issues. Donna gave the Cayetanos one of 10 paddles she used. The Hilton Village was also given a paddle for its support, as were the Westin Maui and other supporters. Another Kai Makana fund-raiser will be held Aug. 17 in the Hawaii Prince Waikiki, offering over 50 top champagnes, thanks to Grand Crew and Fujioka's. Food is included in the $35 ticket. Call 371-4324 ...

THE Kenwood Cup yacht racing event starts here Aug. 1. The cup is sponsored by Kenwood winery, owned by Gary Heck. Heck was guest of honor at a cup kickoff party at Aaron Placourakis' Sarento's Tuesday, sponsored by Better Brands and M&S Brokerage. Sarento's has a striking view of the Ala Wai yacht harbor. John McDermott recalled a trip he took to California's Sonoma Valley years ago and meeting Heck's wine-maker father, Adolf. The elder Heck died in '84 ...

MURPHY'S holds its annual Pigskin Pigout Thursdaywith hopes of raising $75,000 for the UH football team training table. Those who pay $75 may pig out on pupus and beverages, enjoy live music and bid on auction items ... Hawaiian Islands Ministries wants golfers to enter a 100-hole fund-raiser Aug. 20 at Bay View. Call 988-9777 ...

'Chorus Line' dances in

"A CHORUS Line," with Broadway and touring company performers, plays at Blaisdell Concert Hall July 28-Aug. 2. The award-winning musical will also be presented Aug. 7-9 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center ... For Swiss Confederation Day Aug. 1, Chef Alfred Vollenweider of Alfred's will offer Swiss specialties Aug. 1-2 ..

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.
His columns appear online every Monday.

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