Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, September 12, 1998

Mayor’s group
steals the show

Mug shot I came to introduce a new group, Jeremy Harris and the Four Seasons," said Mufi Hannemann, at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Theatre Center at Kahala Mandarin Thursday. "Mufi spread a rumor that I was the first usher" at the Hawaii Theatre when it opened in 1922, said a graying John Henry Felix. Not true, "I was second." The councilmen stole the show as they, the mayor and Council members Rene Mansho and Jon Yoshimura gave the theater center a check for $100,000. Harris called the theatre the "key to downtown revitalization." Theater center officials Bob Midkiff, Sarah Richards and Mary Foster led applause for the 100 grand. The Mandarin is now a major theater partner, providing accommodations for guest performers, hosting fund-raising events and serving as site for the theater's spring benefit gala. Hotel G.M. Bernard Agache praised the theater and its cultural contributions. Agache, after only four months at Kahala, departs Sept. 28 for the Westin Toronto to be regional V.P. for Westin Hotels in Eastern Canada. Jan Goessing, from the Jakarta Mandarin, arrives Oct. 15 to take over ...

Cookie rides out as queen

COOKIE Isaacs, pa'u queen of today's Aloha Week Parade, says this is her last parade. Cookie, a veteran pa'u rider, is the widow of famed steel guitarist Barney Isaacs ... Hilton Village P.R. boss Bernie Caalim-Polanzi had baby boy, Christopher Jordan, July 17, making husband, Craig Polanzi, a happy fella. Bernie's back to work Oct. 1 ... Mushroom Mania III, with grazing food stations and wine, is on tap Sept. 29 at the Hawaii Prince, $55 ...

PEOPLE who love fine woods should hurry to the free Hawaii Forest Industry Association's furniture and woodworking exhibition, which closes tomorrow, at Aloha Tower's Pier 10. Best of Show is Da Tree-O, three giant calabashes by R.W. Butts. Among the more than 100 pieces are a fabulous guitar made mainly of mango wood by David Gomes, gorgeous koa rocking chairs; and a pineapple by Bob Holden, who used 200 pieces of wood. On opening night, Carol Silva eased away from Cully Judd and told Dean Thomas she would love to take his table home. Holden demonstrates building one of his prized nene geese, which takes 40 steps, from 2 to 5 p.m. today ...

STAR-Bulletin Cartoonist Corky Trinidad and wife, Hana, are proud of daughter, Pia, a singer who gave a concert in Atherton, Calif., recently with Chip Mallari, also of Hawaii. Chip's parents are Ruben and Zeny Mallari. Besides Broadway and pop tunes, there was a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Corky's idol. The pianist was Hawaii's Lino Ramirez. Hana is in Manila preparing for an Ayala Museum exhibit of her parols, Philippine Christmas stars ...

Waialae Road Cafe changes

LIZ Perry and Conne Sutherland of Old Waialae Road Cafe are teaming up with David Sukowske of Mary Catherine's Bakery. The last day to have gourmet plate lunch at the Road is Oct. 15. After that, the eatery will be called Planet Pasta and will have pastas, pizzas and pastries. But Perry and Sutherland Events, the women's catering company, will still be at the same Old Waialae Road spot... Condolences to the Spangler family in the death of patriarch Earle Spangler Sept. 2 at age 94. Spangler, married to wife, Joan, for 60 years, was a retired Navy pilot. His pilot's license was signed by none other than Orville Wright. Spangler was an key Mokuleia Polo Club member and formed a polo team with children Randy, Kiki, Stephanie and Sheridan ...

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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