Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, October 10, 1998

Ex-Isle woman’s
film is under way

Mug shot SHOOTING begins this month in L.A. for an independent feature comedy film written by Christina Bone, a 1985 Mid-Pacific grad. Christina is the daughter of isle travel writer Robert W. "Bob" Bone and wife, Sara. The G-rated romantic comedy is entitled "Sara's Life...Before It Became a Movie." Music is by Christina's husband, Joseph Brooks, composer of "You light Up My Life," which won the Best Song Oscar in 1978. Christina is an NYU Film School grad. At Mid-Pac, she wrote and appeared in plays. She will appear in "Sara's Life." Bob asked if she was using her maiden or married name for screen credits. She said she was going to use "Christina Ann Bone because I want all the teachers who gave me a hard time at school to recognize me" ...

Tihati high-tech flash works

TIHATI'S new Sheraton Spectacular at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel includes a dash of high-tech flash and mystifying magic along with the outstanding Polynesian dances, sensational costumes and imaginative staging for which producers Jack and Cha Thompson are noted. Lighting tricks, fireworks and magic, with dancers coming out of or disappearing into a box are included. The new concept works. I particularly liked the good old boat days segment with Nicole Maldanado and other hula dancers, singer Joe Recca, lei sellers and gawking Navy sailors. The statehood local backyard gathering with dancers rocking to "Rock Around the Clock" was fun. Tepa McMoore doing the dance of the Marquesan princess was a thing of beauty, and Elika Laufiso's Samoan fire knife dance was a smash hit ...

HAWAII Public Radio's jazz host, Seth Markow, airs a tribute to pianist-composer Thelonious Monk tonight, 8 to 10 p.m. Today would have been the late Monk's 81st birthday. Markow's "The Real Deal" show is on KIPO 89.3 FM. Monk was the first act I reviewed for the Star-Bulletin in 1967 at the Concert Hall. Monk played it real cool ...

COUNCIL Chair Mufi Hannemann gave Danny Kaleikini an honorary certificate from the Council, praising Danny's contributions to the community at the awards banquet for Kaleikini's charity golf tourney at Pearl Wednesday. Mufi got a laugh when he said it was a landmark occasion, as all nine Council members were in agreement on something. Council members Donna Kim and John DeSoto golfed and joined Hannemann on stage. Danny and Jimmy Borges emceed. River of Life Mission, Oahu Junior Golf, Shriners Hospital and Waikiki Beach Boys benefited from the tourney, won by Midas Auto System's team of Bob and Diane Pereira and Mark Ogata ...

CRAB lovers should hurry to Hoku's Monday through Oct. 17 for the Kahala Mandarin restaurant's Kona Crab Festival with a special menu of Kona crab dishes ... It was Eleanor Chow Otake's day at the Mandarin's fashion show Thursday. She answered Mari Frey's question correctly and won a first-class, round-trip mainland ticket on Hawaiian Air. Then her name was drawn to win brunch at Hoku's after she had departed ... Swiss Inn is open after a month's vacation ...

'Shorted' on Lanai

JANE Stubenberg has moved to Lanai to join Island of Lanai Real Estate. Jane's Realtor pals, Margaret Murchie and Myra Kaneshiro Brandt, flew over to look at properties last weekend. A rollaway bed was requested so the pair could stay with Jane in her Manele room. But what came was a crib. Myra is really tiny, so Jane and Margaret thought the crib was just fine for her. Myra didn't think so ...

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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