Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, October 24, 1998

‘Wind’ needs cure
for writing

Mug shot
WHEN Jack Lord was alive, the "Hawaii Five-0" star in our conversations would always stress the importance of good scripts and good writing. One of the reasons "Five-0" was such a long-lasting show was because of its excellent scripts. "Wind on Water," the new series filmed on the Big Isle, has magnificent surfing shots and captures some of Hawaii's beauty in other scenes. But the story and dialogue in last Saturday's opener left much to be desired. The show is about a financially strapped rancher whose land is threatened by an "evil developer," nicely played by Lee Horsley. The developer also has the hots for the rancher's wife, portrayed by gorgeous Bo Derek. The rancher dies but Derek and their sons are determined to carry on -- much too dramatically, I must add. Duh! Come on, writers. Improve or "Wind on Water" will soon be gone with the wind ...

All-star Hawaiian lineup

THE Aloha Friday luncheon show at Sheraton's Princess Kaiulani Nov. 20 is going to be a blockbuster. The all-star lineup has Keali'i Reichel, Na Leo Pilimehana, Joe Recca and Irmgard Aluli and Puamana. Hosts are KINE Radio's Frank B. Shaner and Brickwood Galuteria ...

STUART CHAFETZ conducts the Honolulu Symphony's "Fright Night! Halloween Costume Spooktacular" Friday and next Saturday at the Concert Hall. The Honolulu Dance Theater performs. Musicians will wear costumes and the audience is urged to do so as well. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes ... Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom & Friends perform Friday at the Hawaii Theatre,

8 p.m. Irmgard Aluli and Puamana, Genoa Keawe, Kealoha Kalama, Jennie Napua Woodd, Amy's grandmother, and Willie K are on the bill ...

THE food, art and music of Tahiti, Australia, Fiji, Guam and the Marshall Islands will be showcased during the three-day Outrigger Hotels Cuisines of the Pacific, starting Thursday. It will be held at Kapiolani Community College and will benefit KCC's Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Call 921-6941 for info ...

LORI KENNEDY, formerly with Four Seasons in Hawaii, is P.R. director of the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, a nongaming hotel scheduled to open in March ... Mickey Hanley has opened a branch office of Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel here in Executive Center ... It was "Jamaica Farewell" and "Aloha Oe" for Jamaica's Prime Minister P.T. Patterson who spent a few days at the Ala Moana Hotel en route home from Japan ... A tasting of wine from Robert Mondavi's private library, with Mondavi, will be held in the Rainbow III Suite of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $95 per person ...

Birthday shots

TIRELESS volunteer worker Cherye Pierce celebrates her birthday Monday, same day that I do. I don't know what Cherye is doing Monday, but I will be in the Mini-Benny Birthday Tourney for Wobbly Golfers and Worthy Women at head pro Todd Nicely's Navy Marine course. Old school pals and friends such as Don Ho, Danny Kaleikini, Jack "Tihati" Thompson, Sam Choy, Jim Nicholson, Bill Kwon, Sonny Beamer, Orby Groves, Roy Hiram, Allen McKeague, Ed Chang, Stan Atkins, Toshiko Wight, Sharon Fujii, Alice Clay and four members of the Society of Seven: Tony Ruivivar, Bert Sagum, Gary Bautista and Roy Guerzo will play. Cartoonist Corky Trinidad will do a priceless drawing of the winner. Frank Steinmiller and hot shot-maker Sharon Weiner finished 1-2 in the last Mini-Benny. Don't try to reach me at the office next week. I will be on vacation. Byeeee...

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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