Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, January 30, 1999

Bacall gives Mamo the biz

Mug shot WHEN Lauren Bacall was here filming that Doris Duke movie, she went shopping at Mamo's in Ward Warehouse. She selected fabric for four dresses which Mamo Howell made for her in a day. She also bought things for family members. "Her dresses were single column style, a very charming no-nonsense style," Mamo said. "She doesn't linger. She knows exactly what she wants. She was in and out like a whirlwind," Mamo said, adding she was nice to the staff. Bacall spent 10 days in a Mandarin beach suite. Management learned she likes jelly beans and had them for her on arrival ... Mamo is making a huge kimono for sumo star Akebono, Chad Rowan ...

Anne Perry's big sale

REALTOR Anne Hogan Perry of Coldwell Banker is dancing on the ceiling because she sold the Colony Surf penthouse in which Rainee Barkhorn lived for $3.25 million to a West Coast buyer. The buyer was repped by Coldwell's Beth Chang and Penny Bradley. "It's the highest sale price for a condo on Oahu, let alone leasehold cooperative, in the past five years," Anne said ...

JOHN BROWNING of the Browning sporting arms family invited 250 guests to view his new Hawaii Loa home Monday. Fabulous lighting makes the home stand out like a beacon. Browning, 29, had a sleek Ferarri in the driveway and his medium-sized bus parked outside. He has other cars. A string quartet played as guests, who took off their shoes, wandered through the house, which he had remodeled. Winston Tam played guitar. The home includes a 10-seat movie theater. Browning also bought the lot next to his showplace where he will build "an entertainment complex," he said, that will include a bowling alley. "If you are going to write anything, please mention my mother," Browning said. He made it clear his mom, Consuela McAlister, made the home possible. Browning's girlfriend, Tammy Williamson, helped him greet guests and his sister, Jamie Middleton, was at the party. Worrell's John Steinmiller and John Sutherland sold him the house for $1.7 million. And the cost including remodeling? "A dream has no price tag," Browning said ...

GOLFERS may spot Celine Dion on isle courses while the star is here for her Feb. 12 Aloha Stadium concert. She is an avid golfer and owns a golf course in Canada ... Mari Frey brings her fashion show back to the Kahala Mandarin's Plumeria Feb. 11 ... A wine class by California winemakers with a sashimi bar and other food is scheduled at the Waikiki Prince Hotel Thursday. Call 944-4494 for reservations ... There's something about Dave Donnelly's roast that I had wrong last week. The correct day is Wednesday at the Hawaii Theatre ...

HERMAN WEDEMEYER'S death Monday was a giant loss for Hawaii's sports world. Squirmin' Herman's gridiron exploits as an All-American back at St. Mary's in the mid-1940s put Hawaii on the national sports map ... Hazel Kuuleimomi Chung, 69, who died Tuesday, danced for Alfred Apaka at the Hilton. She was one of the first local dancers to dance Tahitian. She also started Leimomi's Hula Studio ...

Golfing pals honor Kalu

MOANALUA golfing pals of Kalu Cummings, widow of famed isle composer Andy Cummings, tossed her a birthday party Wednesday at Neiman Marcus' Mariposa. Blossom Jamison, Pilali Johnson, Gussie Bento, Jan Chai, Mackie Rodrigues, Thelma Thompson, Jane Coelho, Lani Osorio, Mickie Turner, Nyna Ralston, Bea Morse and Ane, Carlotta and Dewsie Kaaa honored Kalu ...

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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