Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, March 13, 1999

Getting a VUE of
‘Hot Lips’

THE good-looking blonde was in a hurry but returned to VUE Hawaii at Kahala Mall to buy another vintage Hawaiian tote bag. VUE co-owner Judy Morita asked the woman, "Did anyone ever tell you you look like a movie star?" To which Sally Kellerman, who played "Hot Lips" in the movie "M*A*S*H," replied, "I am a movie star." Judy pulled out a camera, only to find it had no film. Sally left, but came back for pictures ...

Bickson steps up at St. Louis

Mug shotFORMER fashion model Nalani Bickson has stepped up to head St. Louis School's newly created Public Relations Department. Nalani will also continue as the school's development director until the job is filled ... When Oahu businessman Mark Robinson II chose to open a rare bottle of 1883 Chateau Lafite Rothchild from his collection this week, he picked Chef Mavro for the occasion. Chef George Mavrothalassitis was honored and prepared his charred moulard duck breast with lemon glaze and fried wild rice to go with the Bordeaux ...

THE Halekulani is home to the cooking team from Rose Pistola, San Francisco's award-winning Italian seafood restaurant March 26-April 4. Chef-owner Reed Hearon heads the team. Since opening in 1996, Rose Pistola has been named best Italian restaurant in S.F. by the S.F. Chronicle, and best new restaurant in the country by both the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit. Hearon gives a cooking demonstration at the hotel March 27 at 10:30 a.m., $30. Guests will receive recipes and food samplings ... Alan Wong's holds its fourth anniversary party April 18 with food stations throughout the restaurant, plus Alan's pineapple martinis and wine. Emme Tomimbang is emcee, $75 ... Brew Moon holds a Chef & Brewer's dinner Tuesday ...

AFTER last Saturday's late afternoon downpour, Gordon Damon was mopping up outdoor puddles as some 150 guests were soon to arrive for the wedding of Taber Brash Parker and Spencer Reiner. It was a blessing more rain did not fall. The Rev. William Kaina conducted the ceremony at dusk at the incredibly beautiful beachfront Damon property, enhanced by gentle waves cresting offshore. Taber's parents are islanders Faye Brash Parker and her ex, Don Parker, the former Punahou and U. of Virginia football star. Actress-singer-filmmaker Tane McClure, daughter of Faye and the late actor Doug McClure,was her sister's matron of honor. Natalie Parker,daughter of Don and Sally Parker, was a bridesmaid. Sue Damon had Neiman Marcus' Doug Jago assist her with the elegant decor. Tasty food was by Christian Schneider's Cater to Me. The group Alea played mellow Hawaiian music. Later, a DJ played dance music ...

SOS, Outrigger celebrate

"IT'S kind of hard to retire when you're having fun," says Society of Seven mainstay Bert Sagum. He and SOS leader Tony Ruivivar, the glue that holds the band together, have been having fun with the group for some 35 years, 30 at the Outrigger Hotel. That is believed to be a world record. The SOS unveils its 30th anniversary show Tuesday at the hotel ... Fun is a given when the Symphony presents the Wizard of Oz Hawaiian style at the Concert Hall Friday and next Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Barbi Benton is "Dorothy" and Cathy Foy-Mahi is the "Wicked Witch." Sweet Cathy as a wicked witch? How rude. Jimmy Borges, Emma Veary, Karen Keawehawaii, Glen Medeiros, Cecilio Rodriguez, Stuart Chafetz, Rick Hamada and the Honolulu Boy Choir are in the show...

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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