Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, May 8, 1999

Chanel’s boutique
to have Coco’s look

OOH LA LA: During the annual French Festival Oct. 22-Nov. 4, Chanel's Waikiki fine jewelry boutique will be transformed into Coco Chanel's famed Paris apartment atop the original Chanel boutique ...

THE Society of Seven-Outrigger Entertainment golf tourney June 21 at Olomana will benefit entertainer Francis Ruivivar, brother of SOS leader Tony Ruivivar. Francis has leukemia. Call 926-5609 for info. Hawaiian Airlines has entered two teams, and company boss Paul Casey, besides donating isle flights as prizes, will fly Francis and wife, Cathryn Croft, home from Vegas when his health permits ...

High-tech thieves

Sean Connery, 68, and gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones, 29, get involved in high-tech thievery big time in "Entrapment." Some critics complain a 39-year age difference doesn't usually make for a believable romantic pairing, but don't let that keep you away. They don't fool around much. "Entrapment" is worth seeing ... Glenn Close and Charles Dutton head a standout cast in "Fortune's Cookie," a Robert Altman film about good and nutty people in the South ...

Mug shot Brioni makes clothing for the rich and famous. Remember how sharp Clark Gable and Cary Grant looked dressed up? They wore Brioni suits. Other Brioni men include Robert Wagner, Tom Cruise, Al Pacino and Pierce Brosnan, who wore Brioni suits in "James Bond" thrillers. Chancellor Gerhard Schroder got in Dutch with his German countrymen for wearing an Italian Brioni suit rather than one made by a German firm. Brioni CEO Joseph Barrato was at Neiman Marcus last Saturday showing what his company has to offer. The 22 hours of handwork that go into Brioni suits and the top fabrics that are used make them so desirable, Barrato said. But Brioni is not for everyone, a suit starts at $3,000 ...

Hawaii's Bill Olds has been named general manager of Rancho Mirage Country Club in California ... Eight Bengal tigers, including a rare snow-white Bengal, headline the Honolulu Jaycees 50th State Fair that starts May 28 and runs four weekends at Aloha Stadium ... Ten of Uli Cutter's gal pals tossed a birthday luncheon for her Thursday at Hoku's ... Dick Jensen sings on Mother's Day at Don Ho's at Aloha Tower at 1:30 p.m. ... Karen Keawehawaii sings with conductor Henry Miyamura's Hawaii Youth Symphony in an Aloha Concert Luncheon May 16 at the Hilton Coral Ballroom. Kathy Muneo is emcee ...

It was standing-room-only for singer Shari Lynn and her Fascinatin' Rhythm at the Kahala Mandarin's Lobby Lounge last Saturday night. The group plays there for dancers and listeners on Saturdays. Helen Reddy is singing in the Mandarin's ballroom tonight. Shari recalls 20 years ago when she was with Kit Samson's band in the hotel's lounge and Helen asked if she could play tambourine. When the night was over she gave Shari a $100 tip ... Dionne Warwick sings tonight at the Waikiki Shell ...

Tuinei was one of the best

Mark Tuinei, who died Wednesday at 39, had to be one of the best if not the best of Hawaii's football players. He spent 15 years with Dallas, mostly protecting quarterbacks from being hit from their blindside. Not many NFL players have been tough enough and good enough to last 15 years. Condolences to Mark's wife, Pono, and other family members ... Sorry to learn of John Wells' Monday death. John, 71, was the husband of singer Penny Silva Wells ...

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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