Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, August 14, 1999

Woo boy! Sauce
with a kick

Mug shot Lean kick-boxing bartender John Woo hopes people will get a boot out of his sauces, called Ducky's Korean Sauces. John, a bartender at Neiman Marcus' mariposa, and Kelly Kanehira also bottle kimchee, mild to hot and spicy. The sauces and kimchee will be in stores next week. John and Kelly, Kaiser '95, have black belts in tai kwon do. John is a five-time Hawaii state tai kwon do champ and is an instructor at Pacific Taikwondo. His family owns Yeon An Budo Korean restaurant. John [Mid-Pac '89 and UH '94, where he majored in (surprise) biology] handles the books for the family business ...

Veary was 'born' to entertain

Emma Veary and other entertainers originally from Kapahulu will be honored, along with the Kapahulu community, next Saturday at a luncheon at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel. Emma was born at a party in entertainer Emma Bush's Kapahulu home so she was named after Bush. Kemoo Farm is sponsoring the luncheon, chaired by Joan Martin Rodby. The cost is $40. Joan's grandfather, Charles Martin, settled in Kapahulu in the 1890s. Her husband, Dick Rodby, is also working on the event. Honorary co-chairs are Genoa Keawe and Irmgard Aluli. Irmgard took a spill and broke three ribs recently. KCCN's Keaumiki Akui is emcee. Alan Akaka, Sonny Kamahele, Gary Aiko and Kaipo Asing make up the house band ...

Isle Realtors Anne Hogan perry, Margaret Murchie and Valerie Sorenson attended Coldwell Banker's recent "elite retreat" in New York, for which only the top 2 percent of the firm's international brokers qualify. Hawaii real estate business was conducted by cell phone from exotic locales, including the dressing room at Bloomingdale's. Former Lanikai resident Christie Brunton O'Brien arrived from Annapolis, Md., to visit with the islanders. Neal Higgins, a 1974 Punahou grad, flew in from Ann Arbor, Mich., and entertained the gals in a penthouse at Park Avenue's Doral Hotel. Celeb sightings included Pierce Brosnan, Tim Robbins and Donatella Versace, margaret said ... Tomorrow, Coldwell Banker sponsors polo at Waimanalo to benefit habitat for Humanity. C.B. agents will build a Waimanalo home for a needy family soon ...

Chanel's fall-winter collection brought applause from guests at a fashion show at Chanel's in Waikiki Wednesday. I thought nonmodels Joyce Okano Reed, the multilingual Chanel regional veep, in a black long evening skirt and a versatile day-knit top; and Waikiki boutique manager, Tia Gaurani, in a little black cocktail dress, wore the collection's smartest creations. Tia also wore a gorgeous $52,000 Chanel diamond and black onyx watch. "It's a fabulous, modern collection, perfect for the millennium," Joyce said. Champagne and pupu were offered by Joleen and Alex Wilt's Matters of Taste ...

'Whackee' Karen is a crackup

"Usually the girl from Kalihi is the whacker, not the whackee," said Karen Keawehawaii this week as she talked about the van she was driving getting whacked by a small truck on Liliha Street Sunday night. The "whacker" drove away but there were witnesses, she said. Karen lost control as her van was spun around and she said she was "too busy and dizzy" to get the license number. "I will never admit to being dizzy in my life too many times, only during labor," she said. "Also, Kalihi girls don't like being out of control unless absolutely necessary."

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.
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