Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, October 30, 1999

June brings joy
to all Hawaii

Praise for June is busting out all over. That's UH football coach June Jones, of course, who has turned a losing Rainbow football team into an exciting, winning aggregation. The incredible turnaround and spectacular passing attack is bound to attract many blue-chip athletes to Manoa, especially quarterbacks and receivers who want to learn from coach Jones. A win today over TCU would be oh so sweet. Go 'Bows! ...

A work of art

Mug shot Writer Gardner McKay, star of the old "Adventures in Paradise" series, and his artist wife, Madeleine, saw "Miss Saigon" at the Concert Hall and loved it. "It was fabulous," Madeleine said. "This production is much better than the one we saw on Broadway." "Saigon" runs through Nov. 28. Madeleine's paintings will be shown at the opening of Michael Schnack's Cedar Street Gallery Nov. 10. Gardner has a radio show, "Stories on the Wind," on KHPR 88.1 FM on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ... An exhibit of hand-colored photos of kids by Laurie Breeden Callies goes on view Monday evening at Canon Photo Gallery at Ward Plaza ... Mapuana Schneider's paintings are on display through Jan. 15 at Roy's restaurant ... An exhibit of sculpture by Rocky Jensen and photography by his daughter, Natalie, opens at Ramsay Galleries Monday ...

Divine wines, a wine tasting and auction to benefit the American Diabetes Association and the Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education, will take place at Hoku's at the Kahala Mandarin Sunday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food stations are included in the $60 ticket. Several California winemakers will take part. Call 739-8780 for reservations ...

Punahou biology teacher and assistant principal Paula Hodges is in Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend to receive an award. Each year the National Association of Biology Teachers recognizes one biology teacher in the nation for "encouraging, promoting and striving for equity in the educational community." Paula was the association's choice ... Workshops by Le Cordon Bleu chef Patrick Martin and Halekulani chef Yves Garnier wind up tomorrow, but menus by the chefs will be offered at La Mer through Nov. 7 ... Jean Anderson, grandmother of former Iolani basketball stars Cord and Brad Anderson, is on Cloud 9. She has received word that both made the Santa Clara varsity as walk-ons and will be with the team in a Hilo Thanksgiving tournament ...

Back in action

I've been out of circulation for a month because surgeon Bradley Wong took care of a reflux problem in my esophagus. Brad is a Punahou grad, and I was a bit concerned about having one of the buff and blue's finest operate on me as I'm from arch-rival Roosevelt. But the good doctor came through like a champ, although he claimed he had to plow through a tremendous amount of fat in my stomach. Mahalo to Doc Wong, his office staff and the doctors and nurses at Queen's who made my stay as comfortable as possible. And thanks to all who sent get-well wishes. A "hang in there" card signed by the Star-Bulletin staff really brightened my day. Food drops by Barbara Campbell, Mihana Souza with her mom, Irmgard Aluli, cartoonist Corky Trinidad, Donna Jung, Myra Brandt and Robyn Schaefer, who also provided invaluable transportation, were much appreciated. The bummer of the month was when colleague Helen Altonn visited me, slipped on the hospital floor and suffered a broken hip. Sorry Helen ...

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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