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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, May 13, 2000

Escada’s show
lights up Sheraton

THE Escada Brass, led by its USA President Caryn Lerner, flew into town along with the fall collection, plus 18 striking models, and put on a spectacular fashion show Sunday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Local Escada manager Mariese Smith added six isle models. The Japanese Mug shotWomen's Society luncheon show was a benefit for Kuakini Home, a care home for the elderly. Margaret Oda heads the society. Former Miss Hawaii Kanoe Miller emceed. Another former Miss Hawaii, Cathy Foy, opened the show with a beautiful rendition of "Time to say goodbye." Current Miss Hawaii Candes Gentry attended. The lighting was fabulous for the show, chaired by Irene Kaichi and Pamela Campbell. Among the 1,000 guests were Vicky Cayetano; Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono; Ramona Harris; Margery Bronster; Machiko Ogawa, wife of the Japanese consul general; Jean Ariyoshi; Kuakini CEO Gary Kajiwara; All Nippon Airways G.M Tamotsu Morimoto; and Mufi Hannemann, mayoral candidate. Hey, these women vote, ya know ...

RHS Class of '55 swings

The Roosevelt High Class of '55 went all out and hired Dr. T's swinging big band with vocalists Mari Gutzi and George Chun and sax star Gabe Baltazar for its super 45th reunion at the Hale Koa last Saturday. Class member Danny Kaleikini told jokes and sang "Mapuana" as Audrey Rego Pleasu danced hula. Myra Lum Suemori and Dr. Clayton "Sinatra" Ching, reunion chair and ex-RHS quarterback, also sang ... Kumu Ed Chung's Na Haumana 'O Roosevelt, RHS musicians, dancers and singers, perform on The Contemporary Museum grounds Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free ...

The 50th Mid-Pac Jennie K women's golf tourney Friday through May 21 will have a Golden Girls flight featuring tourney contributors over the years. They include: Nita Howell, Florence Izumi and past champs Jackie Yates, Bev Kim, Bobbi Kokx and Mildred Stanley. The late Billie Beamer will be represented by her and Sonny Beamer's daughter, Manono Beamer. Entry 50 years ago was $3.50. Today the fee is $155. A stew and rice dinner will be served next Saturday, as it was 50 years ago ... About 50 travel industry execs took part in a hole-in-one contest last weekend, firing at an island hole in the Hilton Lagoon. Ilikai G.M. Alan Cambra won with a shot 93 inches from the pin. Entry fees raised $5,000 for next Saturday's Visitor Industry Charity Walk ...

"this is a master class for all singers," said singer Cathy Foy prior to Roberta Flack's impressive Shell concert last Saturday with the Symphony. B.B. Shawn's vocals and jazzy steel guitar were also a hit. Hawaiian Air chief Paul Casey was in the clouds as he conducted the orchestra doing the HAL theme. "He makes it easy," said Casey, plugging conductor Matt Catingub ... Tickets are available for Kealii Reichel's May 23 Concert Hall pops concert. His two earlier shows are sold out ... Christy Leonard, 21, and Lauren Madden, 17, won the Miss Hawaii USA and Miss Teen USA titles Thursday at the Sheraton Waikiki ...

Star chefs help Sansei open

When chefs Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Philippe Padovani, Russell Siu, Jean Marie Josselin and Goren Streng are on hand preparing their specialties at the opening of a restaurant, it's bound to be a success. The culinary stars helped chef D.K. Kodama and G.M. Ivy Nagayama open Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Restaurant Row Wednesday. The music of Krush added to the blockbuster -- or should I say Rowbuster -- opening ...

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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