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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, June 3, 2000

Singing judge
takes the bench

KARL Sakamoto probably gave the most unique speech ever heard at the Hawaii Supreme Court chambers Thursday at his swearing in as a Circuit Court judge. He sang a verse from "Strangers in Paradise" to the grinning delight of the justices. It was part of his speech thanking supporters, including his voice teacher Eunice DeMello. Sakamoto has played roles over the years in isle musical productions. Chief Justice Ron Moon says Sakamoto can expect to be tapped for the Judiciary Christmas party entertainment ...

Holt death shakes S.F. officials

Anne Holt's death May 26 in San Francisco sparked a page one story in the S.F. Chronicle Mug shotthe following morning because the part-Hawaiian woman, 71, was the 18th pedestrian to die in traffic accidents in the city this year and was the fourth person to be hit in the streets that week. City officials admit to a major problem and Mayor Willie Brown's aides say they will attempt to institute "traffic calming" measures. Let us hope a positive result can come from Anne's tragic death. On Tuesday, more fuel was added to the traffic calming fire in S.F. when two children, 5 and 6, were hit by a car. Each suffered a broken leg. They were first in a line of six children, walking two by two. Both the driver and a school teacher with the children claimed to have the green light. Hey, let's slow down ...

YESTERDAY, a touring Beatles tribute band, will headline Easter Seals' Taste of Honolulu June 23-25 on the Civic Center grounds near City Hall. To publicize the event, Billie Gabriel-Zito filmed three Poi Boys of yesterday -- Tom Moffatt, Don Robbs and Donn Tyler -- pulling into KC Drive Inn in a '61 VW Beetle convertible. In the TV blurb, younger generation deejays Lanai and Augie T recognize the elder Poi Boys and Lanai says, "Eh, you was the Poi Dogs from the '50s, hah?" Then the Poi Boys break into the Beatles' song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret." Later, KC owner Jimmy Asato and the group reminisced over lunch about the old KC Drive Inn on the Ala Wai ...

Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack swing band, led by Matt Catingub and with vocalist Ginai, returns to Tropics at the Hilton for a one-night session for dancin' and listenin' Friday, 7 to 11 p.m. Cover is $5 and there is a one-drink minimum. The following night the band joins the Honolulu Symphony with Doc Severinsen at the Waikiki Shell ... Kincaid's Great Alaska Seafood Festival is running through July 4. G.M. Michelle Glarner says fresh Alaskan crab, salmon, prawns and other seafood is being flown in daily for chef Duncan Seavey to prepare ... Dixie Grill is holding its Crab Festival Tuesday through June 25 ...

Meredith Burns weds

ATTORNEY Meredith Burns, daughter of chief Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge James Burns and the late Lynette Hoffmeister Burns, and granddaughter of the late Gov. John and Beatrice Burns, married Henry Pei Hsin Ting last Saturday on the beach at Waialae Country Club. Dinner followed in the club. Meredith, a 1984 Punahou honors graduate, majored in Chinese at Georgetown University and spent a year in Beijing polishing her Chinese. She also lived for a time in Hanoi, studying Vietnamese. The newlyweds met at Cornell Law School. Meredith is an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington. Henry, son of Joi-i and Mei Ting of Columbus, Ohio, is a patent attorney in D.C. ...

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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