Advertisement - Click to support our sponsors.

Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, June 24, 2000

Nabors has
a fabulous 70th

Bob and Dee Levy are back from Jim Nabors' 70th birthday party in New York, and Dee says it was fabulous. Sixty-two chauffeur-driven Lincolns picked up some 250 guests at theMug shot Buffalo Marriott last Saturday and took them to the 250-acre estate of Richard and Terri Bowen in East Aurora. Guests wined, dined and danced to a 32-piece orchestra under a huge, luxurious tent. Guests included Ruth Buzzi, Marilyn Horne, Maureen Reagan and retired pro football stars Johnny Unitas, Jim Otto and Russ Francis. Jean Ariyoshi read a proclamation for Jim from Gov. Ben Cayetano. Others attending were Sam Wong, Joan Bickson, Rod and Sharon McPhee, Gulab and Indru Watumull, Cobey Black, Michael and Sharon Tiknis, Joe and Mary Worrall and Antoine Spinelli. Earlier Saturday, the Bowens took everyone to Niagara Falls, where they donned ponchos and sailed on the Maid of the Mist to the foot of the falls. Jim tossed a party for his guests at the Marriott the day before ...

Corky Trinidad's big day

Last Saturday was Star-Bulletin cartoonist Corky Trinidad's day. In the morning, he hit his first hole-in-one and that night he was named the Society of Professional Journalists' Editorial Cartoon winner for Hawaii. Too bad he wasn't entered in a lottery. At the Prince B course, Corky, Kenny Dias and I were waiting to hit our tee shots on the 145-yard Par 3 hole. Corky used a 4 iron to slam the ball into a strong wind. The ball dropped on the edge of the green and headed toward the pin. I yelled, "In the hole," not thinking it would really drop. But it did! Corky had his first ace. Later, he gladly bought us beer and lunch ...

Restaurant Row has taken a step up with the addition of Baci and a snazzy $1 million renovation and expansion job at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Ruth's Chris, managed by Al Hosoi, has been doubled in size, and seating has been increased to 250. The use of glass fronting the lawn makes it appear even more spacious. Wood paneling, granite flooring and large leather chairs at the entry and bar area give the place a rich look. A private dining room that seats 12 has been added ...

Designer Robert Puhek has made Baci owners Bill Duval and Reza Azeri happy with the design of their new Italian eatery. The third level has been enlarged, and one end of the main level has been opened for outdoor seating. The Wednesday opening was a benefit for the Iona Pear dancers, who added color to the opening with striking costumes, makeup and impromptu dances. Abe Weinstein's jazzy group was another plus ... A wine tasting with David Stare, owner of Dry Creek Vineyards in Sonoma, will take place at Neiman's Mariposa Monday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pupus by chef Doug Lum, along with cheese and fruit are included, all for $15. Call 951-3420 ...

Shaft is a bad, bad good guy

JOHN Shaft is one bad dude. Fortunately, he's one of the good guys in "Shaft." He's a detective who takes dead aim, never misses and never runs out of ammo. Samuel L. Jackson is a hit in "Shaft," a picture that is not for the faint-hearted. It is full of bloody violence and the profanity is as bad as it gets. But for those who love action-packed shoot 'em ups, this is the film to see. There are laughs, too, some provided by Jeffery Wright as a small-time Dominican drug-gang boss. Wright turns in a strong performance. Of course Shaft, in his sleek designer clothes, sees to it that crime does not pay -- although he breaks plenty of laws in doing so ...

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.
E-mail him at

E-mail to Features Editor

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]

© 2000 Honolulu Star-Bulletin