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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, July 29, 2000

Shimonishi lion
steals the show

A lion dance with a lion whose costume featured the Hungry Lion Restaurant mascot's head, with an ad for the eatery across its body, stole the show at the big wedding reception for attorneys Adrienne Shimonishi and Rick Elkind July 15 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Roy Shimonishi, the bride's dad and the restaurant's owner, was surprised by the skit arranged by attorneys Carl Schlack and Greg Kim. The Christian-Jewish ceremony was performed by the Rev. Thomas Yoshida and Greg Kinklev. The groom is the son of child psychologist David Elkind, who counseled Elian Gonzalez ...

Shapiro takes leave

Wednesday was a bummer for the Star-Bulletin team because we lost our Most Valuable Player and Mug shotleader, Managing Editor Dave Shapiro. Dave has to take temporary disability leave to work on improving his health. The good news is he will continue to write his Saturday Volcanic Ash column, the best column in the state. Dave can cut to the heart of corruption or misdeeds with a razor sharp pen, sizing things up and laying out solutions with utmost clarity. He can also write with humor and with a warm touch. In the early 1970s, staffers Dick Couch, Barbara Morgan, "Sunny Jim" Hackleman and I played a "touch" football game against Dave, Richard Borreca, Buck Donham and Web Nolan at Kapiolani Park. Dave was slimmer and fast in those days. We veterans roughed up the younger boys and taught them how to play the game. Dave may have a different version of the contest. It should be noted that "Sunny Jim" suffered a concussion in the "fun" game. Those were good times. Get well soon, Boss. We're all pulling for you ...

Hyatt's Trappers was a hot club in the '70s and '80s, and a few of its former staffers held a mini-reunion Wednesday. Waitresses Suzanne Jose and Murphy's Jan Diehl joined their old bartender, Les Hong, at Neiman's Mariposa bar. The trio later went to Hyatt's Ciao mein to see their former boss, Mai Tai Sing. Suzanne, who is now the "chef concierge" at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., stands 6-feet and was one of Trapper's "Twin Towers." The other was 5-foot-10 Christie Burton. They had to work in high heels and that really put them up there ... Elise Faur has been named G.M. of the Mariposa ...

"Croupier," the British crime film, is well worth seeing ... Former Italian Vice Consul Guido Salmaggi's proud about his proclamation from Mayor Jeremy Harris on his 84th birthday last Saturday ... Gucci is inviting friends to look over its renovated and expanded store at Ala Moana Aug. 6 ... As for that UH logo-Warriors flap: That's my old school, Gimme the Roaring Rainbows, any day ...

Kenwood skipper sails into port

The Kenwood Cup yacht racing event, which runs Monday through Aug. 9, "helps promote the Hawaiian Islands, it brings about $25 million into the Hawaiian economy and it's a tremendous way to promote the Kenwood wines," said Gary Heck, at a reception Thursday at Sarento's. Heck heads Heck Estates and Korbel, which produces Kenwood wines among others, and champagne. Sarento's exec Scott Osterhout and chef Ryan Durham laid out a fabulous spread for the 300-plus guests at the party, who drank Heck's wines, of course. Mark Milton, head of M&S Brokerage, arranged the function. Music was by pianist Timothy Kallen, drummer Kevin "The Hammer" Daley and sax-flute player Rocky Holmes ...

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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