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By Ben Wood

Saturday, September 23, 2000

Polo crowd says
aloha to Alika

FORMER isle restaurant man and singer Alika Borge was given an aloha party at last Sunday's Waimanalo polo match. Alika, now living in Las Vegas, was the late John Gomez's Mug shotassistant manager at Byron II. He was here visiting family and friends. Alika is an officer of the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club and had to get back for the club's hoolaulea today and tomorrow. The event provides scholarships for Hawaiian kids. Alice Lombardo tossed the party for Alika. She and Michelle Brosseau are the only two island women good enough to play polo with the men. Those polo people are a hardy bunch. Bob MacGregor stopped playing last year at 86. He was in the officials' box Sunday with Tommy Campos, 76, called the "Third Man." Tommy makes the ruling when officials on the field, such as Brian Fuller and others, disagree. Tommy was a tough, hard-riding horseman from Campos Dairy. Until he broke into the lineup in the early 1950s, polo was played here mainly by men from Big Five, missionary and other wealthy families. Tommy starred for years, playing with the late, great Peter Perkins. He opened the polo door for other ordinary guys such as Tuna Sampaio, the late Harold Merck, the late Al Lopaka and Sammy Delgado ...

Cage has aloha for aloha shirts

NICOLAS Cage digs vintage aloha shirts. He spent more than $13,000 for seven shirts at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts on two recent visits. He bought five for $8,000 on his first visit and paid more than five grand for just two of them on the second. The shirts were early 1950s vintage made of DuPont rayon, said Bailey's owner David Bailey. Cage even posed for photos in the store. Cage and his trainer roared up to the store on two new Harley's on the second visit and they departed "looking good" in the shirts he bought, Bailey said ... Dale Hope signs his illustrated book, "The Aloha Shirt -- Spirit of the Islands," tomorrow at Liberty House Ala Moana, 1 to 3 p.m. ...

MORE than 15,000 festive butterflies are fluttering above Neiman Marcus' escalators. This year's holiday collection looks better than last year's. The store features fall and holiday looks for men in a formalwear trunk show Tuesday through Saturday ... Merrill Lynch had a reception Wednesday in Pauahi Tower lobby for its new Wealth Planning office headed by Brian Macnish, and the expansion of its Private Client offices. These offices come under Managing Director Judy Perry. John Macnish came from Australia with wife, Gabrielle, for the event along with their sister, Elizabeth Macnish ... Ala Moana hotel's 30th Oktoberfest runs Tuesday through Oct. 8 ... Former "Five-0" actor Gilbert "Zulu" Kauhi is doing fine after a triple bypass Tuesday at St. Francis, Leilani Kekoolani said yesterday. Leilani assisted Zulu during his career ...

Clarke, Yasui with symphony

TOMORROW'S Honolulu Symphony concert features local boy Byron Yasui's "Lo'ihi: Birth of an Island," with chant and hula, at the Concert Hall. English violinist Pip Clarke is the star performer. Sam Wong conducts. The concert repeats Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ... Honolulu Pops conductor Matt Catingub is up to his nifty musical tricks and put on a fine pops concert last weekend with the melodious Manhattan Transfer. The orchestra is really together. Matt, backstage between acts, said he just let's the musicians have fun. And they did, particularly on a sparkling medley of songs from TV shows and backing supporting act Eric Gilliom as he sang a funky, hip-hop version of "Moon Dance." ...

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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