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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, November 25, 2000

Murchie falls,
bounces back

COLDWELL Banker's Margaret Murchie, headed for the Boots on the Beach party last Mug shotSaturday, fell hard off a curb at Waialae Country Club. Dazed, she sat down on a wall in front of the club and Rajan and Wanda Watumull and Nora Gentry came to her aid. Margaret got up, only to faint smack on tiny Nora, who managed to hold her up. An ambulance and fire truck soon came roaring up. Margaret, who recovered, was to meet her date and said she did not want him see her in such a situation. A medic asked if it was their first date. "No, but it may be our last if you guys don't leave," said a bruised, scraped and embarrassed Margaret ...

Swiss Inn says aloha

THE Swiss Inn says aloha tomorrow night after an 18-year run. For regulars like me, losing Martin and Jeanie Wyss, Sharon Fujii and the rest of the attentive staff is tough to take. Jeanie said Friday they are closing but a late deal could have a new owner open with a similar format soon. Bali manager Alicia Antonio, who used to work with Martin and Sharon at the Kahala Hilton, was among those getting in their last bites last Sunday. TV personality Cynthia Yip, with her husband, HPD Capt. Alvin Nishimura, 51, were also there Sunday. Alvin says he's feeling good. He had a life-saving bone marrow transplant May 30. ...

NOSTALGIA was heavy at House of Hong last week when members of the late Ray Hong and the late Charley Wong families got together for a dinner. I was there because I had my first legal beer at Charley's Tavern, near old Honolulu Stadium, as a UH freshman in 1950. The Wongs and Hongs owned Charley's, probably the most popular neighborhood bar in Honolulu at the time. Charley's widow, Helen, active at 89, attended the dinner. So did one of their five daughters, Annie Mae Wong Ah Choy, the family comedienne. Les Hong, Ray's son and House of Hong president, was host. Another Hong son, Glenn, Young Brothers president, also attended ...

LOOK for tight harmony from the Brickwood Quartet, which opened a Friday-nighter at Don Ho's Island Grill last night. Brickwood Galuteria, Imaikalani Young, Hale kaneaikala and Gordon Alfapada make up the group. Some readers may remember the sensational Richard Kauhi Quartet and its sweet, tight jazzy harmony on island songs in the early '50s. They were terrific. Brickwood is the late Kauhi's nephew, and Imaikalani knows Kauhi's style well ...

JIM Nabors' Christmas show will be presented Friday through Sunday at the Hawaii Theatre. This show is always a treat. Jim's huge cast includes Jimmy Borges, Emma Veary, karen Keawehawaii, the Huber marionettes, hula dancers, kids' groups and the Honolulu Symphony Pops conducted by Matt Catingub ... Joan Andersen of Princess kaiulani Fashions is back home after staging a fashion show in Tokyo. Sista Robi, Kula Abiva, Jake Shimabukuro, Jade Moon, Tehani Gonzado, Jill Cullinan and Judi Harrison took part ...

Cheers to Alex, Nam and Sylvia

HAPPY birthday to Alexandra "Mom" McDermott, who turned 80 today. Alex is still going strong, working as a bookkeeper for daughter Alice Lombardo's Beachcomber Realty ... Two of Neiman's top men's department salesmen, Nam Hyun and Norm Kato, celebrated Nam's 39th birthday during lunch break at the Mariposa last Saturday. Norm bought, of course ... Sylvia Thompson turned 50 last Saturday. Sylvia and husband, Pete, took a suite at the Kahala Mandarin and served champagne and caviar to friends ...

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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