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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Greg legs it out
for good cause

Gucci's Greg Nakamatsu ran his first marathonMug shot last Sunday and completed it in a worthy 4 hours and 24 minutes. He ran to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Leilani Emosi, 12, who has leukemia. Greg raised $2,000 for the society to use for research. "I was able to do good for people that need all the help that they can get," Greg said. Right on! ...Santa's Light Parade at Ala Moana Center is a delight for kids. Santa rides a 40-foot train, accompanied by 30 young performers who dance along the mall level route ...

Adrian returns lady's sparkle

There's a stylish woman about town who can't thank Palomino bartender Adrian Romero enough. A three-carat diamond fell out of her bracelet onto a darkened floor at the bar recently. The woman and her date got down and searched for a lengthy time but couldn't find the stone. Adrian came to the rescue with a flashlight and located the diamond, bringing gasps of relief. Adrian, who grew up in Guam, appears in Palomino's TV spots ... The beat goes on as "Stomp," the percussion hit, plays the Hawaii Theatre Wednesday through Dec. 31 ...

"It's amazing, it shows everything, said Jimmy Borges, talking about the Electron Beam Tomography scanner at Holistica Hawaii. "It showed I have a calcium buildup in the aorta, so I'm going to do something about it right away. You can actually see the calcium buildup on a screen." Jimmy said Gov. Ben Cayetano and Hilton Hawaii chief Peter Schall told him about the scanning ... Chef Freddy Halmes opened Swiss Haus last night at the former Swiss Inn site. Philip Isaacs is managing. The Inn's owners are helping Halmes get started ...

A happy Dr. Jeff Akaka called from Washington, D.C., Tuesday after being sworn in as a member of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation by Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala. Jeff's uncle, Sen. Daniel Akaka, held the bible. "It's a huge honor," said Jeff, a psychiatrist at the state's Diamond Head Community Health Center. Jeff was particularly impressed when Shalala said she wanted to bring people with mental retardation "out of the shadows" ...

On a recent skiing trip to Aspen, Wendy Crabb, Gay Austin, Vaune Kino, Diane Barrett, Colleen Keane, Pam Rigg and Michele St. John cross-country skied to Ashcroft Pine Creek Cookhouse. They wore Santa jester hats and were greeted enthusiastically by diners. A guest collected $200 for the women and asked if they would sing for them. The group sang "Mele Kalikimaka" as Vaune danced hula. Last Sunday, the women donated the $200 to a fund-raiser for Hale Ola, a women's and children's abuse center. The event -- sponsored by Liz Perry, Conne Sutherland, Suzy Hemmings and Michele -- was held at Suzy's home. Mihana Souza entertained ...

Star brightens Ginger's night

Sherry Gilliland and Mike Bush tossed a surprise 70th birthday party for their mom, Ginger Bush, at the home of Merv and Olga Gilliland last weekend. Sherry is married to the Gillilands' son, Guy. Claire Parker Johnson made the floral arrangements. Elua Kane -- Damien Farden and Bill Greig -- played music. Spotting a large star near the full moon, Ginger said, "Look, Breezer's here." That brought out chicken skin all around as Ginger's husband, Ellsworth "Breezer" Bush, died last year on Christmas Day. Breezer was a Theo H. Davies exec, Army National Guard colonel and a former UH and Roosevelt star athlete ...

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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