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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, January 27, 2001

Skinny chefs star
in cooking show

Mug shotBIG chef Sam Choy has a motto: "Never trust a skinny chef." But if that's true, Chai Chaowasaree and Beth Ann Nishijima are exceptions, trust me. Billed as "Two Skinny Chefs," Chai of Chai's Island Bistro and Singha Thai Cuisine, and Beth of Nori's Saimin and Snacks in Hilo, teamed with Brickwood Galuteria of KHON's "Hawaii Kitchen" to dish up a fabulous seven-course dinner to mark Chai's second anniversary Tuesday. The event, with Hapa and the Brothers Cazimero, was filmed and will be shown in March. KHON G.M. Bill Spellman said more cooking/music shows may follow. The Caz and Hapa were excellent. Healani Youn's hula enhanced Hapa's selections ...

Honors for Nicholson

EX-NFL tackle Jim Nicholson, an attorney, will be recognized as a Hawaii Sports Legend next Saturday at the Samoan International Sports Awards banquet at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Jim spent six years with the Kansas City Chiefs and wound up his career blocking for quarterback Dan Fouts of the San Diego Chargers. He was an All Star football and basketball player at St. Louis, graduating in 1968. Jim scored 60 points in one basketball game in 1966, an isle prep record that still stands. He played football at Michigan State ...

CAROLE Brooks wanted to toss a party with plenty of sizzle for Tim Burton's 38th birthday last Saturday and she succeeded. In fact, the party got hotter than she expected. Sparklers were lit on the birthday cake and the heat and sparks from the sparklers set off the fire alarm in Carole's spacious apartment. Fortunately, the sprinklers did not activate ...

TWO of Waialae Country Club's finest, Danny Kaleikini and Elroy Chong, in colorful Kahala aloha shirts, introduced Sony Open golfers as they arrived on the 18th green last weekend. When Peter Jacobsen's group arrived on the 18th on Saturday, Danny pointed out that Jacobsen represents Waikoloa on the Big Isle and joked, "He is a graduate of Honokaa High School." Jacobsen said, "Aloooooha," as Danny always does. I wonder if Jacobsen can even spell Honokaa. After winning the tourney Sunday, Brad Faxon pumped out an "Aloooooha" ...

HERB and Jennifer Zukerkorn have returned from California to sell their luxury Diamond Head home that "Baywatch" exec producer Greg Bonann had leased. The house on Makalei Place is listed with Pat Choi for $8.1 million. Tonight the Zukerkorns will be at attorney Elliot "Buzz" Loden's table at the Queen's Ball at Iolani Palace. Kanoe Cazimero, Dr. Laurie Tom and Don Thompson are others at the Loden table ... "Tales of Hoffman" opens the Hawaii Opera Theatre season Friday and plays Feb. 4 and 6 at the Concert Hall ...

Giants' coach played here

JOHN Wilbur says that New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel threw his last pass and the last pass in the World Football League for the Hawaiians in their victory against the California Sons in 1975 at Aloha Stadium. Fassel was paid $200 for the game. He'll get a bit more for tomorrow's Super Bowl matchup with Baltimore. Ex-NFL player Wilbur was a player-coach for Hawaiians' head coach Mike Giddings ...

JIMMY Borges says he sang "Pennies from Heaven" at his dad's funeral services in Salinas, Calif., last week. "That was the hardest thing," Jimmy said. "I first sang that song for him when I was one-and-a-half years old." Jimmy's dad, James, died Dec. 28 at age 85 ...

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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