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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, February 17, 2001

Cupid’s arrow
is blown astray

My plan to send Beachcomber Realty owner Mug shotAlice Lombardo roses for Valentine's Day at her Landmark offices couldn't have gotten more fouled up. Reliable flower lady Cookie Isaacs dispatched Herb Lau with the roses and my Valentine card. But when he got out of the van behind the Landmark building, a blast of wind blew the card away. He called Cookie and reported that the card, with Alice's name and address on it, "is flying across the Ala Wai" and he didn't know where to make the delivery. Cookie told him to go to the realty office in the landmark. Herb went to a sales office in the building and was told that Chris O'Brien sells Landmark condos for Coldwell Banker. Chris was not there, but Herb, thinking the roses for her, wrote a new card addressed to her, signed my name and left the flowers. When I checked my phone messages, there was one from Chris, whom I know slightly and who is married, thanking me for the roses and saying how surprised she was. She was not the only one surprised. She took the roses to her Kahala Coldwell offices where she works with my good friend Margaret Murchie. Margaret bounces in, sees the flowers and is told I sent them to Chris. Margaret growls. Cookie was floored when I told her what happened and says Alice will be sent new flowers. I call Alice, who is home ill, tell her what happened and that I'm sick about it. Alice laughs. I call Margaret, whom I occasionally send flowers to and she yells, "Where are MY roses?" She roars with laughter upon hearing the story. Margaret, a would-be comedienne, took the flowers to Beachcomber Thursday and had staffers Marty Smallback, Ron Fredericks, Jim Snell and Alice's mom, Alexandra McDermott, rolling in the aisles with the story. Alexandra delivered the roses to a thankful Alice at home ...

Vue wants to help the needy

STAGGERING on: Last week, Vue Hawaii's Judy Morita told me, "Remember, at our age, too many Valentine's might put too much stress on the heart." Darn right! ... Judy says Vue is holding a recycled clothing drive "to help those who will benefit from a little extra love." People are asked to donate "gently used" clothing at the Kahala Mall shop and have a chance to win prizes. The drive ends Tuesday ... Also doing her best to spread love and aloha on Valentine's Day was Paradiso manager June Wong as she greeted friends at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center eatery ...

People on Neiman-Marcus' escalator will find Joe Moore looking at them as they descend. A graphic design of Moore by Farrington's Leonard Reyes is a winner in the Scholastic Art and Photography exhibit, running through Tuesday. Neiman boss Al Tomonari is happy to display the 175 pieces. Other works I liked were sculptures by Iolani's David Stanton, Farrington's Mike Moefu, Castle's Michelle Yoshida and David Hoang of University Lab School, and ceramics by Farrington's Darwin Tolentino and Tanya Ferreira of Mililani Middle School ...

Anthony Ruivivar stars

Society of Seven leader Tony Ruivivar and wife, Karen, are looking forward to the Feb. 26 episode of "Third Watch" because their son, Anthony, has the starring role. Anthony is a St. Louis High and Boston U. grad in drama, tops in his class. A regular on the series, he will narrate the Feb. 26 show ... Happy birthday to Helen Wong, of the old Charley's Tavern Wongs and Hongs, who is 90 today and celebrates at House of Hong tonight. Bali manager Alicia Antonio marked hers last Saturday, working at the plush restaurant ...

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.
E-mail him at

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