Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, June 16, 2001

It's a tough job but
Lindsey had to do it

Lindsey Breeden, a '97 Kamehameha grad attending Loyola Marymount, didn't know a summer job could be so rewarding. Computer expert Lindsey, 21, is working in creative services for Party Planners West, a top L.A. event-planning company. When he was called to work at the Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric AIDS Foundation benefit on a weekend earlier this month, he wasn't too happy. But while in his firm's office, in walked Tom Cruise. Lindsey also was photographed with gorgeous celebrities Mena Suvari, Heidi Klum and Minnie Driver. He didn't mind the "working" weekend at all ...

Baby needs new shoes

Baby needs new shoes, the saying goes and maybe that's why Mary Frisbee Lavoie has taken another job. Mary and husband, Chris, had a boy, Charles, March 11. Mary, who sells Jags and Mercedes for TheoDavies EuroMotors, has picked up a real estate license and sells properties for Pat Choi as well. Besides all that, she is taking a tae bo class and finds time to help out the Heart Association with its annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans fund-raiser, held at the Hilton last night. "You have to be organized," Mary says. "It takes a lotta juggling" ...

Alika Borge, former manager at Byron II, came home from Vegas, where he now lives, for the Sacred Hearts graduation of his niece, Jarmae Johnson. Polo player Alice Lombardo, owner of Beachcomber Realty, tossed Alika an aloha party Sunday at the Waimanalo polo field -- before she was tossed from her horse during the match between Team MacGregor and Oahu Red. "I landed on my okole which is well-padded so I didn't get hurt," said a laughing Alice. Team MacGregor won, 3-2 ...

Nashville came to Maunakea street Thursday night as the Bluebirds made a surprise appearance at Duc's Bistro during the Kapakahi Jug Band's show. Robin Ruddy, Terri Corker and Pam Gadd wowed the full house with favorites such as "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces." The trio performs at La Pietra's all-school reunion tonight ...

Proud, loving parents

Les and Kimberley Hong are back home after watching their daughter, Melanie, a molecular biology major, get her degree from Princeton. Melanie, a '97 Iolani grad, was an Advanced Placement Scholar. Only two are selected annually from each state. She was also a National Merit Scholar. Mariposa bartender Les was beaming about Melanie's achievements Wednesday. He and Kimberley have been married 22 years. That's very good for a bartender. "And we still hold hands," Les said. "That's amazing," said fellow bartender John Woo ... Kim Kaahanui celebrated her birthday Thursday at the Mariposa with her dear friend Jonne Kaleponi. "I call her my PIC -- my partner in crime, Kim joked ...

Anita Carmona has donned her waitress apron for the last time at Murphy's. She's working in the enrollment section of the U. of Phoenix here. "So I'll be selling education instead of Mrs. (Marion) Murphy's homemade pies," said Anita, a U. of Minnesota graduate. Anita was recruited by Phoenix campus director Grace Blodgett. "Now I'll come to Murphy's for lunch and if they are really busy I'll jump up and help them," Anita said with a laugh ...

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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