Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, August 11, 2001

Tiffany gives Red Cross,
Hawaii Theatre a boost

Now that the renovation of its Ala Moana shop is complete, Tiffany is flashing its sparkle. A diamond collection, including the "priceless" Wade Family diamond necklace from the Tiffany archives, is on display at the Ala Moana store through Aug. 28. Sunday night, Tiffany sponsored a reception at the store for the presentation of the American Red Cross Diamond Window Award to the Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation. Alfred Castle accepted the award from Red Cross Hawaii Chapter Chair Faye Kurren and Tiffany V.P. Edward Gerard. The foundation is a strong Red Cross supporter. Singer Willow Chang and guitarist Jeff Peterson performed as guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and wine. Ray Suiter's Honolulu Coffee Company, with chef Abi Langlas, catered. Tonight, Tiffany holds a benefit for the Hawaii Theatre Center, "Popcorn & Diamonds," at the theater. Following the reception, catered by Indigo, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" will be shown and a certificate for a one-carat diamond pendant will be found by a guest in a Tiffany blue popcorn package. Dancing on stage follows the film ...

Thanks for the memories

People who enjoyed the tight harmony of the Richard Kauhi Quartet, Invitations, Mills Brothers, Hi-Lows and Four Freshmen should trot on down to Aloha Tower on Sunday evenings and catch Imai & Company at Don Ho's Island Grill. Not only do Imaikalani Young, Gregg Kaneaiakala and Gordon Alfapada serve up hits made famous by those harmonious groups, they continue down memory lane and do Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte favorites and even some old light rock. It's all pleasing to the ear. Comedian Mel Cabang was enjoying the sounds when I was there and singer Glenn Pinho did a bit of Neil Diamond. Glenn said if his name were Phillip, he would be Filipino. Glenn's singing is better than his puns ...

onward: The 19th Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is scheduled Aug. 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. The lineup includes George Kuo, Ray Kane, Dennis Kamakahi, Willy K, Al Kaai, Bobby Moderow and Maunalua, Makana, Ozzie Kotani, Brother Noland, Native Hawaiian Band, Jeff Peterson, David Kahiapo and Maui's Donald Kaulia. The music is great and it's free. Milton Lau's Ka-Hoku productions is putting it on for the city. Sponsors are the Star-Bulletin and MidWeek, and Outrigger Waikiki Hotel ...

Dinner for a prince

A Hawaii Regional Cuisine dinner prepared by past and present Waikiki Prince chefs will be held at the hotel Aug. 24. Hotel chef Goran Streng will be joined by Gary Strehl, Roger Dikon, Corey Waite and Greg Gaspar in preparing the four-course culinary feast. Wines will be paired and poured with each course by Chuck Furuya, with the assistance of Prince Food and Beverage Director Don Asam and Benson Lau, former F&B chief. The cost is $75 per person ...

Illusionist David Copperfield's "Portal" show opens next Saturday at the Concert Hall and runs through Aug. 26. He's amazing ... Genoa Keawe shifts to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Ocean Terrace for her Thursday gig, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., this Thursday ... Don't forget Charlotte Church singing with the symphony tonight at 8 in Blaisdell Arena ...

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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