Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

UH Warriors, Coach Jones
deserve praise

Congrats to the UH football team for a never-say-die performance last Saturday that resulted in a 20-19 win over an undisciplined Cincinnati Bearcats team. Special praise goes to gutsy QB Timmy Chang who came back after an injury and led the team to victory. I have followed UH football for 60 years and can't believe the criticism hurled at the Warriors for the brawl. No one should criticize the UH players. UH won the game. Winners don't start fights; poor losers do. Does anyone think that our Warriors would not fight back when the losers start a fight with them after a game? Cincinnati had 14 penalties, including the late hit on Chang that knocked him out of the game. Was it a cheap shot as many believe? UH had only two penalties. l'm proud of Coach June Jones for backing up his players all the way. The fans who harassed Cincy backers in the stands and threw things at the Bearcats as they exited through the tunnel were definitely out of line. No more criticism of the Warriors! Pull for them to beat Bama today.

Action-filled Bond thriller

Those who dig action films are going to love the latest James Bond thriller "Die Another Day." Bond, portrayed by Pierce Bronson, doesn't even slow down when he is in bed, Bonding with Jinx, played by sexy Halle Berry. The film opens with Bond and two cohorts surfing on a huge wave to reach the North shore, make that the North Korean shore. Actually, the surfing scene was shot at Maui's notorious Jaws. Streaking down the 35-foot wave are big-wave surfers Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and Derek Doerner. Wave after wave of excitement and action follow as Bond must save the world from a terrorist plot ...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bishop Museum. The museum's Great Lawn will be aglow with 20 giant light sculptures as part of the Grand Festival of Lights, opening Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. Kids can toss snowballs or build a snowman in the Snow Zone. They can also board Santa's Express for a train ride through the light sculptures. Entry is $5 ...

"The Sound of Music" opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22 at Diamond Head Theatre. Honolulu's Greg Zane, a veteran of Broadway's "The King & I," is home to direct and choreograph the Rodgers & Hammerstein family musical ... The Hawaii Opera Ball and auction at the Sheraton last Saturday raised more than $230,000 to help fund productions and support high school music education programs ...

'Endeering' women

Five women will hold a fund-raiser for Hale Ola, a Windward shelter for abused women and kids at "Kristmas in Kahala" Thursday, 6 p.m., at 4826 Kahala Ave. Suzy "Vixen" Hemmings, Liz "Dancer" Perry, Conne "Comet" Sutherland, Michele "Dasher" St. John and Muffy "Blitzen" Ohlmeyer will offer wreaths, ornaments, isle crafts by Aima McManus, Amelia Bailey, Owana Salazar and others, and paintings by Peggy Chun at a home that is also for sale. There will be food and beverages. Entry is $50, tax deductible ...

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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