Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Hosoi leaves, Ah Cook
joins Ruth’s Chris

Al Hosoi longtime GM of Ruth's Chris Steak House at Restaurant Row, has resigned to pursue other interests, according to owner Randy Schoch. New GM will be Paul Ah Cook, of Sam Choy Restaurants, who takes over April 1. Ruth's Chris is host for the Thursday's "It's Not Your Fault" benefit luncheon for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Tickets are $40. The center is a program of Kapiolani Medical Center ...

Tiffany at Ala Moana held a post-opera reception for "The Magic Flute" stars Sunday evening. Justin Vickers, Leon Williams, Jacqueline Venable, Jami Rogers, Lea Woods Friedman and John Mount mixed with Hawaii Opera Theatre supporters. Also attending were HOT's General and Artistic Director Henry Akina and Exec Director George Sinclair. Tiffany's Regional Veep Edward Gerard, Director John Geppert and Sales Manager Ron Barboza were on hand to see that all went smoothly at the affair, catered by Brew Moon. Akina will director the season's final opera, "La Boheme," opening Friday at Blaisdell ...

Cheers to Dr. John

DR. John Magauran turned 41 on Valentine's Day. Helping him celebrate at his Waialae Iki home was a large, diverse group including: Frank DeLima, Edgy Lee, Council member Ann Kobayashi, Rep. Kika Bukoski, John Rampage, Carole Brooks, Uli Cutter, Sue and Gordon Damon, Loretta Ables-Sayer, Puna Titcomb and Drs. Bob Flowers, Gregory Caputy and Mo Nicholson. Kelvin Ro catered ... Courtney Love popped into Escada at Ala Moana to check out the goods the other day. Escada Manager Mariese Montano-Smith had Glenn Paul, Caroline Yano and Lisa Higaki assist the entertainer. Unfortunately, everything Courtney wanted was too small ... Jean Dickinson, popular ex-isle P.R. woman, breezed into town from L.A. this week and met pals at Indigo Thursday and Palomino Friday ...

Don Ho's Island Grill will hold its first monthly winner singing contest Wednesday. The winner and ensuing monthly winners will compete in the finals of the year-long Talent Search 2003 presented by Al Waterson and You. The grand winner will be flown to Las Vegas and appear in Don Ho's holiday show there and receive a Mountain Apple recording contract. Waterson holds weekly contests at the grill Tuesdays and Wednesdays ...

Chaplin was friendly rival

George Chaplin, 88, who died Feb. 17 in McLean, Va., was the longtime editor of the Advertiser, the rival of the Star-Bulletin, which has been my bread and butter for the past 36 years. Despite being on opposite sides, I am proud to call George a friend. During the years both papers shared the News Building, he would occasionally stop me and praise my work when I wrote a column for the Sunday Star-Bulletin and Advertiser. Both papers shared the Sunday paper in those days. That was plenty, being praised by the rival paper's top man. But what really made me like George even more was his concern when my wife, Brita, died eight years ago this month. Besides condolences, George was thoughtful and kind enough to give me helpful printed material on how to cope with the devastating loss. That's a friend ...

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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