Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Kelly Hu’s Xcellent
in her juicy ‘X2’ role

Hawaii's Kelly Hu doesn't say a word in her "X2: X-Men United" role but her claws and martial arts say plenty -- particularly in a fight to the death with Hugh Jackman, who returns in the sequel to "X-Men" as Logan/Wolverine. He, like Kelly's character Yuriko Oyama, has a mean set of claws that extend and retract from his hands. Kelly portrays the assistant of a very bad man and handles some of his dirty work. She is slim, calm, cool and collected with looks to kill, in more ways than one. With the high level of professionalism Kelly displays, her future in films appears bright, indeed. As for the picture, it is packed with action between mutants and humans, has both beautiful (Halle Berry) and scary people in the cast and offers special effects that are sure to garner an Oscar nomination. Kelly's on stage in "The Vagina Monologues" May 21-25 at the Hawaii Theatre ...

Mother's Day special

Several people involved in Robin Rohr's "Chicken Soup from the Soul of Hawaii" book project will be at Ala Moana Center stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow on Mother's Day. Besides Robin, sisters Mihana Souza and Aima McManus, plus Nalani Olds, Melinda Caroll and Linda Carlson, mother of actress Kelly Preston, will appear with others. They will sign book copies. Melinda, Mihana, Aima, Nalani, Katlin Kiyan and Ken Tatafu will perform. Mother's Day messages for moms and grandmas from Kelly, Bo Derek, Don and Hoku Ho and Danny Kaleikini will be called or sent in ...

Gov. Linda Lingle was among the large crowd at a colorful, festive Fundango at the YWCA Thursday evening. She emphasized she will do what she can to keep outsiders from fishing in Niihau waters so the Hawaiians on the island will have enough fish for themselves. Susan Page and Lynda Pelayo chaired Fundango, a benefit for the Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network ...

A prize offered at the Symphony Ball at the Sheraton-Waikiki next Saturday is a luncheon for eight at a home in Hana, Maui, thanks to Carolyn Berry and friends. A $20 bill will buy six chances to win the prize. Call Chris Clothier for ball tickets, priced at $225, at 524-0815 ext. 231...

DHT's gunning for funds

Diamond Head Theatre is opening "Follies" on May 23, with a number of veteran isle performers, and is holding a "Chicago"-themed fund-raiser at Waialae Country Club May 31. Fund-raiser co-chairs are Gabe Lee and Coldwell Banker's Margaret Murchie, a busy woman who is training for the Tin Man, selling real estate and working on this event. Margaret, Gabe and DHT Director Deena Dray would like guests to dress in their "gangster finest" with fedoras, fishnets and all that jazz. Ihilani chef Randal Ishizu will serve up plenty of good food, and there will be wine and a martini bar. Tickets are $85, reasonable for these things. Numbers from "Chicago" will be performed, and Almost Paradise will play dance music. Sounds like a fun night. Call 733-0277 ext. 305 for tickets ...

A memorial service for Cynthia Child, who died Nov. 25 in California, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. May 27 at the Outrigger Canoe Club ...

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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