Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Weyands honored
for theater gift

There was a surprise tribute to retired Gen. Fred Weyand and his wife, Mary, at the recent Hawaii Theatre gala at the Kahala Mandarin for contributing $300,000 to the theater. Their respective daughters, Nancy Weyand Hart and Laurie Foster, gave the tribute. Then Jim Nabors sang "The Wind Beneath My Wings" as Mary and Fred danced ...

Heide aces her courses

Ewa Villages golf course boss Heide Madrigal graduated summa cum laude with a degree in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University Monday ... Star-Bulletin cartoonist Corky Trinidad fired a hole in one May 2 on the 124-yard 9th hole of the Hawaii Kai Executive course using a 7 iron. It was the second ace for Corky. His first was at the Hawaii Prince ...

Lani Petranek, who worked her way through UH by dancing hula in Danny Kaleikini's show at the Kahala Hilton and earlier in the Hilton Village's Tapa Room, is here from Kauai working on film and writing projects. Lani has a master's in cinema from USC's Film and Television School ... Former model Karen Preiser is doing make up for cast members of "Fifty First Kisses," starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, filming here ...

In honor of her late husband, Connie Chun is establishing the Connie and H.H. "Hunky" Chun M.D. Education Endowment Fund to assist non-native speakers of English to prepare for registered nurses and practical nursing exams. The program will be administered by Honolulu Community College and available throughout the UH community college system. Hunky felt there were many practical nurses and nurses aides qualified to work as registered nurses but had difficulty passing the license exam because of language barriers ...

Monte Carlo swill be "recreated" at the Kahala Mandarin Friday to benefit Make-a-Wish Hawaii, which makes wishes come true for Hawaii children with terminal illnesses. Chanel fashions will be modeled, and cocktails, dinner, a cabaret revue, dancing and "casino" activity are included in the $150 package. Kimi Matar is chairing; Patricia Lee, honorary consul of France, is honorary chair. Call Lyn Brown at 537-3118 for tickets ... Longhi's restaurant is now open at Ala Moana Center ...

Catty Kristin & the Fab 4

Kristin Zambucka is holding a launch party for her new book, "Cat City," from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Borders Ward Centre. "Cat City" is about a world of cats as people. For today's signing, Kristin will have a quartet of "Fabulous Felines," actually her lady friends, in tow, wearing T-shirts embroidered with the book's main character, Ginger Tibbs. The Fab Four is Ruth Ann Becker, Gina Schultz, Carole Brooks and Christie Weaver ...

Mihana Souza was treated royally by husband, Chuckie, and their sons, Kapono, Napali, Kamauli and Kalama, on Mother's Day. The boys wrote and sang a song for her ... On Jin's owner-chef On Jin Kim gave dinner guests something extra on Mother's Day by singing classics. She was backed by pianist Eric Schank and Fred Lau on flute. On Jin sings each Friday night ... Sue Hill of Salon etc. celebrated Mother's Day last Sunday and her birthday ...

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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