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Ben Wood

Actor Tagawa joins
Reel Kids workshop

Actor Cary Tagawa is among several pros in various categories conducting the Reel Kids Acting Workshop June 28-29 in Chinatown at 186 N. King. "I will assist in whatever way I can with the kids, give them something they can understand from my experience," Cary said. "I want to de-program them from the media hype and start with respect and honor for the craft of acting. It will be fun for kids. I will teach them how to walk like an ape," he said, smiling. Cary was in the last "Planet of the Apes" picture. Others involved in the workshop include CIA Model Agency owner and actors' agent Kim Medeiros, producer Lani Petranek, choreographer Jocelyne Piot, photographer Ronen Zilberman and director/drama coach Cassandra Chamberlain, who has ties to an upcoming major picture, a surf film to be shot here and in L.A. During the workshop, Hans Hedemann and Garrett McNamara will teach surfing trends for films and TV. Kids 8 to 14 are welcome. The cost is $275. Call 259-7914 or 943-7016 to register. Ronen and Kim share the second floor studio where the workshop will be held. They are having their grand opening tonight ...

Cookin' with Sam Cooke

"I think it's a wonderful honor," said Sam Cooke as he and his wife, Mary, were honored for their overwhelming community service by Tiffany's Sunday. Sam was presented with a Tiffany Mark watch. "My grandfather, Charles M. Cooke III, knew Louis Comfort Tiffany, and we have a number of Tiffany items in the house. I live in Granddad's house, built in 1911 in Manoa. It's on the National Register of Historic Places. It has the last restored heiau on this side of Oahu." Sam graduated from Punahou in 1955, where he played guard in football on the same team as star linemen Curtis "The Bull" Iaukea and Gil Ane. Sam started the Nature Conservancy in 1981 and is chair of the Academy of Arts board. The academy was founded by his grandmother, Anna Charlotte Rice Cooke, in 1927 ...

Chef Doug Lum's staff at Mariposa did themselves proud last Saturday as they prepared an outstanding dinner for members of the Oahu/Kauai chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs, a famed French dining society. Bruce Liebert heads the chapter. Guests also enjoyed wines selected by Roberto Viernes ...

Mayor Jeremy and Ramona Harris play pinochle at Carolyn Berry's home. The couple told the other players that if they lost any games, it's because their golden retriever, Koa, ate their pinochle deck and they couldn't practice. The doggone excuse was not accepted ... Gov. Linda Lingle gave the commencement address at La Pietra Wednesday for the 34 girls in the class ...

Final aloha for Cynthia

Cynthia Child's ashes were scattered off the Outrigger Canoe Club Tuesday following a touching ceremony conducted by her daughter, Trina Lagodlagod. Cynthia was the ex-wife of Aliis' singer-musician Manny Lagodlagod. She died last Nov. 24 in California. Friends shared stories about Cynthia, Tommy Lyons said a prayer that he wrote in Hawaiian for her, and Frank Manuma led everyone in Kui Lee songs Cynthia loved, including "Days of My Youth" and "I'll Remember You" ...

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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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