Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Nanakuli’s Daynin
moves up in business

Daynin Dashefsky took a car engine apart and overhauled it while in Nanakuli High in 1980 so it's not surprising that the 1989 Miss Philippines-America formed a company in 1999 to utilize her skills. When her mom, Joyce Allosada, complained about having to fan away flies, Daynin invented the No-Fly Zone, a battery operated canister with swirling streamers for chasing away insects from the picnic table. She raised $100,000 to finance her first venture in 2000 and her Deico Products expects to generate at least $500,000 in sales of her latest Care'rousel product line for her 2Cool Fashion. The hair, nail and jewelry Care'rousels -- on sale at Longs, Sam's Club and through -- are designed to reduce clutter. For example: The compact nail Care'rousel can be manipulated to hold up to 20 bottles of nail polish, clippers, nail files, buffers and fingernail stickers. It also has an automated light and fan to quickly dry freshly painted fingernails and toenails. Daynin is the ex-wife of KHNL's Howard Dashefsky ...

On Jin, Kwang celebrate

Close to 200 people attended the wedding reception of On Jin Kim, owner-chef of On Jin's Cafe, and herbal doctor and acupuncturist Kwang Chai Sunday at the Hyatt Waikiki. They were married on Aug. 30 but delayed the reception to accommodate relatives and friends from South Korea. On Jin was the chef at Bagwell's in the Hyatt, which later became Ciao Mein. Jeff Wind, Hyatt food and beverage director, who enticed On Jin to relocate here from the Hyatt in San Francisco in 1987, was among the party guests. With both On Jin and Jeff in the house, the food had to be good and it was. Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Moon was also a guest. The bride and groom sang at the reception as did pianist-singer Jae Kil Woo. Chamber music was played by cellist Nancy Masaki, Sue McGinn on flute and pianist Eric Schank ...

Onward: Cheers to Don Heafner, a star on the Clark Hatch team, and Bernadette Derico who tied the knot Nov. 8 ... Morton's is holding a four-course wine dinner Tuesday at 6 p.m. featuring Penfolds wines, including the 1998 Penfolds Grange, rated 99 by Wine Spectator. The dinner is priced at $87.95 ... Former Hawaiian Tel spokeswoman Carrie Hyun came home for Thanksgiving from Washington, D.C., where she has a P.R. and consulting firm. The '82 Punahou grad formerly worked in the Clinton Administration ...

Success stories

Former gang members Louie Caday, now a Cutter Mazda mechanic, and Mario Fatafehi, of the Denver Broncos, gave emotional stories about their past and how they were helped by the Adult Friends for Youth at the organization's annual dinner last Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Mario's story was on video as he is in Denver playing football. A third honoree was the organization's outgoing president, Brad Myers, recognized for his service to Hawaii's youth. The event raised about $330,000. Frank DeLima had the crowd in stitches with his jokes and singer Jan Brenner entertained. This worthy organization, founded by Sidney Rosen, deserves much support ...

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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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