Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Baraquios keep ‘Living
Local’ TV show all in
the family

Bernadette Baraquio is happy that her "Living Local With the Baraquios" show on OC16 has received the green light for 13 new programs. The show features four of the Baraquio sisters: Bernadette and her twin Tess, Rose and former Miss America Angela. They all pitch in as writers, producers and hosts. They sometimes use their husbands and kids in their stories. Reruns will be shown in June. New shows will start in September. The women's parents, Rigolette and Claude Baraquio, are owners of Termite Control, the show's major sponsor. Zoe, 9-month-old daughter of Bernadette and KHVH talk show host and MidWeek columnist Rick Hamada, appears in the blurbs. Angela and Tess may be feeling the tug of maternity strings soon, Bernadette said. Angela's husband Tinifuloa Grey, a member of the group Reign, wrote and produced the "Living Local" theme song with Kale Chang. Tess is married to Pacific Club chef Eric Leterc. Rose's husband is Waialae assistant golf pro John Harman. With a pro in the family, Rick, a golfer, must have a nice swing. But Rick says, "I'm not sure John would want me giving him credit for my swing, he does have a good reputation to protect. I need all the help I can get though, since I host four 'Hacking with Hamada' events a year" ...

Tina and Victor are opening a gallery

Model Tina Kasuya and her husband Victor Bovino Agostini are holding a grand opening of their Flor de Cardo Galleria Boutique Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 1160 Nuuanu Ave., next to Pegge Hopper's gallery. Friday is Gallery Walk Night on Nuuanu ... UH football coach June Jones' daughter, Niki, is back as an Aveda spa adviser after taking a leave of absence to attend a Study Abroad program in London ... Augie Rey's son, Chief Warrant Officer III Joe Fernandez, is a Black Hawk copter pilot in Afghanistan. Augie is the star at the Royal Hawaiian's Mai Tai Bar ...

DTRIC Insurance is extending its Drive Aloha campaign to bring isle traffic fatalities to a screeching halt, or at least slow them down. The campaign has the support of the state, city, HPD and prosecutor. Bumper stickers and community events are being used to get drivers on board. There is also a way for 12 people to win $75 gasoline certificates from Aloha Petroleum. Check ...

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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 Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at


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