Wood Craft
Ben Wood

Diamond Head Theatre’s
90th birthday special
is a smash hit

Diamond Head Theatre marked its 90th birthday in fine style, showcasing some of its top performers over the years, plus a guest appearance by Jim Nabors Saturday at Waialae Country Club. Cathy Foy-Mahi chaired the event. John Rampage, who put the hit show together, was an excellent performing emcee. Tables were named after Broadway musicals and guests dressed as characters from the show. For example, guests at the "Guys and Dolls" table were dressed as gamblers and mobsters and their molls, while at the "South Pacific" table, they wore U.S. sailor suits and caps. Melanie Garcia as Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," standing tall in boots and dressed in a black olden-days captain's attire with a hook on her arm, watched over the silent auction. She looked fearsome. Guests made bids to name a song by their favorite entertainer in the show. Nabors was a knockout doing "Trouble" from "Music Man." Jim didn't miss a beat on the tough number. He and Emma Veary teamed on " 'Til There Was You." Mary Gutzi's "Memory" from "Cats" was a showstopper. Terence Knapp sang two numbers from "Camelot" as Bev Noa danced to them. There was much more by the talented huge cast. Many people -- too many for me to list here -- worked hard to pull off this smash. Hats off and bravo to all of them ...

Party continues at Kahala Mandarin's Veranda

Some of the guests moved on to the Kahala Mandarin's Veranda after the show, where Jimmy Borges joined pianist Betty Loo Taylor, vocalist Loretta Ables Sayre, drummer Sonny Froman and bassist John Kolivas. The singers were swinging and dancers burned up the floor ...

Saint Francis held its annual Ohana Fair recently and senior Aubrey Nera conducted a drive for the Blood Bank of Hawaii. She encouraged students and others to give 30 points of blood for the bank. Right on, Aubrey ... Jessica Habetler celebrated her birthday at Murphy's Friday with 15 friends. The party was set up by Lynette Adams ... "Lord of the Dance" winds up its Blaisdell Concert Hall run Sunday ... Star-Bulletin and MidWeek food writer Jo McGarry gave birth to a 9 1/2 pound son, Finnley James Curran, Sunday night. Finnley is the second son for Jo and husband Bobby Curran of KKEA Radio ...

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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 bwood@starbulletin.com

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