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Trump's boys get a look at family's isle property

By Ben Wood

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Donald Trump's boys hit town and met the media Sunday at the Waikiki Beach Walk hotel-condominium that carries their name. With Don Jr. and Eric Trump was Jason Grosfeld of developer Irongate Capital. All three strongly approved of the way things are going with the project. "We couldn't be happier with the hotel," said 27-year-old Eric, the youngest and, at 6-feet-5, tallest of the Trump children. "Scott is doing a fabulous job," Eric added.

Hotel managing director Scott Ingwers will be happy to hear that. Eric said the Trump family started in the residential field and "we want people to feel like they're coming home." He said technology has made it possible to have their favorite things waiting for them in their rooms. Both Trump boys are Yankees baseball fans and were quite polite to my female companion, a Red Sox die-hard.

Junior, 32, said he grew up going to games and as a kid at one game was seated between his dad and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died July 13. A New York daily newspaper ran a photo taken of them at that game. "They both believed in winning and were not ashamed to talk about it," he said.

He is high on the Waikiki hotel's ocean-view site and considers it "a great urban development." He said that after viewing the location six years ago, "we knew what we could do here." ...

After seeing a preview of the new, mod "Hawaii Five-0" last week, I immediately reserved a prime spot for the show on my must-watch list when the series begins Sept. 20.

The show crackles with excitement and wit and often moves like a high-speed Ferrari. The exchanges between star Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danny "Danno" Williams are a blast. They work well together. Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly and tough, shapely Grace Park as Kono have time in the sun and get their licks in as well. Photography of Hawaii's beautiful scenery is outstanding and sure to encourage more tourists to head this way. However, I would like to see more Hawaiians and other Polynesians and locals in strong roles, as in the original "Five-0." ... Emme Tomimbang is running "Memories of Hawaii Five-0" Sunday at 6 p.m. on KFVE. Al Harrington, who portrayed Ben Kokua on the old show, will appear. There will be current reports on Jimmy "Danno" MacArthur and Rose Freeman, widow of "Five-0" creator Leonard Freeman. ...

Retiring from the Star-Advertiser last week as a copy editor and headline writer was a full-time job for me and thoroughly enjoyable. I will still write a weekly "Wood Craft" column Fridays. Celebrations started with a party for fellow retirees Helen Altonn, Mary Adamski and me at Murphy's on July 28. The event was organized by administrative assistants Jenny Delos Santos and Sherri Yoshioka and reporter Leila Fujimori. Some 100 guests and retirees attended and signed fine drawings of us by Dave Swann and Kip Aoki. Mihana Souza strolled from table to table with her guitar singing island songs.

After that bash, a few friends and I joined Joe Leineweber and his son Anthony at Gordon Biersch, where singers Jimmy Borges and Pauline Wilson were going strong along with jazzy musicians Michael Paulo, Steve Jones, Ed Weber, Robert Shinoda, Darryl Pellegrini and brothers Ken and Dave Wild. Last Friday, the Star-Advertiser tossed a luncheon for us at the office, with Editor Frank Bridgewater offering kind remarks. That night, a group of worthy women, including Daynin Dashefsky, Myra Brandt, Drea Kia, Sande Robert and Jackie Smythe took me to see Mihana and Puamana at Halekulani's House Without a Key. Generous Charlie Beeck then took the group to dinner at Wolfgang's Steak House.

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things Fridays. E-mail him at bwood@staradvertiser.com.






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