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Prompt action soothes foot foul on election night

By Ben Wood


FAST-BREAK ACTION: Keith Kaneshiro's campaign manager, Carol Nakamura, his media adviser, Lynne Waters, and Claire Tong were at his campaign headquarters on primary election night awaiting the first results, and when the numbers showed their guy leading, the three women started screaming, jumping and hugging like young girls having a close encounter with Justin Bieber. While celebrating, someone's stiletto heel came down on Lynne's foot and she thought a toe was broken. Artie Wilson, a former UH basketball star who broadcasts University of Hawaii games with Jim Leahey and who also knows a thing or two about broken bones and bruises, was in the crowd and came to Lynne's rescue. He checked out the blue and swollen foot and then dashed to Longs. He returned with gauze, tape and wooden tongue depressors that he used as a splint and had her ice it for the rest of the night. Fortunately, Lynne found out the next day there was no break. Thanks to Artie, she was walking normally before too many days passed. ...

...RAISING GLASSES: On Thursday, Morton's and the second, third and fourth generations of Napa Valley's Mondavi families will join forces for a wide-ranging wine dinner to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to mark a new blend. Wine lovers may hook up with the extended Mondavi family in Napa's Charles Krug Winery and 54 Morton's locations nationwide for a simulcast wine dinner and auction. Dina Mondavi (fourth generation) will be hostess at the Honolulu Morton's. Tickets are $175; call 949-1300. The crown jewel of the online auction is the first-ever red wine produced by the extended Mondavi family -- a huge 27-liter bottling called Siamo Insieme, which translates as "we are together" in Italian. It's a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. This bottle will be auctioned Thursday through Oct. 30, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish ...

STILL POURING: Wine steward Stephen Fuller recently marked 25 years at Hilton Hawaiian Village's beachfront Bali restaurant. Some restaurants don't even last half that long, Stephen says. The Bali is now a steak and seafood house but still maintains its fine-dining ways. Running the kitchen is local boy Brett Villarmia, one of four chefs who tied for first as top overall winner in the Mangoes at the Moana competition at the Moana Surfrider. Other winners were Lance Kosaka of Alan Wong's Pineapple Room, Twist at Hanohano's Ryan Loo and Waikiki Roy's Jason Peel. ...

...MUSICAL FASHIONS: Nake'u Awai is well-known for his Hawaiian fashions but he is also quite knowledgeable about music. He will present his preholiday musical fashion revue, "Sing, Praising Women!", on Dec. 4 in the Koolau Golf Club Ballroom. Nake'u is featuring male singers this year. They are: Randy Hongo, Arnold Meister, Peter Espiritu, Kawika McGuire and Aaron Sala. Princess Ka'iulani, Jackie Kennedy Onasis, Billie Holiday and Amelia Earhart are among the women to be honored in fashion and song. Puanani Higgins is the show's narrator. The marketplace opens at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:15 and the show at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $50; call 841-1221. ...

...HOKU award-winning performers Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro and Ho'okena headline the entertainment as St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaiian 105 KINE present "An Evening of Aloha" on Oct. 9 at the Hawaii Theatre, 7 p.m. The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus and Hawaiian Ensemble, directed by Lynell Bright and kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad, respectively, are also booked. Billy V will emcee. Tickets start at $25. ...

TOSHIKO WIGHT is now the golf sales manager of the Makaha Resort and Golf Club. Toshiko formerly operated the golf courses at Turtle Bay. Bilingual Toshiko has written stories for Japanese publishers' websites, blogged for golf tour firms, and works as a translator. Troon Golf is the new management company at Makaha and improvements are in the works, Toshiko said. ...

------ 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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