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Secret Service sweep gives party dash of power

By Ben Wood


SHEILA WATUMULL threw a cocktail party for Sen. Dan Inouye and his wife, Irene, last Friday. Gary Aiko and Alan Akaka entertained the 75 guests, and Aaron Mahi sang a song backed by the pair. Jim Nabors, Sheila's neighbor, was among the many Hawaii movers and shakers who attended. A version of "Danny Boy" by Jim would have been cool. Michel's, Natsunoya and Sconees catered. Inouye is third in succession for the presidency, so five Secret Service agents were inside Sheila's Diamond Head home and more were outside, she said. What's more, all guests had to give their Social Security numbers to the security personnel and the home was "swept" by them before the party. "It was really a power trip," Sheila said. "I loved it." ...

THE "Hawaii Five-0" wave travels a long way. Norma Ardila, who handles press and talent relations for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic, is based in Miami and travels throughout Mexico and South America. She was here for the premiere of "Five-0" at Sunset on the Beach. She set up and moderated a conference call with Al Harrington Oct. 14 with journalists from Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Al was a regular for four years on the original "Five-0" after replacing Gilbert "Zulu" Kauhi, who portrayed Kono Kalakaua. Before that, Al played bad guys on the program until Leonard Freeman chose him to replace Zulu as the character Ben Kokua. The questions from journalists ranged from the launch of the remake to personal stories and anecdotes about the original show. ...

BOO: Adults still looking for a Halloween costume may want to head on over to Diamond Head Theatre costume shop. Rentals are available throughout the year but hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 1. Rental fees run from $25 to $75. Call 733-0277 ext. 2 for more info. ... Kids dressed in costume can trick-or-treat throughout Ala Moana Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Halloween Sunday. Parents can check out grown-up specials in more than 80 participating stores -- no costume required. ...

CHARLIE ALDINGER is working as the Kahala Hotel's in-house public relations consultant on a part-time basis. She says she'll be working closely with June Cappiello and Glynis Esmail. ... An exhibit of artwork by REHAB artists of the Louis Vuitton Creative Arts Program along with other Hawaii artists and floral arrangements by the Ikebana Institute of Ohara School is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the REHAB Hospital lobby. ...

MASTER SGT. Mathew Baker and Spec. Sarah Enos, both serving in the Army here, are among 10 current and retired military personnel nominated for the Chevrolet Salutes America's Heroes award. Baker was nominated by his nine children for his 20 years of Army service, but most of all for being a great example to them and the 45 foster children he and his wife have taken in over the years. Enos was nominated by her husband for consistently placing the needs of others before those of herself. She is the mother of four children, ages 2 to 14, and was given custodial guardianship of a fellow soldier's teenage daughter for 10 months. She also has been a volunteer to run the community Christmas initiative for less fortunate children. Isle residents can vote for Baker and Enos at to win the top hero award until Monday. The person getting the most votes will receive a trip to the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on Nov. 10 and a new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. One voter will also win a trip for two to Nashville to the CMA Awards. ...

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


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