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Life of Murphy's waitress mirrors Gilbert's memoir

By Ben Wood


IF THE Julia Roberts hit movie were called "Eat, Pray, Love and Yoga" it would have been a perfect fit for Brazil's Francilene Reolon, a Murphy's waitress. Fran is a yoga teacher and recently returned from a California Bay Area yoga event. She was also scheduled to attend a lecture by Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote "Eat, Pray, Love," but the author canceled. "That's my life," she bubbled, talking of Gilbert's memoir at Murphy's, where she is called "Miss Brazil" by some co-workers. Fran spent time in Italy enjoying food, prayed and meditated in India, and made trips to Japan and Thailand, but not to Indonesia where Gilbert traveled. Fran did not discuss love, as Gilbert did, in her travels. ...

Fran was among the Murphy's staffers who threw a baby shower for former waitress Nicole Robinson-Ague, at Murphy's, of course, on Super Bowl Sunday. It was organized by Haley Ash. Others attending were Jan Diehl, Maria Ranche, Rachel Knapp, Cymri Chang, Tovah Elniski, Erin Mauro and Pepe Diaz. Jackie St. Ours and Nicole Geiger served the group. ...

SOLE BROTHERS: Podiatrist Gregory Morris, known by friends as the "Stanford Sawbones," is getting his feet wet in the business world. The foot and ankle surgeon is president of The Ultimate Foot Store at Ward Warehouse, which he and David Griffith co-founded. The shop offers everything for the tootsies, including arch supports, custom computer-generated foot orthotics, support sandals and more. ...

OPERA MAY BE the ticket for a Valentine's outing. The Hawaii Opera Theatre's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" is on stage tonight, Sunday and Tuesday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The plot is about a woman who goes insane over lost love. It's not exactly the warm and cozy thing a guy wants from his gal on Valentine's Day, but it does motivate lovers to appreciate one another even more. For a romantic classic, "La Traviata" is a great choice and is on stage later this month. ...

'IOLANI SCHOOL Headmaster Val T. Iwashita is one of 13 Japanese-American leaders from across the nation selected to join the 2011 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The delegation will travel to Japan next month to exchange information with Japanese leaders in government, business, political, nonprofit and cultural sectors. Iwashita will speak at a symposium in Osaka about the American educational system and the benefits of studying abroad. "By sharing our ideas and philosophies about education, we can help each other through mutual support and increased cultural awareness," said Iwashita, an 'Iolani grad with degrees from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and BYU in Provo, Utah. ...

SORRY TO LEARN of retired state appraiser and musician Charles Warrington's death Jan. 31. Charley, 88, was an all-star tackle on Roosevelt's 1940 championship football team. Other Roosevelt players who made the Interscholastic League first-string all-star team that year were end John Bellinger, guard Mike Topolinski and back Richard Olmos. Gridders played both offense and defense in those days. Bellinger, who was the team brain and was given play-calling duties by coach Jimmy Blaisdell, went on to become president of First Hawaiian Bank. Workaholic Topolinski was a firefighter for 30 years and then served as a Hawaii Kai Marina patrolman for another 30 years ...

THE LAST WORD: Hank Chapin reports that in the celebration of life for former state archivist Agnes Conrad at St. Pius X Parish on Jan. 21, Father Gordian Carvalho Jr. pointed out the coincidence that Agnes' service was being held on the day of the Feast of St. Agnes. Carvalho said it was pure coincidence unless, he quipped, Agnes had planned it that way. ...

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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