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Honolulu Country Club tees off to help Japan

By Ben Wood


Honolulu Country Club owner Tomio Takei, manager Gary Brown and board member Danny Kaleikini decided to turn the April 1 nine-hole Pau Hana Tournament into an 18-hole tourney for club members to raise funds for Sendai, Japan. The tournament drew 148 people and raised $32,000 in donations for the tsunami-devastated city. The club covered costs for golf and food. Musicians Jim Howard, Benny Chong, Byron Yasui, Robert Shinoda and singer Ginai donated their services. The money will be used to help the children of Sendai, many of whom are now orphans. Takei will also donate half the proceeds raised from the club’s Easter Brunch to Sendai. He has been working with three of his famous friends in Japan on fundraising. They are golfer Isao Aoki, retired baseball great Sadaharu Oh and jazz musician Teramasa Hino …

PLAY BALL! The Friends of Alexander Cartwright will celebrate the founder of baseball’s 191st birthday on April 16. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Cartwright’s Oahu Cemetery gravesite. He was a longtime Honolulu resident. Emcee Bob Corboy says speakers will include such sporting luminaries as Jim Leahey, Don Robbs, Jack Sullivan, Korky Gallagher, Lyle Nelson and Hervy Kurisu. But this is no private club — people are invited to bring their gloves and toss the old horsehide around. “Bring a glove and a smile,” Corboy says …

A SURPRISE double birthday party was held for director Joyce Maltby and assistant director Denise Aiko Chinen after the Saturday performance of Hawaii Pacific University’s “Dangerous Liaisons.” Besides the cast, other theater folk attending were Glenn Cannon, Jo Pruden and Becky Maltby. A sword-fighting scene between Reb Beau Allen and Aaron Roberge, choreographed by Tony Pisculli, came off without a hitch. But cast member Ingrid Hagen-Keith had it rough. She stepped on a pin making a barefoot entrance, suffered a curling iron burn to her face and managed to get a fabric burn to her arm that required bandaging while leaving the stage. The show is playing through May 1 at HPU. Call 375-1282 for show dates and reservations …

RETIRED Hawaii high court Chief Justice Ronald Moon will be honored May 20 at the Honolulu Police Community Foundation gala at the Sheraton. Moon is being honored for his work with Kick Start Hawaii, a program designed to keep kids out of trouble. Moon is the board’s veep and oversees the education committee …

ALOHA KAY LUND: Kay Lund Shoffeitt, a former Star-Bulletin reporter in the 1960s and ’70s, died March 6 in North Carolina after a long fight against cancer. She was 73. Kay covered airlines and tourism for the Bulletin. She loved flying and learned to fly herself. She spent nine years at the Bulletin and left the newspaper to join United Airlines. She rose quickly up the ranks and at one time was United’s highest-ranking female employee. She was director of corporate communications and retired in 1988. Retired Star-Advertiser reporter Mary Adamski, one of Kay’s close friends, said, “On her last visit to Hawaii in the summer of 2008, she gathered some of us vintage newswomen together for lunch at the Halekulani — Harriet Gee, Helen Altonn, Hildy Verploegen, Tomi Knaefler and me. She remembered the popovers for years, a highlight of the restaurant’s breakfast menu. And at her request, a big basket of them was served at lunch — a delicious nostalgic moment.” During her Bulletin years, Kay was a dear, helpful friend of mine …

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things.
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