Eddie Sherman

Eddie Sherman
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Wednesday - April 20, 2005
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FACES OUT FRONT: Tobey (Spider-Man) Maguire enjoyed his Waikiki holiday thusly: Spent much of his time taking surf instruction from one of the masters — Hans Hedemann, a longtime wave champ. Among Hans’ better star surf pupils are Cameron Diaz and Adam Sandler

Cameron Diaz

The practical joker: That would be Gene Axelrod, former owner of the Honolulu Club (still lives at Diamond Head) and currently major domo of his successful Beverly Hills Country Club. Fr’example: This is the sting he pulled on a couple of his most prestigious members, Merv Griffin, the former talk show host and multi-millionaire hotel mogul, and the famed Dr. Phil. Gene found a vegetable spray bottle labeled Niagara. He turned the letter “N” into a “V.” When Dr. Phil saw the bottle he said, “I need one of those.” Axelrod gladly obliged, saying how great it was. Dr. Phil later claimed he knew it was a joke. Ha! For Griffin, Axelrod held a book signing of his latest book as a fund raiser. Gene made up special books to be signed — with all pages blank. When Griffin realized he was signing blank books, he was so angry he threatened to sue the publisher — until Axledrod explained … Thanks to Big Isle-grown fresh abalone, gourmet palates around the globe and now enjoying this advanced aquaculture technology … Did Elvis really die almost 28 years ago? You’d never know it judging by the incredible propaganda and marketing machine generating millions annually by his estate. Impersonators continue to impersonate. Elvis look-alikes marry folks in Vegas. Books are still being written about him by almost anyone who may have shaken his hand, and his memorabilia sells briskly … This changing world: While putting the groceries in my car at a supermarket, a begger-type tap’d me on the shoulder and asked for a dollar. OK. As he walked away, I noticed a newspaper under his arm — The Wall Street Journal. Hope he invested my money wisely … Just thinking out loud: Hawaii’s Bette Midler has been a hit in just about every show biz venue — except one. Broadway shows. For some strange reason she’s never been asked to star in such … Heart of Hawaii: Bill Bruhl, chef-owner of BluWater Grill out Hawaii Kai way, putting together a fundraiser for wife Amy, who had her leg amputated because of bone cancer. A bunch of canoe paddlers from Amy’s Hui Pakaloa Canoe Club are getting together to paddle from Lanikai to Bluwater Grill in Hawaii Kai. Fundraiser also includes breakfast, silent auction, Moanaloa and celeb chefs. May 14 is the date and all paddlers are welcome to join in … An island vignette: European Kosmetica is the name of a new spa recently opened in Harbor Square. Owner Iva Taylor (a model in her native Czechoslovakia) came to this city with a new American husband two years ago. Shortly thereafter, the nuptials collapsed. He left. She stayed. Some customers say the cozy, high-quality atmosphere rivals any 5-star resort spa … How to become a grandparent twice in one day. Cecilia Villafuerte (of Central Pacific Bank) is definitely one excited grandma. Happened thusly: Her dotter Celia Villafuerte McCuaig (Maryknoll class of ’85 and a senior civil engineer with the California State Dept. of Transformation) and hubby Mike are thrilled to have a blessed event. Her name is Megan Lehua. Now, get this. Three hours later — in Honolulu — Cecilia’s son Elix, Maryknoll ’87 and audit manager at Kamehameha Schools, and wife Vicky (senior audit manager at Deloite & Touche) welcome a baby boy, Eldon. Congrats to all … MidWeek’s Carol Chang, who writes a terrif dot-dot-dot col’m in the Windward Islander supplement, sends a postcard from Palm Springs — a foto of a desert roadrunner: “We saw lots of roadrunners, but I couldn’t log on to any of them!”


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