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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 2, 2001

The Left Lane
Island footprints

"Lu'au feet" are real. Shoe buyers here report that, when it comes to ordering shoes for Island men and women, they order short and wide.

"Gut" and "key" are shoe-sales speak for the most popular sizes as measured by sales, according to Ivan Lee, regional merchandise manager for Salvatore Ferragamo. For Hawai'i men, gut sizes are 7 1/2 to 9 EE, with 8 1/2 EEE (Es are wider widths). The gut range on the Mainland, however is 9 1/2 to 11 D (D is a medium width). Hawai'i women's gut sizes are 5 1/2 to 7C, while Mainland women measure in at 7 to 8 1/2 B. Shorter and wider, just like the men.

— Paula Rath

Opera work honored

The Hawai'i Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, which provides scholarships and other assistance to young artists, has chosen Henry Akina, the general and artistic director of Hawai'i Opera Theatre, as the chapter's 40th distinguished honoree. In a formal benefit dinner at the Pacific Club on May 21, Akina will be recognized for his creative contributions. For tickets ($55) or information, call David Doyle at 395-1555. Deadline: May 16.

— Katherine Nichols