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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, July 14, 1999


Boards can’t be called boring

YOU think people don't take Neighborhood Boards seriously? Ask Mike Palcic. He was elected to Neighborhood Board No. 5, but because he was upset that chairman Karen Ahmai didn't follow Robert's Rules of Order, he refused to take the oath of office. She informed him he was therefore not a member and must leave the Ala Wai Clubhouse meeting. Palcic protested that she lacked the authority to throw him out, so she called the cops. Mug shotThey came and told him they were just there to keep the peace and asked that he not disrupt the meeting. Rather than risk arrest, he went home, "had a couple of beers," and wrote Mayor Jeremy Harris about it, suggesting that Harris' rep, Dave Chun, was somehow orchestrating the whole thing. Interesting to note that the audience at that meeting included House Speaker Calvin Say, Sen. Les Ihara, Rep. Brian Yamane & Rep. Scott Saiki, all of whom sat mute ...

SOME may find this a tad disquieting. In preparing his menu for the 18th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium this weekend, Chef Christian Hugo Jorgensen went to a charity livestock auction in upcountry Maui. You can taste the results of that shopping spree at the symposium's grand tasting event Friday night at the Kapalua Bay Hotel, when Jorgensen roasts a lamb in an imu pit covered with banana leaves. The auction is a benefit for children with learning disabilities who care for the animals until they're auctioned. Awwww ...

Honing Pidgin

WITH the love affair isle theatergoers have with hearing pidgin English on stage, you know that Lisa Matsumoto's latest pidgin fairy tale, "The Princess and the Iso Peanut," will be a success at Diamond Head Theatre. It's already been extended twice. There's a huge cast in this fable about a princess who embraces the King's English and a local pidgin-speaking prince. The music (by Roslyn) and choreography (by Tina Enoki and Greg Lizenbery) is derivative of such shows as "Oliver," "Les Miz," etc., but originality with an already familiar story ("The Princess and the Pea") is hardly a requirement ... Speaking of which, I was amused to read about auditions for roles in a film project based on work by Lee Cataluna, author of "Da Mayah," which also emphasizes pidgin. One actor, the notice read, "must squint well." ...

THE Honolulu Symphony must be drawing heavily on members of the Jewish community, because it has moved its 100th anniversary season opening featuring Marilyn Horne from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11. It was pointed out that the original date was the first evening of Rosh Hashanah and the symphony staff wanted everyone to be able to attend the opening ...

Sharing Shari

SINGER Shari Lynn will be demonstrating musical moves Saturday night. She and her Fascinatin' Rhythm band, celebrating their seventh year this month in the Hale Koa Hotel's Warriors Lounge, will be the opening act at Saturday's jazz festival at Hawaii Theatre. They'll do tributes to the Four Freshman, Pied Pipers plus Louis Prima & Keely Smith, with Gabe Baltazar saluting Sam Butera. Then it's off to the Kahala Mandarin where Lynn sings jazz and show tunes with pianist Clyde Pound, from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge. The lounge's lively Saturday night dance parties were canceled due to complaints from nearby apartments ...



Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com



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