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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, August 6, 1999


Haunted by Hawaii

HOW far would you go to shake the sand out of your shoes and get away from the islands for a brief respite? If you're commercial real Mug shotestate man Ed Reinhart and his wife, Kathy, you'd make whatever connections necessary and end up in Bariloche, Argentina for a bit of skiing. (It's winter down there when it's summer here.) The two checked into a skiing townhouse and before donning their skis for a first go at the Argentine Andes, turned on the TV to check out the weather. So what's the first thing they see? An ESPN sports special from Hawaii, anchored by KHNL's Dan Cooke. Says Reinhart, "You can never really get away." ...

AGENCIES are forever looking for models with "that look" and fresh face, and an exotic new one has just arrived on the scene -- from Maui, of all places. In the patented supermodel way, she's chosen to go by just one name: Mae. A 21-year old, she's half Apache Indian with the other half a combination of Hawaiian-Chinese-Filipino-Spanish. Mae is an aspiring photographer, but is quite as comfortable facing the camera as looking through it ... More and more women are using just a single name these days. Take Sommore, not to be confused with Oliver Twist's plaintive, "Please sir, may I have some more?" She's the chanteuse performing tonight at 8 p.m. at the Sheraton-Waikiki Ballroom ...

On the waterfront

TWIN disasters in the news: One, the crumbling Waikiki natatorium getting the go-ahead from the courts to be restored -- at least in part -- and the second, a 100-foot high Ferris wheel being okayed to be, in effect, the largest sign in the islands. For miles around it'll point out Andy Anderson's new Kakaako development plan at Kewalo Basin. Never mind that Anderson's proposed shops and restaurants will be just blocks from the disastrous Restaurant Row facility with empty spaces where shops and restaurants once stood. The natatorium, even with many millions of taxpayer dollars going into polishing it up, will likely end up as a 2,500 seat facility perhaps best used by diving donkeys like those found at the Atlantic City Beachwalk. Arrrg ...

SOME island lasses who've found their way to the Virtual Experience nightclub have been pleasantly surprised to find that the "J-Men Hawaii" male revue contains guys who are more than just male dancers. One, Antonio, was part of the TV series, "Walker, Texas Ranger," and was one of Cosmo Magazine's "Most Eligible Bachelors." Another, Dion, is said to be a finalist in the 1992 Olympic trials in the 100-meter hurdles and has been featured in Adidas ads. As to the nightspot itself, it's something of a change of pace for ladies to congregate ...

Funkadelicacies

TOMORROW night is the opening premiere performance of the Kailua-based group Hot Monkey Love at Anna Bannanas. It'll be doing a number of original songs that will be on the band's debut CD, "Strike Your Fancy." One tune should be of interest to readers of the weekly "Goddess Speaks" column in the Star-Bulletin. It's called "Do Me Like a Goddess," and the band describes it as "A radio friendly adult alternative song about respect for women." ... And at Wave Waikiki this week, Hellafied Funk Crew was doing a set where the crowd included rockers Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, and Nick Hexum, lead singer of 311, plus Jon Spencer of the J.S. Blues Explosion. The funk was flying ...



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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