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By Dave Donnelly

Monday, September 20, 1999


Rodman, Electra
a flashy twosome

Mug shot SO what's new? But seriously, folks, life goes on. It was certainly going on at Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai the other night when who should pop in but bizarre NBA star Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, his wife? Girlfriend? Ex-wife? Whatever. My goodness, the make-up, the rings, the earrings -- Carmen had some accessories too! As computer whiz Paul Klink put it, she should have the web site hubbahubbahubba. com ... Speaking of the Internet, it has been heartwarming getting e-mail from those who've been following life in Hawaii through the Star-Bulletin's online edition. Some were old pals: Anna Lea in Las Vegas, ex-K-POI Boy Jim Mitchell, Shirley Mae Wong in Hong Kong. Some were people I'd never met, such as ex-pat Desi Jevon, who appeared as Paul in "A Chorus Line" at Army Community Theater, and is now playing Bernardo in "West Side Story" in the New York revival. Devon echoed the words of many former isle residents who wrote of my column, "It always gave me a chance to keep up with what my former islanders were up to." ...

Dressed to the 9's

SOME people who were surprised to read hear that former KHNL weather anchor Maria Quiban had appeared in "The Young and the Restless," may be equally surprised to learn she's also become a bride. Still young, but no longer so restless, Maria became Mrs. Brian Messner on 9/9/99. Several members of the cast of "peregriNasyon," the Kumu Kahua play in which she appeared, flew over for the nuptials including Lito Capina. He and his ex-wife, Rolanda, provided entertainment at the Palos Verdes reception and taught Maria the solo hula she performed at the reception for her new husband ...

WHILE Mele Pochereva was pleased with the ad for her day-timer catalog, she did a double take when she saw that a personalized inscription on the date showing in the ad had been included. It read, "Pochereva Family Weekend Reunion at Sacred Falls State Park." Says Mele, "I don't think I'll be planning the reunion they suggest." ... Hau'ula, the trio which performs at the Maui Prince Hotel, might consider taking their show on the road more often. The group, made up of Wayne Kamake'aina, Tarvin Mahia and Alan Villaren, were a big hit at the recent second annual "Celebration of Aloha," an Aloha Festivals spin-off held in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco ... A sad note in the wake of the Big News around the News Building -- a sign from HNA in the elevator announcing Aloha Week festivities had been canceled ...

The Browning of Lanai

FILM producer David Brown, who with Richard Zanuck produced such movie smashes as "Jaws," "The Sting," "The Verdict," "Cocoon" and "Driving Miss Daisy," will be on Lanai next month. He'll be part of the island's popular Visiting Artist Program on Oct. 25, and will speak at the Manele Bay Hotel along with his wife, "Cosmo Girl" Helen Gurley Brown, who was instrumental in the '60s sexual revolution with her ground-breaking book, "Sex and the Single Girl." Brown's most recent venture is "Kiss the Girls," starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, but everyone is salivating over the release of his film version of Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Angela's Ashes," due at the end of the year. Meanwhile, McCourt's sequel, " 'Tis," will hit bookstores this week ...



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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