By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, October 14, 1999

Biz school eyes deep pockets

BRING cash if you're planning to attend the 50th anniversary "Shareholders' Celebration Dinner" for the UH College of Business Administration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oct. 28. A "Venture Capitalist" tableMug shot is $5,000, an "Institutional Investor" table is $3,000, etc. They were going to have a "White Knight" table that would go for $25 million, the purchaser getting not only dinner but his name attached to the business school. They chickened out on that one. The evening will honor four past deans of the college: Ralph Hook, Dave Heenan, Dave Bess and Chuck Gee. One alum of the college, Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Bob Fishman, agreed to appear in a video for the event and organizer Phil Kinnicutt promised him he'd be compensated. What he didn't know was that the payoff was in old "Coin of the Realm" video game tokens from now defunct Castle Park where Fishman was at one time general manager. Kinnicutt had discovered them during a spring cleaning of his house and decided to put them to use ...

COLD U.S. cash was the only coin of the realm in play at the recent Elvis memorabilia auction in Las Vegas. One item of local interest was the cape "The King" tossed into the audience during his "Aloha from Hawaii" TV special which was caught by then Advertiser sports writer Bruce Spinks. It fetched $85,000! ...

Learning with Eads

TIME for a follow-up on Michael and Angel Eads, teenage kids of Waimea Pastor Don Eads. Both Michael, who is 15, and Angel, a year younger, are full time students at UH-Hilo and are making straight A's. Angel works for the school newspaper and was on Oahu over the weekend attending a state-wide student conference. Michael, meanwhile, works as an optics aide at Keck Observatories and analyzes images from Keck's twin telescopes, plus does Web page design for Keck. Despite their accomplishments and the family's meager assets, the University gives them no financial assistance whatsoever. Anyone who'd like to help them out can reach Pastor Eads at Aloha Christian Fellowship, Waimea and Puna ...

WHEN those attending a recent business leaders' luncheon heard HMSA spokesman Cliff Cisco extolling the virtues of A-Plus, some thought he was talking about Gov. Ben Cayetano's learning program. But he was simply singing the praises of HMSA's being awarded an "A-Plus" rating by Standard & Poor's ... Rep. Barbara Marumoto was bemused to read that the governor wants regular flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda Airport rather than the distant Narita. Especially since regular flights have existed for years between Honolulu and Haneda and China Airlines has been touting them in large newspaper ads. No A-Plus for him ...

MAYBE I'm missing something here, but promoters Nu-Med USA are holding what they call "a free anti-aging conference" Nov. 7 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Isn't the alternative to aging something just a bit worse? Like dying? ...

50th in the 50th

CELEBRATING their 50th wedding anniversary in the 50th State this week are Tom and Ethel Harrington of Charlestown, Mass. But this particular 50th anniversary is special in another way. It's also the couple's 50th visit to Hawaii, which they call "our home away from home." The two are ensconced in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel through Oct. 28. The Harringtons spend every February, April and October in Hawaii ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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