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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, November 11, 1999


Jones inspires
UH colleague

NEW UH football coach June Jones is a quiet guy who'd rather get things done than talk about it. But in spite of his low key approach, he's become something of an icon of success, improving so remarkably on former coach Fred vonAppen's 0-12 record. The latest person to invoke Mug shotJones' name was new UH School of Medicine dean Edwin C. Cadman. He told the Honolulu Rotary this week that many of his Yale colleagues kidded him about accepting a job "in the boondocks," and that he'd received offers from more prestigious schools, but rather than be a caretaker dean somewhere else, he aspired to be the June Jones of the UH School of Medicine. The Rotarians gave him a resounding round of applause, and he was an instant hit in his first public talk since taking over as dean Nov. 1 ...

THE peripatetic Abe Weinstein is just back from an eye-opening tour of China, Japan and Korea aboard the Sky Princess. While on board, he gave lectures on jazz during the daytime and practiced what he preached on stage in the evenings. Weinstein is back just in time to assemble a 24-piece orchestra to back up Johnny Mathis Friday night at the Blaisdell Arena. Then he's off once again to the Mediterranean to perform until mid-January ... KINE's Brickwood Galuteria has shown some gut s. He was the only one of the seven voters in "Football Fever" to pick Dallas over Green Bay on Sunday, despite all the Cowboy injuries. By the way, he does have the best seasonal record of the voters ...

I Love the Night Life

YOU find discotheques in some of the strangest places. Take the 20th floor of the Waikiki Trade Center, for example. Louis Vuitton booked it and transformed it into a discotheque for a private party to celebrate the grand opening of its new Waikiki store. Singer Patti Austin and former MTV D.J. Marques Wyatt were flown in to provide entertainment and local D.J. Kimo Kahoano, there with fiancee Audrey Hyrne, called it "the party of the year." ... YOU may recall that the Waikiki Trade Center was for many years the home of Maharaja, the $6 million nightclub on the ground level, and that long neglected space is about to emerge as a club once again, and as with Maharaja, it'll be run by Peter Dietrich, who's the general manager. Oddly enough, the place is being called the Zanzabar Nightclub. I say oddly, because while Zanzibar is an island off Africa, "Zanzabar" means nothing. Except now it's the name of a club, purposely spelled that way. In any case, another $1 million is being put into fixing up the club and when it opens late this month it'll mark an opening rather than a closing of a venue for live and recorded music in Waikiki. The club will be open until 2 a.m. seven nights a week and accommodate as many as 800 patrons ...

Kona Coca Cola

WHEREVER Kona Carmack goes in Tel Aviv, where she's a top model, people say, "Hi, Coca Cola." Seems Kona did a huge campaign for Coke and people are more familiar with it there than her Playboy spread of a couple of years back. Kona was recently one of the guests on a talk show in Tel Aviv that is the Israeli equivalent of "Politically Correct," discussing feminists and abusive husbands. (Relax -- she's still single.) Israel TV viewers are also familiar with Kona through her role on "Baywatch Hawaii." In fact, she has a nice role in Saturday's "Baywatch" in which she and the actor playing David Hasselhof's son ... well, I don't want to give everything away ...



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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