By Dave Donnelly

Monday, November 22, 1999

No denying,
football’s king

SEEMS like everyone is whispering that coach Cal Lee knew that when the St. Louis board of trustees elected to keep him (and keep him happy) while bidding aloha to the school president, Rev. Mario Pariente. Looks like St. Louis, if it were to be rated, wouldn't be given a "G" (for grades) rating, or a PG (Pariente Guidance) for that matter, and certainly not an "R" for "readin' and 'riting & 'rithmatic." That leaves the obvious "X's and O's." ... The ABC-TV sports team was waxing about what a great turnaround UH coach June Jones has done in Hawaii, after taking over an 0-12 team. And that was before the 'Bows sank Navy 48-41. Where was the Secretary of Defense during that game, anyway? ...

ONE or two more football notes. Neil Everett has put together a half-hour primetime show called "UH Rainbows: Miracle in Manoa," which will air 7 p.m. Dec. 15 on KGMB-TV ... And finally, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives gave out five awards for outstanding philanthropy in the community, and the small business winner was Don Murphy of Murphy's Bar & Grill. Coach Jones was one who wrote in support: "Don Murphy has created a true giving atmosphere in the community and has forever made a difference in many of our lives." ...

Close shave for Schick

Mug shot LOOKS like it's going to be "Wait'll next year -- or at least next audition -- for Castle High School graduate Aiko Lani Schick. She flew to New York from her theater school in Florida at the behest of the producers of "The Lion King" to audition for a role. They listened to her sing and read a scene, and while they found her "really talented and very professional" she was deemed a tad too young for the part. So it's back to school and "Wait'll next time!" ...

THEATER is alive and well in Hawaii, even if we're days from entering a new millennium and we're seeing plays 60 years old. Both Joyce Maltby at Hawaii Pacific University and Betty Burdick at Manoa Valley managed to round up 10 actors (as it turned out) who gave some remarkable performances in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," respectively. Many of these were actors I'd never seen on stage before, and it's nice to know Hawaii has such a deep talent pool. It bodes well for future productions as well as the current ones ...

IT doesn't matter where he sings as long as Jimmy Borges can find a microphone. Yesterday it was on the plush lawn of the Florentine mansion which is La Pietra, and tomorrow night he'll be at the Musician's Union studio doing "Paradise Revisited" with Rich Crandall and the trio which used to back him at the Paradise Lounge in the '80s ...

Sumo super supper

NORMALLY when sumo superstar Konishiki (a k a Salevaa Atisinoe) shows up at a visitor attraction, he's mobbed with fans and camera-toting tourists, hopefully with wide-angle lenses. Not so when he ventured into Waimea Valley Adventure Park last week. Konishiki was to tape a music video at the park, and he slipped in at 4:30 a.m. to set up. After a long day's shooting of segments at Waimea Falls, the park's Sri Lanka Garden and at Waimea Bay, Sale developed a sumo-sized appetite, and rather than spend a lot of time heading for a restaurant, he dined at the Adventure Park's restaurant. It was an adventure for the cooks, too, trying to sate that appetite ...

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

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