By Dave Donnelly

Monday, December 27, 1999

UH win the best
gift of the day

ONE of the best Christmases I've experienced in many years has come and gone, and as a topper on the festivities, June Jones solidified his anointed role as governor-in-waiting by leading the Mug shotRainbow Warriors over Oregon State in the Aloha Bowl. And an additional plus: The ESPN telecast, which was to have been scrambled and unviewable on Oahu, ran anyway, despite the fact the Aloha Bowl was far from a sell-out. I didn't think to check right away to see if the game might be on, and when I did, there it was and UH was behind 7-3. Needless to say, the best was yet to come. So congrats to the old alma mater, and may the upcoming recruiting campaign for the fall of 2000 be fruitful. That win on Christmas day certainly can't hurt ...

SOME of the glitter has left Hideo Nomo since he was the nearly unhittable pitching star of the L.A. Dodgers, but he's still huge in Japan. Those attending the Hawaii Youth Baseball fund-raiser tomorrow night at the Kahala Mandarin can meet Nomo and ironman Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles. Many kids will be sponsored to attend the event and everyone there tomorrow night will receive an autographed baseball. In addition, you can check out the souvenirs at the silent auction and purchase Nomo's Sept. 17, 1996, no-hitter commemorative baseball and a ball signed by Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, among other items. Ripken and Nomo are hosting the second international baseball camp for 150 players ranging in age from 10 to 18 ...

Hello 2000

IF you're one of those wise folks planning to stay home on Dec. 31 and the Y2K bug doesn't play havoc with your computer (highly unlikely), you can enjoy 24 hours of worldwide fun. And that will include what's claimed to be the largest private fireworks display in the State of Hawaii at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. All you have to do is click your computer onto That's the official webcaster of Times Square in New York City, which will be showing celebrations from around the world beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday and ending at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000. The webcam atop the Mauna Lani will be working double duty come Friday ...

TELEVISION and film producer Garry Marshall has again been enjoying "Happy Days" this holiday season at Trattoria, as he does every year ... And it's a happy time for adman Dave Sayre as well. He's been promoted to managing director for PRWorks, a division of ADWorks ... And stepping down as longtime publicist for the architectural firm of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo is Zep Costa. At 72, she's decided to retire as of Dec. 31 ...

Year of the piano

BEFORE anyone else can step up and proclaim 2000 to be the "Year of the Sloth" or some such nonsense, I'd like to suggest that "Year of the Piano" may be more appropriate. Look at whom the Honolulu Symphony has already signed up to appear in a recital series during the first three months of the year. Cecile Licad will appear Jan. 6 at Mamiya Theatre. When she was but 11, the legendary Rudolph Serkin became her mentor and father figure. Topping her in that department on Jan. 18 is the second Mamiya recitalist, Peter Serkin, the actual offspring of Rudolph. Then Awadagin Pratt performs March 9 at Hawaii Theatre, followed there March 28 by Jean-Yves Thibaudet ...

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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