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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

‘Hawaii Five-O’

TOMORROW is the 20th anniversary of what you might call "Danno's Night Off." It was on April 5, 1980, that Steve McGarrett finally caught up with and collared his longtime nemesis, Wo Fat. The late Khigh Dhiegh, an actor who was as gentle and soft-spoken off-stage as he was menacing and Mug shotfrightening on camera, met his match with aplomb: "A fitting end, McGarrett. Through a dozen adventures which had had no resolution, we come now to the final act of this, this morality play." And rather than stage some gimmicky get-away for Wo Fat, so he could come and menace another day, the "Hawaii Five-O" powers-that-be had him surrender. And who could forget Jack Lord jutting his jaw even more than usual to intone, "I've waited a long time for this, Wo Fat. Now I'm going to have the unique pleasure of booking you myself." And Jim MacArthur, whose job for 12 previous seasons was to "book 'em, Danno," merely looked on ...

HAWAII comes out on top of Michigan State! Oh, sorry, we're not talking basketball here. But U.S. News & World Report has just released its ranks of top college of business administration schools, and UH finished tied with Dartmouth for No. 20, edging out Michigan State, which was 22nd. The schools that finished ahead of Manoa included such powerhouses as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, MIT and, at No. 19, Cornell ...

Old news, revisited

SOME months back I called KHON-TV and asked an official spokesman to comment on news I'd heard -- that Bob Hogue was being fired as sports director, to be replaced by Ron Mizutani, whose slot on the morning news show would be taken by Kirk Matthews. The response: "Huh?" One problem, the staff hadn't been told, but a meeting was quickly called the next day. All proved true except for the part about Matthews joining Leslie Wilcox in the morning. Yesterday the station confirmed that as well ... Even longer ago, Channel 2 confirmed a query that they'd hired beauty queen Trini Kaopuiki to be their first weather person, but she has yet to appear on air. Here's the good news: The station, not wanting to just shove a pretty face in front of the camera, did hire her and sent her to the mainland to study meteorology. Now when she takes to the air, probably this month, she should be comfortable talking about the weather ...

DEAR Oprah: That's how Susan Kaminski began her letter to Oprah Winfrey telling why she felt she should be included in a "Women Who Love Their Jobs" segment. Oprah must have loved what Susan wrote, because a crew was assembled on Maui to shoot her doing her job, and the footage was used in the show. Susan is a cook at the Grand Wailea's Cafe Kula restaurant. Her winning letter stated, "I work in paradise, met the man of my dreams here in Hawaii, and do what I love best -- cooking -- for a living." ...

Center of attention

LIBERTY House is home to a couple of eye-catching attractions this weekend. Aiea High grad James Carreira, national make-up artist for Lancome, returns to demonstrate for local women how to bring out their natural beauty Friday through Sunday. He's worked with Brooke Lee, Susan Anton, Suzanne Somers and divas Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole and Celine Dion ... Also on view this weekend will be a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV at Liberty House's mall entrance in its own roped off space with around the clock security ...

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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