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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, May 4, 2000


Moms join singer models

WANT to feel really old? I'm not sure that Emme Tomimbang does, but the TV show hostess has a Mother's Day fashion show this weekend at Liberty House Pearlridge. The show features her own line of clothing and is being modeled by the groups Forte and Pure Mug shotHeart, accompanied by their moms! ... Emme, by the way, just returned from vacationing in Las Vegas (where she took in the Martin Nievera show at the Bellagio with Al Masini and his new girlfriend) and in Arizona. She joined Al & Jane Nakatani (whose loss of three sons is told in "Honor Thy Children") for dinner at Roy's Restaurant in Scottsdale and then took in the grand opening of another Roy's in Phoenix, this one co-owned by ex-Nick's Fishmarket Waikiki owner Randy Schoch, who also owns the Ruth's Chris Steakhouses in Hawaii. Helping oversee the grand opening in Phoenix was Leala McCullen, Roy's "right hand girl" world-wide ...

KID groups are continuing to find exposure in Hawaii. Winner of the I-94 Brown Bags to Stardom competition this year was 3-Vival, a four member group from Kapaa High on Kauai, with Punahou's Bliss trio runners-up ... Breakout, another four-member contemporary group (three are 16, one is 18) perform works by the Backstreet Boys, Jewel, Boyzone etc. They've been appearing around town and will be at Ala Moana's Centerstage for a Mother's Day concert May 14 ... And 24-VII, the terrific young dance group which scored big in "Destination Stardom," will perform a contemporary dance concert May 19 & 20 at Castle High's Ronald E. Bright Theatre ...

Doves of a feather

JUST back from South Bend, Ind., is Bob Dove, CEO of the Hawaii Employers Mutual Insurance Company. He was there to surprise his dad, Bob Dove Sr., who was being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Dove's father was a two-time all-American end on the Notre Dame football team in the early 1940s, and is the first member chosen by the hall's Honors Committee. Dove was on his way to a conference in Florida, but detoured through Youngstown, Ohio, where his dad lives and surprised him at a family dinner the evening before the press conference announcing the honor ...

ADMAN Jack Seigle is now retired from Star Seigle McCombs, but still comes into the office from time to time. He happened into the office on his birthday last week and a woman he'd not seen before said, "It's 'Happy Birthday' for both of us." That got Seigle to thinking, so he looked up the company birthday list and discovered the statistical anomaly that out of the 80 people working at the company, there are 14 pairs of people -- 28 employees in all -- who share the same birthday. Mused Seigle, "I don't know what that means, but it's gotta be worth something." ...

Now or later?

REMEMBER the old Edward R. Murrow show, "Hear It Now"? Well, in Hawaii we've long been accustomed to seeing nearly everything on TV hours after everyone on the mainland, but now it's taking hold on radio as well. Fans wanting to hear the L.A. Dodger games will "Hear It Later" if they're tuning in KGU. That may be better than the station not carrying the games at all, but for those with computers may we suggest hearing the game live? One way is to visit Yahoo, click on MLB (for baseball) and then the Dodgers, and with a push of your mouse you can hear the game live and also watch the progress on a screen ...



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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