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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, May 18, 2000


GOP remark
draws fire

THERE seems to be an orchestrated letter writing campaign, both to the newspaper and to my email address, maligning my motives for mentioning those seen on camera during TV coverage of the GOP convention as beingMug shot mostly middle-aged to senior haoles. I specifically stated, "Maybe it was just the camera angle chosen." Kitty Lagareta emailed to call the item "a nasty swipe at the Republican Party" and ended with, "You really do owe an apology on this one." Apology for what? Watching TV news? Take it up with the stations! And if young people were selected by the GOP as delegates this year, that's an encouraging move ... As to the self-described "senior haole" whose letter appeared in Monday's paper, his perception was that "all major electronic media and most major print media are very liberal." How do you suppose he justifies that view, given the Star-Bulletin's editorial endorsements of many Republicans including Ronald Reagan -- hardly a liberal -- twice! ...

ONE of the new shows on NBC is called "D.A.G." and I assume the initials stand for the show's star, David Alan Grier. The morning paper called it "Dag," and I wondered if they'd really name a show after a particularly rude term in Australia. "Rattle your dags," is slang for "hurry up," and if you don't know how the phrase came about, you don't want to ...

Queen for a Year

YOU'VE heard of Leo the Lion? Well, meet Leonard the Leo. She's Christie Leonard (born Aug. 8, 1978) and she was awarded this year's Miss Hawaii USA title. Christie will graduate next month from UC-Santa Barbara. And when the new Miss Hawaii Teen USA was named, it was deja vu. She's Lauren Madden, a Punahou School senior and the daughter of Island Heritage owners Dale and Lynn Madden. Some of us remember her mom when she was a young beauty queen, Lynn Kimoto. Judging from program photos, Lauren's the spitting image of Lynn when she was a Roughrider at Roosevelt. National competition will take place in Louisiana in August and be televised by CBS ...

EVERY year, Chris Benson, owner of the hugely popular C.B. Hennigan's pub in Los Gatos, Calif., comes to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. A contingent of friends set up at Murphy's, make gallons of mai-tais and serve up the food for those going to the game on the buses Murphy's hires. So when Benson celebrated the 20th anniversary of his place, Don Murphy turned the tables and flew over to cook there. He was joined by Puna Chillingworth and Bobby Hons and they ran into ex-isle resident Brownie Barnes at the party. Before returning home, all went to visit wheelchair-bound Charley Wedemeyer. The ex-Punahou and Michigan State quarterback lives nearby with wife Lucy and continues his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. They agreed that Charley is an inspiration to all ...

Dandy Dad's Day Doings

LOOKING for something unusual to give the old man for Father's Day? How about a weekend on the Big Isle. The largest outdoor Hawaiian cultural event will take place June 17 & 18 at Waiki'i Ranch Polo Field. Besides cultural exhibits and demonstrations, there'll be music on Saturday by Darlene Ahuna, The Lim Family, Martin Pahinui, Pound 4 Pound, Keali'i Reichel, Ehukai and Sean Na'auao. On Sunday, performers will be Kahikina, Harold Kama Jr., Russell Mauga, BB Shawn, Pure Heart, Kalapana, Three Plus and Fiji. What's not to like? ...



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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