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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, June 29, 2000


Happy 3rd of July

THE folks at Aloha Tower Marketplace figured out how to get people to attend their Fourth of July celebration in theMug shot midst of many competing events -- they're holding it on July 3. I guess the idea is that people have the day off on the Fourth, so the night of the 3rd would be a logical time to feature games, entertainment and a huge fireworks display while others wait until the next day to stage their celebration. Activities at Aloha Tower run from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 3 ... One person who won't be celebrating Independence Day this year is Henry Woltag, the former RAF pilot from England who made a fortune taking photos in Hawaii, having established and then sold the Kahala Kai traveling photo concession. He just got married on Maui. When the registrar asked his birth date, he replied without thinking "2-1-21." "What?", said his bride to be, Larisa Rodin, "You told me you were 45." Only about 34 years off ... Attorney Greg Coates, however, never fails to send out "Happy Independence Day" cards, along with a plug for his book, "Divorce With Dignity." ... INDIANA'S representative in the Junior Miss national finals, which aired last night on TNN, was a Hawaii girl, Krystal Kama. The daughter of John and Pauline Kama, Krystal is a first cousin to entertainer Robbie Kaholokula and she danced to Dennis Kamakahi's "Puu Hone" to win the Indiana crown ...

Shell game

YOU might suspect that Honolulu Club G.M. David Shell would spend his vacation visiting one of the hundreds of reciprocal clubs to which he's entitled, but no. Shell took to the open roads of the American West and did a solo cross-country tour on his vintage BMW motorcycle. He's now back making plans for the Honolulu Club's 20th anniversary in September and will mark his one year anniversary at the club at the same time ... SPEAKING of clubs, Arnold Schwarzenegger brought his along when here for the 22nd Hawaiian Island Body-building Championships, and jaunted off to Lanai during his stay to golf both the Challenge at Manele and the Experience at Koele courses with Lanai director of golf, Gary Campbell ... And Hawaii's surfing ambassador Fred Hemmings is off to Brazil to attend Sao Paolo's first major ocean sports trade show, the guest of Brazilian pro surfer Rico de Souza and Insider Now magazine, which covers the sporting scene in South America ... CELEBRATING the L.A. Lakers' NBA championship win over Indiana at Matteo's in Waikiki was team owner Jerry Buss ... Local hoopsters who will only dream of being a Laker, or a member of any NBA team for that matter, are gearing up for "Hoop Jam," Hawaii's largest street basketball tournament, slated for July 8 and 9 in Kakaako. More than 400 teams are expected to play in the tourney on several different courts set up at Mother Waldron Playground, at Pohukaina and Coral Streets ...

Initial impressions

MAYBE it was such national groups as NWA or U2, but Mountain Apple Records has entered a phase in which artists are being initially introduced. That is, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero has been morphed into RUC on his new CD and RCHNK is the title of Robert's Halau Na Kamalei on their new CD. Now Tony Conjugation has come out with a new CD called "TC2000," and he's merely identified as Tony C. Looks like Willie K was ahead of his time ...



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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