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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Friday, June 30, 2000


Swingin’ tunes
and cheap beer

ALL this heat we've been experiencing has turned people somewhat mad. When's the last time you saw free parking at the Blaisdell Center, such as it was Wednesday night? Of course, it was for a fund-Mug shotraiser for Mayor Jeremy Harris, and if he wants free parking at the City facility to help build up the attendance, he gets it ... Now promoter Tom Moffatt is getting into the act. Moffatt was a longtime pal and business associate of "Sad Sam" Ichinose. When Sam wasn't promoting boxing matches, he ran a saloon on Hotel Street. Moffatt is having a Fourth of July swing dance party on board the Battleship Missouri, and is offering the same wartime beer prices Sad Sam charged -- 10 cents a glass. Of course that's only for a half-hour -- he doesn't want a ship-full of drunks on the loose, even though he's carrying the summer madness further by offering free trolley service to and from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum to the Mighty Mo that night. Admission is $25, allowing self-guided tours of the ship, dancing to the Willie Barton Company B Boogie Woogie Band and a giant fireworks show, with $5 going to the Battleship Missouri Memorial ...

Russell a-bustling

SINCE returning from L.A., where he's relocating, fashion photog Russell Tanoue has been booked solid, shooting numerous aspiring models and actress Maria Bautista, whose soon-to-be-released film, "Booty and the Beast," is at the Cannes film fest. Tanoue also has been selected to photograph an island beauty with a contemporary island look for Quiet Storm Records' newest CD, "Island Roots, Volume 2." The cosmopolitan beauty he selects will not just appear on the CD cover, but in life-sized poster enlargements, print and TV advertising and even voice over work on radio ads, plus in person at events. Those wishing to be considered must submit photos no later than July 17 to Tanoue, 350 Ward Ave., Suite 106, Honolulu, 96814 ... TOMORROW is going to be a landmark day in the Hawaii hotel industry, with two giants stepping aside. Adi Kohler is departing the Mauna Kea after 27 years but plans to remain in Hawaii and in the visitor industry. And Patricia Tam is taking over something called the "brand management division" of the Halekulani, with longtime Isle hotelier Fred Honda moving in as hotel G.M. ... Former local theater director Lewis Stout, in town preparing to direct "Baywatch Hawaii," was strolling around downtown when he ran into Alan Sutterfield, a former colleague at HPAC, now Manoa Valley Theater. The two stopped into Havana Cabana for a drink, found me sitting there and the three of us shared many stories about local theater in the good old days. It was Stout's last evening on the town before beginning 4 a.m. calls for "Baywatch." ...

Sweetie's new sweetie

AS producer of KSSK's Hanohano Room shows, Sweetie Pacarro meets a lot of stars, but rarely gets flustered talking about them. But after starting her day with Mario Lopez of "Pacific Blue," she couldn't resist gushing, "He has the most beautiful dimples." As if that weren't enough to make her day, Sweetie got to end her day with Mario at the Taste of Honolulu where the two co-hosted on the Skygate stage. As spokesman for Hawaiian Natural Water Company, Mario was at both events to help promote the company's newest drinks ...



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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