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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Mrs. Hawaii
a winner

IT'S just not like me to say, "I told you so," but I told you so. Back on Aug. 23, this column told how Waikiki was filled with beautiful woman -- all married, alas -- here for the Mrs. America contest. At the time I singled Mug shotout Mrs. Hawaii, school teacher Leslie Lam, as the contestant with the least distance to travel, and added she "has the looks to go all the way and win the title." Which is just exactly what she did. The results were kept secret, "Survivor" style, until the PAX network aired the pageant Sunday night. Can her 14-year old daughter, Amber, be far behind? ...

YESTERDAY was Yom Kippur, the holiest of holy days for Jews. The late Dick Barry set me straight on the holiday when he said that Catholics in New York, often unable to make reservations at popular, expensive restaurants because they're so fully booked, love Yom Kippur. They refer to it as "The Feast of Immediate Seating." ... Some interesting tidbits discovered in yesterday's Star-Bulletin that have nothing to do with Bore and Gush: Of 19 obits listed, 18 were for people older than I am. One day this will be a meaningful statistic for you ... Lex Brodie's is having a "Halloween Tire Sale," with no further explanation, but let's hope it has nothing to do with ghosts or ghoulies ... Richard Reveira Alcantra petitioned Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono for a name change and a legal ad states she found "good reasons" for him now having the name Hollywood Reveira Alcantara ...

The Fox and Biegel

IT'S been a memorable year for Yvonne Landavazo Biegel. The newly married blonde public relations rep for Four Seasons Resorts resigned her position to start her own agency. Her first client? Four Seasons Maui. That, plus Tiffany & Co. Maui and others have kept her going at a goodly clip. None more so than Four Seasons, which is hosting the 11th annual Terry Fox Cancer Research Benefit Oct. 21, an all-day affair that begins with a 10k run, features a gala dinner and auction with the participation of 15 of Hawaii's top chefs, concluding with a reprise of Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts and their 1997 show continuing through 11 p.m. Emceeing is Channel 8's Howard Dashefsky ...

AND speaking of Biegel, she's also recovering from a summer in which she was line producer for a series of Travel Channel shows called "Girl Meets Hawaii." It's been airing in prime time on Fridays to an estimated viewing audience of 45 million. There were 11 half-hour shows, plus two hour-long ones. Watch for tall, blonde Yvonne to do a cameo in the Oct. 20 show, "Taste of Hawaii." ...

CHICAGO comes to Chicago Thursday. That would be the cast of "Chicago" visiting Pearl Harbor and the submarine USS Chicago. Some 180 crew and family members will get freebies to see the musical while it's at the Blaisdell Concert Hall ...

Merry Christmas?

WITH Yom Kippur and Columbus Day (or Discoverers' Day in Hawaii) taking place yesterday, and with Halloween, Election Day, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving yet to come, some folks are already thinking Christmas. Anna Viggiano and Lindbergh Marzo come to mind. They're already working on their 21st "Breakfast with Santa" musical puppet show at Liberty House, Ala Moana. It opens Nov. 25 and plays through Dec. 23 and while it's generally a sell out, this year's is sure to be, with Alan Wong of the Liberty House Pineapple Room cooking. The phone calls have already started ...

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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