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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, October 11, 2000

A guarantee
solid as koa

WHEN you hear the phrase "lifetime guarantee," the question "yours or mine?" comes to mind. But Martin & MacArthur didn't get its reputation forMug shot excellence by spouting empty slogans. Just ask kamaaina Carol Apiki. She called there the other day to see if she could get her dining room table leg repaired even though she'd purchased the table from them 22 years ago. "Of course," came the response, and owner Jon Martin is personally seeing to the repair, promising to have his valued customer's dining room table looking as good as new in no time. Apiki is one satisfied customer who'll tell you the koa furniture at Martin & MacArthur is made to last. And if it doesn't, they'll fix it ...

BACK in 1961, Ed Sakamoto wrote a one-act play called "In the Alley," which was one of four one-acts presented as part of the UH Drama Department's main stage line-up. (An avant-garde play I wrote called "The Door" was on the same bill.) Sakamoto later expanded his one-act to a full length drama called "Aala Park," which was produced by Kumu Kahua in 1997, and is one of three of the playwright's originals to be published by the University of Hawaii Press under the collective title, " 'Aloha Las Vegas' and other Plays." ... One localite who said "Aloha" to Las Vegas is new Nevadan Dennis Conway. And when his daughter, Shannon, said her marriage vows with Marc Wynock, other former islanders were in attendance, namely Gary Barton, Eric Finney and Joe North. The couple is on a Maui honeymoon before taking up residence in Alexandria, Va. ...

Caz with a local ghoul

THIS year's "Hulaween," the annual concert Bette Midler stages around Halloween to mark her Hawaiian roots, could be the biggest of them all if her new TV series is a hit. She's having as guests on the show the Brothers Cazimero, dancer Leinaala Heine and a group of entertainers. "Hulaween" raises funds to improve New York neighborhoods ...

BACK home after a month of painting in Vermont is Kailua artist Warren Stenberg. He and wife Carolyn didn't spend all their time working, however. They also found time to visit the village of Weston and met up with former Lahaina habitue and whale sculptor Wick Ahrens, known to pals as "Moby Wick." Ahrens invited Stenberg to show some oils in Wick's Weston gallery-dwelling, "Whales in My Livingroom." ...

THERE'LL be a reception for newly crowned Mrs. America, Hawaii's Leslie Lam, Sunday evening at the W Honolulu Hotel, at which time Hawaii's new Mrs. Hawaii, Pohai Au, will be introduced ... Or if jazz is your thing, the Wild Mushroom at the YWCA on Richards Street is offering a Sunday Jazz Brunch through November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Performing will be guitarists Shoji Ledward and Sean Thibadeaux, pianist Alita Arkin and vocalist Lisa-Maria ...

Fallen star

NOT everyone can lay claim to appearing on the Arts and Entertainment Network, but come next week local attorney David Farmer will be able to. He's one of those interviewed about his aunt, actress Frances Farmer, a Hollywood beauty whose alcoholism ruined her acting career and helped drive her to an early death at 56. It's on "Biography" Oct. 19 as part of "Hollywood Heartaches" week, and attorney Farmer was interviewed along with Jessica Lange, who portrayed the actress on film, as well as psychiatric expert Dr. Jonathan Meyer ...

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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