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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, March 20, 2001


Love is sweeter
second time around

IF it's true that love is sweeter the second time around, things should be mighty sweet around newlyweds Tom Mackey of California and his old high school sweetheart, Barbara Jensen, of Waikiki. Both their spouses had died when Mackey called to reminisce about those innocent high school years. When he finally got around some time later to proposing marriage, she had but one question: "Do you like Hawaii?" Assured that he did indeed, Jensen, who's had a love affair with Hawaii for 30 years, said yes. The two were joined by some 30 of their children and their spouses, plus grandchildren, for the wedding at Kawaiahao Church. The wedding entertainment included several of the new bride's favorites: Buddy Naluai, Rhonda, and Keith and Carmen Haugen. Granddaughter Allison Mackey, age 8, was the hit of the party with a rendition of "Aloha Oe." ... Speaking of the Haugens, they recently celebrated their 15th anniversary at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, but guests were at first surprised to find their musical home, Mai Tai Bar, closed. The event had been moved to the larger Monarch Room and Ocean Lawn. ...

YET another couple enjoyed a get-together for the first time in 25 years -- L.A. marketing whiz Judy Pfleger and retired This Week Magazine publisher Ron Cruger had worked together at the old Waikiki Beach Press in the 1970's. The two former workmates got together at Cruger's home near San Diego and discovered that now, as then, they find out what's going on in Hawaii through reading this column, only now it's on the Internet. They wanted to share that news ... When International Travel Service's Janice Wong sets her mind to something, she's determined to follow through. She'd planned a ladies luncheon at Eastern Garden Restaurant but unexpectedly ended up in Queen's Hospital. She thoughtfully called each guest that morning to say she'd be a little late, but managed to get her release from the hospital in order to be there on time. ...

Cisco Kid rides again

DON'T tell the Hawaiian Humane Society's Eve Holt, but the "Cisco Kid" collects seals. That would be HMSA's Cliff Cisco and he admits to it with a big smile. His collection involves "seals of approval" and he now has a couple. His Preferred Provider Plan won the full accreditation seal from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. That's a nice companion for the one his HMO had already been awarded. Says Cisco, "Now that's something to bark about." ...Incidentally, the next fund-raiser for the humane society is called "Woofstock," and as the name suggests, it revolves around the psychedelic 1960s and early '70s. Silent auction chairwoman Andrea Fuji is hoping for donations of lava lamps, Day-Glo posters and the like to go with the more usual vacation packages and dining experiences typically found at these events. Any '60s memorabilia lying around you don't need? Call 946-2187 to contribute. ...

Bone digs up dog

THE 21st edition of travel writer Bob Bone's "Maverick Guide to Hawaii" will again be under the personal supervision of Bone. After having a falling out with his publisher, Pelican, in 1988, he's watched as others have mangled his annual volume. Now he hopes to work diligently and get it back into shape. Anyone who wants to help Bone shape his guide can email him at travelwriter@robertbone.com.

For years we've waited until Bone's pet canine would die so we could run the headline, "Bone buries dog," but this is probably the closest we'll come. ...



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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