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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, April 22, 2001


1969: Marking
statehood with
risque celebrations

FUNNY typo on page 69 of this week's Variety concerning Hawaii: "Dick Howard, former exec of Consolidated Amusement Co. and more recently the City's director of auditoriums, has been given a special contract to mastermind pubic celebrations that will mark the 10th anniversary of statehood this summer." (April 26, 1969)...If you'd guess that the fellow who has license plates reading "GUMS" is a periodontist, you'd guess right. they're on the car owned by Dr. Stephen S.C. Chung, D.D.S. (April 23, 1976)...

IN answer to the question, "What's Tom Horton doing now?", the former Advertiser three-dotter is part of a hui headed by Gil Johnson (former manager of Puck's Pub and Hula's Bar & Lei Stand) now in the final stages of negotiations to purchase said Puck's Pub. They plan to renovate the place and reopen it as a first-class restaurant called Epicurean Consensus (!) with a menu that changes daily, based on availability of fresh ingredients. Horton plans to continue freelance writing assignments while realizing his longtime secret ambition -- to run a good restaurant. (April 26, 1976)...

Kathryn & Arthur Murray celebrated their 54th anniversary Friday night at Le Bon and were especially pleased to learn that the entire cast of singing waiters and waitresses had prepared a production-number version of the 1942 hit, "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry." Pianist Don Conover unearthed the song when he learned the Murrays would be dining there and rehearsed the full-blown version with the staff. The Murrays, incidentally, remembered the lyrics and sang along. (April 23, 1979)...

SO where is ADT Hawaii showing off the FOCUS security-system fire alarm tomorrow? Why, at the Ilikai, to be sure. Yes, it was set up long before the hotel's recent fire. (April 26, 1983)...After stopping off for a sandwich, Star-Bulletin reporter Stu Glauberman was making his way back to the crush of newsmen and photogs surrounding the Cecily Johnston residence on Kahala yesterday. A carload of tourists drove up and a woman asked, "Is Tom Selleck here or what?" "No," replied Glauberman. "It's President Reagan taking a dip in the ocean." With the timing of Gilda Radner on "Saturday Night Live," the tourist said, "Never mind," and with that, she rolled up the window and off they sped. Sorry, Mr. President. (April 24, 1984)...

JAZZ buffs got a real treat Saturday night at Trappers. Not only were resident singer Jimmy Borges and the Betty Loo Taylor group joined by vocalist Anita O'Day, but Wynton Marsalis and his musicians came in after their concert at the Waikiki Shell, and jammed until 3:30 a.m. (April 22, 1985)...

GUESS who spent a few days in relative anonymity at the Halekulani? None other than former President Richard Nixon, stopping over on his way back from a tour of Asia during which he visited five cities in China. Nixon enjoyed a swim in the ocean -- no more of this strolling along the beach in a suit -- and chatted with people on the beach. An aide told hotel security chief Sidney Kimhan, "This is the most relaxed he's been on this trip." Though the visit was supposed to be completely confidential, the relaxed Nixon happily posed for photos with guests and hotel staffers. Before departing, the former president thanked the staff by saying he's stayed at the finest hotels around the world and considered the Halekulani "a great, a special hotel because of its people." (April 22, 1993).


The Week That Was recalls events culled from Dave Donnelly's three-dot columns over the past 30 years.



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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