By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, June 10, 2001

1973: Women, men
in communications
and the garden


AT THE KONA HILTON, the menus are covered with drawings and pictures of old Hawaii, and the credit line at the bottom reads: "Published by the Kona Hilton Hotel. Acknowledgement is made for the use of the authentic reproductions shown on these pages to the Beatrice P. Bishop Museum-Baker Collection and the New York Public Library" Gee, Conrad, that should be the Bernice P. Bishop Museum, but nobody's perfect. (June 13, 1969) ... Fellow male chauvinists, take note: All officers of the first Hawaii chapter of the 10,000-member Men's Garden Clubs of America are women. They are Grace Grady (prexy), Florence Chang (v.p.), Delvina Kelly (secretary) and Katherine Kido (treasurer). ... Which reminds us of an earlier item you may have missed in which we broke the story that the local journalism sorority, which voted to change its name to Women in Communications, also voted to admit men to its membership at the same meeting. (June 15, 1973) ...

RECALLING an item here a couple of years ago about a priest in the Philippines named Jaime Sin being promoted to archbishop, Roland Sagum sends along this update. Sin has just returned from Rome where he was promoted once again by Pope Paul VI, and he'll hereafter be known as Cardinal Sin. Wonder what his wages are? (June 14, 1976) ... Ed Greene was pleased with the turnout for the food and crafts festival downtown Friday and Saturday. Friday night's turnout was particularly good, with crowds estimated as high as 4,000 strolling through the Merchant and Nuuanu areas that had been closed off by the city, sampling various ethnic foods and enjoying a drink or two. One booth featured Peter Birnbaum in lederhosen selling bratwurst from that new sausage factory in Kapahulu. Said Birnbaum in his thick German accent, "It's the best of the wurst." (June 14, 1982 ) ...

TRUE, $16 is a lot to pay for a ticket to the theater in Honolulu, but "Side by Side by Sondheim" at Mamiya Theater is a great deal of fun. Bill Conrad narrates and some of Hawaii's most talented performers star in the show, directed by Tommy Aguilar. If it makes you feel any better, the same show on Broadway cost $45 for the best seats. Also, if you present your ticket stub, you'll get a 15 percent discount at Canlis. (June 10, 1986) ...

THE former operator of Boyd's, the legendary San Francisco-style saloon in the bygone Alexander Young Hotel Building, Dick Boyd, is looking for his old Boyd's Chili recipe. Boyd made me feel really old by informing me that his daughter, Malia, just graduated from Occidental College and has been accepted at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She told her dad she wanted to either replace Geraldo Rivera, a Columbia grad, or become Hawaii's first female three-dot columnist. This sent shivers through me because I remember vividly when we attended a UH game together and Malia, then 10, joined us at the tailgate party. She made a wisecrack, and I told her she had a fat lip. Without missing a beat she came out with the perfect squelch: "Then my lip and your stomach have something in common." Ouch! Please, Malia, take on Geraldo. (June 13, 1991) ...

MAYOR Frank Fasi's chief of staff, Linda Wong, became concerned when she heard reports of listening devices in the offices of several key legislators, she decided to check out the mayor's office to see if the same thing had happened there and went in to check for "bugs." Wong became excited when she discovered a small black disk attached to the bottom of hizzoner's desk and alerted the mayor, who removed the device personally. Somebody bugging the mayor? Not exactly -- they were trying to de-bug him. The high-tech device turned out to be a roach trap placed there by City Hall janitors. They all got a big laugh out of it. (June 16, 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.

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