By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, June 14, 2001

Celebrating her 90th
and still going strong

IT isn't every day your mom turns 90, so when Winnie Lum reached that milestone, son Mike Lum, the former Atlanta Braves player who went on to play for the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals before settling down as Chicago White Sox batting coach, showed up. He flew in from the mainland and joined about 120 friends and family members at Legend Seafood Restaurant to say "Happy 90th." Winnie shows no hint of slowing down, and still has major league skills in driving her own car, shopping, cooking and getting together with the gang she worked with at the Hawaii Visitors Bureau in years past. One family member suggested to another that they start now, since they only have 10 years to plan her 100th celebration ...

AND if you think that's something, friends of Muriel Flanders will celebrate her 92nd birthday June 23 at the home of Mary & John McGrath in Nuuanu. Many of today's finest entertainers still perform songs Flanders has written over the years, dealing with Hawaii at a time when the pace was less frenetic and gentler -- a time heard about these days only in story and song. Those attending the party will receive a beautiful new CD, "The Music of Muriel Flanders." ...

SOME of the funniest ads around are heard on radio and seen on TV, with fast-talking announcers promising a "certified pre-owned vehicle." Heaven forbid if they try to slip you a new one when a used car is available, and "used car" is still the best description. And who couldn't love the warning, "Prices too low to advertise." Goodness, if we tell what the price is, it would be driven off the lot in a heartbeat and we'd have nothing left to do. More likely it should be, "Prices too high to advertise." ...


EASTER Seals' Billie Gabriel knows something about modeling. Her daughter, Kona Carmack, has run the gamut from "Playmate of the Month" as a young, start-out model five years ago, to an internationally known model headquartered from Israel to L.A. She's been accepted into the USC film school where she'll be on the other side of the camera. As for Billie, who could be a model herself, she gave a thumbs up to 17-year old Aureana Tseu to bring the Taste of Honolulu hula-girl logo to life. Aureana was the 1999 Miss Hawaii Teen USA, and the new logo shot was by renowned photog Linda Ching, directed by fashion designer Amos Kotomori. Aureana's photo graces the covers of the Taste's 10th anniversary poster, program, cookbook, and other promotional items. The Easter Seals benefit is scheduled June 22 to 24 ...

Wolving down

WHILE the Lakers and 76ers battle it out for the NBA championship, one player seemed less than interested. Terrell Brandon, starting guard with the Minnesota Timberwolves, was celebrating his birthday at the Shorebird, the spot on the beach where you can cook your own fish or steak and plow through the all-you-can- eat salad bar ... But Donald Deline, president of Touchstone Pictures, was more than happy to let Chef Alan Wong prepare his food as he and his family found their way from the Kahala Mandarin to Wong's King Street restaurant ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.

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