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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, July 15, 2001


1991: Moon shot overshadows
Ruth Ann’s birthday

WE, the judges in the 1969 Miss Hawaii contest, got our first look at the eight contestants yesterday during a tea at Washington Place. It was a session in which we were to question each of the girls. The Honolulu Jaycees who introduced them said, "You may ask them anything you like, except no questions that are controversial, political, religious or personal." And if you can come up with a questions under those ground rules, you are eligible to cover Mayor Fasi's press conferences for the Star-Bulletin. (July 15, 1969) ...

OUR Permissive Society: Local drugstores have begun to take prophylactics out from under the counter and display them openly, along with brochures on VD. Until very recently, these contraceptive devices were hidden from public view. (July 15, 1971) ... The name Alexander P. Butterfield was an unfamiliar name to most of us until he showed up as Sam Ervin's secret witness in yesterday's Watergate hearings, but Star-Bulletin sports editor Jim Bob Hackleman knew it well. Hack and Butterfield were teammates on a Coronado, Calif., high school football squad. Butterfield's testimony about hidden listening devices in President Nixon's various offices made headlines around the world yesterday. (July 17, 1973) ...

AT Emma Veary's final Halekulani show before heading for an engagement in London, she launched into the familiar bit of Hawaiian history she regales tourists with, only when she got to Princess Kaiulani, she became completely flustered when she told of Kaiulani's heartbreak because "the prince she loved married another man." The audience roared over the slip of the tongue, and the usually cool Emma was unable to continue for some minutes. (July 16, 1974) ...

IT'S impossible to realize that Eddie Kamae's instant classic, "E Kuu Morning Dew," didn't win a Nani Award as best new song of the year. Instead, something I've never heard of that was written by the late Tony Todaro (creator of the awards) and Hoagy Carmichael won. It kind of makes you wonder if the whole Nani Awards wasn't a complete farce! (July 15, 1977) ... It's been an up-and-down month for Wendy Nelson, 1983's Miss Hawaii. She lost her bracelet while on a picnic in Kapiolani Park two weeks ago, depressing her no end. But then jogger Don George came across what looked like a piece of Christmas tinsel, looked at it more closely and saw it was a bracelet. It wasn't hard for George to track the owner, since it was inscribed "Miss Hawaii 1983," and the now elated Nelson has been reunited with her bracelet. She may never take it off again. (July 20, 1984) ...

BOTH of the two biggest banks in Hawaii have approximately the same services to offer and similar interest rates, but First Hawaiian Bank has at least one advantage over Bank of Hawaii. A test yesterday revealed that what was long rumored is fact. The scales at both banks' downtown branches show weight to be a bit lighter than the real thing, but on First Hawaiian's scale, you weigh about three pounds less than at Bank of Hawaii. Is this one of president Walter Dods' "Keep the customers happy" schemes? (July 17, 1986) ...

YOU can take the boy out of Hawaii dept.: Theater director Jim Simpson, son of localites Ann & Jack Simpson, is pictured in the current People magazine with his wife, Sigourney Weaver, leaving a production of "Twelfth Night" in New York's Central Park. Like any good local product enjoying the park, Simpson is wearing zoris. (July 18, 1989) ... Since public relations exec Ruth Ann Becker celebrated her birthday bash last Thursday (when a solar eclipse took place), her office came up with a unique "solar peep." What she thought was going to be a meeting with a potential client turned out to be a male stripper in disguise. So instead of seeing the sun disappear, she got a different kind of moon shot. (July 15, 1991) ...


"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.

Contact Dave by e-mail: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com



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