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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, August 19, 2001


1969: Awards didn’t faze
this ‘Hawaii Five-O’ star

THE WEEK THAT WAS

ZULU is guest of honor in Anchorage, Alaska's three-day celebration beginning today. The "Hawaii Five-O" co-star is grand marshal in the parade and will be presented the key to the city and also attend a dinner in his honor. But Zulu's first request from the Anchorage folks was typical: "Will I have time to entertain at military and children's hospitals?" He will. (Aug. 19, 1969) ... Have you heard? Fort Street is gone! That's right, gone! According to the City Council, "That portion formerly known as Fort Street, extending from Queen Street to South Beretania Street in a mauka direction," is no more. From now on it's officially "Fort Street Mall." Next, Kalakaua? (Aug. 20, 1970) ...

MAYBE it's because the S.F. golf courses are kinder to him ("It's too windy here!") but last week's Hawaii visit by Joe DiMaggio was his first in five years, he told us at the cocktail party tossed by Caesar's Palace in honor of Danny Kaleikini. The hair is white now, but that classic profile that was so prevalent on sports pages during the Yankee great's baseball years and in the society columns during his years with Marilyn Monroe remains the same. And standing alongside DiMaggio at the Caesar's party was another sports great, Joe Louis, an awesome-looking man who has a gentle handshake but gives you the impression that George Foreman and Joe Frazier would have had their work cut out just sparring with him in his prime. (Aug. 20, 1973) ...

THE TV version of "Damien," written by Aldyth Morris and starring Terence Knapp, will be repeated on PBS across the country on Aug. 31. And before he died, Pope Paul VI had Cardinal Villot write Bishop John Scanlan a letter of thanks for a copy of the TV play. The cardinal wrote, "His Holiness prays that through this production the great apostate of service exercised by Father Damien will be more fully admired, and that the ideals of the priesthood and religious life will be more readily perceived by many generous young people." (Aug. 20, 1978) ...

MANY of what will pass for Honolulu's Beautiful People were gathered at the Kahala home model Marie Helvin has taken for the summer. She's the wife of London fashion photog David Bailey, who'll be joining her here next month ... Helvin showed off a photo and story from the front page of a London Fleet Street tabloid showing her and model Jerry Hall in a lip-locking embrace. It all happened when a photographer said to Mick Jagger, who is Hall's boyfriend, "Give us a kiss." Mick did -- that is, he kissed the startled male photographer. Not to be outdone, Hall planted one on old pal Helvin and one of the paparazzi on hand caught the moment that was to be immortalized on the front page. (Aug. 23, 1983) ...

MAGAZINE publisher Rick Davis and KHON-TV honcho Bill Snyder drove out to Tripler Hospital to visit old pal Red Berglund, who had undergone cancer surgery. When they got to his room, Berglund was asleep. As they debated about whether to wake him, Red woke up and, seeing the two, demonstrated the doctors didn't remove his sense of humor. "Oh hell," he intoned, "I didn't make it." (Aug. 22, 1986) ...

WHEN Mike McCormack hosted a reception at the Pacific Club to announce his affiliation with Coldwell Banker, he had one of his "For Sale" signs in the lobby, directing guests to the party. And wouldn't you know it, a Japanese tourist walked in and wanted to know how much he wanted for the place. McCormack, though aware that Japanese money is buying up real estate right and left -- he was the sales agent in the Coconut Isle deal -- suppressed a grin and assured the gentleman that the Pacific Club was not for sale. (Aug. 25, 1987) ...

SO there was a woman pushing a cart through Times in Kahala and a kid in the cart enjoying the ride through the aisles. Suddenly her cellular telephone rang. She answered it, and at least one amused bystander heard her answer the phone with the name of a realty office. Then she said, "Listen, I've got someone in my office right now -- can I call you back?" Little white lies, cellular style. (Aug. 23, 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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