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Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, November 4, 2001


1980: Kenny Brown serenades
the crowd at Mauna Lani

LENNON & Newell's Jack Seigle, who played a large role in the campaign of -- whoops, we weren't going to mention politics again -- parked his car and left it unlocked with a $260 suit and a copy of Playboy magazine inside. You guessed it -- when he returned, the suit was still there and the Playboy was missing. (Nov. 5, 1970) ... Two fight fans spotted departing from the HIC after the boxing match Tuesday night -- State Director of Personnel James Takushi, being driven off in State Limo #2 by Lt. Gov. George Ariyoshi. (Nov. 4, 1971) ...

MAN'S best friend: When the State's info chief, Jack Kellner, was hospitalized recently with a bad back, he used to hold nightly conversations with his bull terrier, Buster. Mrs. Kellner would hold the phone up to Buster's ear while her husband conversed and the dog's tail would wag violently Then the dog would bark a few times and indicate the conversation was at an end. Buster's probably the best informed pet in town. (Nov. 6, 1973) ...

THE ground-breaking of the new Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island coincided with the birthday of Mauna Lani president Kenny Brown, and at the urging of friends he serenaded the audience at the luau following the blessing with a Hawaiian tune. Among those applauding Brown were Laurence Rockefeller, who flew in from the East Coast for the ground-breaking, and Mauna Lani chairman Noboru Gotoh, a longtime friend of Brown's uncle, Francis Ii Brown, whose estate lands are a scenic part of the project. (Nov. 5, 1980) ...

YOU'LL be reading plenty about the elections on other pages of today's paper, but probably not about one person running for the Board of Supervisors in zany old San Francisco. She's listed on the ballot as Sister Boom Boom and her job is listed as "Nun of the Above." Sister Boom Boom used a voters pamphlet to deny she was crazy: "Insane? That's what people said about Columbus. A queen took a chance on him -- take a chance on this queen. It's the American way! Am I supe yet?" I kind of like her style. (Nov. 4, 1982) ...

CAPITOL steps: Paula Durbin, Honolulu's dancing barrister, flew to Washington, D.C., not to hula, but to take part in a Spanish dance concert. The Washington Post said Durbin and partner Manolo Rivera express "both the sultry and more understated interpretations of the classic flamenco." ... Then there was the wag who suggested that attorney Tom Jordan and physician Dr. David Eith, who operate out of the same Kalakaua Avenue building, put up a sign saying "Pills and Wills." (Nov. 7, 1983) ... The typo of the week appears in the Chaney, Brooks Letter, a real estate service newsletter. One sentence reads, "The unsung heroin in the redo of Waikiki is former Mayor Eileen Anderson." (Nov. 5, 1985) ...

PRETTY Tina Shelton celebrated her birthday -- dare we reveal it was the crucial No. 30? -- by doing her usual anchor chores at Channel 4. After the newscast, colleagues surprised her with a party. Good thing, because had they done it on the air she'd have blushed so emphatically that people al over town would be adjusting their red tint buttons. (Nov. 4, 1987)...

TIRELESS soccer fan Jack Sullivan was dancing around the issue of what the rest of the world calls football at the Honolulu Quarterback Club Monday. After hearing Sullivan's latest hype on soccer, which he'll deliver at the top of a hat, famed swimming coach Al Minn, now athletic director at Hawaii Loa College, quipped, "You gotta give the guy credit for saying so much about nothing." (Nov. 9, 1988) ...

YOU'VE got to hand it to American League umpire Mark Johnson. Often in the midst of controversy in his work, he clearly is ready for it in his off-season in Hawaii. Saturday, his wife, Llilia, showed up a little later than he expected. "Where've you been?" he asked. "Shopping," she replied. "For what?" he asked. "Two fire extinguishers," she said. Johnson eyed her warily and deadpanned, "You taking up cooking again?" If looks could kill, we'd be having a wake today ...



Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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



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