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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, November 16, 2001


Honolulu Jazz Quartet CD
honors New York victims

KILLER B's: Some folks can remember back to 1972 when actress Meredith Baxter co-starred with David Birney in a TV series called "Bridget Loves Bernie." The two eventually married and she was henceforth billed as "Meredith Baxter Birney." Cut now to Honolulu, and try to not get confused. Honolulu defense attorney Birney Baxter Bervar and his wife Malia, will be celebrating two birthdays this weekend. Bervar's birthday is tomorrow, when he'll turn 43. But he'll still be reeling from the first birthday of his son, Baxter, today. Now when young Baxter grows up and if he were to father a son, would tradition dictate he be named Birney? Probably ...

THE new CD from the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, "Remembrance," is now in record stores and quartet leader John Kolivas plans to unveil it in person at Studio 6 of the Musicians Association on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The debut CD is a tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy ... San Francisco papers gave prominent position to an obituary of Alice MacNaughton Hodge, who died after a long bout with cancer at 48. She was born and raised in Hawaii before moving to the Bay Area and becoming a dedicated volunteer in support of the San Francisco Symphony, Junior League, various schools and cancer support groups ...

PATRONS at Kenny's in "the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi" were surprised the other day to have their food served up by fishing guru Mike Sakamoto. The "Fishing Tales" host is a good friend of Kenny's Warren Matsunaga, and they joined in cooking up the idea of surprising customers who come to the eatery for fresh island fish. And, Sakamoto adds, "the tips are pretty good." ...

Get a Job

HE got back in time to attend brother Mufi Hannemann's mayoral fund-raiser, but Gus Hannemann, in charge of the Job Corps program in American Samoa, traveled to Job Corps Centers in Sacramento and Reno. Samoa had been sending kids to Hawaii, but with a backlog of applicants, Hannemann was looking to expand the program to mainland centers. He was surprised and pleased to find that the director in Sacramento was Peter Gregerson and in Reno it was Ken Dugan, both ex-directors of the center in Hawaii ... En route home to Hawaii Gus stopped off in Palo Alto to have dinner with a Stanford student named Chelsea. No, this wasn't Chelsea Clinton, but Hannemann's niece. They went to a Greek restaurant, Evvia, where he was surprised to be greeted by Yanni Placourakis, brother of isle restaurateur Aaron Placourakis. Yanni and wife, former Miss Hawaii Pam Kimura, have two kids and live in San Francisco where they run another place, Kokkari ...

Planning ahead

IT'S not even Thanksgiving yet, but Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii is already promoting its 15th annual "Breakfast with Santa," and urging folks to get tickets early for the Dec. 15 event at the Japan Cultural Center's grand ballroom ... But that's nothing. Organizers of the 25th "Heart Ball" are already crowing that Tino & the Rhythm Club will perform at the ball at the Sheraton Waikiki, and it doesn't take place until Feb. 23, 2002 ...



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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