By Dave Donnelly

Friday, November 30, 2001

Opposing DeLongs root for
St. Louis and Kahuku

DE Long's Drug Stores should be sponsoring tonight's huge St. Louis-Kahuku football match. How come? Rooting (and perhaps praying) for the St. Louis team will be the school's president, Father Allen DeLong, who has faith in his boys. Meanwhile, on the Kahuku side of the field will be Principal Lisa DeLong, and what are the odds of that? The DeLong's are not related. One thing is certain, there'll be joy in at least one DeLong residence celebrating tonight ...

THE Damon Estate, well, one of them, anyway, welcomes one of its own today. Arriving to spend a week with her parents is entertainer Liz Damon, who now lives in Las Vegas and hasn't performed in Hawaii for years since she fronted the group, Liz Damon & the Orient Express. Liz is still remembered, however, and is featured in the current edition of Scram magazine, according to her pal Shelley Hinatsu, who just visited her in Vegas ...

EVEN if you're not a student of ethnic dancing, you have a real treat in store if you take in the Bayanihan Dance Troupe of the Philippines, making a rare Hawaii appearance tonight at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, presented by Hawaii's Pamana Dancers. Personally, I'm upset I can't see the group since I'm appearing in "The Dead," the James Joyce novella set to music, at Hawaii Pacific University tonight, tomorrow and Sunday afternoon. I saw the first incarnation of the Bayanihans when they performed 40 years ago at Farrington Hall on the UH campus en route home from the New York World's Fair, and I plan to attend a luncheon in their honor tomorrow at the Philippine Consulate ...

Mimosa Tea, anyone?

LOCAL film producer Dana Hankins (he did "Moonglow' and "Picture Bride") fell in love with the Noela Drive home of Bobby Carpenter and Dr. Garrett Saikley, showcased in the "First Noela" fund-raiser for Hawaii Theatre last weekend. So much so that he's arranged to use it as a setting for scenes in "True Love and Mimosa Tea," which begins filming next week. The Joey Char fable stars Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa ("Pearl Harbor"), Elizabeth Lindsey ("Byrds of Paradise") and Tamlyn Tomita ("Joy Luck Club"). The production team is trying to establish a homegrown film and TV industry. Incidentally, the pre-Statehood home is for sale, say the owners ...

Filipino heroes

FORMER Star-Bulletin reporter Stephanie Castillo flew into town from her D.C. home and with Domingo Los Banos of Pearl City showed a rough cut of a film about the U.S. Filipino men, including "Hawaii Boys," who made up the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army. The audience was made up of Regiment members still living in Hawaii. The documentary is called "An Untold Triumph -- America's Filipino Soldiers." They didn't want to wait until the documentary was completed and broadcast on PBS in the Spring because, quite frankly, members have been dying off every month. The Filipinos in the Regiments were instrumental in helping Gen. Douglas MacArthur stage his retaking of the Philippines from the Japanese invaders. One reason for the filmmakers' interest: Los Banos was a member of the regiments as was Stephanie's dad, Wallace Castillo ...

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.

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