By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, January 10, 2002

Adam Sandler attending
Sony Open at Waialae

HERE for the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club is funnyman Adam Sandler and his fiancee, guests of Sony at the Kahala Mandarin. He's made a lot of bad movies, though he wasn't in "Caddyshack," which is a shame because from his antics on the course he'd have fit right in with Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, et al. Sandler was probably funnier in "Saturday Night Live" than any of his films, and certainly in his monumental "Hanukkah Song." Speaking of the Kahala, its sister property, the Mandarin Oriental is celebrating its third consecutive Mobil Five-Star Award, the only five-star property in San Francisco and one of just 25 in the country. It was ranked as No. 5 nationwide and No. 9 worldwide. I've stayed there and it's a gem ...

SIX inches of separation: At a recent party, John F. McGrady, author of "Sailing the Dream," found himself seated next to Lt. Greg Petrovic, a member of the VP-9 "Golden Eagles" stationed at Kaneohe. As the two conversed, they discovered their connection. Lt. Petrovic relied on McGrady's book for comfort and hope during his mission in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom." In fact, he told the author, he shared the book with the rest of his squadron. McGrady had to leave that party feeling pretty good ...

STINSON Beach Grill owner Tom Horton, who used to string dots together for the Advertiser before he left to work the dinner tables instead of pulling up to them, is coming in for an isle respite. He's bringing along wife Karen and daughter Kate at a time when Stinson Beach isn't exactly crawling with customers in 50-degree weather ...

Last dance

SORRY to hear of the death of Carl Woltz, who built the dance department at the University of Hawaii and choreographed many works there. He was with UH in the '60s before moving on to Japan to teach, and beginning in 1983, served 10 years as head of dance at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He also wrote numerous books and articles on Asian dance ... Mike Rossell is combining the Small Business Hawaii's annual expo with an Industrial Fair, sponsored by the Star-Bulletin. It runs tomorrow and Saturday at Kapalama Military Reservation, transformed into the Kalihi Kai fairgrounds for the run ...

YOU want music? The Makaha Sons will be demonstrating their three-art harmonies tomorrow night at the Hawaii Theatre. The group has been together more than 25 years and has recorded 16 albums including the latest, "Golden Hawaiian Melodies." ... Comic Frank DeLima is probably getting his diaper and his bow and arrow ready for his return to the nightclub circuit on Valentine's Day at the Palace in the Ohana Reef Towers. He'll be recreating his "Noodle Shop Days" on Fridays and Saturdays thereafter in the same showroom where the "Yes! Encore Hawaii" show was presented ...

Serendipity do-dah

A NEW nail salon is opening at 1400 Kapiolani Boulevard on Jan. 15. Called Serendipity, the shop will feature three top nail professionals, all from Hanalei Salon Boutique in Kakaako. Carrie K. Uemura, Stacie Kagimoto-Hurtado and Hoa Caluya, all will be operating independently ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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