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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, May 1, 2002


Leeward College event
boasts culinary geniuses


HE has a familiar last name, thanks to his parents, does Peter Heimlich. Yes, his father, Dr. Harry Heimlich invented the famous life-saving technique known universally as the Heimlich Maneuver. Young Heimlich also has famous grandparents, the late Arthur & Kathryn Murray, and whenever he had a question about them, he'd simply call the Swiss Haus in Niu Valley to get in touch with Anne Simpson. Anne and husband Jack dined with Peter's grandparents every Sunday at the same booth for years since the restaurant was known as the Sty and Swiss Inn. You'll still find the Simpsons at the Swiss Haus at least once a week with friends or family ... I can identify with that. Remember the old Bistro restaurant run by Karl Diebold & Mike Pirics on Kapiolani Boulevard? I spent every Saturday with friends at lunchtime at Table No. 1, and woe be to anyone attempting to usurp that booth. Marianne, the waitress, would usher them to another table post haste ...

IT came as a surprise to me, when KHNL's Diane Ako was interviewing DJs Hudson & Scottie B. in their STAR 101.9 studio yesterday, that I could see a photo of me and entertainer Alice Cooper hanging on the studio wall. No one else would have noticed it, however, but when Hudson told me during a guest stint on the air that the photo was going on the wall, I thought she was just being nice. Ako took the opportunity to present the TV debut of the baby boy just born to Hudson and husband Steve Hott ... Speaking of KHNL, reporter Glen Wakai looks for all the world like a journalism student, but no -- he spends his mornings teaching media courses at Chaminade University ... Meanwhile, former KGMB reporter Jerry Drelling has moved into public relations with his consulting firm, Jerry Drelling Communicators, LLC ...

Taste of Leeward

HOW do Roy Takujo and Lily Yao line up the best chefs around to cook their specialties at "Taste of the Stars," the Leeward Community College fund-raiser Saturday night? The honorary chairs named Emme Tomimbang and Alan Wong as event chairs. Wong volunteered himself and then lined up a dozen and a half of his culinary comrades (Roy Yamaguchi, George Mavrothalassitis, Philippe Padovani, Russell Siu, etc.) to prepare the food. For tickets or info call 455-0392 ...

AN item here yesterday mentioned "Into the Mirror," the just-released book and soon-to-be-made miniseries by Norman Mailer and Lawrence Schiller, and yesterday the two were interviewed by Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. It dawned on me that neither seems to have skipped a meal since that day we met in 1975 at the "Thrilla in Manila" ...

Public TV steps up

TODAY marks the opening of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and KHET is certainly doing its part. Tomorrow night "Great Performances" will feature "Holo Mai Pele," chants and hula about Pele passed through generations. Then Saturday you can watch "The Chinatown Fires," the award- winning film by Amy Chen. Then on Sunday night, "Of Civil Wrongs & Rights" will be shown on "P.O.V." It's the story of one-time unsung hero Fred Korematsu ...



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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