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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, May 7, 2002


Don’t let BYU woo away
UH volleyball coach Wilton


WHILE men's volleyball is hardly a nationwide phenomenon, it has always been huge in Hawaii. Never more so, however, than when the UH Warriors brought home the national championship. We know the seniors who aren't returning, namely blocking superstar Dejan Miladinovic and libero Vernon Podlewski, may be the best in the country. Returning: Everyone else. But if Mike Wilton doesn't return as coach -- he's being wooed by hated BYU -- something else major will be missing. Please, Evan Dobelle, sign him up now ...

ONE of the four plays nominated as "Best Revival" in the Tony Awards announced yesterday is "Private Lives." And one of the producers of that show is Hawaii's own Kevin McCollum, reinvesting some of the loot he put away as producer for "Rent." ... Another giant bit of recognition for that giant talent, Iz. His music will be heard in the sure-to-be-top- rated "ER," 9 p.m. Thursday on NBC. The partially filmed-in-Hawaii show marks the final appearance of Anthony Edwards. Heard will be Iz's classic "Over the Rainbow," featured on his release "Alone in IZ World." ... John Landovsky at Hawaii State Ballet was thrilled when 17-year-old Jennifer Rowe of Honolulu was selected to compete for the gold medal at the International Ballet competition in Mississippi next month. Only 42 dancers from around the world are selected to appear. Previously trained Landovsky competitors were Romi Beppu, Elizabeth Mertz, Bryan Skates and Amanda Schull, with the latter landing the starring role in the film "Center Stage." ...

Fekkai is Bugged

YOU'D expect that international figure Frederic Fekkai, who jets around the world to do the hair of the rich and famous, would be met by a limo on arrival in Honolulu, but no. He was picked up old friend Gloria Williams-Ah Sam in her VW Bug and taken directly to Malama, the Aveda salon and spa at Ala Moana where she's GM. Her friendship began when she managed Fekkai's Neiman Marcus counter, and has continued ever since. In fact, Fekkai had a massage at Malama and did a private seminar for the spa's employees before she "bugged" him to his hotel so he could unwind before a dinner engagement. Fully relaxed, one assumes ...

WHAT a nice Mother's Day gift first-grader Robynne Guillermo got for her mom. She was grand prize winner in Kahala Mall's Mother's Day Card contest, and as a result, mom will get a neighbor-isle vacation for two on Hawaiian Airlines to any Prince Resort property of her choice, plus an Avis rent-a-car. Robynne also won a $200 Kahala Mall gift certificate for herself, plus a two-night stay at the Kahala Mandarin and $1,000 for her school, Kalihi-Uka Elementary ...

A win for Wynn

YOU can rest assured that local dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda is all smiles at the weeklong American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's 18th annual scientific session, beginning today at the Hawaii Convention Center. Not only is Okuda one of the scheduled presenters, he's also being inducted as president of the national organization. At 39, he'll be the youngest president in the Academy's history. Now that's something to smile about ...



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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