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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, May 14, 2002


Odds and Eads, down
home in Kamuela


HOPE you had a nice Mother's Day. One person who did was Kamuela's Teri Eads, who had her entire family together on the Big Isle for the first time in more than a year. She has three kids, and isn't sure how to divide the pride between them. Son Michael, at 18, is a senior at the University of Hawaii, while daughter Angel, who is 17, just finished a year at the University of Minnesota. But don't forget young Hoku, living with dad, Dr. Don Eads, in Peking, where he's teaching at Peking University and is involved in the Beijing International Christian Fellowship. The 8-year-old Hoku is already a college student, having started classes at 7. Dad has a new book coming out, "21st Century China," to be published first in Chinese and then English. They only have a week together on the Big Isle before Angel begins summer school. And Don will return to China this summer ...

THOSE 10 years of training under John Landovsky appears to have paid off for Romi Beppu. She's performing the leading role in "Madame Butterfly" with the Boston Ballet Friday and Sunday. Beppu has performed many leading roles locally with the Hawaii State Ballet ... Tina Shelton hosts a father-and-daughter show on "Island Insights" on Hawaii Public Television tomorrow night, repeating on Saturday. The father is Don Ho and the daughter is Hoku ... Sergio's G.M. Larry Schmaus is a big football fan, so it was no trouble recognizing former Oakland Raider star Jim Otto, number "00," when he came in for dinner ...

Committed to laugh

I SAW the one-man show "Fully Committed" in San Francisco a couple of years ago, and laughed myself silly. It's about the fellow who takes reservations at a trendy restaurant which is "Fully Committed" -- that is, sold out -- and how he handles each different attempt to overcome that little hindrance. It's being done locally by Andrew Meader and opens tomorrow at the Arts at Marks Garage downtown. So whose job is it to take reservations for the show? Why, Andrew Meader, that's who. He's hoping to have the same problem as the restaurant employee he portrays ...

WHILE "Rain" began as a short story by Somerset Maugham (misspelled variously "Mauham" and "Maughm" in the program), it was turned into a very long play by John Colton and Clemence Randolph. It's the current production of TAG at the Yellow Brick Theater on Keawe Street, but that's the only thing that's current about it. Horribly dated, there is some Christian conflict that was once a problem but today seems quaint and anachronistic ...

Avocations

MORTON'S G.M. Greg Omotoy knew he had a pro on his hands with his right hand man, assistant G.M. Zyron Schoniwitz (herewith known as "Z"), but he didn't know it carried over to the golf course. But last week "Z" fired a hole-in-one at No. 17 at Olomana, his first in 27 years of golfing. You can bet that even those who ordered steaks that night heard a bit about birdies and eagles as well ... Another golf nut is Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's, but he's also a dedicated amateur drummer. He took to the stage at the Leeward "Taste of Stars" and cooked up quite a beat, jamming with Zanuck Lindsey's jazz group ...



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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