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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, September 15, 2002


1969: Isle singer wants
to be in 'Hair'
for the exposure


ONE pretty young thing we know wants to get in the Hawaii company of "Hair." "It's not the money," she says, "but I'll get good exposure." That's what we've heard. (Sept. 17, 1969) ... Ray Sweeny has lost an occasional weekend, but never a Tuesday before, so he was somewhat shaken to find that Sept. 9 was missing on his calendar, especially in light of the fact the calendars are put out by the Hawaii Congress of Parents and Teachers. Sure enough, it jumps from Monday the 8th to Tuesday the 10th. Easy on the sauce, bartender. (Sept. 17, 1969) ...

BICENTENNIAL Boom: CINCPAC honcho Adm. John McCain reminds us that not only is there the approaching national bicentennial to commemorate the birth of the nation (1976) plus Hawaii's own bicentennial to celebrate Captain Cook's rediscovery (in 1778) of the Hawaiian Islands, but the military will observe a slightly earlier centennial to mark the establishment of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines in 1775. (Sept. 21, 1971) ...

THE 17-year-old Kamehameha School student who won the Miss Hawaii Teenager title, Elizabeth Lindsey, was named one of Hawaii's "Junior Citizens of the Year" along with Neal Kusumoto, at this week's Citizenship Day ceremonies. (Sept. 20, 1973) ... The Buddy Ebsen film, "Paradise Connection," formerly called "Lahaina," will be aired in Hawaii Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. on KGMB-TV. The show, which played last week on the Mainland, didn't fare well with the critics. Variety said, "Maui looks great ... " but said the "surprise ending doesn't come soon enough." (Sept. 20, 1979) ...

THERE may be some perfectly valid scientific reasons why Kilauea roared into action this week, but you'll never convince Aloha Week honcho Harry Cooper that it wasn't Madame Pele's salute to the beginning of the Aloha Week Festival. And we should be thankful that Waikiki -- Kuhio Avenue (a k a Beirut West) in particular -- is so torn up that the Ho'olaule'a has been relocated this year to downtown Honolulu. It may give tourists a chance to discover our wonderful, historic downtown that so many of them miss in favor of tawdry Waikiki. Among those providing entertainment at Grosvenor Center at tonight's Ho'olaule'a festival will be Henry Kapono, Nohelani Cypriano, Rachel Gonzales, Jay Larrin, Carole Kai and Kevin I. And thanks to the City Council for its quick work in making the charge for parking downtown tonight reasonable. Would that it were that way all the time. (Sept. 21, 1984) ...

YOU thought you'd read everything you ever wanted to know about baseball's Pete Rose and his breaking of Ty Cobb's all-time hit record? Wrong, horsehide breath! The Sept. 12 issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer contains a 16-page supplement about Rose's accomplishment, listing every single hit -- yes, doubles, triples and homers, too -- in his illustrious career. It lists them all from the first (4/1/63), a triple off Bob Friend, to the record breaker (9/11/85), a single off Eric Show. If that isn't enough, there's a list of every pitcher who ever gave up a hit to Rose and how many, ranging from Phil Niekro (64) to several who gave up only one. Talk about exhaustive! (Sept. 17, 1985) ...

THINGS looked bleak for 17 senior citizens set to fly in from San Francisco for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hawaii. Their travel agent closed down and kept their money. Along came Carole Wilbur of Marc Resorts, whose comment was, "We are in the hospitality business." Suddenly, the companies signed to provide services for the group -- knowing they wouldn't be getting paid -- agreed to make sure these seniors would get their Hawaiian vacation anyway. Suntrips provided the airline seats through American Trans Air. The HVB is providing fresh leis and Hawaiian Eye tours is furnishing the transfers to and from the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel (a Marc property), where the group will receive complimentary accommodations. Who says the aloha spirit is dead? (Sept. 17, 1993) ...


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The Week That Was recalls events culled from Dave Donnelly's three-dot columns over the past 30 years. Donnelly continues to write his Hawaii column Tuesdays through Fridays in the Star-Bulletin



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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