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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, December 1, 2002


1970: Pacific Dance Festival
turns out a delicious affair


THE Pacific Dance Festival at the Ala Moana Hotel Monday night was superb. The dinner was elegant, with seven courses from seven countries, and an ethnic dance accompanying each course. Anna Lang and Kam Fong produced the excellent entertainment portion of the program. Departing guests were given personalized deluxe editions of "The Hawaiians," demonstrating that hotel GM Ron Jeffrey was going first class all the way. (Dec. 2, 1970) ...

CAPT. J.B. McCormick, Oahu Distinct harbor master, reports all moorings in Oahu harbors are occupied, and there's a waiting list to get in. He suggests that yachtsmen planning to put in at any state harbor make sure they have a vacant mooring in advance. He is, in essence, practicing berth control. (Dec. 3, 1971) ... Putting his horse on a barge headed for the Big Island where he was to play some polo, restaurateur Rex Chandler mused, "I hope my little filly doesn't get seasick." To which Sam Sanford punned, "The worst she can get is 'mal de mare.'" (Dec. 2, 1976) ...

AUTHOR Dan Jenkins ("Semi-Tough") and golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. hosted what one observer described as "the social event of the year -- for Hanalei" at the house they keep there. Some 200 guests who were in town for the World Cup action sprawled across the back lawn as an all-girl band, Tropical Punch, provided the music and June Jenkins (who owns a restaurant in New York) supervised the curry feed. L.A. Times scribe Jim Murray was there nursing an injured foot -- he says he stumbled out of bed answering an early-morning phone call. (Dec. 4, 1978) ...

IRISH joke making the rounds: What's Irish and stays out in all kinds of weather? Patty O'Furniture ... The first ski meet on Mauna Kea is set for Feb. 21. Don't laugh -- this year's snow lasted into August, and the Ski Association of Hawaii had a run on the Fourth of July. (Dec. 3, 1982) ...

AN attractive 35-year-old friend of mine got an obscene call the other day which was overheard by her teenage son on an extension phone. "What was all that about?" he asked her. "It's just a pervert," she explained. "Wow," said the kid, "he must be pretty desperate to be calling you." She thought seriously about slugging him, but held back. (Dec. 5, 1983) ...

AT the opening of Dong Kingman's exhibit at Images International, film producer George Ow ("Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance") purchased one of Kingman's works for $15,000 even as workmen were hanging it in place. (Dec. 7, 1984) ...

CONGRESSMAN Cec Heftel never felt more at home than when he attended a VIP dinner party last week hosted by Dollar Rent-a-Car honcho Allen Robins and wife Dee. Possibly it's because the gathering was at the sumptuous Kahala Beach home of Jerry Cutter, formerly Heftel's digs before he sold the place to Cutter. (Dec. 2, 1985) ... One of the cleverest T-shirt designs I've seen lately was a red number that was timely for the season. It read, "Maui Christmas." (Dec. 7, 1988) ...

SO there was Thomas Muraoka of Ewa Beach in the California Hotel in Vegas when his son, Ted, talked him into trying his hand at Caribbean Stud Poker. Some hand -- he drew a royal flush! It was the first one dealt in the Cal's history, netting Muraoka a neat $79,457. Now there's a man who'll likely listen to his son's advice again. (Dec. 6, 1993) ...

LOCALITE Greg Marshall took wife Melanie and 6-year-old daughter Piper to Lanai for a bit of R&R. As the three were brunching abound the pool at the Manele Bay Hotel, a woman at the next table took an interest in Piper and began asking questions about her hair. Did she curl it? Use any rinse on it? Brush it a hundred strokes a day? Finally, Melanie turned to the woman and asked, "What are you, a hairdresser?" "No," said Oprah Winfrey, removing her sunglasses, "but the guy at the end of the table is," pointing to one of her entourage. Marshall allowed it was the first time in their 10 years of marriage he'd ever seen his wife speechless. (Dec. 7, 1994) ...


"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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