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By Dave Donnelly

Sunday, December 15, 2002


1968: Doris Duke chips in to
save Maui’s 7 Sacred Pools


IT looks like the long fight to preserve Maui's Valley of the Seven Sacred Pools has been won. We hear that Nature Conservancy, the group which has worked so diligently toward preserving the landmark, has just received pledges from Doris Duke and Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Wallace of the Reader's Digest for $100,000 apiece, putting the fund-raising goal over the top. Well done. (Dec. 20, 1968) ...

THERE was sportscaster Al Michaels at the Bistro celebrating his good fortune of being named No. 1 voice of the Cincinnati Reds by picking up the tab for a group of sporting pals recently. What Michaels didn't know was that his "pals" had arranged for the waitress to present a phony bill after several rounds. When he saw the tab was something like $189.85, his eyes bugged out, but his cronies strung him along for another half-hour and let him do some fast totaling of his own before letting him in on their gag. (Dec. 18, 1970) ...

CINERAMA prexy Mike Forman keeps a sumptuous penthouse in the Reef Hotel where he hangs his hat during his stays in Honolulu, but on his latest jaunt he was displaced, and he was delighted about it. Occupying the suite was Bob Hope, so Forman took refuge at the competitive Hilton Hawaiian Village. (Dec. 17, 1971) ... Employees of Waterhouse Properties Inc. gave company President Alex Waterhouse a remote-controlled golf caddy at their annual Christmas party. The tri-wheeled caddy homes in on a beacon in the player's rear pocket and obediently trails him around the golf course while carrying his clubs. It rarely fails to freak out other players who see it operate for the first time. (Dec. 22, 1976) ...

IN answer to a query, Lt. Gov. Nelson Doi did indeed finish the Honolulu Marathon Dec. 11 in 4:30, besting his wife by just one minute. And any man who can stay ahead of his wife, even for one minute, is accomplishing something. (Dec. 20, 1977) ... Speaking of downtown Honolulu, there were some wild cornet licks heard at Jameson's the other night when Wild Bill Davison, something of a legend in Dixieland Jazz circles, sat in with Don Sharp and his group. Wild Bill is 76, but his chops are still working just fine, thank you. (Dec. 22, 1981) ...

MONDAY night, King Hussein, Prince Abdullah and a party of 10 invaded Canlis' for dinner, and my spy at Table Seven reports as follows: "Arrived at 8:30 p.m. The food chit was big but the bar bill was nil. Most of the youngish men and women (good lookers) seemed to be drinking Shirley Temples -- Jordanians are teetotalers, you know -- and it was zilch for sommeliers. His Royal Highness ordered teriyaki steak (after just coming from Japan???) and looked happy. Everybody looked happy except the Secret Service, who looked sort of bored ... Good thing Tony Canlis changed the old coat-and-tie rule in the main dining room, 'cause the king was in an open-necked aloha shirt. (Dec. 15, 1982) ...

UH Wahine volleyball player Candy Kane has company -- there's another champion volleyball player in Hawaii named Candy Kane, only this one is part-Hawaiian, and she pronounces her last name Kah-nay. The second Candy played on the championship team in a deaf league in California last year and is now attending the Cannon School of Business. (Dec. 16, 1982) ...

THOUGH he still looks like a kid, UH sports information director Eddie Inouye is now a grandpa, sort of. His stepdaughter, Nola, gave birth last week, making Eddie's wife, Lisa, a full-fledged grandmother. (Dec. 19, 1983) ... Rikki Cassiday was so thrilled when she was the Hawaii Artist League show award winner that she picked up her cash prize and took husband Paul and the kids to dinner at Guy Banal's Bon Appetit. (Dec. 21, 1984) ...

WINNER of the Cecilio & Kapono sing-alike contest at Chuck's Mililani is Ernie Cruz Jr. He wins a package including air fare and accommodations at the Sheraton Waikoloa for four along with tickets to see the real C&K at the Kohala Coast hotel New Year's Eve. (Dec. 21, 1987) ...

WHILE I missed the Oprah Winfrey show on which he appeared, Wally "Famous" Amos was on this week promoting his new book, "The Power in You." And since Oprah recently dropped 67 pounds, you can bet Amos never bothered tempting her with chocolate chip cookies. (Dec. 22, 1988)


"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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