Dave Donnelly

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Master of ceremonies
-- Ronald McD!

SOME 700 business, community and political leaders sat down to a luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki yesterday and the meal started out with -- believe it or not -- a salad from McDonald's! The fast-food outlet has been named Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association for 2002. Greeting the bigwigs in the lobby were Ronald McDonald, plus Grimace and Hamburglar ...

PERHAPS only Michael W. Perry and Larry Price would try to get away with this in our more-enlightened 21st century, but they reported on a 7 a.m. newscast that there's good news and bad news: "The good news is the Portuguese Navy just got to the Gulf. The bad news is, Mexico doesn't know what to do with them." ... Meanwhile, former KRTR morning show co-host Kari Steele is having a ball as host of the K-BIG Radio afternoon drive time host in L.A., and she's currently in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, hosting winners of a contest sponsored by Pleasant Holidays, a golf club in Jamaica and Air Jamaica promoting non-stop airfare to the area. Steele was promoting the giveaways on her show as was Leeza Gibbons on TV in L.A. ...

Merrie Terrie with Harry

AS radio host Harry B. Soria Jr. always insists on doings, things will be vintage Hawaiian at his 24th annual spoof of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. It takes place 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with Soria, "The Albino Blahlah," presenting the Merrie Terrie Festival, featuring "ulta-auwana" hula in the "World Chalangalang Championships." Not letting such a spoof get in the way of the real thing, Soria will also appear at the real Merrie Monarch on Hawaiian 105 KINE-FM, live from the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo from 6 to 10 a.m. on April 26. He'll also give updates that evening as the competition climaxes ...

WHAT'S the antithesis of Hawaiian music? How about barbershop? The Sounds of Aloha Chorus will be presenting "Barbershop on Broadway" May 2 and 3 at the Hawaii Theatre. The boys have a sense of humor -- they've added "(or the Phantom's Phinal Pholly)" to the title of the show. They just have to have "Lida Rose" and "You Gotta Have Heart" in the show, wouldn't you think? ...

THE UH's Kennedy Theatre is being transformed into an airport for a contemporary version of Fredrick Schiller's "The Robbers." Those showing up to see the play opening April 25, will have to pass through a "metal detector" and will be asked to go through a search ...

Peete's Place

They might have nicknamed the Hula Grill "Peete's Place" the other night, when NFL quarterback Rodney Peete brought his wife in for dinner. Peete enjoyed his freshman season with Carolina last year, but in Hollywood he's often thought of as the husband of actress Holly Robinson Peete, who had recurring roles in "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and "21 Jump Street." The couple just celebrated the birth of their third child ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls
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