Dave Donnelly

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Get your bid
in quick for
Jimmy Borges

THE SONG was ended, but the Melody lingered on at Kamasami Kong's show on Osaka radio this week. He'd just played a song by Punahou grad (Class of 2000) Melody, who's becoming a star in Japan and was interviewing her on the air. Her real name is Miyuki Ishikawa and Kong found her as easy on the eyes as the ears. The 21-year-old told the D.J. she was "single and looking," which won't hurt her fan base among Japanese males. During the live interview, Hawaii-born sumo superstar Konishiki (real name: Salevaa Atisonoe) called in to wish Melody well and Kong arranged for her to introduce a song from his new release, recorded in Japan, "My Hula Wahine." The up-and-comer has always been called Melody at home and has sisters named Harmony, Rhythmy and Christine. The latter was to have been called "Symphony," but her mom's friends said it was "too far out." Shades of Hawaii's famous Tai sisters, and from their names you'd think dad knew a batch of them were coming: Dodo, Rere, Mimi, Fafa, Soso, Lala, Sisi, and then boys Rex Satellite and Roy Uranus, who are probably happy their middle names weren't reversed ...

Who's on first?

IT was like an Abbott and Costello routine at the new Bistro at Century Center the other night. One waiter dropped that Ann Kobayashi was in the house, having recognized the controversial City Councilwoman. A second waiter shrugged and said she'd been there all day, which puzzled the first server. Then a busboy mentioned that he wanted to talk to Kobayashi about missing keys. At long last they figured out the problem --there were two Ann Kobayashis, one from the City Council and the other the Bistro's special-events coordinator. The Bistro's Kobayashi had taken the night off, a move she regretted as she wanted to share some odd phone calls intended for the City Council's finance committee chair ...

TWO recent Bistro patrons had similar responses -- Brickwood Galuteria put the chef on his cooking show on KHON, and Granny Goose featured the restaurant on his K-5 TV show. Wonder if they made goose liver pate? ... When magician Carlos da Silva II appears at Kahala Mall's "Funtastik Keiki Fair" Saturday, he'll have one show only at 2:30 p.m. and do his signature stunt of producing his rabbit, Elvis, from a pan of fire. No, roasted rabbit won't be on the menu. Elvis won't even singe a whisker ...

Big Wyss-y

SPORTS has its "Big Wiesie," the name Tom Lehman pinned on 13-year-old golfer Michelle Wie since her swing reminded him of the driving of Ernie Els, known as the "Big Easy." Now Hawaii's culinary circle has seen the resurrection of the "Big Wyss-y." That would be Martin Wyss, former chef at the old Kahala Hilton and more recently at his own eatery, Swiss Inn. Wyss has returned to the kitchen at the Ala Moana Hotel for a limited engagement. He's offering nine of the most popular dishes served at his restaurant during the Swiss Inn Festival taking place in Plantation Cafe through July 13 ...

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Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns. Contact Dave by e-mail:


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