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Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, September 16, 2003


The view from the beach
can’t be beat


SITTING at the same table once occupied by then-President Bill Clinton at the Outrigger Canoe Club, I was enjoying a birthday lunch with an old friend, who's a member, and admiring the view. That consisted in large part the bevy of bikini-clad lovelies paddling their surfboards back and forth. Those at the club kept saying, "You should have been here yesterday." Seems the luscious Cameron Diaz and the not-so-lovely Justin Timberlake spent a good deal of time there soaking up sun and heaven knows what all ... Earlier that morning, Timberlake was spotted grabbing a bite at Cinnabon and Starbucks at the Kahala Mall ... When there was speculation that Ben Affleck was about to enter into matrimony, possibly on Kauai, with the been-there, done-that Jennifer Lopez, I remarked no divorce date had been set. Now it looks like the whole deal is off, but we're dealing with Hollywood types, so stay tuned. ...

Behind the scene story

WE'VE all heard about Kenny Loggins getting a taste of Maui at Bob Longhi's new restaurant in Ala Moana Center. (If this eatery proves as profitable as the Maui Longhi's, owner Bob will be a very wealthy man.) Loggins introduced his new CD, "It's About Time" there. Emme Tomimbang interviewed old friend Loggins for her TV special, "Journey Through Music," airing at 7 p.m. tomorrow on KGMB. Both recall their first meeting. Emme, then a new TV reporter, got her first assignment -- to interview Loggins and his partner, Jim Messina. The nervous Tomimbang taped an interview with the pair, and when she got back to the station to show off her first work, she discovered she had no audio. Some might have given up and sought a new line of work, but not Emme. She called the two nearly in tears and they graciously agreed to be interviewed again. The rest is history, but Loggins won't let her forget that first encounter ...

AIRING on KHON-TV tomorrow night is a half-hour show hosted by Ron Mizutani called "Jake Live in Japan." It's about ukulele whiz Jake Shima-bukuru and there's footage of him performing before a crowd of 100,000 concertgoers in Niigata, at Japan's Woodstock. If you miss it tomorrow, the show will be repeated at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 2 ...

JAZZMAN Abe Weinstein is off to this weekend's Monterey Jazz Festival, but as a spectator, not a performer. He has VIP seats for the entire festival, courtesy fest director Tim Jackson. Abe will be talking with organizers there about cross-promoting with the Hawai'i International Film Festival, which he runs. Before returning, Abe plans to visit the jazz club Yoshi's in Oakland, and see Branford Marsalis perform. Then it's home to work on this year's local jazz festival ...

Pun with Jack

IT'S rare to hear a multi-lingual pun on a sitcom, but there was a gem on "Will and Grace" the other night. Jack, the flagrant homosexual on the show, does a take off on a popular French phrase, "Je suis fatigue," -- I'm tired. He goes to a gym to take off some weight because he feels bloated. Said Jack, wearily, eyeing his paunch, "Je suis Fatty Gay." ...




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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: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com

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