Dave Donnelly

Thursday, October 2, 2003

The art of war can
color their memories

STUDENTS of World War II, or just those interested in knowing more about it will want to attend the opening reception of "War Child," an art exhibit about growing up in war. The show is at Gallery on the Pali, at 2500 Pali Highway. Honolulu-based artists will be at the reception and read stories about their war memories. They are lshaa Rayne of Jakarta, Indonesia, Katherine Smith, Kaumas Lithuania, Ria Keltz Remenar, Berlin, Misuzu Fukeda, Hiroshima, Simone Cahill Berlin, Algiers, and Elisabeth Knoke Dieckvoss of Munster-Soltau, Germany ...

IT'S not quite World War II vintage, but there'll be some very old footage of Martin Denny shown Saturday night when the "Primitiva" Concert takes place at the Hawaii Theatre. There'll be video of Denny on the Dinah Shore show, the Bob Newhart show and with Webley Edwards on "Hawaii Calls." The very young Arthur Lyman, Julius Wechter and Augie Colon will also be seen. The Don Tiki Dancers will be doing "teaser" shows at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Arts at Mark's Garage and then at the Wave at 11 p.m. and midnight ...

Vintage rock

TODAY'S column seems dedicated to seniors, so it's only fitting that we mention that the Young@Heart Chorus will be performing at the Hawaii Theatre on Oct. 16 and 17, singing their own brand of rock 'n' roll. The key is in the name --they're young "@ Heart," but the average age of the 35 Massachusetts choristers is 77. But they rock ...

HOW could a boat disappear in the middle of an aquatic parade? Well, it could sink or be torn apart by parade watchers. That's what apparently happened to the Sheraton float in the Aloha Festivals Parade through Waikiki. As we heard it, Japanese enka singer Kiyoshi Hikawa was on the Sheraton float and as it passed by the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, some 700 rabid Hikawa fans, mostly middle-aged women, rushed to get at him and the float got torn to shreds. No word on what happened to Hikawa-san, who along with the float, missed the rest of the parade ...

MORE on Japan: Jack Johnson is now the biggest drawing -- and selling -- Hawaii artist in Japan these days. Or so reports Kamasami Kong, the former isle D.J. now working in Osaka radio. Johnson performed his Jimi Hendrix-influenced, blues-flavored concert at Osaka's Club Quattro, where Kalapana and Jake Shima-bukuro also played. One person who showed up to hear Johnson was Punahou grad and Japan-based Sony/Epic Record rep Candace Abe, who appeared to be blown away ...

Kobe steak house?

WITH the L.A. Lakers in town, expect to see many of them show up at Sergio's in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. That's good news on two fronts for Sergio's G.M. Risa Apeles, since she's a big basketball fan. But don't look for Kobe Bryant. Chances are he'll be ordering room service to avoid crowds ... Other recent Sergio diners were folks here for the Mrs. America Pageant - people like Florence Henderson, Connie Stevens, Don Creighton and Hal Linden ...

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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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