Dave Donnelly

Friday, October 3, 2003

Charity begins at home,
or in the bedroom

CHANCES are it won't be the typical crowd at the art exhibit and silent auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Hawaii on Oct. 15 at Kahala Mall. When word gets around, expect to see a lot of males in attendance, some of whom are ostensibly shopping for wives or girlfriends. Or both! The fashion show will feature women's lingerie. It's called "Unhooked Hawaii" and some HCC fashion students have volunteered to display and model corsetry they've designed to bring out the beauty of the bra and the human form it supports. The show will be held at Morgan Beret Fine Lingerie and Bed Linens. Call 732-7736 to order tickets ...

THAT takes us directly to the Hawaii Comedy News, a creation of Andy Bumatai that fills in the reader as to what local comics are up to, where they're working and showtimes. Yesterday's issue was a bit different, however. Andy interviewed female comic legend Rusty Warren, who now lives in Hawaii. Long retired, Rusty was in the forefront, so to speak, of women comics with her comedy album, "Knockers Up." She wasn't talking doorknobs, either. For more info or to get the Comedy News, e-mail Andy at ...

E-mail addresses

IT'S not unusual for companies with many employees having individual e-mail addresses to use first initials and last names. Mine, for example, is That's how many are devised. It took the aformentioned Bumatai to discover that the address of KGMB's attractive morning newscaster is "slum." Poor Stephanie Lum might think about appealing for a new e-mail address, though hers is certainly memorable ...

THE thousands of "American Idol" hopefuls lining up for their 15 seconds of fame, or the search for it, had to wait in a shadeless Aloha Stadium Parking Lot. And while a good many won prizes, giveaways and a chance to perform on local radio stations at the scene, some of those battling a scorching day with no tradewinds said the most treasured gift was the paddle-shapped fans passed out by the folks at AT&T Wireless ...

THERE'S a huge new lion making its presence felt in Hawaii, and we're not talking about the mystery cat of Maui. This lion set sail from Germany and has now safely landed on local shores. Among localites who'll recognize the Big Cat is Judge Evelyn Lance. She saw the huge stuffed beast in Mecklenberg at HOT's artistic director Henry Akina's production of "Otello." And when Hawaii Opera Theatre opens its upcoming season with "Otello," the same lion will be on view ...

Kona Gold

IF you were to guess which Hawaii hotel bests the rest in room rate revenue, you'd probably not come up with the Kona Village Resort, but Lodging Hospitality Magazine did. Kona Village was the only Hawaii property to make the magazine's top 50 performer's list. It came as no surprise to Kona Village G.M. Fred Duerr, however, since his property has made the list four times since 1999. The figures show that the resort generated $176,656 in per room revenue.

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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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