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Dave Donnelly

Sunday, November 9, 2003


1970: The kids are all right
in Makaha Beach cleanup


WE got a nice note from Rev. Abraham Akaka after thanking him publicly for his Makaha litter cleanup: "Mahalo Nui for your kind words about the litter-lifting at Makaha Beach. But I'm not the only one. Yesterday a group of teenage surfers -- boys and girls -- did a beautiful job of picking up candy wrappers, soft-drink cups and cans, beer bottles, cigarette packs and butts, Kleenex, food scraps, etc. One of them said, 'It's OUR beach, TOO!' These youngsters have the answer to pollution. Reverence for the earth; respect and love for their fellow man that leaves the Earth cleaner for all. The ultimate prize in Man's survival. Mahalos to them all." (Nov. 9, 1970) ...

WE caught Jack Cione's "Naked Follies at Forbidden City" the other night, and it was just slightly astounding. Not only do the boys and girls in the cast appear totally nude, but there's one number in which exotic Jerlene Rome entices members of the audience on stage to peel to the buff. The night we saw it, no less than seven guys from the audience danced with Miss Rome in the altogether. And to think, people still complain about "Hair"! (Nov. 10, 1970) ...

WHEN nearly 500 of his friends and admirers turned out to pay him honor on Saturday night, Dr. Shunzo Sakamaki told them he appreciated the fact that the tributes connected with his retirement from the University of Hawaii after 35 years were not delivered in hushed tones. "I am Sakamaki," the professor explained, "but I am not yet make." A round-trip ticket to Tokyo was one of his aloha gifts from the dinner crowd that included a number of ex-students, many of whom were grateful he had lived up to his reputation for being a slow man with a flunking grade. (Nov. 9, 1971) ...

STOPPING in to jam at Keone's in the wee hours of Tuesday morning were the entire Blood, Sweat and Tears gang. The following morning, Johnny Desmond dropped by and took the stage for some tunes. (Nov. 15, 1973) ... Betsy Mitchell, who is director of donor recruitment at the Blood Bank of Hawaii, is herself undergoing major surgery today in Queen's. Anyone interested in donating blood for Betsy, commonly referred to as the Blood Lady, can do so by calling the Blood Bank and making an appointment. Please kokua this fine lady. (Nov. 13, 1975) ...

AUTHOR Ed Sheehan was walking along Kahala Beach the other day when he spotted PR exec John Spierling and a date. Admiring the whale's-tooth necklace the young lady was wearing, Sheehan remarked, "That's a nice little item you have there," to which Spierling, without missing a beat, quipped, "Thanks." Male chauvinist to the core. (Nov. 12, 1975) ...

WHEN Serge D'Rovencourt says, "Is there a doctor in the house?" at the Kona Hilton, he knows the answer. The hotel's GM has worked a deal to bring in 2,300 physicians and their wives over the next six months, about 200 people at a time staying for one week each. If you have to get sick, that's about as good a place as any. (Nov. 13, 1977) ...

THEY may be in third place in the ratings, but NBC walked away with the Emmys this year, and network brass is sort of celebrating by holding their annual meeting next week at Wailea. A tennis tournament will be squeezed in between meetings, and according to NBC tennis coordinator Nancy Chaffee Kiner, they're bringing their own "Wimbledon" sign to hang at Wailea's grass courts. (Nov. 11, 1983) ... Back at his Maxi Rent-a-Car shop following his latest heart surgery is Max Hansen, though he's had more bypasses (10!) than the Santa Monica Freeway. He just keeps bouncing back. (Nov. 14, 1984) ...

TRUE to his word, the Associated Press's longtime Far East news chief Roy Essoyan and wife Betsy have retired in Hawaii and taken up residence. At a party 10 years ago in Tokyo, the Essoyans promised me they'd live in Hawaii after retirement. (Nov. 15, 1985) ... Want to see Geraldo Rivera get his nose bashed in? The taped program in which just that happens will be telecast Friday at 4 p.m. on KGMB-TV. (Nov. 9, 1988) ...




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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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