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Dave Donnelly

Thursday, November 13, 2003


You can call me
Flower if you want to ...


THE father of Bethany Hamilton, the 13-year-old who lost her arm in a shark attack, was interviewed on the "Today" show yesterday by Matt Lauer. The appearance was plugged on the KHNL morning news by Stephanie Lum, who I assume isn't a big "Today" show fan, because she said repeatedly that the interviewer was "Matt Lahr" instead of Lauer, which rhymes with flower ... And on the late late show with Craig Kilborn -- do I ever sleep? -- "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer was asked about his luxury house in Kapalua. Kilborn had apparently seen it in a publication and fell in love with it. He asked Grammer if that was the best house he owned. "Yes," replied Grammer, who floored Kilborn when he announced he owns eight homes ...

TODAY is a special one for McDonald's. Michael W. Perry and Larry Price may have moved their Saturday morning show to John Dominis, but agreed to work lunch today at McDonald's on Keeaumoku. It's a benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities ... Meanwhile, chef Sam Choy is at McDonald's on Nimitz Highway with KHNL's Jodi Leong and Sharie Shima ... Choy does a regular "Cheap Eats" segment on Channel 8 with Lyle Galdeira, and I've never seen them give anything but a rave review to each place. Apparently they never met a cheap (or free!) meal they didn't like ...

Art lovers gathering

EARLIER this year, Yasmina Reza's "Art" was produced by The Actor's Group at the Yellow Brick Studio. Several key members of The Contemporary Museum saw and liked the play. As the play's director, I pared down the work and a half-hour's worth, with key sentiments and disagreements over art. With the original cast, it will be presented tomorrow at First Hawaiian Bank's main office. It's the first of the museum's "Art Talks" program. The truncated version of the play will be performed in the bank's art area at 6 p.m. tomorrow. It's free ...

SPEAKING of artists, the Compadres' Wall of Fame" luncheon honoring artist Peggy Chun on Nov. 18 is sold out. Contributions to Chun, suffering from ALS -- Lou Gherig's disease -- can be made by sending a check, payable to Friends of Peggy Chun, to 3860 Sierra Drive, Honolulu 96816. Much of the artwork on the walls of Compadres was created by Chun ...

IF you failed to see "Megan Hill is Missing" at the Hawai'i International Film Festival, you missed Maryknoll junior Amanda Moody in the title role. No stranger to acting, Moody is currently in "Grimm's Fairy Tales" at Mamiya Theater ... Lucky folks in California and Nevada are going to love seeing the wonderful local group, Na Leo, which is touring with the Sounds of Hawaii holiday tour ...

Shut up and pay up

AT Hank's place on Nuuanu, proprietor Hank Taufaasau, has a jar on display in which customers who use profane language must pay for that slip of the lip. Talk about weekend generosity (and some foul-mouthed drinkers) -- a total of $391 was collected and is being sent to Bethany Hamilton, the student who lost her arm to a shark as mentioned in today's first item ...




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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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