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Dave Donnelly

Sunday, November 16, 2003


1970: Waikiki Surf Hotel’s
lawsuit is for the birds


STAINDROPS Keep Fallin': Pacific Business News reports a suit against the Waikiki Surf Hotel "to enjoin defendant from permitting branches of a certain tree to abut upon the common property line and to be used by alighting birds, whose dropped excreta discolor and damage the automobiles of owners and tenants of petitioner." (Nov. 17, 1970) ...

WHEN Charles Withers, editor of the Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin (here with the AP managing editors conference) called this paper's copy desk to reach old pal Dick Habein, he heard, "Wonderland, Alice speaking." He knew immediately, of course, that he'd reached Habein. (Nov. 19, 1970) ...

MACKENZIE Tour driver Richard Collier, who's worked on such Hawaii-based films as "None but the Brave," "In Harm's Way," "The Hawaiians," "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and "Paniolo," told his boss, Erwin Paschoal, that he'd be tied up longer than he thought on "McCloud" filming. Seems the second unit was forced to stay on in the islands to reshoot some scene involving a Ford Mustang. Sponsor Chevrolet objected, you see. (Nov. 20, 1973) ...

LOOKING for someplace a bit different to take visiting firemen? You might drive them up to Spalding House, the Makiki Heights extension of the Academy of Arts, for the new Thursday afternoon tea time. Gallery visitors are served on the lanai overlooking the famed Spalding gardens. Juliet Wichman made a special trip from Kauai for last week's tea and was greeted by her daughter-in-law, Jeanne, who is volunteer chairwoman. The "oasis of serenity," as Jeanne calls it, will be available at tea time every Thursday except Thanksgiving. (Nov. 16, 976) ...

THE secretaries at the Hyatt Regency were invited to a "Secretaries Day" luncheon in one of the meeting rooms for what they felt was going to be a routine meal. Not so. Once there, the secretaries were marched up to Bagwells, where a red carpet had been rolled out and tuxedo-clad waiters tossed rose petals at them. They then sat down to a three-hour luncheon complete with fine wines, courtesy of Hyatt topper Ed Sullivan. So if you get a letter from Hyatt that has a number of misspellings, it may have been written following that sumptuous feed. (Nov. 16, 1980) ...

TWO Leeward Community College writing instructors recently got some good news and bad news. Kathy Macdonald learned she'd been invited to the mainland to address the National Council of Teachers of English, and Diane Cohen got a similar invite to speak to a conference of the National Council for Staff Development. The bad news? The talks will take place in Cincinnati and Des Moines, Iowa, respectively. Kathy and Diane could be heard to lament in unison, "Why not San Francisco?" (Nov. 17, 1980) ...

DUNES owner Jack Cione is back from Hong Kong where Prince Hanalei and a troupe of Hawaiian dancers proved to be big hits. In fact, they've been invited to return in March and this time will include Japan and Singapore in the tour. Now Cione is looking to book Hanalei and his unique show-stopping act -- twirling tassels on his derrière -- into European venues. (Nov. 17, 1982) ...

FORMER "Hawaii Five-O" casting director Bob Busch, now the cheesecake king of Honolulu, is expanding, and I don't mean from eating his own cheesecake. On Nov. 27 he's adding a deli to his cheesecake operation in the Ward Warehouse, and he plans to make it "a part of New York in Hawaii." (Nov. 8, 1983) ...

RESTAURATEUR Mary Ann Nevin isn't planning to go into competition with Magoo's or Harpo's, but when Larry Manetti, of "Magnum P.I.," got a craving for one of her Il Fresco pizzas, she delivered it to him on the set in Chinatown. (Nov. 19, 1984) ...




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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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