Dave Donnelly

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Lights out, but shows
go on in the dark

ONE of the oldest showbiz adages is, "The show must go on." It was fully demonstrated opening night of Army Community Theatre's "Man of La Mancha," when the lighting control board failed and the show went on with just four follow-spots. It was replaced the next night and you can now see, as well as hear, the show ... A similar fate befell Reyn's Ala Moana when "The Hawaiian Music 2003" event was slated. Due to what officials called "a mechanical hiccup," Reyn's was without power -- the only store in the mall left in the dark. Talk about Murphy's Law! But the show went on, despite no lights or air conditioning, with ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr. and master lei maker Barbara Meheula carrying on as usual. Customers participated in a discussion of the 21-year history of Reyn's Spooner's holiday shirt, seemingly oblivious of the spartan conditions ...

GOT some long hair you wouldn't mind losing for a good cause? Mrs. Hawaii United States 2003 Reenie Rea is championing a non-profit effort called "Locks of Love." The result is hand-woven natural hair wigs for keiki with long-term hair loss, be it from a disease or chemotherapy, etc. Anyone with hair that can be cut in minimum lengths of 10 inches can contribute from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Salon Bobbi 'N' Guy at Ward Warehouse. Call 591-2899 for an appointment. And after your hair is cropped, a haircut and styling is provided free ...

Christmas for keiki

LOOKING for things to entertain the kids during the Christmas Season -- which, judging from decorations already up pre-Thanksgiving -- is already upon us? Diamond Head Theatre is deep into rehearsal for the timeless classic, "Peter Pan," which opens Dec. 5 and will amaze the youngsters with real "flying," courtesy of Flying by Foy, a 50-year old company devoted to bringing the magic of flying to stages ... And there's a holiday twist to Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn's "The Princess and the Iso Peanut." Four original Christmas songs by Roslyn have been added. It'll be presented Dec. 14 and again Dec. 21 at MicKinley High. The same show will be presented Dec. 19 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tropics Showroom, though Hilton has insisted the title be changed (for tourists) to "A Hawaiian Christmas Story." ...

SINGER Kenny Loggins, who spends a lot of time in Hawaii, will see in the New Year here, performing at the Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom ...

Win some, lose some

COMPADRES owner Rick Enos flew in from Collie-fornia, as "Ah-nuld" calls it, to attend the sold out "Wall of Fame" event at his eatery honoring artist Peggy Chun. This meant he had to leave his Compadres Taqueria at Candlestick Park to son Jeff and daughter Lauren. They couldn't wait to call him and let him know that waiting in line for food at the Monday night 49ers game was former S.F. Giants manager Dusty Baker, now with the Cubs. Rick was disappointed to miss Dusty -- they were great friends from their days on the S.F. Giants board. One of the Compadres workers scored an autograph from Dusty, who sent along regards to Rick ...

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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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