Travel Leisure kicks off 35th year at Halekulani party
chose Hawaii and the Halekulani to kick off its 35th birthday worldwide celebrations Wednesday evening and the award-winning resort responded by tossing a swell party for the mag's publisher Ellen Asmodeo
and editor Nancy Novogrod
. Many isle visitor industry reps attended. Halekulani execs Tomotoshi Shiokawa, Peter Shaindlin
and Janis Clapoff
pulled out their culinary and musical stars for the party. Chefs Yves Garnier, Darryl Fujita
and their staffs prepared exquisite onaga, sushi, beef, shrimp and lamb creations and more; mixologist Dale DeGroff
made special drinks for those who chose not to drink wine, and pianist Jim Howard
and bassist-singer Bruce Hamada
knocked out standards. Shaindlin was emcee. And why did T+L pick the Halekulani to start birthday celebrations? "It's tradition -- we've been coming here for 12 years," Novogrod said, as she and Asmodeo praised the resort. Novogrod added that she first stayed at the hotel when she was 14. "I was so impressed I kept the brochure," she said ...
onward: Yvonne Elliman joins the Steve Miller Band, War, Linda Ronstadt, Na Leo and the Honolulu Symphony in the April 1 Diamond Head Crater Celebration. Tickets -- $125 for general admission and $150 to $175 for reserved seats -- go on sale today at the Waikiki Shell and Blaisdell Box Office. For more info on the celebration call 735-7000 ...
Don Ho adds Thursdays to his schedule
It's good to have Don Ho
back in action at the Beachcomber. Don is adding Thursdays to his show sked this week. Gary Aiko
is a guest in tomorrow night's show ... Former isle resident Jean Dickinson
, now living in the Los Angeles area, has taken a position as marketing director at Caruso Affiliated, owner and operator of upscale shopping centers in Southern California. Jean had been with Hill and Knowlton here and in Southern Cal for the past 14 1/2 years ... Kiki Hugho
will sign copies of his book, "Something Told Me," at David Lyman's
annual Super Bowl party at the Waikiki Yacht Club, starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 ... Compadres at Ward Centre will hold a Super Bowl Party with "Super Bowl" chili at $5 a bowl, also starting at 11 a.m. on the 5th ...
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