Hawaii

by Dave Donnelly


Cetacean Paddy caught the spirit

ANOTHER Paddy's Day has come and gone and not a moment too soon for some folks. The biggest and noisiest crowd I found was the one attending the block party on Merchant St. Both Murphy's and O'Toole's, Hawaii's two neighboring Irish pubs, did grand business. When I stopped by, a rock band was playing Beatles tunes and asking, "Do you remember this one?" I never felt so old. I helped introduce the group to Hawaii during my d.j. days at K-POI in the 60s ... At the Aloha Tower Marketplace a karaoke stage was the center of musical attention, but nary an Irish tenor was to be found. There was one whale of an attraction there, however, as diners near the water discovered. Somehow a whale found its way inside the harbor and was surfacing and spouting away, with no apparent official notice. Even one of those yellow submarines was towed right past it and didn't even slow down. They probably didn't see the critter, which naturally I christened Paddy ...

FORMER first lady Barbara Bush, accompanied by some friends and a retinue of Secret Service people, stopped by to enjoy a repast and the nonpareil view from the Halekulani's House Without a Key ... Joyce Curry-Takara now lives in Vallejo, Calif., but her return address is still printed on a mock Hawaii license plate with "ALOHA" printed on it. She sent Paddy's Day wishes with the news that she's left Mary Kay Cosmetics to develop California and Hawaii for the Table Charm Group. While there's no more Pink Cadillac, she's thrilled with the change ...

THAT piano recital Anton Kuerti performed at Orvis Auditorium was a sell-out and some late-comers even had to be turned away. It raised $2,357 for the Honolulu Symphony where every little bit helps ... While we're dealing with keyboards, pianist Don Conover has been hired to play Thursday and Sunday nights at the Marina Front Lounge in the lobby of the Hawaii Prince Hotel and he couldn't be happier about reporting to work. He considers the Yamaha grand piano there the finest in a hotel in Waikiki. Remembering the old sing-along days when he played at LeBon, Conover is welcoming lounge singers to drop by and sit in ...

Portraits of India

THE photographic exhibition titled "Cultural Portraits of India," sponsored by the East-West Center and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, opens tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The exhibit of photos taken by Lindsay Hebberd will hang in the Cannon House Office Building, after which it will tour museums, educational institutions and corporate galleries for the next three years. One of the photos is a dramatic shot of the proud rajput of Rajasthan, one of those men who wear brilliantly colored turbans and curly-toed shoes and usually sport impressive mustaches. Looks a bit like Rollie Fingers to me ...

LONGTIME Tropic Bar waitress Sheila Monahan was at her Hilton Hawaiian Village station, per usual, when she received an unusual tip from a young honeymooning couple from Japan. Wrapped in a piece of hotel stationary, complete with hand done art work of clouds and flowers were two dollars and a note that said, "Sanks a lot." Sheila's having it framed ...

Advertising community saddened

THREE women long active in the Honolulu advertising community all died within days of each other. The HNA's Carole Medeiros will be remembered in services Sunday. The 1986 ad woman of the year, Toni Woodrum, died earlier this month in Nantucket where she'd been living in recent years. And ad people here were further saddened to hear of the death on the mainland of Doreen Austin, pioneer media person for a number of local agencies. Retired on the mainland, she died after a lingering illness and just weeks after the death of her husband, Bill ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. His columns run Monday through Friday. Contact Dave by e-mail at donnelly@kestrok.com.


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