By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, May 9, 1996

Island cabbies a princely crew

YOU may have read about how New York City cabdrivers are being forced to improve their manners and language skills, plus provide little niceties like knowing how to find Broadway. Now we have evidence that Hawaii's drivers are princes - and princesses - by comparison. Take driver Rosemarie "Lovey" Cantado of Charley's Taxi who works out of Aloha Tower Marketplace. After discovering a package left in her cab by a Princess Kaiulani employee she'd dropped off at the Saigon Passion club, Lovey returned to the club, and no doubt made the guy's day by delivering his cash before he'd even noticed he'd lost it ...

LOVEY wasn't even offered a reward, but she didn't hesitate one bit when she found a package which a group tour conductor had left in her cab containing $16,000 in cash, plus tickets and receipts. She returned to the Waikiki Resort where she'd taken the tour conductor, who happily reclaimed the money. This time Lovey was offered a $300 reward, but refused. After the owner insisted, Lovey accepted $150 and lunch with the woman at the Halekulani ...

BUT Lovey's not the only honest driver in town: Basil Bennett, also a Charley's driver, picked up a customer at the Alana Hotel and took her to the airport. After the drop-off, the dispatcher got on the phone and told Basil about the woman leaving her handbag. Basil returned to the airport and handed the woman her bag, receiving $20 and a hug in return. Sounds like Charley's should be in for some kind of "Good Guy" award from Mayor Jeremy Harris ... Safety is a prime concern at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, reports Jon Fukuda, who's back at the Kohala property after many years in other areas of the visitor industry. All 12 of the resort's beach and pool lifeguards are certified by the U.S. Life Saving Association, something Fukuda says no other resort can claim ...

More good guys

CITY Bank president Randall Chang is one of just four American Lung Association volunteers nationwide to win a "Volunteer Excellence Award." Chang's wife Norma was able to attend the awards luncheon with her husband in Salt Lake City and was so moved by one of the other winners, a 14-year-old girl from Kentucky, that she took the lei which the ALA of Hawaii had given her for the trip and presented it to the girl, who treasured it ...

ATTORNEY Jared Jossem, head of the Republican Party in Hawaii, has demonstrated that lawyers make strange bedfellows. He's joined the law firm which also recently took on board former Democrat governor, John Waihee. Meanwhile, Jossem's former wife Carol, an artist and children's book illustrator, has remarried and moved to Seattle. She keeps up on Hawaii happenings via the Star-Bulletin's online edition, and e-mailed me after reading the column item about Emme Tomimbang's upcoming TV special on former isle folks now living in Seattle. There's one more Emme missed.

Richard Dean
LA RONDE: Richard Dean, longtime master sommelier at the former Third Floor and later the Secret, has left the Tavern on the Green in New York and is now in charge of sommeliers at the Mark Hotel at Madison and 77th in N.Y.. The property, whose G.M. is localite Ray Bickson, is part of the Rafael Group, operated by George Rafael, who about 25 years ago opened the Hawaiian Regent, where Dean worked ...

Ould Sod not for sale

Bob Dye
LANIKAI'S Bob Dye spotted the Kinsale house he owns on the "Today" show beamed in from Ireland yesterday. He realized what great promotional value the show had on the charming little town and thought out loud about putting a "For Sale" sign in front of his house when he returns there next month. Wife Tessa said something along the lines of, "If you do, I'll kill you." It's now officially NFS. Dye was particularly pleased to see Kinsale's town physician, Dr. David Nagle, playing fiddle in a pub scene on "Today." Dye took Dr. Nagle on a local pub crawl to Murphy's and O'Toole's during his recent visit here ...

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.

Hawaii by Dave Donnelly is a daily feature of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
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