Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Monday, August 12, 1996


Dole's choice a murky affair

THE Grand Old Party, you might say, is in the Dole-drums these days. When Bob Dole chose as his running mate Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback who'd backed Dole's earlier rival, Steve Forbes - remember him? - the murky state of affairs continued on course. Kemp, you may recall, came to Hawaii to back Orson Swindle in his ill-fated attempt to unseat Rep. Neal Abercrombie in the last election, and as one local TV reporter stated breathlessly, "is on a first name basis with him." One would hope. Kemp stayed home this time around but Sen. John McCain again flew in to endorse Swindle as he makes another run. Despite being a Republican, Sen. McCain says he's on good terms with Democrat Sen. Dan Inouye and they cooperate fully on the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs. McCain told the Star-Bulletin editorial board last week that getting Hawaiians classified as native Americans like Indians and Eskimos faces tough opposition because of the huge amounts of money involved...

THE headline in the current Hawaii Hispanic News caught me by surprise: "Cuban Executive Producer Brings World's Most Popular Musical Back to Honolulu." According to the story, that would be Richard Jay-Alexander and the musical "Les Miserables." Editor Jose Villas reveals the producer's real name is Richard Alexander Fernandez and he spent his first six years in Havana before growing up in Solvay, N.Y. He's now the right-hand man for "Les Miz" producer Cameron Mackintosh in America ...

Ray Sowders
GEOGRAPHY knows no grounds where artistic endeavors are concerned. Playing slack key guitar at the Gordon Biersch restaurant at Aloha Tower Marketplace Saturday night was Ray Sowders, a Detroit native whose roots disappear when he plays Ki Ho'alu. Sowders, who'll do another gig at Gordon Biersch on Aug. 31, says his local music and language influences were from slack key master Ray Kane and the late Kapuna Katherine Maunakea...

Faye's won

WHEN author and Hawaii Civil Rights Commissioner Faye Kennedy was honored by the City Council last week "For her lifetime dedication to public service," old pal Bill Souza was there to cheer her on. Quipped Souza, "And to think you used to be best known as Flo Kennedy's baby sister." Sister Flo has won her own share of honors, and is both an activist lawyer, author and cable TV talk show hostess in New York ...

FORMER isle disc jockey Ron Jacobs got a letter from a Maui friend at his L.A. home and when he held the envelope up to the light, swore it was empty. Then he noted a tiny, folded up piece of paper lodged in one corner. He opened the envelope, unfolded the paper and cracked up. Looking for all the world like it was just pulled from a fortune cookie was a small headline reading, "Yick Lung Co. files for bankruptcy." ...

Jerry Lewis
YES folks, that was none other than Jerry Lewis dining with his wife and some friends at Nick's Fishmarket the other night. At the venerable age of 70, Lewis is going through something of an artistic comeback, starring in "Damn Yankees" first on Broadway and then in a road company across the country. In addition, Eddie Murphy's successful remake of "The Nutty Professor" has reminded many critics of just how good the original was with Lewis starring in it ...

Forty to One

THOUGH surprisingly few people are even aware of its existance, the La Mariana Sailing Club off Sand Island Access Road celebrates its 40th anniversary Friday. The eclectic decor owner Annette Nahinu has accumulated for the club is reminiscent of many Hawaii establishments in the 50s and 60s - very nostalgic for oldtimers ... And while La Mariana is 40, Johna-Rae Kahoonei-Leedy, a double hyphenate, is only one year old, but already an achiever. She captured the judges' hearts and the crown in Meadow Gold Dairies' 43rd Healthy Baby Contest at Bishop Museum, become the youngest winner ever ...



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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