Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, October 10, 1996


'Melon' book
tells cookie man's tale

Wally Amos
LEST you think Wally "Famous" Amos is losing it in naming his new book "Watermelon Magic," he's actually capturing your attention with the cliche about blacks liking watermelons and using it as a metaphor for life. He's subtitled the book, "Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life; Choosing to Be Happy in Spite of It All," and you'll probably be seeing a lot of him on various talk shows as he takes his book tour across the country. What "It All" refers to is when he lost his Famous Amos Cookie Co. to a group of venture capitalists who ventured into his life and capitalized on it. That's my line, not his, but he's welcome to steal it and probably will, with my compliments. Wally's been a tireless volunteer on behalf of Hawaii Literacy and an all-around nice guy ...

WHO'S the Bos: Some lucky music lover attending Saturday's free community concert at Haleiwa Beach Park will continue to be serenaded long after the Honolulu Symphony concludes its pops concert. A winner will be announced for a dinner for two at Portofino, the Italian restaurant owned by Arie Bos, and a "select six" subscription to the Symphony's new season ... Bos used to own Dickens Pub on Kapiolani and sold it to Martin Crowley, who turned it into the Palm Grill and ran it for a time before selling it and moving on to the mainland. I mention Crowley because he turned up last weekend at the U.S. Olympic Committee fund-raiser at the Ihilani since he now runs XO Patron Tequila, and was one of the main sponsors of the event ...

THEN there's Lisa Bos, whose Gourmet Express on Kalakaua will be featuring a "Guest Chef of the Month" beginning Oct. 19 when Joel Schaefer, chief instructor at Kapiolani Community College, demonstrates his own version of the Gourmet Express Wraps ... I'm not saying Magic Johnson enjoyed Kobe Steak House when he dined there Saturday night, but he did reserve for a party of 50 to the chopstickery last night ...

Aloha Okita

Teri Okita
TEARS are already falling in some parts of town as the word leaks out that KGMB's Teri Okita is packing up and moving on to Washington. She's been hired as weekend anchor/reporter for the CBS affiliate in the nation's capitol, a real coup. This move follows word that KHNL sportscaster Alema Harrington is upping stakes and moving to Salt Lake City to report sports there. His dad Al Harrington still maintains a residence there. Both Okita and Harrington are Punahou grads ('85 and '84, respectively) but there are plenty left on the local airwaves. Offhand we have Malia Mattoch and Keoki Kerr, both '85, Marvin Buenconsejo, '83, and Heidi Umbau, '81 ...

TWO women with Manoa ties are featured in this week's People magazine. Bette Midler, who still maintains a home there, is on the cover with the two other members of the "First Wives Club" and inside is an article on Kathleen Norris, author of two recent books, "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography" and "The Cloister Walk." Her father is trumpeter John Norris, now the doting dad blowing the horn on behalf of his daughter ...

YOU'D expect to find a Turkish restaurant near Pyramids, wouldn't you? Well, you would if you were on "The other Restaurant Row" on Kapahulu Avenue near Waikiki. Istanbul, the Turkish eatery, is just a few doors makai of Pyramids, an Egyptian restaurant ...

No humdrum Sunday

IF it sounds like a Tahitian takeover in Aina Haina Sunday, don't be alarmed. There's going to be a party at the home of Joe & Shari Anthony for Joe's former wife, Kahiti Mariterangi, a Tahitian dancer at Don the Beachcombers and Queens Surf in the late '50s and '60s. Also on hand will be Joe and Kahiti's two boys, Tahaki (Steve), now a three-time Emmy Award winning director for ESPN, and Teina (Randy), who now lives in Portland but was previously associated with Harman/Nickolas Restaurants in Florida. Stepmom Shari raised the boys since 1970. There'll be music and dancing Sunday, but Joe promises, "Unlike the old four-day parties at Don Over's house, we will end at a sensible time." ...



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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