Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, November 14, 1996


Cathy O. Lee, Scott Shirai

First Parakeet
an election casualty

STRANGE birds: Politics, it has long been said, makes for strange bedfellows, and it's no exception in Hawaii. Here was Ramona Harris, in the midst of her husband's campaign for mayor, finding time to care for her sick and dying parakeet, Million. She brought the ailing bird to Dr. Douglas Chang of Aloha Animal Hospital Associates, who ran tests and announced the animal had diabetes. Unfortunately, Million didn't survive, but the fact Jeremy Harris was re-elected must have eased Ramona's loss somewhat ...

THEN there's Dr. Wayne Steckelberg, who heads the East Honolulu Pet Clinic. He generally steers clear of birds, except for taking care of Hawaii Kai ducks who have problems in traffic - getting hit by cars, for example. But a woman recently brought by her parrot, Peepers, and asked that he de-sex the bird, explaining she's a fan of "The Price is Right" and host Bob Barker closes the show with advice to "get your pet neutered." She asked what else should she do if Peepers displayed signs of romance. The vet suggested a cold shower. "I'm too old for cold showers," the woman protested. "Not you," said Steckelberg, "the bird!" The next sound heard was the door slamming behind her ...

LOCAL screenwriter and director Keoni Waxman, a 1986 Punahou grad, got a nice write-up by critic Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times for his new film, a low-budget effort called "I Shot a Man in Vegas." ... Localite Jean Dickinson was in New York recently and met up with drag star Candis Cayne, who professed excitement about coming to perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Candis was known as Brendan McDaniel when attending the Waldorf School and Baldwin High. Candis was in the films, "To Wong Foo..." and "Always Something Better." ...

Long distance love

MATCHMAKER Cathy O. Lee, who runs the Perfect Choice video dating service, celebrated her fourth year in business by attending the wedding of yet another couple she brought together. Maui chiropractor Dr. James Hattaway was married to his "perfect choice," Wendy Liu twice, holding one reception on Maui and another in Honolulu. Lee is now hoping to make more neighbor island connections ... Meanwhile, one visitor on the Navatek I Kahala Gold Coast lunch cruise was so enamored of the music of Puamana that he used his cellular phone to call his family in Texas and have the group sing "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" for them. Navatek president Susan Matsuura, who witnessed the call, said it looked like a commercial for a cellular phone company ...

THERE'S more than a little unrest in the Kahala area. First was the displeasure of the mansion with 15 bathrooms that was being used as a kind of high-end rooming house. Now there's a huge pink house on Diamond Head Road that has people screaming. It's not quite like having the Royal Hawaiian as a next-door neighbor. Also, there's an empty lot in the 3600 block of Diamond Head Road that is rumored to be the future site of a wedding chapel, and the neighbors aren't particularly thrilled with the idea of honking limos with trailing tin cans clinking down their street either ...

WHY not a book on karaoke singing? That's a question that weighed on Scott Shirai, karaoke lover who even teaches courses in karaoke; so he's written one. It'll be unveiled and he'll be signing autographs of it at the Hungry Lion on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...

Smart girl

AFTER starring in "Born Yesterday" at Diamond Head Theatre, Stefanie Smart, carried over her character of Billie to the opening night party. She wore her classic red velvet '40s dress and sent fellow cast members bottles of champagne, Godiva chocolates and roses shipped in from South America. Her grandfather, the late Richard Smart, himself an actor as well as Parker Ranch owner, would have been proud of the panache with which she carried it off. Even Stefanie's dressing table was Smart, with a silver makeup brush set and handkerchief that belonged to her famous grandpa ...



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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