Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Monday, November 25, 1996


Alan Wong, Guy Kawasaki

School rivalries
pit fan against fan

SATURDAY was the big day for many of the traditional football rivalries, Ohio State/Michigan, Iowa/Minnesota, USC/ UCLA and Lehigh/Lafayette, the latter thrown in for the benefit of Star-Bulletin editorial writer Carl Zimmerman, a Lehigh grad who rightly points out it's the longest continuous rivalry in football. None is bigger, however, than Stanford/Cal ("The Big Game") and Murphy's Bar & Grill was filled to capacity Saturday, with fans cheering for both teams. Rooting for the Bears were the likes of Rep. Barbara Marumoto and architect Don Fowler, while Stanford was well represented by such grads as Richard "Ike" Sutton, Punahou president Jim Scott, UH football coach Guy Benjamin and John Wilbur, who like Benjamin played football for the school. Cal lost, of course, but still won the consolation prize, a trip to the Aloha Bowl ...

WINDWARD sidelights: The HPU production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" (and not the one to the 21st Century) proved to be first rate. Director Joyce Maltby and the school can be justly proud of the production, which boasted a surprisingly strong, uniform cast ... On the other hand, Dudley Moore was something of a disappointment at his Hawaii Theatre appearance Saturday night. When he was with his late comic genius partner, Peter Cook, Moore was downright hilarious, something he simply isn't on his own. And what a strange, eclectic evening of music, interspersed with comic bits which he read, for crying out loud, including some downright boring dual piano pieces with Rena Fruchter, who must have better things to be doing with her life ...

WHILE Alan Wong is doing cooking demonstrations in Singapore with San Francisco celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower, you'd never know it by the cuisine still being served up in his absence. His kitchen staff is so professional that we'd never have guessed he was out of town when we dined there after the Moore concert, if we hadn't been told. And while the S.F. Chronicle's food editor Michael Bauer fairly stung Tower's Stars Restaurant last week with a meager two and a half stars, Wong's surely deserved a solid four! ...

Poetic license

THERE'LL BE A special benefit performance of "Scrooge" at Diamond Head Theatre Dec. 5 on behalf of the Waikiki Health Center's Youth Outreach Project. And as a Health Center volunteer was writing a note about it and Frank DeLima's nvolvement in the title role, her computer's spell-checker program came to DeLima and suggested an alternative: "Dilemma." KFC-Hawaii is co-sponsoring the production, which brings director Jim Hutchison full circle. One of his first isle jobs was as manager of the Kailua KFC. Word is that when Scrooge shows up to bring in a goose to the Bob Crachit family, he'll bring not a goose but ...

THEY'RE talking about the "Miracle of Assaggio." When Larry Bowles showed up for work at the Kailua Italian restaurant the other day there was a pair of crutches lying outside the front door. He looked around for the owner, but nobody was in sight. Bowles took them inside, but to date nobody has claimed them. Maybe there'll be pilgrimages to Assaggio next ... Yes indeed, Ala Moana Center did in fact put out a news release about the new restrooms installed on the mall level between Banana Republic and Sears which began, "Ala Moana is flush with excitement." ...

Mean Guy

Most people in the electronics world who meet Guy Kawasaki find him not just intelligent, but likable. Now an Apple Computer Fellow (and promoter of Macintosh computers) Kawasaki is in town for a bit of R&R from the computer wars and dropped by his old school and spoke at Iolani - his is the Class of '72. Likable? And then some. His old football coach, Eddie Hamada, who's still an assistant coach and goodwill ambassador at Iolani, remembers Guy as one of his "meanest, toughest, smartest defensive linebackers (who) learned all the skills necessary to survive in the computer world." ...



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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