By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, March 20, 1997

Nick Nicholas, Jeff Fox

Look for Tia’s
beauteous sibling

SPOT the sister: Actress Tia Carrere won't be getting all the attention at Ala Moana's spring fashion show. Her sister, Audra Lee Janeiro, also will be modeling fashions in the show and the resemblance is uncanny. She recently was mistaken for Tia in the mall and asked for a photo. Then KITV's Tiny Tadani pointed out that, while Tia was the acknowledged beauty in the family, Audra was hardly a slouch. In fact, when a crew member asked Tiny if he could get him an autographed photo he assumed the guy was talking about Tia. No way -- it was a keepsake of Audra he was after ... Tia, by the way, is still very much a local girl much as she was when she was Althea Janeiro and attending high school here. I always hoped she'd keep her name, have a baby and name her Rio D ... Also appearing at Ala Moana Saturday will be reigning Miss Honolulu Sasha Waldemar, who was shanghaied by her sister, True Friends manager Heather Waldemar, to meet and greet customers at the store that day ...

AFTER opening two dozen restaurants from Hawaii to Florida, Nick Nickolas, president of the Harman-Nickolas chain, has been running operations from the exec office. But he's heading back to the kitchen tomorrow for a very special dinner. He'll be overseeing chef Donato from Sarento's and two more of his chefs from restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago at a James Beard Dinner, which the country's gourmets hold periodically at the late food writer's New York City townhouse. Local H-N topper Aaron Placourakis, after checking the guest list, welcomed Uncle Nick to take charge, quipping, "Talk about a tough audience!"

CELEBRATING her 82nd birthday tomorrow is Elizabeth "Grandma" Puha of Papakolea, head custodian at the state Capitol. Grandma came with the building in 1969 and while it had to be closed for renovations, she didn't. Why isn't she taking it easy at her age? Grandma says she's still looking for the "right man." She's mighty proud of her great-granddaughter, Aloha Jamias, a Kamehameha Schools grad who's a freshman on the Stanford women's water polo team ...

Dots all folks

NOT everything in life is fun and games, and so Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties managing director Herb Conley likes to spice up company sales meetings by inventing little sales games for his agents to play. The other day, he'd placed a white dot on the chair of unsuspecting agent Jeff Fox. Another agent, Skip Hill, won the opportunity to try to guess whose chair contained the dot and while the odds against him were 125 to one, Hill guessed correctly and collected the $100 prize which Conley had agreed to award. After some celebration, Fox rose to say, "I'm not sure I like Herb's games. Skip won $100 and all I got was a lousy white dot." ...

ON the legislative agenda for March 18 at 8:30 a.m. was a hearing to reappoint certain members to the Correctional Industries Advisory Committee, and among those whose name was being heard was Jack Sullivan, known in the prison system as "Uncle Jack." It's a good thing Uncle Jack didn't have to show up in person the morning after St. Patrick's Day, because when I saw him 12 hours before the legislative session, he was dressed as a Leprechaun wearing a fake white chin-beard and had his tongue painted green ... And congrats to Frank McCourt, whose book on growing up in Ireland I've been championing for 10 months. "Angela's Ashes" won the National Book Critics Award for biography and autobiography, announced the day after Paddy's Day ...

After the fall

WHEN an Iolani School student fell 300 feet off the Pali Lookout in January and survived six days at the bottom, it captured everyone's attention. What helped the boy survive was a speech he'd heard a year earlier by Danny Yamashiro on the Iolani campus. Yamashiro had survived a 400-foot fall from the Pali in 1986 and wrote a book, "Paradise Calls," about the experience. He's now an evangelist and does a daily radio program on KAIM and his book is on sale at Barnes & Noble and Logos Bookstore .

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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