By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Frank DeLima, Jim Nabors

With Camus comes cognac

CAN five generations of Frenchmen be wrong? It seems to me I've heard that question before, and I don't know the answer, but I know some fifth generation Frenchmen are coming to town. One is Cyril Camus, whose great-great-grandfather was extremely famous in his country. He said something like, "I drink, therefore I am." Cyril, you see, never one to put Descartes before da horse, is a descendent not of Albert Camus but of Jean-Baptiste Camus, founder of Camus Cognac. And he'll be in town for the 1997 French Festival in October. Also flying in will be Patrick Louis Vuitton, great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, and his luggage should be easy to spot at Honolulu Airport. The festival will culminate with fireworks and entertainment by the Hawaii Youth Symphony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village ...

MORE French imports: International concert pianist Alain Jacquon is making a swing through the neighbor islands at the moment, giving master classes and performances. His visit to Hawaii will culminate in a final concert April 16 at the Atherton Performing Arts Studio, sponsored by KHPR Public Radio ... And Fabian is coming to town! No, not the one from Philadelphia, but an Argentine who'll be featured Friday night in "Noche de Tango y Salsa" ("Don't mess with this hot sauce") at the Honolulu Club. Call the club at 543-3900 for ticket info ...

VISITING the Big Isle, local raconteur Sam Sanford couldn't stifle a guffaw when he passed by a large, white Chevy parked by the side of the road, with two-foot high letters written on the side reading, "Bishop Insurance Sucks." ... And while lounging in his bath, Sanford mused over whether today's generation knows where the term "blockbuster" came from -- long before there were television stores or even TV sets. The term referred to a 2,000-pound bomb that would supposedly level an entire city block during the blitz of London -- not to be confused with the blintz of London, which you can find at the Dorchester ...

Father Frank

THE Chaminade Alumni Ohana Celebration Sunday was a real hoot when Frank DeLima accepted the 1997 Alumni Achievement Award from last year's winner, Donna M. Ribellia-Abreu. The "Portagee" comic, as he calls himself, told the gathering of his days at seminary and how he was all set to be a priest when he had a sudden change of heart. It wasn't giving up woman, said Frank, but when he thought about the period of time when he'd be forced to meditate called "Grand Silence," he realized, "No can do." So he called and said, "Mom, I wanna come home." It's probably just as well -- think how difficult it would be to make confession to Father Frank ...

THERE was standing room only at Barnes & Noble in the Kahala Mall Monday night as Nora Okja Keller read from her new book, "Comfort Woman," and then answered questions and signed autographs. Not to be overly critical, but Keller's book is so well written that her reading from it didn't do it justice. It reminded me of why we have both creative and interpretive artists ... And a tip for those who've not taken my advice over the past 10 months to read Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes," which Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for biography: All New York Times best-sellers are 30 per cent off at Barnes & Noble and that includes McCourt's ...

Mahalo to doctors

DOCTORS and staff at Kaiser Permanente are beaming over a story about HMO's in the April 7 issue of Newsweek that gives Kaiser a "very good" rating ... And at St. Francis, Howard Sussman is readying a "Liver Transplant Picnic" to be held April 13 at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park. Some 13 St. Francis transplant recipients will be joined by those who got transplants elsewhere for a big thank you both to St. Francis and doctors everywhere. About 150 people are expected to attend. Unfortunately, Hawaii's best known transplant recipient, Jim Nabors, has already sent regrets as he'll be out of town ...

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: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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