Hawaii










By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, May 1, 1997


Dustin Nguyen, Heidi Chang

Tricks unleashed
at isle Pet Expo

THE theme of the upcoming Hawaii Pet Expo is "Animals Touch Our Lives Every Day." That's true for many of us, and we only hope that the kind of animal seen in "Anaconda" isn't one of them. At the Expo May 10 and 11 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, the public will learn more about their pets and get a chance to find out more about "fancier clubs" (and they don't mean, "My club is fancier than yours"). There'll also be booths manned by the Hawaiian Humane Society and distributors of pet products. There'll be live animal demonstrations -- read "stupid pet tricks" -- and discounted pet I.D. microchipping for dogs, cats and rabbits that might get lost. Admission is free. The official press release states, "Pets are welcome. Dogs should be leased." While it's obvious they meant "leashed," a colleague points out that in Japan dogs can be leased. Perhaps walking them is useful in picking up girls ...

SITTING around the set during the last day of filming on the new "Hawaii Five-O" pilot, Zulu said to pal Kam Fong, "You realize we're the only guys left from the pilot." That's right, back in 1968 even James MacArthur wasn't in the pilot. When the show was picked up, he replaced Tom O'Kelly as Danno -- a little bit of trivia. Al Harrington, Herman Wedemeyer, etc., all came later to the show ...

FILMING tends to go on at all hours -- even commercial filming. Witness the Pacific Focus crew which was working all night in an abandoned Nanakuli gas station, filming two new TV commercials for BHP Gas Express. Dinner was scheduled for 10 p.m. but when Loomis & Pollock creative director Shannon Carreiro learned nobody would cater out there that late -- that's the middle of the night in Nanakuli -- she proved just how creative she is, and whipped up a gourmet meal that won raves, four stars and two thumbs up from hungry crew members ...

Lost tribe of Waialua

SUGAR Bar owner Peter Birnbaum, who long has lobbied unsuccessfully to get Kealalahui Road paved in front of his establishment, was torn between anger and amusement yesterday. The Disney people shooting the new film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Lily Tomlin were thrilled to find an unpaved road there to serve as a New Guinea byway. And Birnbaum found it ironic that his landlord was so happy that his property resembled a Third World country that he was bragging about it. The title of the film, we're told, is "Krippendorf's Tribe," and not the name that appeared here earlier. It's also not "Kappendorf's Trial," as Honolulu magazine has reported. Note to Disney: Change the stupid title! ...

TIME warp: Former Honolulu bodybuilder and fitness studio honcho Rex Ravelle has popped back into town and left a message saying he's looking for a couple of old friends. Both of them are dead, and one has been gone for 40 years. He's staying at the YMCA so he can continue his daily workouts to keep the body in shape ... And speaking of workouts, Dustin Nguyen, who appeared in "21 Jump Street," was observed working out at the Mililani 24-Hour Fitness Spa (jumping jacks?) followed by a trip to the Ba-le Restaurant in the same area.

MOODY, but no blues: Diana Moody, who relocated to L.A. to run the office of Sheila Donnelly & Associates there, has given birth to a son, Samuel Jack Moody ... And John Bowlen, brother of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and a member of the team's staff, eloped to Maui with bride Debra, stopping over in Honolulu just long enough for a last supper (as a single man) at Nick's Fishmarket, also owned by brother Pat. No, they didn't feed 5,000 ...

Say 'Hi' to Heidi

EX-POI Boy Tom Moffatt isn't the only new returnee to island airwaves. Heidi Chang is also back on the air and, like Moffatt, in a part-time capacity. She's brought her "Quiet Storm" jazz show she used to do in San Francisco to KRTR on Sunday nights from 7 to midnight. In addition she continues as a reporter/producer for National Public Radio and produces CNN local TV news updates at KITV. Howdy, Heidi ...



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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