Hawaii










By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, July 1, 1997


Guido Salmaggi, Mimi McKinney

Iz zipped with
angels over Shell

THOSE in attendance at the Waikiki Shell Saturday night agree it was a "chicken skin" experience. The Honolulu Symphony had invited Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole and her family to attend the Na Leo Pilimehana and Friends concert dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Israel. Some 50 members of the clan responded to the invite along with such guests as Karen Keawehawai'i, producer Jon de Mello (who'd just flown in from New York), Auntie Irmgard Aluli and Auntie Genoa Keawe. Not only did Na Leo open the concert with "Flying With Angels" in memory of Iz, but later in the show Marlene danced a hula with the trio. As the applause died down and those sitting on the grass lay back, some wiping tears, a shooting star was clearly seen in the night sky zipping east to west over the Shell ...

AFTER promoter and ex-Poi Boy Tom Moffatt decided to return to isle airwaves playing oldies on 107.5FM, his former radio cohort Ron Jacobs was lured back to the place of his birth from L.A. -- where he'd "had it" -- to be program director and afternoon D.J. But it's not going to happen. Seems Jacobs and a consultant for the management team -- not Austin Valli -- had a giant disagreement over many things and Jacobs decided to take a hike without so much as lacing up his boots. He's definitely staying in the islands, he's telling pals, and is now talking with other local stations. One ironic scenario is that he may end up on the air opposite Moffatt, his oldest friend in radio dating back more than 40 years ...

FORMER isle exec Maury Myers, now with the Yellow Corp. and based in Kansas City, Mo., was in town for a few days. He hit the golf links with Stanley Hong, Everett Cuskaden, Eiichi Ishii of Japan, and adman Marty Schiller at Waialae. During breakfast, Myers lamented that his handicap was going up at the same rate as his company's stock, both at an all-time high of 22. You suppose there's a connection there? ... Speaking of golf, did you hear that the Star-Bulletin's Bill Kwon got his first ace ever at Makaha? First time anyone saw him buy a drink! ...

Fourth Estatements

LAST year when the law firm of Coates & Frey sent out Fourth of July greetings, I remarked that it was a nice touch for a law firm specializing in divorce to single out Independence Day to mail out cards. Inspired by that, Brad Coates and Greg Frey have officially transposed "Independence Day" for "4th of July." The two claim the column made them do it: "For better or for worse, whether terribly witty or just tacky, we owe it all to you." ...

MISSING from two longtime annual celebrations in Hawaii on the Fourth of July will be Guido Salmaggi. His wife was injured in a fall in their Florida home, so he'll not be able to sing the National Anthem at the Outrigger Canoe Club Regatta on Waikiki Beach or at the Pearl Harbor July 4 celebration on Friday. Guido says it's the first time in his life he's had to cancel singing the anthem, and not because of old age either ... This will be the Army's 26th annual July 4 celebration at Schofield Barracks. Some 65,000 people attended last year's big patriotic celebration, which lasts all day. Performing in the afternoon will be the Tropical Knights, Kapena and Krush, followed by the "1812 Overture" with live cannons, and culminating with the "Flags We Follow" pageant of historical flags. Tina Shelton and Jo Pruden narrate the pageant with a revue of state flags and a cannon salute to each state ...

Puffery

WHILE actor James Woods appears on the cover of the latest Cigar Aficionado magazine, they might have sold more issues if they'd put Mimi McKinney there instead. Mimi, who is G.M. of the Havana Pacific Club in Nauru Tower, is pictured inside the issue posing with a double corona-sized cigar alongside her BMW with the license plate "COHIBA." The Cohiba is one of the world's most famous cigars and numerous other cigar lovers use it on their license plates besides Mimi, who's known affectionately as "Cigar Lady." ...



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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