By Dave Donnelly

Friday, August 1, 1997

Novel tale
of island prodigy

THE current issue of New Yorker contains a short work of fiction entitled "The Closet," written by Allegra Goodman. Since the story is set in Hawaii -- Manoa Valley, to be specific -- some people unfamiliar with the author may be interested in some specifics. Allegra wrote her first novel, "Choo Choo," in 1975, a fact duly noted in the Star-Bulletin in a feature story on her. That may not sound remarkable until you realize she's not yet 30 and "Choo Choo" was written and illustrated by her when she was 7 years old! She went on to Punahou, Harvard and Stanford and became a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She wrote more novels, most recently "The Family Markowitz" last year, excerpts of which originally appeared in the New Yorker. That would indicate another novel, perhaps set in Hawaii, is in the works. In that 1975 interview, 7-year-old Allegra talked of the novels in her head: "Most of the ones that I've written are just for young people, but I have grown up ones in my head." Now we're reading them.

FOR years artist/composer Stan Rubens has been getting double-takes from people who think he's Dave Thomas of Wendy's. But now he's getting looks of a different kind. Just out with a new CD, "Songs to Fall in Love With," Rubens discovered that the furtive glances were coming from people who'd seen his poster among the "Wanted" photos at the Kahawai Post Office, posted by a fan who works there. It'll probably come down after postal authorities read this, so he may have to resort to putting them on phone poles.

Zipping to Waimea

IT was an exciting time for staffers at Waimea Falls Park when teen idols Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and other cast members of "Beverly Hills 90210" frolicked outside of their zip code. One guy who had a particular ball was Art Rivers, the cliff-diving fanatic who's also operations manager of Waimea Valley. He did some stunts for some of the fragile male actors, including diving off the falls and falling down a hill. The scenes shot there and in Waikiki during the past week are slated to be shown on the season premiere of the series this fall. And don't be surprised if cast members show up at a private party Fox holds tonight at Planet Hollywood ...

WHEN ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her parents dined at Ciao Mein in the Hyatt Regency recently, the waiters there all went nuts over the skater, saying she was "much smaller and prettier" than on TV and "soooooo nice." ... And setting hearts aflutter at Alan Wong's eatery was Tamlyn Tomita, who appeared in "Karate Kid II." ... Michelle Pfeiffer reportedly is checking out homes in Lanikai. The old Paul Mitchell estate there is still available if she's got a few million sitting around doing nothing ... The Board of Water Supply has tipped its hat to political correctness. For years its slogan has been "Man's Greatest Need." It's now been changed to "Our Greatest Need." In case anyone thought they didn't care about women. Duh ...

Waking up to school

STARBUCKS is opening its new locale at the Ward Village Shops on Auahi Street across from Ward Centre Saturday. And in honor of that occasion, they're offering a limited edition "Waking Up Hawaii" tumbler to the first 500 customers to donate backpacks, safety scissors, paper glue or boxes of crayons to the Back to School Campaign drive, a joint effort of the Waikiki Health Center and the Community Clearinghouse. Both the new and Kahala Mall Starbucks are making the offer.

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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