By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, October 15, 1997

Walter Dods
takes it all off

WHAT'S next, the Rock-Za First Hawaiian Bank? Sure, bank CEO Walter Dods works out and rides mountain bikes to stay in shape, but taking up stripping? It happened at the American Bankers Association national convention in Boston before 1,000 pin-striped, buttoned-down bankers as Dods was giving his final speech as president of the group. He wound up his talk with a note about ties, and how much he hates them and how he spent too much of 1997 wearing a coat and tie at ABA events on the mainland. "Now, by God," declared Dods, "I don't have to any more." And with that he removed his coat, tie and button-down white shirt, revealing a gaudy red and blue print aloha shirt, and made his departure, the cheers and applause of his jealous colleagues ringing in his ears. Dods plans to spend more time at home. Tieless! . . .

EQUAL time for the "other" bank: Two UH theater and dance students, Jodie Yamada and Stephanie Sanchez, have been awarded this year's "Harry and Myra" Bankoh scholarships. This is the monetary award given annually to former Hawaii high school students now studying theater at UH. Yamada directed the opening scene of "The Devil and Billy Markham," now at the Earle Ernst Lab Theater, and Sanchez is in the musical "Bye Bye, Hana Buttah Days" at the Kennedy Theater main stage. Maybe Bank of Hawaii figured the two could use a good meal, too, because bank V.P. Tom Mitrano gave them the awards over lunch at A Pacific Cafe . . .

Rim shots

EAST is East and West is West, and occasionally they meet, such as when Pacific Rim cooking is involved. Our Japan correspondent Bob Zix (known on the radio there as D.J. Kamasami Kong) was in Taiwan and ran into Honolulu restaurateur Russell Siu (of 3660 on the Rise) demonstrating his cooking techniques at the top-of-the-line Sherwood Hotel. As Zix availed himself of the opportunity to eat some of his hometown favorites, he got into an animated discussion with the chef over adapting his delicate recipes to a metric system, where both measurements for ingredients and heat gauges for the oven have to be translated. This week Zix gives Siu a guided tour of Taiwan which will no doubt include the latter's Kona Connection coffee shops in Taipei . . .

GOOD things do happen to good people: Theodora Villeza of Wahiawa took TheBus to Ala Moana Center to attend KSSK's Gold Card promotion, where $5,000 was given away, and the trip proved to be well worth it. She ended up winning the biggest single prize, $1,000, and on the spot donated 10 percent ($100) to her church, Our Lady of Sorrow in Wahiawa. With the rest, she bought a treadmill so she could follow her doctor's orders to do more exercising of body as well as spirit . . . Hawaii business writer Bill Wood, Hawaii's stringer to the Wall Street Journal and former longtime editor of Hawaii Business magazine, is in Queen's recovering from a rough bout of radiation treatment. Calls, visits and notes are welcome . . .

Aloha to Jazzbeaux

THE death of singer John Denver has shocked his many fans, but there was little notice taken when radio lost one of its icons. Legendary jazz D.J. Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins died recently in San Francisco. As curator of the "Purple Grotto," the goateed jazz jock gained fame in stations from New York to Northern California, where he worked up until last month. He was 78. Same as the rpm of the records he first started playing . . .

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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