By Dave Donnelly

Monday, January 12, 1998

S.I. jinx did its work again

THOUGH the good citizenry of San Francisco seemed to be of the opinion that the road to the Super Bowl was simply a formality, perhaps they should have taken note of last week's Sports Illustrated cover before making any bets. The "S.I. Jinx" was in full effect, the magazine having placed 'Niner tight end Brent Jones on its cover. Turns out to have been the last professional game for the Jones boy, who's announced he's retiring ... One of those radio talk shows following the game where Green Bay spanked the 49ers said the early Las Vegas line right after the game was the Packers favored by 12-1/2 points over Denver in the Super Bowl, but before the program was more than a few minutes old, it had gone up to 14. That should make ex-Miss Hawaii USA Heather Hays feel good - the isle beauty is news anchor on the NBC affiliate in Green Bay and is Super Bowl bound to cover the game in San Diego in two weeks time ...

SPEAKING of beauty queens, forgive me for attaching the wrong last name to Honolulu's 1998 Miss Chinatown. She's Jodie Ching, and will represent Hawaii in the national Miss Chinatown competition in San Francisco next month ... Congrats are due Don Takahashi, G.M. of the Hawaii Prince Hotel. He's been selected General Manager of the Year by the Hawaii Hotel Association ... NBC has notified the Hawaii Health Foundation that barring any more big breaking stories like the death of Rep. Sonny Bono, the delayed "Dateline" report on Dr. Terry Shintani and his Hawaii Diet will air tomorrow night ...

Who's that bearded man?

KEEPING a low profile around town, first while dining at Nicholas Nickolas and later at Scruples nightclub was Jim Carrey. How does this well known, rubber-faced actor keep himself under wraps? For starters, he's sporting a beard. He did turn some heads at Scruples, however, and owner Fred Piluso said when people recognized Carrey it created as big a commotion as when Tom Selleck used to hang out there. He cordially signed autographs and posed for the club's "Celebrity Wall." ...

CHECKING into the Halekulani today, thanks to the hotel's arrangement with visiting artists of the Honolulu Symphony, is jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. He's already been in town for several days of R&R, but when it's on his VISA Card, he opted for the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, which seems to be a favorite among traveling musical artists. Conductor Seiji Ozawa is a regular there when he's in town ... Guy at Murphy's raving about "Titanic" said, "You feel like you're right on the ship." Second guy: "I've felt like that for years." ...

Whaling and wailing

WHALE Ho! No, that's not Don Ho's larger brother - it's the sound people were making on the Star of Honolulu last week when passengers on the ship spotted the first whales of the year. And for Paradise Cruise honcho Ron Howard, the sighting couldn't have come at a better time. They've just begun offering guaranteed whale sightings on the company's two Whale Watch Cruises and passengers are guaranteed to see a whale (through April 15) or get a free return ticket until they do ... And the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers will be singing at 8 a.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew's Cathedral. It's free and open to the public. The special chapel service is dedicated to the late Martin Luther King Jr. Priory chaplain Beverly Dexter arranged for the group when she learned her good friend Jim Mac Laine is a member of a quartet of the Jubilee Singers ...

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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