Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, March 10, 1998


Riding isle-style Wave to top

IT was a tsunami-style Wave that swept through the UH Stan Sheriff Arena last week resulting in Pepperdine Wave 2, U.N. International -- uh, I mean the UH Rainbows -- zero. Last week I mentioned ex-Bow Rick Tune, now a Wave, and former Wave Doug Rigg, now with the Official All Star Cafe. It was Rigg who helped Pepperdine win national championships in 1985 & '86. In that column, I failed to mention that Doug's two brothers, Mark and Scott Rigg, were on the 1978 NCAA championship team at Pepperdine, the Waves' first. They beat UCLA in the finals, and Mark was interviewed by Bruce Jenner on national TV. He's now a paramedic with the City & County. Don't be surprised, with the addition of that good old Hawaiian Tune, to see the Wave sweep to national championship status again this year ...

NOW that word is leaking out that Eagle Eye Entertainment in Toronto is planning to bring "Miss Saigon" to the Blaisdell Concert Hall next year, ticking off Honolulu Symphony G.M. Michael Tiknis no end, a thought came to mind. After watching Rocky Brown last Friday night performing with a four-piece combo at Indigo, I wonder if she'll be under consideration to star in the show. After all, the diminutive Filipina was in the original Broadway cast, still looks like a kid, and has a spectacular voice and range, whether it be show tunes or modern Alanis Morissette songs. Producer Ron Andrews might well keep her under consideration. Rocky will rock Indigo again this Friday night and then take off for L.A. gigs with the John Cruz band. Cruz will be concluding the Hawaii Theatre's "Hawaiian Friday Night" series on April 10, hopefully with a theme from Rocky ...

Amy & Daisy's doggie doings

WAIKIKI Trade Center G.M. Daisy Yamada is not one of your inveterate travelers, but she just returned from a long trip to New York. She normally wouldn't travel so far except she's become pals with author Amy Tan (of "The Joy Luck Club" fame) through, of all things, a Yorkie chat line on the Internet. Daisy has a Yorkshire Terrier, and Amy has two who travel everywhere with her -- except to Hawaii, thanks to our draconian quarantine laws. Daisy and Amy sat together in the latter's box at the Westminster Dog Show, a biggie in canine circles. They had a great time afterward with over 100 other Internet-wits with this thing for Yorkies, and a silent auction raised over $2,500 for the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America's Yorkie Rescue effort ...

LOCALITES Al & Jane Nakatani, authors of "Honor Thy Children," are chairing the Aids Walk on Sunday at Kapiolani Park. The two were recently honored in L.A. with Coretta Scott King at a Human Rights dinner. They were introduced by Betty DeGeneres, (mother of Ellen) who yesterday was featured on Leeza Gibbons' TV show on KHNL-TV ...

Greening of America

SOME people are still writing "1997" on their checks, but if you look closely you'll see we're just one week from St. Patrick's Day. That's the annual day of celebration for the Irish and (as the cliche goes) for those who wish they were. Irish publicans do a good percentage of their year's business on Paddy's Day, so look for a crowd at the Irish Intersection, Nuuanu and Merchant, where Murphy's and O'Toole's both operate ... Melissa Chang will be in Europe on Paddy's Day, but will have to limit her celebrating, as she's readying to run in the Paris Marathon. But she reports she found a cybercafe so she can keep up on the haps at www.starbulletin.com


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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