Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Monday, June 15, 1998


Phone book may
pick a winner

Mug shot THOSE who believe in "signs" may want to check out not just the political polls, but also page 440 of the new Honolulu telephone directory white pages. At the top of one page is what some may consider an omen: Lingle-Liu. It's merely the phone book's quick guide for the first and last names listed on the page, but Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Liu is hoping his run with gubernatorial hopeful Linda Lingle will result in just such a listing ... Speaking of Maui's mayor, her Windward side appearance June 24 has been moved from Pope to Waimanalo Elementary. And despite your political leanings, you have to like the name Martha Harding and Greg Blotsky came up with for their July 11 fund-raiser. They're calling it "Mingle with Lingle." ...

DID it surprise you to hear that KGMB's Kim Gennaula was named "Hawaii's Favorite Female TV Personality" in a listener contest on KQMQ-FM? Me either. She topped 15 nominees ... And does it surprise you to learn that Palani Vaughan may get the chance to play King Kalakaua in the upcoming film on Father Damien? He's been waiting a lifetime to do just that ...

No parade rest

THINGS were mighty hectic around Hawaiian Airlines last week during final preparations for Saturday's parade, now officially known as the King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade. Hawaiian Airlines not only donated money to keep the parade alive -- this was the 82nd annual -- but former Miss Hawaii Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, who handles community relations for Hawaiian, organized an "Ukulele Ohana" with 55 strummers and a 45-member "Umbrella Brigade." Keahi Allen, who's been behind every parade for years, was thrilled with the help she got on this year's event. Taking part for the first time were 45 marchers from the Polynesian Cultural Center. Parade pa'u queen was Leinohea Apo and pa'u marshal was HPD detective Allan Kaleolani Silva, so if any numbskull tried to rain on the parade, they'd have to deal with him ...

CONTINENTAL Airlines celebrated the inauguration of non-stop flights to New York with a "Go Coconuts in the Big Apple" party. Continental's Ron Wright arranged for Carnegie Deli food and Broadway tunes by Diamond Head Theatre performers at the Hilton function. A highlight was a Gotham-themed scavenger hunt that had 90 people racing around in 22 taxis to a variety of locales. Donald Trump could be called the Top of the "I," and at Sarento's atop the Ilikai that's where they found him, as impersonated by Aaron Placourakis. They also found Holly Go-Lightly at Tiffany's, an NYPD cop at the Duke Kahanamoku statue and a Rockette at the Dome. During the evening Michael Hong sloshed water from a goldfish bowl into his lap, Ken Sandefur got in trouble holding Sarento's elevator so other scavengers couldn't get upstairs, and Tony Vericella was caught bribing a competing team's cabbie to drive more slowly. How New York can you get? ...

Goin' home

MY last meal in San Francisco before coming home was at one of my favorite eateries there, Alfred's, now relocated to the old Blue Fox site on Merchant Street in the financial district. My dinner companion, Bob Mulcrevy, felt I just wanted to feel at home. The acting maitre d' that evening introduced himself as Willy Growney. Learning I was from Hawaii, he said, "You may know my cousin there." Yes, I explained, Jim Growney, a Campbell estate heir, is indeed a friend. You just can't get away from Hawaii ...



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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