Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, June 18, 1998


Sellers’ spiel
clinches sale

Mug shot HAWAII is a Seller's market. At least that's the slogan of adman Tom Sellers, who set about to prove it the other day. He was talking to best pal Rodney Jacobs of Freewheelin' Films when he learned that they were currently filming in Hong Kong, one of the 12 cities worldwide included in the Hemisphere magazine series of articles, "Three Perfect Days." Jacobs informed Sellers that Mexico City had been pulled from the list due to a crime wave and Tom immediately jumped to get Honolulu to replace it. The lobbying paid off, and Sellers made the day of Les Enderton and Noelani Schilling-Wheeler of the Oahu Visitors Bureau when he told them the good news. Jacobs' crew is currently scouting and shooting all over town and Rita Ariyoshi is writing a piece to fit the "Three Perfect Days" theme. The episode will be featured in all of United Airlines' 5,300 international flights, and 800,000 travelers will see why we say, "Lucky you live Hawaii" ...

MANY friends of Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom surprised her with a 30th birthday bash at Puanani's on Nuuanu. She was lured there following a meeting with officials of the Hawaii Theatre where she's performing July 11. The lei were "up to here" and among those providing a musical "Happy Birthday" were her brother, Eric Gilliom, who flew in from Maui, and the legendary Irmgard Aluli, who was already a star performer when Amy was born ...

Cover boys

YOU might suspect it would go to their heads, but Punahou students James and Shane Wo, 10 and 8 respectively, appeared unaffected by their sudden fame when they were selected to be on the cover of Northwestern Mutual's 1997 annual report, recently mailed to the company's 2.7 million policy owners. The thought of their photo appearing on desks and coffee tables of so many people didn't seem to phase the Wo boys, according to their parents, Richard and Margie Wo, both of whom are featured in the accompanying article along with the rest of the family. As for James and Shane, they're already back playing baseball with pals ...

SPEAKING of cover boys, Rep. Barbara Marumoto was proud to learn that her brother, Allen Okamoto, made the cover of the May issue of "Today's Realtor," the publication of the National Association of Realtors. Now the chairman of the national Fair Housing Forum, the shy brother didn't mention it to Marumoto, who only got wind of it when former Pacific Business News publisher George Mason told her about it. She's now trying to round up all the May issues she can ...

WHILE the Utah Jazz proved to be a loser in the NBA finals, Abe Weinstein is hoping the New Orleans Jazz being served up at tomorrow's Mardi Gras Party at the Plaza Club will be a winner. Among the performers are Sydette, Jimmy Borges, John Norris and some 15 showgirls, dancers and singers. It's a fund-raiser for the upcoming Hawaii International Jazz Festival ...

Barefoot Aggie

JUST learned that when Campbell Estate gave out its annual Kapolei Outstanding Achievement Awards, Agnes "Aunty Aggie" Cope was announced as winner of the Lifetime Service Award. On reaching the stage to accept the award she looked down, and completely in character, quipped, "I'm so excited I forgot my shoes." Indeed, the kumu hula and practicing Hawaiian healer was barefoot. That seemed appropriate as the presentation was followed by a hula tribute by her granddaughter, Lokalia Kahele, this year's Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula ...



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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