By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, June 24, 1998

Rocker Rundgren
weds on Kauai

Mug shot ROCK singer Todd Rundgren celebrated his 50th birthday Tuesday by getting married in the 50th state. This came as something of a surprise to people on Kauai, who assumed he and singer Michele Grey already were married. I mean, they do have a 5-year-old son with a name that would make Frank Zappa proud: Rebop. Some 250 guests gathered under tents at Rundgren's Kilauea compound near Princeville, enjoying a luau with lots of dancing and fire baton twirling. At the nuptials, Grey got a ring but Rundgren merely had one tattooed on the ring finger of his left hand. Now it's one big happy Kauai family since Bean, mother of Rundgren's kids Randy and Rex, also lives on the property ...

AN article written by Rod Ohira which appeared in the Star-Bulletin in February had a lingering effect on several local folks. It dealt with Tristan Kiyan, a 9-year-old Molokai boy who was born with just one arm, but who's learned to play soccer and baseball and loves to write poetry. In the article, Tristan said he'd like to be a volcanologist, even though he'd never seen a volcano. Stepping up were Molokai Ranch, State Rep. Jerry Chang, Volcano House G.M. Ken Fujiyama, Volcano Art Center manager Marilyn Nicholson and the rangers at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They hosted Tristan to a trip that will make a sensational "show and tell" experience next semester. He got to visit the Big Isle, check out lava tubes, attend lectures about Mars, drive the Mauna Loa Strip Road, enjoy the art at Volcano Art Center, visit the Big Island Bird Park and take a private guided tour of Volcanoes National Park. It was a summer experience of a lifetime for young Tristan ...

Discover the Connection

LOS ANGELES magazine came out with a travel special and right there on the cover you can find, "Look at what they're saying about Strawberry Connection!" One thing that was said came from "Today Show" travel editor Peter Greenberg who calls the Kahai Street store "one of my great secret food finds." He adds, "This is, in gastronomic terms, orgasmic. Even most folks in Honolulu have yet to discover this place." Another who's found it is writer Janice Wald Henderson, West Coast editor of Chocolatier magazine. She writes on the Connection in the August Bon Appetit ...

BY the way, Peter Fulgenzi, exec chef at Strawberry Connection, was hired to cater a party at the Waialae Nui home of Dr. Jim McGuire, formerly of Kansas City, who asked him to serve up Missouri beef as he and his guests watched the Mighty Mo sail past en route to Pearl Harbor ...

SPOTTED a license plate on a sports car I wouldn't want to find myself behind in traffic. It read: "BOO-Z2." ... Which brings us to tomorrow's beer tasting at 1210 Auahi St., where from 5:30 to 8 p.m. those 21 or over can sample beers both old (Sheperd Neame -- 300 years old) and new (Alii Mango Wheat Ale and Gingerwheat) with 100 others in between, all for a donation to Hawaii Public Radio ...

Hello deli

OPENING July 13 downtown will be Caffe Ciao, on the ground level of Harbor Court, just under Palomino, which sounds bad, but isn't. Caffe Ciao promises a takeout menu with specialties for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They'll even make deliveries downtown, a great plus for those stuck in offices. And unless you think you might get hit with a sexual harassment charge, you also can order fresh flowers and wine. Head chef is John Tagupa, who's been with Ryan's, 3660 on the Rise and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel ...

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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