Hawaii

By Dave Donnelly

Monday, September 14, 1998


Another year,
another fun fete

Mug shot HOW nice of people, came the message from Dee Dickson, who runs a bed and breakfast on the Big Island. "They're holding a parade in honor of your birthday." True enough, there was an Aloha Festivals Parade on Saturday but it had nothing to do with my birthday -- in fact, I wasn't even invited to be in it ... At a lavish birthday feast that night at Singha Thai, owner-chef Chai Chaowasaree capped off my meal with a white chocolate truffle with but a single candle. He didn't try for the proper number, for fear the Fire Marshal might have been called ...

Logo AT Lewers Lounge after dinner, Dick Barry, who was a part of our small group, was listening to wife Mary Alice go on about how none of the fine stores on Palm Boulevard had anything nice in her size. Barry deadpanned, "Have you tried down by the Food Court?" There was too much laughter for Mary Alice to be too huhu ... Also at the Lewers Lounge, Don Murphy spotted a gent who eats at his restaurant often and invariably orders the turkey jalepeno sandwich. Murph wrote a note saying, "No turkey jalepeno tonight," and gave the waitress the note and three dollar bills to deliver it. Later the guy came over to say hello, and said he understood the note, but couldn't figure out why Murph had sent him $3. Eventually things got sorted out, the girl got her tip, and it was a fun capper to another birthday ...

Street musicians

THE downtown ho'olaule'a was a rousing success Friday night, with thousands of folks moving up and down the closed off streets to hear live bands at various locations scattered through downtown. You got the feeling, however, that too many radio station stages were busier trying to hold contests, give away balloons and T-shirts and plug their call letters than serve up music, which is what the crowd had in mind. Amy Gilliom and Willie K were a big hit fronting the GTE Hawaiian Tel building. Between songs, Willie told of how he accompanied Amy to Chicago where she sang with members of the Symphony. "I went out on the town wearing, like, a T-shirt and slippers, and I must have looked really bad," said Willie, "because homeless people were giving me money." ...

LUNCHING with a friend at Hoku's in the Kahala Mandarin we got a glimpse of perhaps the old and new coming together. Breaking bread there with Ann Simpson (mother-in-law of Sigourney Weaver) was Marie Lord, widow of Mr. "Hawaii Five-O," Jack Lord, looking frail and wearing her trademark wide-brimmed hat. And as we were leaving, just entering the restaurant was Malcolm McDowell, who has hopes his new ABC series, "Fantasy Island," will be successful this fall, though chances of it being another "Five-O" seem slim. The series premieres Sept. 26 ...

THOSE preparing for the big gala party at the opening of Neiman Marcus know that it's on Thursday, but somehow I managed to mention the wrong date here last week ...

Have a Guinness record

REMEMBER when Guinness just made that lovely, frothy stout? Now you mention "Guinness" and as many people as not think of the Book of World Records. For example, an attempt will be made Sunday to make the book by having the most people gathered at one place, each playing an ukulele. Registration to be a part of the record attempt will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Atrium of Aloha Tower Marketplace. The ukulele jam takes place at 4 p.m. with hundreds of hula dancers forming a lei around the historic tower ...



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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