By Dave Donnelly

Friday, December 11, 1998

Gilliom films
holiday special

Mug shot SHE could easily pass as a pa'u queen, so it came as no surprise when singer Amy Hanali'i Gilliom told producers of "Island Music, Island Hearts: Hawaiian Christmas Tradition" that she wanted to film "Nani Wale I'au O Waimea" on horseback. It came as a shock to everyone when the time came for the shoot and Amy announced she'd never ridden a horse before. But if you tune in tonight at 8 p.m. or on Christmas Day at 6 p.m. you'll agree that she looks like a pro on horseback. Also, it was Amy who was the brainchild behind filming picturesque scenes at Ulupalakua and Makawao Union Church. Two songs Amy and partner Willie K. will be performing on the special are "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night," the same tunes they did for "Emme's Christmas Moments" TV special ...

MORE Maui notes: Valley Islander Bonnie Friedman read here the reference to Arthur Frommer's old "Europe on $5 a Day" guidebook, and was hit by a wave of nostalgia. She stopped work and dug out a very dog-eared copy of that book, which was her bible when on a seven-month jaunt through Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in 1971(!). She got a special feeling when she opened the section on Rome and found a pressed rose from Valentine's Day, 1972. Ah, memories ...

Spirit of giving

THE annual Christmas "wrap party" at Murphy's Bar & Grill Wednesday night was the biggest ever, with more than 300 gifts brought in and wrapped for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House. One group of senior citizens from Pearl City showed up -- some 20 strong -- each donating a check to the cause ... Fred Tomokiya won $450 in the "Mystery Santa" contest on Tom Moffatt's FM107.9, and immediately donated it to the KHET Foundation ... And all 2,000 guests at Gov. Ben Cayetano's inaugural gala got a goodie bag containing Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate (donated by Jim Walsh) and a cassette tape of the Society of Seven singing "Turn the State Around," donated by April & Al Masini ...

SPEAKING of Gov. Cayetano, he'll be saluted along with cartoonist Corky Trinidad and TV hostess Emme Tomimbang on Sunday at Bishop Museum. They'll be among the success stories celebrated in "A Filipino Christmas," along with a fashion show of Philippines costumes, Filipino martial arts demonstrations and a traditional festival parade ...

No couch potatoes here: The Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association held a reception for members of the American Psychiatric Association in town for the interim meeting of the AMA. Some credit organizer Dr. Jeffrey Akaka, son of the late Rev. Abraham Akaka, with keeping the rain at bay for the meet. And many isle legislators took the opportunity to lobby for the APA to hold its own convention in Hawaii. Among those not given to shrink at the function were Jerry Chang, Ron Tam, Norm Sakamoto, Sam Slom, Gaylen Fox and Suzanne Chun-Oakland ...

Trees company

IF you see a bunch of people scouring the slopes of Diamond Head tomorrow, fear not -- it's merely a group of 87 high school sophomores who will be clearing weeds and planting 200 wiliwili trees to help stop the area's erosion. The project is an effort of Bank of Hawaii's second "Century Scholars" program. The kids are working to prepare themselves for college, at which time they'll be eligible for up to $10,000 a year for four years, courtesy of Bankoh ...

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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