By Dave Donnelly

Monday, December 14, 1998

Santa a winner
in marathon

Mug shot ANOTHER Honolulu Marathon has come and gone, and once again the participants seemed to relish in the experience. The first set of runners to reach Nuuanu Avenue and head up to King Street were squarely focused on the task ahead of them, but as the number of runners increased, probably 1,000 paused to do a "high five" with Santa Claus, in the personage of Don Murphy, owner of Murphy's Bar & Grill at Nuuanu and Merchant. And as the camera toting contingent, largely (as you might expect) Japanese tourists wanting to document their experience, passed by, they stopped to pose for photos with Santa. Murphy estimates some 300 had their photos taken by Murphy's dutiful elf, Al Leftwich, who worked their cameras. Quite a few beautiful young ladies stopped to have their photos taken with their arms around Santa, which was quite OK with him. I hope he's got a list of who's naughty and nice ...

IN a way, it's a wonder Murphy was even able to be at his eatery in time for the first Marathoners in the pre-dawn hours, since he'd laid out quite a feast for a Christmas party just hours earlier. The excellent band, Swingwood Revue, played and all those on the dance floor seemed to have a ball moving to the songs made popular by the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Cherry Poppin' Daddies, with more than a little Louis Prima-Keely Smith thrown in ... Meanwhile, across the street on Saturday night, O'Toole's crowd spilled out onto the sidewalk as Bluzilla wailed away inside. And up the Avenue there was live Hawaiian music at Punani's and further up at Havana Cabana, yet another crowd was enjoying the music of B.B. Shawn and friends. Nice to see downtown Honolulu swinging ...

How handy is Andy?

WHEN Heidi Hubbard of Pacific Century Trust flew into Hilo to go over a new 401K retirement package with Alert Alarm of Hawaii, she brought along an informative video called "Future Horizons" that showcases Andy Bumatai and many of his trademark characters. While everyone seemed to get a kick out of the comic's shenanigans, Heidi reports one of the most asked questions she received was, "Will Andy manage our 401K account?" Alas no, she had to reply, he was only hired to do the video ...

THE bouncers at Nicholas Nickolas might have well taken the night off the other night. Not only did Jesus Salud hold his victory party there, but heavyweight Lennox Lewis also stopped by both to congratulate Salud and feed his heavyweight appetite as well ...

PREVIEW of coming attractions: If you'd like a preview of some of the talent to be showcased with the Honolulu Symphony in coming months, you need only turn on your TV this week. Lou Rawls, who'll perform with the symphony on April 24, can be seen Thursday making an appearance on the "Regis and Kathy Lee" show on KHON-TV. And on Friday night, Kenny Loggins (who'll perform at the Shell with the symphony on Feb. 9) will be on NBC's "Christmas in Washington" program ...

Musical notes

FANS of Azure McCall might want to check her out tomorrow night at the Warrior Lounge of the Hale Koa Hotel. She'll be appearing with Shari Lynn's band, Fascinatin' Rhythm from 8 to 9:30 p.m., while Shari does her Christmas songfest at the Oahu Country Club for the sixth year. Shari will be back in time for the second set. She and her group will also be entertaining at the Hale Koa's Christmas Eve show in the ballroom with some special guest artists ...

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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