By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, December 22, 1998

Looking back
three decades

Mug shot SEEMS like this column isn't the only thing celebrating 30 years this year. Former Kaimana Beach Hotel G.M. Steve Boyle, who's now living on a one-acre lot in Waimea, recalls that the house he bought in Honolulu 30 years ago had belonged to then-UH football coach Don King, who waited for escrow to close on the house before announcing his resignation. This was in the days before multimillion dollar contracts ... Roger Tansley of Lanikai is helping plan the 30th anniversary of Ted Rodgers' Bike Lane/New Year's Morning Woes Parade project. Ask him about bureaucratic woes. The project began in 1969 and was about to become a reality that year with a biker's bridge across Kaelepulu Stream completed the following year. Yeah! Tansley now reports the bridge, which appears to be adequate for carrying not only bicycles, but also vehicles up to and including Sherman tanks should be opened by New Year's Day -- give or take a month or two. Rodgers is returning from a three-year academic stint in Turkey to lead this year's parade ...

Snow joke

AT this time of year people are expecting their kids who are at school on the mainland to return for the holidays. One such person is Ray Sweeney of Sweeney Communications. Watching the football game with pals at O'Toole's Sunday, he groused that his daughter Ryan's flight from Boston was delayed due to airline problems and she had to spend Saturday night at an airport hotel in S.F. At least she'll get a chance to see snow, he was told. "No, no, no," he said, she's not in Boston -- she's in San Francisco. "So is the snow," was the response. Sweeney, who grew up in snowless Burlingame not far from the S.F. airport, could scarcely believe it, but in fact it did snow briefly there ...

THEN there was Gail Chun of Hawaiian Airlines in-flight services. She was visiting New York and dropped by the "Today" show studios carrying a sign reading, "I am happy to be from Hawaii." That got her an on-air interview from the NBC folks, all of whom would rather be in Hawaii than New York ... If you missed the first showing of "Emme's Christmas Island Moments," it'll repeat Christmas Night at 9 on KHON. It's loaded with talent. Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and Willie K alone worth the effort to set the VCR ...

Snap, crackle, pop

WHEN Paul Becker and Edie Hammack got married at Nicholas Nickolas Saturday, expenses were kept to a minimum. For instance, they didn't have to hire a photographer for the occasion. They had Keith Haugen, who worked eight years for Becker as a photographer in Japan 40 years ago when Becker headed the U.S. Army Japan Pictorial Facility. The entertainment crackled, too, with Haugen and his wife Carmen singing at the wedding and the new Mrs. Becker's daughters, Stephanie and Pua, both professional hula dancers, among the performers. Others included pianist Pierre Grill, singer Aileen, hula dancer Moanakeala Gaddis from the Royal Hawaiian, and others. And the champagne popped ...

FINAL marital thoughts from three great thinkers. Jerry Seinfeld: "I was the best man at the wedding. If I'm the best man, why is she marrying him?" George Burns: "I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury." And Yakov Smirnoff: "I told someone I was getting married, and they said, 'Have you picked a date yet?' I said, 'Wow, you can bring a date to your own wedding? What a country!' "...

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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