By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, July 15, 1999

on the mat

WRESTLING is making something of a comeback with Jesse "The Body" Ventura getting elected governor of Minnesota and Hulk "Hollywood" Hogan showing up on TV talks shows. Now, returning to Honolulu, is Don Muraco, the Punahou grad who was a regular in the ring here for Ed Francis back in the '60s and '70s. Now nicknamed "The Magnificent One,"Mug shot Muraco will be part of the professional wrestling show at Kaneohe's Ocean Concepts BayFest '99 tomorrow night. The BayFest itself will have pretty much nonstop food, fun and entertainment activities from 5:30 p.m. tomorrow through midnight Sunday. Country star Brady Seals performs Saturday and Sunday nights -- he's a cousin of Jim Seals (of Seals & Croft) and Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley.) The fest ends with a fireworks finale Sunday night ...

ONE of my favorite performers, Rocky Brown, teams with Alison Maldonado and Amber Ricci as Starsational, one of the performing groups at the Sheraton Kauai's "Sunset Ho'olaule'a" Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Many Garden Isle restaurants are also teaming up to provide a taste of Kauai to go with such entertainers as Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii, Blonde Boys, Leahi, Kalakea, Chant and Kapena ...

Bracing for racing

LONGTIME racing buff Eddie O'Toole of Honolulu Ford was given a National Speed Sport News subscription by old pal Ray Sweeney. When the weekly paper stopped showing up, O'Toole -- who has been known to hint that he thinks Sweeney is a bit of a deadbeat -- suggested the check probably bounced. Sweeney called the paper, talked to the publisher and was assured he'd follow up. A few days later, O'Toole opened his door to find his exhausted mailman, unhappy that a three-month supply of these papers had been bundled together, and grousing that O'Toole lives at the end of his route. O'Toole cackled as only he can ...

HAWAIIAN Island Creations at Hawaii Kai Town Center put up a big banner announcing its grand opening Saturday, only to have it snatched away in the night. Perhaps the thief was merely an environmentalist who objected to the banner, even if were only temporary. Still, the opening will take place as scheduled, with or without banner ... The group Don Tiki featuring Theresa Bright cut a new CD at Pacific Music on Nuuanu across from Murphy's, and spent enough time in the place during its creation that playing there seemed inevitable. Owner Don Murphy is now trying to find a way of converting his Irish establishment into something like Trader Vic's on Monday nights, when the group will perform beginning at 5:30 ...

HOYLE will have to make way for local games inventor Joli Quentin Kansil. He's out with a new book, "Bicycle Official Rules of Card Games." Over 250 games are included from Acey-Deucy to Whist with easy-to-understand rules and a handy glossary as well ...

Edgy reception

PREMIERES are a dime a dozen in L.A., but Hawaii people will be paying particular attention to one on Aug. 20. That's when Edgy Lee's documentary, "Paniolo O Hawaii," about cowboys of the Far West, has its L.A. debut. In addition, there'll be Warner Reprise's "Songs of the Hawaiian Cowboy" and a paniolo-style reception catered by Chef David Reardon of the Orchid at Mauna Lani ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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