By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Preston bio on Lifetime

THOSE isle people who remember Kelly Preston as a high school track star from Kaiser, long before she became Mrs. John Travolta, will want to see a repeat showing of her "Lifetime IntimateMug shot Portrait." Lots of old photos of her in pre-Hollywood days with family and girlfriends are featured in the hour-long TV special on the Lifetime network, airing in Hawaii at 3 p.m. tomorrow. (If you miss it, the show will be repeated on Sept. 17.) Kelly's mom, Linda Carlson, and dad, Peter Palzis, still live in Honolulu. The re-release of the special coincides with the opening of her newest feature film, "For Love of the Game," which co-stars Kevin Costner. And would you believe, Travolta has so much confidence in his bride that her doing love scenes with others on screen bothers him not a bit? Of course, he's not exactly chopped liver ...

THERE is much competition between Honolulu television stations, which is good, but it's now reached the point where it's interfering with the reporting of the news. KGMB-TV on Monday reported, correctly, that an interview with accused murder suspect Frank Pauline Jr. which aired on its station was played during his trial. That same evening, KHON-TV reported an interview with Pauline, which aired on its station, was played at the trial. Could one have been mistaken? No, both tapes were played, but you'd never have known it from watching Russell Shimooka* or Joe Moore on Channel's 9 and 3 respectively. Each ignored the existence of the other's tape, thereby denying the listener the information that Pauline had given at least two interviews which were played on the air. That is vital information, and both stations did their viewers a disservice by making the report more of a promo for their reportage than a statement of fact ...

Eat, drink & be Merriman

ARE you one of those folks who like to watch cooking shows on TV but feel frustrated because, unlike the host, you can't taste the finished product? If so, take heart. On Saturday at 2 p.m., Chef Peter Merriman joins Brickwood Galuteria in taping a "Hawaii's Kitchen" show at the Made in Hawaii Festival at Blaisdell Center. And those in attendance at the taping can taste the chef's mouth-watering creations such as "Waimea Range Fed Beef Filet Pan Roasted with Peppercorn Crust and Cabernet Papaya Sauce." Other chefs doing demonstrations at the three-day festival are Fred DeAngelo of Palomino, Elmer Guzman of Sam Choy's Diamond Head, Philippe Padovani of Padovani's Bistro, David Paul from his Diamond Head Grill, Doug Lum of Mariposa and Donato Loperfido of the new Donato's Ristorante E'Carpacceria near Kahala Mall. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it ...

Eighty per cent right

THIS weekend marks the first anniversary of Hank Taufaasau's downtown bar and eatery, Hank's American Cafe. I found him eyeing a dump of a joint called Doug's Place on Nuuanu a little over a year ago, and it was then he told me of his intention of buying it, fixing it up nicely, displaying his original artworks, showcasing island musicians and creating a high end wine bar. Well, four out of five ain't bad. Nobody ordered anything but beer in the place, though the artworks have sold nicely and the musicians have been drawing crowds. It's only now, reports a bemused boss, that he's been able to liquidate his extensive wine inventory. Single-handedly! Happy anniversary indeed! ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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