By Dave Donnelly

Friday, August 20, 1999

Isle beauties wow Brits

FIRST it was isle girl Marie Helvin who became the darling of the British press when she posed for celeb photog David Bailey and ended up marrying him. They've since divorced, but her picture Mug shotkeeps popping up in the papers and her moves are documented in the columns. But now we have another beautiful young woman who grew up in Hawaii becoming a darling of the Brit press. Lilikoi Valentine Maltese lived in Hawaii until she left at age 16 to become a model. In Paris, no less. In 1996, after moving to London, Lili (as she's called) met a multimillionaire playboy, rumored to have a heroin problem, but heir to a fortune and a castle, and last year the two were married. She's now Mrs. Henry Dent-Brocklehurst, he being the pre-Hugh Grant boyfriend of Liz Hurley and the man to whom Hurley ran after Grant's encounter with a hooker in Hollywood. According to the Sunday Telegraph magazine, Hurley turned up at the nuptials of Lili and Henry and stole the photographic show by wearing a scarlet Versace number slit to the waist and revealing a pair of leopard-print knickers. Our little Lili appears now to be thrust into the fast lane, a long way from the beaches of Hawaii ...

When you're old and Gray

ARCHITECT Franklin Gray popped into town from Korea where he's been busy working of late. He came back to sell his home here, there being something of a paucity of work for architects in the isles these days. He was surprised to hear that his old girlfriend, best-selling novelist Danielle Steel, is getting divorced for the fifth (or is it sixth?) time, this latest from millionaire Tom Perkins in San Francisco. Still unattached, Gray mused that maybe it was time to give her a call once again, since the two have stayed on good terms through the years. Meanwhile, his brother, Billy Gray, who played "Bud" on television's "Father Knows Best," still doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up, but seems content to do little on the 14-acre spread he owns outright in Topanga Canyon in L.A. By the way, want to feel old? "Bud" is now 62 ...

RETIRED news cameraman Cliff Watson was tickled to be pictured on the front page of the paper, even if it was just the free-to-all North Shore News. Watson, a familiar sight on the North Shore, lives in Haleiwa and can be seen daily putt-putting around in his motorized chair. He was pictured while attending his granddaughter's wedding in Mokuleia which was attended by several celebrities, including Jason Scott Lee and former Miss Universe Brook Lee, with whom he was pictured ...

ON Aug. 27, Channel 2's Joe Moore says goodbye to the old KHON building where he's delivered the news for more than 20 years. He'll bid aloha from the station's new headquarters on Aug. 30, showing off its new look, cosmetically and technologically ...

Streetwalkers R Us

THERE'S going to be another of those periodic "Nuuanu Nights" tonight downtown, with lots of music and food in the streets, and even some street theater going on with Loose Screws at the old Sisu Gallery ... And tomorrow night will be the sixth Chinatown Night Market along Maunakea Street, two blocks Ewa of Nuuanu. The number of booths has doubled since the first of these weekly Saturday events was held July 17. There'll be food from Chinese to Greek, Hawaiian entertainment by Kawika Gapero, and to keep things looking up, a moveable rock climbing wall. Just hope it doesn't move while you're climbing it ...

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