By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Boquer fuels his faith

CAN it be September already? What better way to start a new month than with good news: A distraught lookingMug shot woman at a neighborhood gas station got up the courage to ask a kind looking fellow motorist if he could spare a couple of dollars so she could put some gas in her dilapidated vehicle and get home. The man started to hand over some cash, but said since he was paying with a credit card she should just go ahead and pump the gas she needed. She was unsure whether to stop at $2 or $3 or what, but he said, "Aw, just fill it up." The woman was so overwhelmed that she burst into tears, but to Holy Family Principal Tony Boquer, he was merely practicing what he preaches and teaches ...

NOT so fortunate was Paul Klink, the guy who came up with the ubiquitous "Live Aloha" bumper stickers. He was tooling down the Pali in his DeLorean (yeah, the same car as in "Back to the Future") when his water-pump hose slipped off and steam started enveloping the car. He pulled off the road and onto the curb to avoid snarling traffic, ending up behind a group of pedestrians awaiting the "walk" signal. They stared, open-mouthed, as Klink opened his gull-winged doors, steam everywhere. A couple of Good Samaritans ran up to the car and Klink deadpanned, "What year is this?" Everyone had a good laugh, and walked off with "Live Aloha" bumper stickers while Klink lounged under a tree waiting for his mechanic, who had the car running again in no time. Klink now wants a license plate reading BK2FTR ...

Going down?

FIRST "Legends in Concert" went down, as in out of business. Then the entire cast went down to the Esprit Nightclub for an "aloha" get-together, and Sally Davis, who portrayed Celine Dion in the show, was called on stage for one final rendition of "My Heart Goes On" from "Titanic," which brought down the house if not the ship. Then Davis related how she went to the set of a recent taping of "Baywatch Hawaii" to see her son, who had a small part, and was recognized by a crew member from her work on the "Baywatch" pilot 10 years ago. Next thing you know, Davis is cast in the show, going down yet again, this time by jumping out of a helicopter. Quipped Sally, "Somewhere I went from being Celine Dion to Jamie Lee Curtis." ...

DEVELOPER Bill Mills is tickled over the reviews his Dunes at Maui Lani golf course on the Valley Isle has received. The course is featured in the summer issue of Golf and Travel magazine as the "last and best place to golf" at the end of the millennium. Well, you're not likely to get snowed out, at any rate ...

Three thumbs up

BACK in New Jersey after an all-too-brief swing through the islands is former isle newsman David Butwin. As mentioned yesterday, it was the first Hawaii visit for his wife and 14-year-old daughter. Despite the usual drawbacks -- traffic, high-rise glut and the like -- all three loved it, and you can bet Butwin will be writing some travel pieces about his experiences. He writes that "the air was as sweet as ever, the trades never let up, a full moon was so bright one night it lit up the ocean and Diamond Head." But the best experiences he had were with the people they encountered, folks who gave them leis, coffee, chuckle-filled stories. Next time back they intend to spend a month. And Kate, the teen-ager, wants to go to high school here. Hawaii 1, New Jersey 0 ...

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