By Dave Donnelly

Monday, November 1, 1999

October’s lesson:
Seize the day

MY motto for the day: If you can't beat 'em, enjoin 'em ... Could this be November? Are we still in Kansas? Is the Star-Bulletin still coming out against the owner's wishes? Are we rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? Who knows? ... Looking to take in a movie? If you were on Friday, you'd have seenMug shot the following entries: At Signature's Dole Cannery: "Bringing in the Dead." At Signature's Pearl Highlands: "Bringing Out the Dead." There has to be a message in there somewhere. Oh yes, and to save nearly everyone I run into the trouble of asking, "What's next?", the answer is "Tomorrow's column." As newswoman Linda Ellerbee used to say (ad nauseum, incidentally), "And so it goes." ...

TALK about hush-hush! Louis Vuitton is throwing a super private party Friday night to celebrate the opening of the firm's new store in Waikiki. The location of the party is a major secret. So much so, that to avoid a slip of the tongue, 25 mimes will lead guests from the Waikiki store to the party locale. So it's "Mum's the word," or perhaps "Mime's the word," or if a certain French champagne is served, "Mumm's the word." In any case, Tomeko Kellner, the store's top Japan-Hawaii consultant, is flying in from Sonoma to help handle the media from Japan. She and hubby Jack Kellner, recently retired from KHON-TV, are living in Sonoma ...

Those frisky seniors

NO, the headline doesn't refer to the Kellners. It's a reference to the perceived notion of what Hawaii's senior citizens are up to. Members of Kaiser Permanente's "Senior Advantage" program have received an interesting packet of coverage changes that go into effect next year. For starters, the advisory reads, "The charge for one cycle of oral contraceptives has been changed from $5 to $7." In addition there's been a change in the charge for diaphragms, injectable contraceptive devices, etc. This for seniors? I wonder if Bob Dole is a Kaiser member ...

FOUR local men formed a fishing team for a big tournament in Cabo San Lucas, and ended up winning about $40,000 each after taxes. We'll leave them anonymous so they don't keep getting hit on to buy drinks ... Another angler was Todd Newton of E! Entertainment, here filming segments for "Wild on Resorts." The story will doubtless grow by the time Newton starts embellishing it, first with friends and then on TV, but the fact is he and his fishing mates landed two mahimahi aboard the Maggie Joe Sportfishing charger. It'll probably make mainland viewers ill -- what do they know? -- but the Hawaii Prince Hotel's Hakone Chef Masami Shimoyama sliced up some super fresh sashimi right on board and down it went ...

Prize surprise

YACHTIE Ed Reinhart knew that wife Kathy's birthday was coming up, but she was sure he'd forgotten it. Early that day, Reinhart told her that people interesting in buying their boat, the Blue Dolphin, wanted to have dinner on board with them. He assured her that they'd just have a drink, and then bag out of there. But when they got to the Waikiki Yacht Club, Kathy's friends were waiting in force. John Ho even went over to the Chart House and got Dean and Dean to come over and sing "Happy Birthday." And at Aaron's, where the two ended up, she found in her dessert the black pearl bracelet he'd had goldsmith Paolo Migatti make for her. All in all, quite a success. Now if they could just sell the boat ...

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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