By Dave Donnelly

Friday, December 3, 1999

Inspired friendship

HOW to follow the Following Sea? That was the problem facing Pam Ross, owner of the Following Sea in Kahala Mall. She was planning to open a women's clothing store two doors down from her shop, and decided what she needed was a name and accompanying logo that would drawMug shot people in. She sought out the best advice she could, from friend (and artist) Pegge Hopper. The two went to dinner to discuss the project, and while they talked, Hopper made some doodles on a napkin. Voila! Ohelo Road, complete with a logo sign, was born and now hangs above the doorway of Ross's new store. Do you suppose the Pope had Michaelangelo do some doodles before signing him to do the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? ...

JUST the other day I was chatting with restaurateur Fred Livingston and his wife at a mutual friend's wedding. He asked how former Advertiser columnist Tom Horton was doing, and I explained how he had a successful restaurant called the Stinson Beach Bar & Grill in California, but had unloaded a second eatery he'd taken over, not being able to devote enough attention to both of them. Livingston, who owns Matteo's, Trattoria, Davey Jones Ribs and the Crouching Lion, empathized that it's easy to overextend one's self in the field. He made no mention of the fact that he was taking over as new owner of the Sunset Grill in Restaurant Row, which was announced yesterday ...

It's Miller time

HAWAII'S latest hearthrob, Kala'i Miller, of "Baywatch Hawaii" and "Destination Stardom," was the subject of a two-minute feature this week on CNN's "Showbiz Today," by senior correspondent Bill Tush. The segment aired every two hours on CNN Headline News around the world. Miller had been interviewed by CNN when in New York being shot for the cover and 8-page feature set for the February 2000 issue of "Gym," the fitness magazine. Tush told Miller's manager, April Masini, her client "will be a superstar," and should do for Hawaii what Ricky Martin has done for Puerto Rico and Sammy Sosa for the Dominican Republic. Finally, the buff Miller taped the Jenny Jones TV'er yesterday, and she devoted the entire hour to him and the "Stardom" show. It'll air Dec. 17 ...

IT'S not exactly a hoolaule'a, but Outrigger Hotels is holding an "All in the Ohana" celebration tonight all along Lewers Street, where they have several properties being rechristened "Ohana Hotels." Shakapela, Joy and Vaihi will be performing on various stages and there'll be storytellers and craftsmen set up in hotel lobbies ... There'll be a candlelight vigil in the La Pietra courtyard Dec. 12 as part of National Children's Memorial Day. Al and Jane Nakatani, co-authors of "Honor Thy Children," will speak. They lost all three of their sons between 1986 and 1994 ...

John tickets

WHEN Oldies Radio 107.9 D.J. Tom Moffatt joins old pal Don Robbs moderating pledge breaks on KHET Sunday night, he's bringing some surprises with him. Those watching "Pavarotti & Friends '99" followed by "Doo Wop 50" will get a chance to bid on an auction package containing dinner at Hoku's and two front row seats at Elton John's concert Jan. 9. Moffatt will have some other surprises up for bid, including a table for an upcoming hotel showroom performance by another "name" entertainer he'll announce. And you can simply pledge to Public Television ...

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