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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, March 16, 2000

Violinists miss
nary a beat

BEAUTIFUL and talented violinist Akiko Suwanai has demonstrated she's resourceful as well. At Tuesday night's Honolulu Symphony performance (under the baton of guest conductor Naoto Otomo), Suwanai launched into the third and last movement of the Prokofiev piece she Mug shotwas playing, and suddenly broke a string. Though it's a rarity during a concert, Suwanai acted as if it happened all the time, smoothly handing her instrument to concertmaster Iggy Jang, who just as smoothly passed his violin on to her. Then associate concertmaster Claire Sakai Hazzard handed her own violin to Jang, who passed the soloist's instrument back to Hazzard, who calmly began installing a new string. The audience went wild at the end of the extraordinary performance and then the first woman to win the Tchaikovsky competition (and the first Japanese national as well) returned and played an encore with her now restrung fiddle ...

ORIGAMI is supposed to be a Japanese form of paper folding, but don't tell that to Kapolei resident Hazel Delrosario. She was one of about 1,000 Great Aloha Run enthusiasts who made paper airplanes out of their contest entry forms and flew them through the window of a new Isuzu Amigo from 20 feet away. Delrosario's entry was chosen at random from those that found their target, and as a result she'll have the use of a new Amigo for two years ...

Da Do Run Run

ON the subject of running, since tomorrow is when all the Guinness and Harp will be running from the taps of Irish saloons in honor of St. Patrick's Day, it seems appropriate to mention that Hawaii again is fielding a team to run in the Dublin Marathon on Oct. 30. Last year more than 1,500 runners went to Dublin to run, all in support of the National Arthritis Foundation. The local team's training coach is Chet "The Jet" Blanton, who holds the world's record for most Ironman competitions completed in one year -- 27! Those making the tour get to spend six days and five nights in Dublin and environs. Call 942-3636 for more info ...

WHEN San Francisco 49'er quarterback (emeritus?) Steve Young married former model Barbara Graham at the new Mormon Temple in Kailua-Kona they must have expected an onslaught of media. As Young left his car to enter the temple, somebody held up clothes in dry-cleaning wrappers to obscure him from view. Journalists were kept 200 feet away by a cop and a security guard, even though there were only four reporters there. Both the bride and groom wore white, and among those in attendance were 49'er coach Steve Mariucci, former teammate Brent Jones and agent Leigh Steinberg. The bridal couple was ensconced at the Orchid at Mauna Lani ...

Save our Starbucks

JUST before the Society of Seven opened its new millennium show at the Outrigger Showroom, leader Tony Ruivivar got a "break a leg" call from son Anthony, who gave him the good news that his TV series, "Third Watch," has been renewed for a second season. While young Anthony is making good money these days, he still demonstrates his frugality. Tony visited his son in New York recently and noticed Anthony always carried his Starbuck's paper cup, even when it was empty. Asked why, Anthony revealed his secret --Starbuck's gives free refills if you bring your cup back. Tony's so proud he doesn't even mind when he's referred to as "Anthony's dad." ...

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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