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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, March 31, 2000

Tattoo marks
Tahiti idyll

SPORTING a new ankle tattoo, a ferocious-looking lion fish, is Manoa Valley Theatre associate producer Karen Brilliande. Her inspiration for the design was revealed while she watched the recent Oscar cast on TV as Conrad Hall won a cinematography Oscar for "American Beauty." Karen was in Tahiti last year while her husband, Ray Bumatai, filmed a TV pilot produced by Hall'sMug shot daughter, Kate. After the wrap, Hall invited Karen and Ray to spend the night on his private island. The stay was idyllic, but as they were boarding the boat to return to the mainland, Karen was stabbed in the foot by a lion fish. Hence the tattoo, a permanent reminder. Conrad Hall's father, incidentally, is James Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty." ...

SPEAKING of Manoa, the final tune from the 1950s & '60s in the held-over show "Forever Plaid" will hardly have faded into the air on its final night Sunday, when more music begins. The Company Singers, an ensemble of eight talented local vocalists, do the first of three performances of "An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein" a mere two hours later on the same stage. It repeats Monday and Tuesday and only then can the "strike party" take place and the "Plaid" set removed ...

WHO says it takes two to tango? Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom was solo at the "Forever Tango" opening night. She's also looking forward to being guest artist with the Honolulu Pops Orchestra April 8 at the Waikiki Shell when Wayne Newton headlines...

Variety of hits

HAWAII has long been associated with hits in Japan. Our real estate was a hit with Japan investors, when they still had money to invest; our islands have long been a hit among Japanese seeking marriage and/or a honeymoon; our Hawaiian sumo stars are heroes in Japan, both as wrestlers and now, if you judge by Konishiki, as rap entertainers as well; Benny Agbayani was a big hit yesterday, getting a grand slam in the 11th inning to enable to N.Y. Mets to beat the Cubs; and isle musicians have long been favorites with Japan audiences, dating back to Danny Kaleikini and Don Ho. Now Harry B. Soria Jr. of KINE's "Territorial Airwaves," is taking a new group of island entertainers to the Land of the Rising Sun. Performing at the Gotanda U-Port concert hall tomorrow night will be the Local Divas (Loyal Garner, Melveen Leed, Carole Kai & Nohelani Cypriano), the reunited Kaau Crater Boys and the Hawaiian Slack-Key All-Star Band. Soria will emcee ...

THOSE cautious folks at China House apparently think the place has legs -- after 28 years at Ala Moana they're expanding to a second location at the Cultural Plaza in Chinatown today, with fireworks and a lion dance ... Fred Livingston, who's owned the Crouching Lion Inn in Kaaawa for the past eight years, says it belongs on the short list we began of spots operating continuously since 1958. It opened in 1957 ...

Don't call him Sonny

WELL traveled NFL quarterback Steve Bono, who's played for the 49ers, Chiefs, Rams and Panthers, vacationed with his family at Hapuna Beach Hotel on the Big Isle last week. It was the third year in a row he's visited the resort, but it was actually the first time he played the Hapuna Golf course with head pro Matthew Hall. Was his reluctance to play the course earlier an indicator that his game needs some work? Hardly, says Hall. Not only didn't Bono seek any tips, he didn't need any. A new career in the works? ...

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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