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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, April 5, 2000

No test like politics

PUZZLE solved: At a coffee hour Gus Hannemann threw at his Hawaii Kai home, he introduced all his siblings including City Councilman and mayoral candidate Mufi Hannemann. Mug shotGus broke up the gathering when he stated that all the Hannemann brothers went to Farrington High except Mufi, who matriculated to Iolani. How come? "He couldn't pass the test for Farrington," deadpanned Gus. Mufi also went on to Harvard, so I guess we can assume he couldn't pass the UH test either ... And while we're on the subject of City Councilmen, chairman Jon Yoshimura was in Pegge Hopper's Nuuanu Avenue gallery as we passed by Monday night. Hopper, who's set up a gorgeous collection of watercolors around her spacious studio, was hosting a little gathering for jazz festival participants like musician/producer Abe Weinstein and entrepreneur/artist's rep Rick Schneider ...

CHANNEL 8 reporter and weekend anchor Diane Ako is taking time off to work on another degree. Ako, a classic example of good looks and brains, will return to the isle airwars April 28. By the way, Ako has been chosen to represent Hawaii in the Foster Grant sunglasses model search contest on the Web. To vote for her you can access the website and check next to her photo ...

It made her day

WHEN Carol Lawrence and her husband stopped by for dinner at the Hilton Waikoloa's Kamuela Provision restaurant, she was surprised to find they'd been seated at a table next to Clint Eastwood. This isn't the famous singer, mind you, but the former Carol Young of Honolulu, who married another localite, Pat Lawrence and now lives in Arizona. While Eastwood kept pretty much to himself, his wife chatted amiably with the Lawrences while their respective kids played together tableside. Carol has a baby girl, Angela, adopted from China, while the Eastwood's have a beautiful 3-year-old girl named Morgan, who Lawrence says looks like a model already ...

WITH April marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (is that possible?), the American Association of University Women has invited local author Jim Hall to discuss those times and his Vietnam novel, "To Win the Hearts," at their regular monthly meeting Saturday ... Good thing "Baywatch Hawaii" has seen fit to hire Dr. George Kanahele as a Hawaiiana expert for next season. Maybe then we can eliminate such nonsense as the other night's episode when Hawaiian and haole lifeguards argued over which of them has the right to salvage a sunken ship that may contain Hawaiian artifacts. Hard to see lifeguards making those kinds of decisions ...

Another Bay watch

WE mentioned how prescient in thinking pal Peter Osborne was a few years ago when he bought a piece of property in China Basin. Now Momo's, a restaurant he named for his grandmother, is the hottest spot in town, thanks in no small part to being across the street where the S.F. Giants built their new baseball stadium. Momo's is so popular, deadpans Osborne, they had to build a 42,000-seat waiting room across the street ... Also excited about the new park is Compadres owner Rick Enos, who has a taqueria there, selling burritos, fajitas and other Mexican goodies to ball fans ... And finally, Aloha Airlines is handing out Oakland A's schedules with its latest timetable. How come? Easy -- Aloha now flies into Oakland Airport ...

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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