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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, May 3, 2000

residual grace

WHEN Denise Crosby bought her apartment, she was aware it had previously been occupied by the late Rev. Charles Kekumano. But she Mug shotwas somewhat taken aback this week when she got an envelope addressed to him from Screen Actors Guild, and wasn't sure what to do with it. She finally called his fellow "Broken Trust" co-author Gladys Brandt, who had a good laugh over the SAG letter, probably a residual for some screen role, and quipped, "I wonder what he's up to now." In any case, the check has been turned over to the administrator of the monsignor's estate. Incidentally, a deal is about to be closed for a 7-foot stone statue of a pueo -- a Hawaiian owl -- to be erected in Monsignor Kekumano's honor at the American Cancer Society. His death two years ago was attributed to prostate cancer ...

POET Don Blanding and former columnist Grace Tower Warren have each claimed to having originated the phrase, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii." Whoever may have come up with it first, the adage has lived on. Even Architects Hawaii has taken up the cause, though with their own architectural twist. Each year members come up with an original lei, and this year there were a number of unusual ones. First place winner in the recycled fibers and flower division was "Nani Opala" (beautiful rubbish), followed by "Kelika Pikake" lei, and the "No Poho" (no waste) lei, weaved from an assortment of residual flowers. Runners up included the "Yummy Gummy," the "Mac Lei" (elegantly strung macaroni) and the chess and domino "Game Day" lei ...

Cellular clones

YOU'D never guess it, but the largest crowds at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry this week are gathered around former Hawaii residents. It's the exhibit of squeaking mice, which look like quite ordinary mice, but are actually two cloned black mice born at the University of Hawaii last November. Also on display is the mother mouse, identical to the siblings, who donated the DNA for their cloning, and a white surrogate mother mouse that carried their implanted fetuses and give birth to them. The four mice will be removed from display tomorrow until a new exhibit space is completed next year, after which they'll take up permanent, public residence ...

MORE national recognition for Hawaii sportsmen: Kevin Wong, Punahou alum and two-time UCLA all-American volleyball player, is now playing beach volleyball professionally, and received recognition in People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." Wong credits his live-in girl friend, 28-year-old Nicole Ho, a Gucci display stylist, with helping shape up his wardrobe. "She's got veto power over my clothes," Wong told People. "I was a plaid-shirt kind of guy in college. If you look in my closet now, there's not a single plaid shirt." ...

Torte-uous wait

FIVE years ago a Michigan woman named Kathy Wesserling saw a woman chef from Hawaii demonstrate on TV the making of a vegetable torte. She made it once at home, loved it, and then promptly lost the recipe. For the past five years she's been trying unsuccessfully to track it down, searching the Web, writing letters, calling KHET, etc. Finally she was directed to Maui Chef Beverly Gannon, the chef in question, who passed on the recipe for Kula Vegetable Torte. Wesserling wrote a thank you note that was signed, "Sincerely, but obsessively, yours." ...

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