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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Fails to get his
just desserts

ONE regret about my recent trip to San Francisco was that I never got to the trendy restaurant Boulevard to sample the desserts prepared by Heather Ho. The restaurant's sous chef is the daughter of Stuart Ho and granddaughter of former Star-Bulletin owner Chinn Ho. Mug shotA story about Ho's return home to sample some isle desserts appeared in Food & Wine magazine, written by her best friend, Malia Boyd, who accompanied her on the trip and relived old times ...

ON my return to Hawaii, I trekked to the Big Isle to speak at old pal Bill Cook's memorial service (capped with a toast of Bombay Gin, his favorite indulgence) and visited with Malia's dad, Dick Boyd, now retired from the saloon business and living in Hawi ...

BREAKFASTING at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel I spotted winemaker Robert Mondavi and wife Margrit. It was at the same hotel we last met when we shared a table at a chef's dinner hosted by resort honcho Adi Kohler ... Hotel G.M. Charles Park was proud his property was named "Best for Beach" by Gourmet magazine ...

Familiar faces

SEVERAL former and current Honolulans attended the Cook services. Bed and breakfast operator Dee Dickson was a great help to Bill's widow, Patti Cook. On hand was Charlie Goodness, now food and beverage manager at the Mauna Kea, who looks as great today as when she ran the Maile Room of the old Kahala Hilton ... Lorraine Dove, who stayed on in Waimea after her husband, Harry Dove, died, still has that regal bearing ... Flying in from Honolulu were Bea, Gene and Roberta Kaneshiro, who owned Columbia Inn when Cook was a frequent guest there. Also, ex-Advertiser editor Gerry Keir, now with First Hawaiian Bank, Dick Coons and his wife, Rep. Barbara Marumoto, Bob and Tessa Dye, public relations men David McNeil and David Wilson, and Gordon Sakamoto of A.P. ...

THE Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau's Anne Holt was struck and killed by a vehicle while I was in S.F., one of over 20 such incidents involving pedestrians during a three-week period. Hardly surprising, given how many drivers and walkers alike are on cellular phones ... I ran into numerous isle people in the city. I spotted Pete Sansavero and wife Maureen as I was leaving Le Central downtown. They were there helping to set up their daughter at Merrill-Lynch, which Pete ran for several years, both in Honolulu and in S.F. before retiring ... My new hero is Ed Moose, who has signs on all the tables in Moose's, his North Beach restaurant. They read, "No cellular phones, please." ... I got to Pac Bell Park to see my first baseball game in the new stadium, courtesy of Karen and Tom Horton, now dedicated Giants fans. Built to look old-fashioned, it succeeds, with ramp after ramp leading upward like the old Sportsman's Park in St. Louis ...

Hit the road, Jack

AFTER all these years, I finally met Jack Davis, the behind-the-scenes mover and shaker who has the ear of Mayor Willie Brown and just about anyone else in town. Not Peter Macgowan's, however. While Davis was instrumental in getting Pac Bell Park built, he wasn't invited by the Giants' owner on opening day. How come? "I was invited to his box in Candlestick last year," said the outrageous Davis, "and my date was a 7-foot, black transsexual who was better looking than Macgowan's wife." Don't expect an invite soon, Jack ...

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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