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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, June 14, 2000

union unravels

JUST when you think you've discovered the perfect marriage, something goes awry. For years, a high point at Christmas time was the photo card sent out by restaurateur Aaron Placourakis and wife Tina Marie with their three kids. Well, the two have now separated and divorce Mug shotproceedings are under way. In the meantime, Tina Marie, a former beauty queen locally, has taken up residence in Arizona with retired New York Yankees star Chili Davis. Aaron has been caring for the kids of late, but is about to put the two girls, Lexi and Gabriella, on a plane to be with their mom for the summer. Son Jessie is in West Virginia training for national karate competition. The split was as amicable as such things can be, and Aaron even hosted Davis when he was in town not long ago. The owner of Aaron's in the Ala Moana Hotel is soon to be easily one of the most eligible bachelors in town ...

WHEN en route to San Francisco three weeks ago, I ran into Eaton "Bob" Magoon, who's chairman of the Guenoc Winery and was heading to the winery in Napa. Magoon was ultimately heading for Capetown, South Africa, where a new musical he's written is to be produced with hopes of taking it to England. Magoon's earlier work, "13 Daughters," was produced on Broadway and contained the hit tune, "Puka Puka Pants." ...

Sorry, Charlton

LAST month, the Star-Bulletin ran a picture of Byran Uyesugi's 25-gun arsenal, and on the same day, the UH College of Business Administration's Phil Kinnicutt opened his mail to find his "personal invitation" to join the National Rifle Association. His response to Charlton Heston and cohorts was to cut in half the fancy membership card that accompanied the solicitation letter, and enclose it along with the Star-Bulletin story on Uyesugi in the postage-paid business reply envelope the NRA had so thoughtfully provided. Now Kinnicutt is wondering if his not-too-subtle response will result in his name being crossed off their prospect list ...

A MARTINI at the beer tasting? You bet. Musical feature at the KHPR annual international beer tasting Saturday at the Diamond Head end of Auahi Street will be Jerry Martini. He's a founding member of Sly & the Family Stone, and his new local group, A Stone's Throw, is providing music for dancing ... Martin Rhode, the man who created what Kimo Wilder McVay insists was the worst film ever made, "Unlucky Luck," died this week in his California home ...

Erin go Brockovich

SEEMS I missed Erin Brockovich when she was in town --the real California legal investigator and not Julia Roberts, the actress who played her on film. She was interviewed on Channel 54's "Lawyers Live" by attorney Jean Malia Orque-Lee, who is not unlike Brockovich in both looks and zeal ... Dining at Trattoria, Brockovich happily allowed herself to be photographed by tourists from Japan who recognized her ... Erin and hubby Eric Ellis were also hosted aboard the luxury yacht, "Vida Mia," by Cronin Fried and the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii ...

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