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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Good ribbing
for Worthy

RIBS worthy as, well, Worthy. That would be James Worthy, ex L.A. Laker great, dining on his favorite dish at Chai's Island Bistro in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. He was there with his fiancee, Beth Ing, whose Mug shotfamily is from the islands, and NBC "Today" show travel expert Peter Greenberg, who makes no secret that he's a big fan of Chai's. They're all fans of Hapa, too, and before they left, Chef Chai Chaowasaree gave them CD's of the duo ... And flying in, sans mask, to sing at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel's "Cuisines of the Sun," was the "Phantom of the Opera" himself, Michael Crawford ...

THERE was an item here last week about a white-haired lady who crossed Kaheka Street near Daiei pushing a shopping cart and waving a white flag to warn motorists she was there. This brought a response from my older sister, of all people, who reads the Star-Bulletin online. She lives in Issaquah, Wa., and shares this story: "On Front Street, Issaquah's main drag, there is always very heavy traffic, almost all of it commuters using it as a shortcut. At one crosswalk the city has put a box on the lamppost on each side of the street with flags for pedestrians to use while they cross. The honor system seems to work, as the flag system has been in use for some time. It sometimes seems like taking your life in your hands to cross there anyhow." Worth considering here ...

Here yesterday, gone today

THE City didn't waste any time removing the names of Mufi Hannemann and Donna Mercado Kim when their resignations were rendered so they could run for higher office. The very next day their names were missing from the directory, phones unhooked, offices closed and pretty much all evidence of their having been in City Hall ... By the way, those mammoth signs reading "Mayor Jeremy Harris Mayor 2000" which stretched the length and width of the mayor's headquarters building at King and Nuuanu have been shortened and altered so the effect isn't such overkill ...

A BUTLER in your bath and a bed in your bar? What's next in the service industry? There's a new "bath menu" at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with three varieties of fancy baths, prepared and drawn by a butler _ uniformed, one hopes ... And at the W Hotel's Diamond Head Grill, they now have a bed in the bar. (I'm not making this up.) For those who like a little lie-down while sipping a cocktail with that someone special, there it is. Of course, it's in full view of everyone, so put any thoughts of hanky-panky on hold ...

NONSTOP go-getter Paul Klink of Klink Inc. is on the slow track these days. Klink was felled by a massive heart attack at the age of 35 a few months ago, but he's been resting and taking care of himself and is now back part-time at his direct mail business ...

New Olympic sport

THE triathlon is going to be an Olympic sport for the first time this year, and the folks in the host city of Sydney will be looking forward to seeing athletes, both male and female in separate categories, brave the shark infested harbor before running and biking through town. There'll be a local presence there as well. Dr. Doug Hiller, an orthopedic surgeon and director of Labman, Inc., the "live high, train low" research center in Kona, has been named a member of the Jury of Appeal on the management team for the triathlon on Sept. 16 & 17 ...

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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