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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, August 3, 2000

Youth spread
aloha in song

FOR many years Danny Kaleikini has been known as Hawaii's Ambassador of Aloha. He got the title in part because of his many trips to appear in Japan and his learning enough of the Japanese languageMug shot to use it effectively in his act. So it seems appropriate that this ambassador (along with Society of Seven leader Tony Ruivivar) sits on the board of directors of the Honolulu Boy Choir, Hawaii's newest group of young ambassadors. Some 39 members of the choir just returned from a two-week tour to Hiroshima, Japan. Their performance for Hiroshima's Gov. Yuzan Fujita was televised nationally with more than a million people tuning in to see the youngsters. Fujita and Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba are big fans of the Boy Choir and the kids got the red carpet treatment wherever they went, a good thing since they traditionally perform barefoot. Blake Nuibe, choir director (and former Star-Bulletin carrier of the year) led the group as they passed out goodies from Hawaii and aloha wherever they went ...

WINNER of a South Sea pearl pendant with diamonds at the Rehab Foundation's fund-raising dinner was Maurice Yamasato. It was presented by new Tiffany V.P. in Hawaii Edward Gerard. And attendees who won centerpieces in a silent auction at the dinner were especially happy since they consisted of miniature aquariums, actually a variety of Tiffany-designed vases, on each table. Happily carting them home were such folks as Jill Friedman, Angie Friedlander, Judy Mattoch, Jim Napier and Audry Votano ...

Musical melange

THE annual November benefit for the Hawaii Youth Symphony promises a potpourri with something for just about everyone's musical taste. The show, entitled "He Makana O Na Mele," or the "Gift of Music," will feature a number of groups plus the Youth Symphony itself. Featured will be the Makaha Sons, Sistah Robi Kahakalau and some surprise guests along with the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. Musical director Henry Miyamura is working with the Makaha Sons to blend contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music with classical music in ways never before imagined. The show, to be staged in November at the Tapa Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, will feature a Hawaiian style buffet dinner along with the show. Tickets go on sale next Monday and a sellout is anticipated, so it would be a good idea to order early ...

YOU may have missed 'N Sync or Britney Spears when they performed in Hawaii, but now you can get exclusive CD and video of both with backstage footage available, at McDonald's, of all places. So if you're an 'N Sync fan, "Go, Go, Go" to the golden arches before the Aug. 24 final date of availability or, like Spears, you'll be singing, "Oops, I Did It Again." ...

Generation gap

ENTERTAINER Jimmy Borges with wife Vicky, dined at L'Uraku with Channel 8 reporter (and weekend anchor) Diana Ako. They've become good friends since Borges discovered that Ako's mom was a dancer at the same club in San Francisco's Chinatown where he sang as "Jimmy Jay" many years ago. Diane is still in her twenties, but her mom had her when she was in her forties, prompting Borges to repeat, "I can't believe I knew your mom." I assured him that line had come up so many times of late that I was thinking of having cards made up stating that bromide ...

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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