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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, August 11, 2000

New Baci
draws a crowd

BEFORE returning to Connecticut and his job with ESPN, Larry Beil took wife Carla and their two daughters toMug shot Don Ho's Island Grill to get a final fix of local food like Molokai lobster fried rice ... Dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House one night and Sarento's the next were Randy Schoch, now based in Scottsdale, and localite Aaron

Placourakis, respective owners of the two eateries ... Had a delightful dinner at Baci at the Row the other night and it was amazing how many people I knew who were dining there that night. There was Nora Meheida Gentry, mother of outgoing Miss Hawaii Candes Gentry; man about town Vic Hawthorne with Web Beggs, former owner of the Chart House on Maui; and attorney/actor David Farmer with wife Loren. Restaurant Row was busy throughout, and at Baci, not only was the food authentic Italian, but so was our waiter, eager to share his knowledge of his country's cuisine ...

THE people at the new Convention Center say they're now attracting local organizations, but nonprofit groups aren't given a break. To rent the ballroom for one night costs $9,000, stage, lights and sound extra. Dinner ranges from $35 to $40 plus 18 percent gratuity. Kind of insures a nonprofit using the center remains just that -- nonprofit ...

Hugh's inducement

THE lure of Hugh Hefner's checkbook only extends so far, apparently. Colleen, easily the most attractive of the 16 people set up by CBS on an island in Malaysia for its newest game show, "Survivor," was evicted this week and scoffed at the idea of posing for Playboy. Bryant Gumbel, on the CBS morning show once relegated to news before plugging of network shows became fashionable, said he understood she'd been offered money to pose, presumably without bikini. She admitted she got a voicemail from Playboy mentioning numbers beyond her comprehension, but had no intention of posing, preferring to go back to school. Gumbel told her a lot of people would be disappointed and her reaction was a derisive, "Yeah, right." An earlier "Survivor" nonsurvivor indicated she would pose, figuring the money would set up her twins through school at least. But the exotic dancer banished from the "Big Brother" house earlier told David Letterman she had no intention of posing nude for Hefner ...

MEANWHILE, someone with Isle ties did just that. You may have read about Sherry Lynne White, who was as summarily dismissed from the Navy for her actions as the "Survivor" girls. She was stationed at Pearl Harbor before appearing in the current Playboy, and those who listen to STAR 101.9 in the morning may have heard her on the air after the Playboy appearance. She was interviewed by the station's morning hosts, Hudson and Scotty B., and was both supported and excoriated by listeners, with calls coming in for two days after the interview ...


BIG wave rider Ken Bradshaw flew in yesterday in circumstances far less harrowing than when he rode a 55-foot wave on Oahu's North Shore two and a half years ago. That ride was captured on film and is one of the more spectacular scenes in "Extreme," the new film opening today at the IMAX Waikiki Theater. You can imagine the adrenaline Bradshaw must have felt on that January day, especially after seeing that footage and other daredevil stunts in the film. Bradshaw will be at today's opening and introduce the film ...

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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