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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, October 3, 2000

More health
woes for ‘Zulu’

AS if he hasn't had enough health problems, Gilbert Kauhi, a k a "Zulu," who played Kono on the old "Hawaii Five-O" show, is in St. Francis Hospital after undergoing triple bypass surgery. Say a prayer for the man with a huge heart ...Mug shot "Take it to the house" appears to be the hottest new sports cliche. I heard a Channel 8 sportscaster use it twice on one sportscast -- it means, apparently, take the ball into the end zone -- but then came an ESPN broadcast which repeated the cliche again and again ... At least freshman UH quarterback Timmy Chang sounded like a "true freshman" -- another sports cliche -- when he said after UH's latest loss in which he started, "I could feel the whole state behind my back." Not with a knife, one hopes ... Camcorder footage of the couple who got married on the NBC "Today" show was shown yesterday, including their arrival at the airport, cavorting on the beach at the Halekulani and enjoying a butler-drawn bath at the Ritz-Carlton, Maui ...

JOLI is jolly today. Joli Quentin Kansil won his second state backgammon championship, the first coming 27 years ago. Therefore, games inventor Kansil finally got his name engraved on the perpetual trophy he donated in 1973. Kansil downplays the time between victories, pointing out that heralded bridge player Tobias Stone won the New York Chess Tournament when he was just 14, and the next time he won was 51 years later when he was 65. Stone, incidentally, won the 1964 World Championship of Backgammon in 1964 ...

Tour de Farce

TOOK in a couple of plays in S.F. including "Fully Committed," which featured one actor, Ethan Sandler, playing dozens of people, all of whom he talks to on various phones. He's a reservations taker at a hot restaurant and lots of potential diners try anything to get in. He also talks by phone to the chef and owner, sort of the equivalent of a nonstop, high octane, two-plus hour monologue. It would work great in Honolulu, but I'm hard-pressed to think who could play it ... Incidentally, while I was watching "Fully Committed" in S.F., D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar was seeing it in New York. He was there to cook at the James Beard House and the fellow restaurateurs and chefs at the dinner all recommended if he had but one show to see, to take in that one. He did. Meanwhile, Restaurant Row publicist Elissa Josephsohn, who represents many eateries, was laughing her head off at the same show in L.A., where she was attending the wedding of former Hilton Hawaiian Village publicist Jeanne Datz to Alan Rice, who presumably threw himself at her after the wedding ...

BEING a theater buff by nature, I also saw an excellent production of young Patrick Marber's "Dealer's Choice," in San Francisco. It's his first play, which opened in England five years ago, and would also be a great show for Honolulu, if you can get past the salty British language. I'd seen Marber's "Closer" at the Berkeley Rep, and he's definitely one of the hottest playwrights and directors on the theater scene today ...

Hello Dali, almost

THERE'S a bunch of fraudulent copies of works by Salvador Dali for sale at the Sunset Grill Oct. 15. These fakes were among those sold by the now-defunct Center Art Gallery. Livingston Gallery owner Fred Livingston bought up many of the ersatz Dalis to sell as "US government certified fraudulent works." And cheaper than at Center Art ...

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