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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, October 4, 2000

‘Baywatch’ stops
for HUGS

HUGS for HUGS ("Help, Understanding & Group Support") Mug shotfrom the "Baywatch" boys and girls. HUGS volunteer Mona Wood asked the show's producer, Greg Bonann, if he'd drop by one of the group's monthly dinners at the HUGS house in Kaimuki. Not only did he show up, but brought along "Baywatch" regulars Jason Momoa, Stacy Kamano, Michael Bergin, Brook Burns and newcomer Brande Roderick. HUGS coordinator Steve Crocker said that their presence helped make the turnout for the dinner double their largest in memory. While some of the cast had to leave for another engagement, Momoa and Roderick stayed on for the rest of the evening. Do you suppose that'll set tongues wagging? Roderick is an ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner ...

THE curse has been lifted. Shortly before my recently concluded vacation, an item appeared here about the disappearance of Jack Sullivan's favorite shillelagh, one he loaned fellow St. Patrick's Day "leprechaun," Frank Conkey. Now the curse he put on anyone ending up with it is over. On Sunday, a woman showed up at his door, shillelagh in hand. Justine Utu explained that her dad, City Taxi driver Sunia Utu, had found the traditional cane in his cab and was happy to learn who in fact owned it. Sullivan called Conkey at once and they shared the luck of the Irish ...

OUTRIGGER boss Dr. Richard Kelley, a doctor turned hotelier, has welcomed his oldest son, Chuck Kelley, into the Outrigger ohana to begin an executive management development program. Chuck is also an M.D., and has been working at Straub Hospital in industrial medicine. Now if you call the Outrigger and ask for Dr. Kelley, you can just hear the operator ask, "Which Dr. Kelley." Fans of England's "Goon Show" will add the punch line -- "Who said anything about a witch doctor?" Ka-thunk ...

Hot time in the Hott house

THEY'RE crossing fingers and toes in the house of Joe Rockstar lead singer Steve Hott and wife Hudson, the STAR 101.9 D.J. NBC has been filming Hott for a role in "Your Big Break," produced by Dick Clark and starring Alfonso Roberto. In the meantime, Hudson has also been approached by NBC execs about a featured role in yet another Clark vehicle ...

WHILE the talented Cathy Foy has been cast to play the female lead in HPU's "Kiss Me Kate" next month, four members of the Army's Matinee Readers Theatre are off to Europe to perform Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night at Ballyhoo." Dion Donahue, Shari Lynn, Richard Pellett and Jo Pruden will perform the show in four cities in Germany and once in Belgium next week ... Drummer Rory Flores left town last year to perform in a production of "Stomp" throughout Europe and South Africa. But he returned last night to perform with Rich Crandall at the pianist's Tuesday public jazz sessions at Studio 6, in the Musicians Union. Kenny Wild, former Seawind bassist, will join Crandall next Tuesday ...

Smirnoff neat

YOU never know who'll be dropping in to the North Shore -- literally! Perhaps thinking this was Leap Year, Russian comic Yakov Smirnoff got together with Ken Anderson of Drop Zone and he so enjoyed their first jump from 10,000 feet that he agreed to another from 14,500 that Anderson and another cameraman filmed. They provided him with a custom mix to use in his show in Branson, Mo., where he lives and works. Smirnoff's assessment of the North Shore: "What a country!" ...

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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