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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, October 13, 2000

Telling stories
at the Ritz

WHEN the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua stages its "Moonlight Mo'olelo" tonight, it'll have an interesting quartet of guests, thanks to Hawaiian cultural Mug shotadvisor Clifford Nae'ole, who created the event to preserve the art of Hawaiian storytelling. Tonight, Nae'ole has lined up Don Ho, Eddie Kamae, Les Kuloloio and Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele, the latter confirmed when Clifford met him on an inter-island airline flight. In order to keep it a happy and non-confrontational occasion, Clifford set up four cardinal rules: No sovereignty, no politics, no religion and no alcohol. And in case you're wondering, it's "Moonlight Mo'olelo" because there's a full moon. Kupuna from all over the state have been invited to the free event ...

WE'VE seen a lot of island folks on national TV of late. Most recently, it was Iolani grad (Class of '57) Ronald Takaki, who's now a professor at UC-Berkeley. He was interviewed by Tom Lehrer on the latter's news report talking about his recent book, "Double Victory," which deals with the multicultural history of World War II. Iolani pals recall that when he was a teen in Hawaii, Takaki seemed more interested in surfing than academics ...

You Bette

THE opening episode of "Bette," starring Hawaii-born superstar Bette Midler, was hilarious. She can act or overact as broadly as she wants and get away with it, portraying herself as an unwillingly aging performer. Jimmy Borges is another who goes way back to Bette's early roots in Hawaii and found himself laughing so uncontrollably that he had tears coming down his cheeks. Bette showed real guts taking on this unflattering version of her own persona, and Borges, for one, suggests the show may become an all time cult favorite ...

FRIENDS of wine distributor Teri Harvey assumed the party she'd invited them to was merely an excuse to drink some wine. Teri celebrated her 40th birthday by revisiting her past when she was in a bowling league as a young girl. And so it was that all those invited to her party were forced to put on shoes and bowl, whether they knew how or not. Most didn't, and some people failed to break 100, but for Teri, choosing her own game allowed her to outscore all her pals ...

CHEF Mavro restaurant seems to be becoming the gathering place for a repast following the Honolulu Symphony's Sunday matinees. Among those dropping by this week were Maestro Sam Wong and guest violinist Lara St. John ... To prepare everyone for Halloween, the Aina Haina Public Library is featuring a free program with Rick Carroll, spinning tales from his fourth book of scary stories, "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 4." It'll take place Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room ...

Chocoholics unanimous

WE'RE giving you a month to prepare yourself for the Hawaiian Humane Society's "Fantasies in Chocolate." This year's event is Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki. There'll be chocolate treats whipped up in the kitchens of some of Hawaii's top restaurant's: Alan Wong's Pineapple Room at Liberty house, Roy's, Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant, Padovani's Bistro and Wine Bar, Bubbies and Ted's Bakery. For $65 you get a brunch and an hour of chocolate noshing. For $30, you get no brunch, but two hours of non-stop chocolate tasting. Call the Humane Society (946-2187) for more info ...

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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