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By Dave Donnelly

Monday, October 23, 2000

Placourakis expands
his Maui empire

HE has two restaurants in Honolulu and one on Maui, so why not expand and take over a second Valley Isle eatery, thought Aaron Placourakis. His Aaron's atop the Ala Moana has been a hit since it was called Nicholas Nickolas, and his Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai is also doing well. Mug shotNick's on Maui was an instant hit and while Placourakis says his goal isn't to own the most restaurants in the state, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to take over the beachfront Carelli's in Kihei. It'll henceforth be known as Sarento's on the Beach ... Tom Rounds, one of the original "Poi Boys" from K-POI Radio, popped into town for the weekend. He made a ton selling his radio syndication business to ABC, and still puts out the World Report, formerly American Top 40. Rounds was coming from Hong Kong on the last leg of an around-the-world trip. His wife, Barbara, flew in from their Los Angeles home to meet him here for a couple of days, after a fitful start due to airline difficulties out of L.A. ...

Clubbing kids

THE Hyatt Regency Kauai, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, is sponsoring a pair of sweepstakes. One, called "Clubs for Kids," is a golf gear drive to get equipment for students who can't afford their own, so they can try out for their high school golf team. Donated gear can be dropped off at Sports Authority, Nevada Bob's and Roots & Relics. While visiting these stores, plus other golf shops, you can collect entries for a sweepstakes prize of a trip for two to attend the Grand Slam of Golf including three nights at the Hyatt and roundtrip airfare for two, plus a free round on the course on Nov. 23. And yes, Tiger Woods will be there ...

HAVE you ever seen a longer or more dramatic World Series game than the first meeting of the Mets and Yankees? I know you've never seen a longer one, because Saturday's game set a record for length. And judging from TV, much of the crowd was made up of FOX stars ... New Hawaii International Film Festival exec director Chuck Boller was talking -- what else? -- film in Havana Cabana behind the Hawaii Theatre the other night and says things are going nicely, despite whispers to the contrary. His predecessor, Christian Gaines, is heading up the L.A. Film Festival and the two are both vying to get the best films available ...

New positions for Akaka

FOR 17 years, Danny Akaka has been the Hawaiian historian at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Now they've created a new position for him, director of cultural affairs. His office will be relocated to the Eva Parker Woods Cottage, which if it isn't the greatest location for an office in the state, is mighty close. Merwyn "Pi'i" Hoopii Laeha becomes cultural affairs manager, and Akaka takes a three month leave of absence immediately to help launch the public relations efforts of the new "ms Patriot" cruise ship, which begins circling the islands Dec. 9. During the 12-week period, he'll assist Mauna Lani with special programs including "Twilight at Kalahuipua'a." ...

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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