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Mo Stuffs

Monday, November 6, 2000


By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin

Tying on lei
for good luck
goes back decades

A couple of weeks ago we speculated blindly on the origin of tying green leaves -- maile, ti, palm, etc. -- to car bumpers. Our own Blaine Fergerstrom, galactic overlord of, remembers seeing maile leis placed on trailer hitches at Hawaii Raceway Park back in the hazy '70s.

Jim Shephard recalls that Hawaii National Guard trucks in training at Pohakuloa on the Big Island would have ti leaves tied "on the rear bumper of every truck for Good Luck and to protect the people who traveled in it ... our Guard unit never had an accident or injury involving our trucks."

"Royal" remembers maile was a natural senior-prom lei, and her friend Billy left one in the trunk for several days. "The moment the trunk opens we react to the smell of how we imagined maile in a toaster oven would be," said Royal. Without a trash can nearby, Billy simply wrapped it around the trailor hitch and left it there.

Because of a serious accident she was in, Bryanna Kawasaki now wraps ti leaves around her license plate for luck. "I am a female and it has nothing to do with 'It's a male thing,' " she writes as indignantly as is possible in an email.

"Ti leaf leis are usually given to people during times of passage," notes Jerome Tabar, "e.g. graduation, maternity, to wish good luck on their future ... the thought of blessing the vehicle probably is what's carried over."

Now if we could just figure out those odd, saw-toothed pieces of green plastic that are inserted into bento boxes.

Note: Last week, we were less than clear on the training carried out at the new Laborers' International Union building in Pearl City. In addition to environmental, landscape and irrigation workers, they actually train the "tenders," or helpers, of masons, carpenters, etc., which are different trades.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

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By Rose M. Prouser, DIC Entertainment
Emily Wheaton's wish to meet the "Madeline" was
granted with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Honolulu girl gets wish

Emily Wheaton, 9, of Honolulu, got a chance to meet the "Madeline" cartoon character last week in Burbank, Calif.

Wheaton, who has acute lymphatic leukemia, was a granted her wish to do a voice-over for a character in the animated series "Madeline" through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.

The episode with the new character "Emily,"featuring Wheaton's likeness and voice is expected to air in January.

New prez for HPTV

Mike McCartney has been named president and CEO for Hawaii Public Television.

McCartney has extensive experience as an executive producer and creative consultant for television productions. He was one of the founders of "Hawaii Stars," which is ranked among Hawaii's longest running, locally produced TV shows. McCartney also was involved in the creation of ESPN's "Golf Hawaii."

Along with his work in the private sector, McCartney served three terms in the State Senate and was director of the state Department of Human Resources Development.

McCartney succeeds Don Robbs, who recently stepped down from his post. Robbs continues to serve HPTV as a communications consultant and special advisor to the CEO.

Radio Log

KONG 570-AM / 93.5 FM: Adult contemporary rock with some Hawaiian music
KSSK 590-AM / 92.3-FM: Adult contemporary music
KHNR 650-AM: CNN news, sports
KQMQ 93.1-FM: Contemporary hit radio
KQMQ 690-AM: Radio Disney
KGU 760-AM: Talk, news, sports
KHVH 830-AM: News, talk, traffic, weather
KAIM 870-AM / 95.5-FM: Christian radio
KJPN 940-AM: Japanese-language shows
KIKI 990-AM / 93.9-FM: Contemporary country AM; contemporary hits FM
KLHT 1040-AM: Christian radio
KWAI 1080-AM: Talk radio
KZOO 1210-AM: Japanese-language shows
KNDI 1270-AM: Live news from the Philippines; programs in 10 languages
KIFO 1380-AM: News, public affairs
KCCN 1420-AM / 100.3-FM: All talk / UH sports AM; contemporary island hits, FM
KUMU 1500-AM / 94.7-FM: Adult standards, AM; light rock, FM
KHPR 88.1-FM: Classical, news, public affairs
KIPO 89.3-FM: Jazz, classical, news
KTUH 90.3-FM: Jazz, blues, Hawaiian, rock, countryand alternative
KKUA 90.7-FM: Classical, news, public affairs
KKCR 90.9 / 91.9-FM: Hawaiian music, midnight-3 p.m.; rock, reggae, classical, new age
KRTR 96.3-FM: Contemporary music, news
KPOI 97.5-FM: Modern rock
KDNN 98.5-FM: Contemporary Hawaiian
KORL 99.5-FM: Adult contemporary
STAR 101.9-FM: Modern hits
KKHN 102.7-FM: Country
KXME 104.3-FM: Top 40
KINE 105.1-FM: Hawaiian
KGMZ 107.9-FM: Oldies

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