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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Bush wins cookie vote

SO whazapp? Oh, not much. On the heels of news that the Columbia Inn is closing, this is the week that the issue of the survival of the Star-Bulletin was to be decided in court. And, oh yes, a new President of the United States is being inflicted on us for the next four years or so ... The newspaper issue could be subtitled "" what with a second major voice in the community trying to be heard, but thus far it's resembled the gold ring just out of reach on a merry-go-round ... When the Ritz-Carlton at Kapalua announced it would be serving up the recipes for and examples of cookies that are favorites of Laura Bush and Tipper Gore, the suggestion appeared here that the Ritz-Carlton's clientele might predictably prefer one over the other. Sure enough -- a check indicated that they selected Mrs. Bush's chocolate chips over Mrs. Gore's ginger snaps by a margin of 60-40 ...

Mug shotBEFORE she left to join Turner Broadcasting in Georgia, newscaster Karen Waygood suspected the move would be way short of good. I told her that we'd miss seeing her Channel 4 inserts in the Headline News Network channel usually on in Columbia Inn -- not knowing the C.I. would itself be gone soon. She's now settled in Decatur, GA. and emails, "Who are you watching in the dark at Columbia Inn these days?" She adds she's terribly homesick, but "it helps to head to the Maui Taco in Decatur and listen to Joe Teipel's Surf News Network updates, adding, "I gave them my Hawaii license plate to put on the wall." Sometimes she even logs onto the DOT's Web site and watches the traffic cameras around Honolulu ...

Stage mom and dad

WHILE Hawaii has its own improv group, Loose Screws, it's the legitimate offspring of Second City, the famed Chicago troop with many famous grads. Hawaii has at least one member in Second City. Shannon Winpenny (whose mom, Mary, publishes Island Business and whose dad, Jim, is a writer) just got her first review. The Chicago Reader had a high recommendation of "The Silent Movie," three short improv works done in the style of silent one-reelers with a film projector providing the only lighting. "Shannon Winpenny," the critic wrote, "with her Kewpie-doll lips, is winsome and charming." Winsome and lose some, I always say ... Which brings us to stage dad Professor Ed Moore, a Shakespeare scholar, who admits his admiration for Punahou's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" might be influenced by his gender-bending daughter playing Dogberry ...

MANY fishermen like to mount their record-breaking catches on walls, but not the angler who landed the largest ulua ever caught off Lahaina. The 73-pounder (caught on 20-pound test line by rod and reel) was served up to happy diners in the Pacific'O restaurant. Caught just offshore from the restaurant, it was gone in two days reports Chef James McDonald. Most was served as Coco-Mac Nut-Crusted Fish ...

Crazy for Emeril

NOT one to be concerned about reports of Hawaii shirt manufacturers being ripped off on the mainland, Rick Ralston is beating the knock-offs to the punch. He's just back from New Orleans where he opened another Crazy Shirts, and while in the "Big Easy," wife Michelle went crazy over Emeril's, the home eatery of internationally known TV chef Emeril LaGasse. The chef was in the kitchen on their last visit and Michelle has a photo taken of the two of them standing side by side ...

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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