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By Dave Donnelly

Monday, November 27, 2000

Interesting times
all around

THIS should be the "Week that Was." We should have a new president, but don't bet your last buck that we do, because the buck never seems to stop in Florida. We should have a new newspaper contract at the Star-Bulletin this week as well, but the union has yet to ratify the contract as set forth by Black Newspapers. That, too, should happen this week, especially with a court-ordered Thursday deadline. So other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how are you enjoying the play? ...

THANKSGIVING has come and gone, and Mug shotwhile there seemed a drab less to be thankful for than in recent years, at least the food was great. The Shopping Day from Hell on the day after Thanksgiving seemed to go well enough, as did the various Christmas parades and Santa arrivals, which waste no time in gearing up for Dec. 25 ... Hair stylist/business tycoon Paul Brown is thankful for an early Christmas gift which was shared with all of InStyle magazine's readers. Janes Leeves gave his products a rave in the November issue of the magazine. Leeves, the British actress who plays the lovely but sometimes ditzy Daphne on "Frasier," the best show on TV, gave her secret to her great hair: "The only thing I ever use is Paul Brown Washe Elite and Paul Brown Resurrect 3-Minute In-Depth Reconditioner. It's the best stuff -- and I've tried everything!" ...

All Pro Poke-lover

WHEN New York Jet running back Nuu Faaola dined with Emme Tomimbang and hubby Jim Burns in Seattle, the former UH Rainbow Warrior (as they were then called) fairly left her agog. Likewise chef Dean Sinagawa, a Kalani High School grad who's now in the kitchen at Roy's Seattle in the Westin Hotel. Faaola, getting ready to leave, asked the chef for several pounds of Roy's luau-style poke "to go," and this after the chef had already served them two large portions of the poke. Still a local boy where grinds are concerned ...

BACK in days or yore, the heavy metal band Metallica was as known for its drinking as for its music, hence the moniker Alcoholica. No more. Nick's Maui manager Don Abernathy breathed a sigh of relieve when lead singer James Hetfield ordered a glass of Rutherford Hill Merlot and his wife sipped a Pouilly-

Fuisse while dining there ... There'll be precious little Pouilly-Fuisse served Sunday at Pipeline, I'll wager, when Hula Joe & the Hutjumpers perform at a dance party there ... Congrats to local writer Kirby Wright, whose short story, "Johnny," won the Alsop Review's fiction competition. "Johnny" is about the life and hard times of a pineapple worker on Molokai ...

THE Ala Moana Center's 112-page Holiday Traditions gift book boasts a Christmas tree illustration by Pulitzer Prize nominee Brad Holland, called by the Washington Post the "undisputed star of American illustration." ...

Boy to Man

WHEN the Honolulu Boy Choir, 80 youthful voices strong, presents "The Merriest Hawaiian Christmas," it'll be the 26th annual presentation so named. And guest artist is Weldon Kekaoha, a former Boy Choir member who this year was named Most Promising Artist in the Na Hoku Awards. Best news of all: the concert is free to all those attending the Dec. 9 concert at Central Union Church, though there will be a free will offering ...

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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