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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Humor fails
to translate

AWARDS are everywhere you look these days, fromMug shot the Grammys to the American Music Awards to the upcoming Oscars. But the best award of all, in the mind of Eddie Flores Jr., is the one he received at the Malacanang Palace in Manila from Philippines President Joseph Estrada. Flores, president of L&L Drive-Inn, was given the Presidential Award for Overseas Filipinos at a formal dinner. Flores was the keynote speaker, and figured he'd break up the illustrious gathering with his favorite joke. He told them he bought L&L as a gift for his mother and fired her when it started making money. The Filipinos sat in stunned silence, thinking his story was true ... Then there's Mililani man Aleksander Stankiewicz, who celebrated the new year not with fireworks but with Poland's highest decoration, the Order of Merit, from the president of Poland. Honorary Polish Consul Bozena Jarnot presented the award for Stankiewicz's decades of work on behalf of a free Poland and promoting Polish culture ... And while you never hear Elton John, here for concerts at the Arena Friday and Saturday nights, refer to himself as "Sir Elton," he's entitled to ... Yet Sarah Ferguson, making one of her regular visits to the NBC "Today" show to promote Weight Watchers, is constantly referred to there as "The Duchess of York." How about the Duchess of Yore, Sarah? ...

Tiger, you're blond!

THE first person most golfers here for the Mercedes Championships at Kapalua meet is Jay Schuhardt, doorman at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. He can recognize all the golfers in the tourney and call them by name, even if they go blond and get a buzz-cut like Tiger Woods. Schuhardt has been primary doorman at the Ritz-Carlton during each of the three Mercedes Championships and prides himself in recognizing a face and calling a person by name whether they're PGA pros, VIPs or Mercedes dealers ...

SPEAKING of expensive cars, April Masini flew in for a week of business and got together with ex-hubby Al Masini at California Pizza Kitchen in the Kahala Mall. While they were there, some friends came up and said they'd seen April whiz past them on the highway in a Rolls Royce with vanity plates reading "APRIL." They said an attractive blonde was driving the car, but Masini insisted it wasn't her. "She's got a rental," said Al, "and it's no Rolls Royce." Now they're dying to know about the mystery woman in a Rolls ...

FIRST there was "Riverdance," the phenomenon of Irish dance theater which starred Michael Flatley. Then Flatley left the company and spun off his own dance show he called "Lord of the Dance." Now we have yet another: "Spirit of the Dance," more traditional Irish dancing. This one is even being performed on St. Patrick's Day. It runs March 13-18 at the Hawaii Theatre ...

Cambridge West

THE I.Q. in the Rich Turbin neighborhood must have gone up a few points Monday night. Attorney Turbin and his wife, Rai St. Chu, also a lawyer, hosted a party for Robert C. Clark, Dean of the Harvard Law School. He told how Harvard had just built the largest and most advanced international center in the world, training lawyers from 87 countries. In attendance were ex-Gov. Bill Quinn; ex-American Bar Association secretary Vernon Chur; Hod Greeley, a member of the Bar Association's board of governors; and some 30 other Harvard Law School alumni living in Hawaii ...

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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