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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Boy Choir
leader resigns

THE 12 days of Christmas means something more to Blake Nuibe than the title of a song. It's the number of Christmas Eves he's spent with the Honolulu Boy Choir at theMug shot Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room. Nuibe, whose first experience in the business world was as a carrier for the Star-Bulletin (former carrier of the year), has been carrying on the tradition of the Boy Choir until now. He's submitted his resignation to devote full time to his insurance business. He'll still be exec director of the choir through Jan. 31. Nuibe was with the boys when they celebrated the Pacific Asian Travel Association's 50th anniversary at a VIP reception at Washington Place by singing with Cathy Foy (with just two rehearsals) the PATA theme song, "The People of the Pacific." Taking in the performance were local travel industry guru Chuck Gee, the Hawaii Tourism Agency's Bob Fishman, Hilton Hawaiian Village topper Peter Schall and First Lady Vicky Cayetano. Nuibe likens himself to Georgette Deemer, who felt it was time for a change in her Hawaii Film office. But he'll be a tough act to follow ...

Model behavior

SOME time back we mentioned that six-time Ironman Triathlete Lokelani McMichael was more than just a buffed body. She's continuing her rise in the modeling industry with an appearance in the January issue of Glamour Magazine, a pictorial that was shot last month in her native Kona. Lokelani is filming segments for "Incredible Hawaii," an hour-long TV special for the Travel Channel. The show will also feature "day in the life" segments with surfer Poncho Sullivan, Maui kite surfer Carine Camboulives and surfer/model Malia Jones, who's already made People magazine's list of the 50 best looking people in America. And you'll get no arguments here ...

DAYTIME TV addicts know all about Heather Tom, two-time Emmy winner for "Young and the Restless." She's teaming with Stacy Keanan from "Step by Step" and "My Two Dads" and Emily Kay from MTV's "Undressed" to appear in Jack Heifner's comedy, "Vanities," Friday through Sunday at the Hawaii Theatre. We can see how the trio makes the transition to acting on a real stage in front of a live audience ...

FREQUENT Isle visitor Ken Levine directed Monday night's episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," in which the hamster of Ray's young daughter dies and each family member must say a few words at its back-yard funeral. Brother Robert suggested immortality when he said, "Aloha. Which means goodbye -- and hello. Like Shalom." I emailed Levine to say it sounded like he could have written that, and he responded that he in fact had, during a director/writer session ...

60th anniversary coming up

FORMER Isle disc jockey Dick Spangler is writing a book tentatively titled, "A Little Boy Remembers Pearl Harbor: And Other Stories About America's Greatest War Tragedy." Spangler was 5 when the '41 attack took place. His father was Col. Richard "Dutch" Spangler, and until his death at 89 two years ago, was the oldest living West Point grad. Among Spangler's memories was shooting at attacking Japanese planes with his cap pistol, and "liberating" a tiny, silver Japanese sword wrapped in silk from a dead Zero pilot who'd crashed into his neighbor's back yard at Fort Kamehameha. Anyone with any stories or photos they'd like to share can email the author at ...

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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