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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, January 19, 2001

Readers join
name game

THE item here about NoHo, the term we used to describe Nuuanu Avenue north of Hotel Street, has garnered attention in many areas. Steve Alm of theMug shot U.S. Attorney's office called to say 2000 figures are just in showing that the government's "weed and seed" program, designed to weed out the bad, unsafe element and seed the area with non-threatening businesses, is working wondrously well. The crime rate in Chinatown and the Kalihi-Palama districts was down 75 percent between 1997 and 2000 ... Then Rita Ractliffe emails from L.A. that the newly refurbished theater district of North Hollywood is called NoHo as well ... Spotted the striking April Masini in the area Wednesday ... And Hank Taufaasau, whose Hank's Cafe Honolulu is just makai of Hotel Street, doesn't like the fact his place doesn't fit into the arbitrary geographical designation of NoHo, even though he sells more works in Hank's, all his own, than any other gallery in the area. He suggests, as a tribute to its former existence, the district extend makai another block and be called NuKi, Nuuanu above King ...

IT sounded like an invite to see "haulin' oats" at the Sheraton Waikiki, but no oats were being hauled or sown. It was really the duo Hall & Oates, in to perform last night at the Sony Open party thrown at the hotel ... Yes, that was Hoku Ho, known professionally as Hoku, strolling hand in hand through Kahala Mall with a young haole wearing what for all the world looked like a wedding band ... Spelling test of sorts met Curt Wheeler, G.M. at the Ruth's Chris Steak House at the Shops at Wailea. Tori Spelling, no vegan she, dropped in for a bite as did Denise Richards ...

Glitter and Begay

WHILE I can't speak for all the PGA pros here for the Sony Open at Waialae, some are taking advantage of the Honolulu Club's throwing open its doors as the official health club of the Open, offering carte blanche to the pros who want to work out there. Or relax, for that matter. Among the first to take the club up on its offer was Notah Begay, a member of the same Stanford golf team as Tiger Woods. Tiger skipped the Sony, but Begay has been availing himself of the Honolulu Club massage therapy offered by the likes of Laura Souza and Bernardo Cerrano. With him was his caddy on the tour, brother Clint, who attends UH-Hilo ...

SEATTLE-based Patrick Harrison, head of Jam Theatricals of Seattle which is bringing in "Spirit of the Dance" to the Hawaii Theater in March, was talking golf at Nick's Fishmarket to G.M. Ben Dowling. Seems Harrison's dad, Ed, was on the PGA tour when he was born, and he spent his formative years traveling from course to course nationwide. So, you'd guess, he's heavily into golf, right? Well, he told Dowling that he had so much of it so early, that he now plays tennis ...

Vacationing, sort of

WHEN Bob and Yvonne Turnbull are in Hawaii, they're usually here delivering talks to churches and following up on the Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy, which Turnbull founded in 1970. Not this trip, however. He and his wife are giving but one talk while here, and spending the rest of the time on vacation. Well, not completely. The Turnbulls have scheduled a dinner with Sharon and Alex McAngus, the latter the Waikiki entertainer who took over the chaplaincy when Turnbull left for L.A. Call him a workaholic ... I'm off for a week, returning Jan. 30 ...

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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