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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Masini to take
fourth Mrs.

YOU can picture mega-bucks TV entrepreneur Al Masini tooling around in a Jaguar, but a Honda? Get used to it. Al has let the cat out of the Mug shotbag and on June 2 he'll wed girlfriend Charlyn Honda at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The two have been an item for three years, shortly after he and blonde bombshell wife April Masini called it quits. Charlyn has worked as a film editor on numerous Masini projects such as the Miss Universe contest when it was at the Stan Sheriff Arena and the "Destination Stardom" show, which Al produced. The two will continue to live at his Hawaii Loa Ridge estate unless it's sold -- it's been on the market with a $12 million asking price for some time -- but they plan to remain in Hawaii whether it's sold or not. This will be the new Mrs. Masini's first marriage -- she's 29 -- but the fourth for her husband, who is 71 ...

READER Ted Chernin read here about NoHo and the bars of Honolulu and was reminded of Moose Taussig's Pantheon Bar, with "Oldest Bar in Honolulu" emblazoned across the window. He was appalled to see it in a state of locked-up squalor. The old mahogany bar in the place, which reportedly came around the Cape, was something to behold, especially if you lived in a rooming house across the street as Chernin did. With the renovation of so many old buildings in the area, many into art galleries, we labled it NoHo for North of Hotel. Now a Web site,, is using "NoHo" and credits this column with coining it ...

Trish makes a wish

USUALLY it's corporations donating to the Make a Wish Foundation to help make a child's dream come true, but here's the case of one individual, Trish Kelty, and what she did on her own. Trish discovered that one Make a Wish recipient staying at the Hawaii Prince Hotel had forgotten his suitcase at home. Trish, assistant risk management officer at the hotel, vowed not to let his dreams unravel. She rushed to the GAP and purchased a gift certificate, which she then presented to the 14 year-old boy named Jimmy, doing her personal best to help make a difference ...

NOT everyone will be "Wild on the Big Island" when E! Entertainment shoots a show there in March. E! People Todd Newton and Silver Parker got married after shooting a show on Kauai and now she's expecting a child. So while female host Brooke Burke gets "Wild," the newlyweds will be shopping for aloha wear for baby when not on the set. Producers are hoping the Big Isle show will draw as well as "Wild on Waikiki," which shot here last year with locals Kala'i Miller, Stacey Kamano, Konishiki and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Joyce Giraud. It was the network's highest rated show in history ...

Voices of America

WHILE Blake Nuibe has stepped down, choral director Dale Noble is again auditioning 7 to 12 year-olds for the Honolulu Boy Choir. Call 596-7464 for more info ... Mid Pac grad ('93) Nekole Robinson started out in the chorus of the Amato Opera Theater in N.Y. but has now risen to where she sang Museta in "La Boheme." ... The Honolulu Chorale, under the direction of Joe McCallister, is more than 100 years old, but he denies he was there at the beginning. The Chorale's spring concerts include medleys from musical productions including one from "South Pacific." As the men in the chorus sang four-part harmony on "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy," tenor Mel Vios quipped, "Guess we're all out of the closet now." ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
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