By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

‘Pearl Harbor’ opening
spurs WWII-era props

IT wasn't just the local TV stations that filled their evening newscasts with "live" reports from the USS Stennis prior to the premiere of "Pearl Harbor" this week. A mainland friend reports that all the entertainment magazine shows she tuned into also featured the premiere and figures that the coverage can only be great for Hawaii. This picture is so big that even if the reviews are negative or so-so, an audience will be there. When the film opens to the public, it promises to have a weekend gross rivaling the best ever. Glenn Yim of Consolidated is looking forward to a double opening -- both the film and the 16-theater Consolidated Ward open Friday. He's got preservation groups together and on Friday there'll be actors -- or re-enactors -- wearing actual 1941 uniforms and carrying old weapons on the Ward complex main staircase near a vintage military Harley Davidson with WWII Jeeps and a truck parked outside ...

IT'S no secret or surprise that Ben Affleck was the favorite of all females in the media. Few have the memories of KSSK's Sweetie Pacarro, who conducted a lengthy interview with Affleck. The actor closed the interview (and rendered Pacarro speechless) when he said, "Sweetie, I love you." ... Affleck also turned heads at D.K. Kodama's Sansei in Restaurant Row Saturday night, capping a weeklong parade of celebrity diners like Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood, Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and "Pearl Harbor" director Michael Bay with "Access Hollywood" host Pat O'Brien and movie star/mystic Steven Seagal ...

27-year-old Brande

LOOKS like Brande Roderick is the most successful person to come out of "Baywatch Hawaii." For one thing, it catapulted her into the life of Hugh Hefner, where it's but a short drive to the cover of Playboy and the selection as "Playmate of the Month" and yes, the "Year" as well. She went on to appear with Hef in an episode of "Just Shoot Me," and last week was a guest on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect." She was dressed conservatively in pants, blouse and jacket and while her Playboy connection was certainly mentioned, not a word about "Baywatch Hawaii." Two locals featured on the show, Stacy Kamano and Jason Momoa, have also been unable to cash in on their experience since the show was canceled ...

SOME Big Islanders were in a state of shock when word came down that the Four Seasons Kona had sent an intent to dissolve notice to the Department of Commerce. But they learned not to jump to conclusions. The company that did the filing manages some condo units and it is the firm that plans to dissolve. The Four Seasons resort itself is as solid as a lava rock ...

Bam, it's Buster

FOOD Network star chef Emeril Lagasse, who's rumored to be exploring the opportunity to do a network sitcom featuring him as a chef ("art imitates life"), filmed a segment on the Big Isle the other day. The chef, whose trademark exclamation is "Bam," filmed a segment with chef Buster Faifai from the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Kamuela Provision Company. Look for the pair on an upcoming Lagasse show on the Food Network ...

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

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