By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Mortimer to be landed
at ‘Goin’ Fishin’ roast

FLY fishing requires a lot of patience, just the thing avid fly fisherman Kenneth Mortimer will need when he's at the other end of the line and being yanked to submission at a farewell roast June 19. When the likes of the verbally acerbic Jim Leahey gets the outgoing UH president on his hook, expect the lines to be fast and furious. Others who'll be roasting Mortimer that night will be Regent A.Q. McElrath, fishing buddy Jim Romig of Pomare and Kamehameha president Michael Chun. The theme of the roast is "Goin' Fishin'," which describes what Mortimer has in mind when he signs on with a think tank in Boulder, Colo., but who'll spend the bulk of his time in rubber waders in Bellingham, Wash., his old "hometown" when he was president of Western Washington university. He vows never to work full time again. Michael W. Perry & Larry Price will emcee the roast, and the money raised at the $100 per plate affair will help generate funds for the Kenneth P. and Lorraine M. Mortimer Endowment at the UH Foundation ...

BY now everyone realizes yesterday was Kamehameha Day, but how many are aware that Saturday is Bloomsday. It was on June 16, 1904, that Leopold Bloom, an ordinary citizen of Dublin created by author James Joyce for "Ulysses," wended through the area in the manner of a modern-day Ulysses. In Ireland, and in many Irish bars and clubs in America, Bloomsday is celebrated with Irish music and dance, plenty of Guinness and a series of readings from Joyce's novel. But not, alas, in Hawaii ...

NOT only is "Mauka Makai" the title of the features section of the Sunday Star-Bulletin, it's also the name of the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii's fund-raiser in September. "The Mauka Makai...Voyage of Discovery" is set for Sept. 22 in the Board of Water Supply parking lot ...

Paws in the action

IT'S the first I.D. most kids get and no, it doesn't say they're 21. I'm referring to the police-administered finger-printing and photo I.D. for kids, which could become an effective tool if ever they became lost, disoriented or met with foul play. On Sunday, Mike McKenna helped the kids see how the "Commitment to Progress" was nothing to fear and to help them and their parents understand how the process worked, provided them with a picture of his beloved dog, Hana Girl, complete with her paw print on the document ...

Names in the news

AS I was loading my groceries into the car after shopping at Safeway, a smiling Robert Cazimero was on his way in. "Good afternoon, Dave," he said. "Nice shirt." I looked down and realized I was wearing a "Caz 96819" T-shirt ... Hawai'i International Film Festival director Chuck Boller has been Shanghaied, and he didn't even mind. He was invited to attend the Shanghai Film Festival and is there now, watching movies and seeing if there are any he'd like to include in the HIFF ... Let's make it clear that Nane Aluli of the Mauian Hotel is a man, and is the son of Irmgard Farden Aluli, soon to be 90 ... And to the e-mailer who asked if the man dining at Donato's was actor Jean Reno, and not "Juan" as itemed here, his birth name is actually Juan Moreno, born in Morocco ...

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

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