By Dave Donnelly

Friday, June 15, 2001

Spanish flamingos
play up the paella

THANKS to Jim Kozlowski for pointing out an ad for Pueblo, the Spanish restaurant in McCully Shopping Center, which promotes its "Live Flamingo Spanish Music." He's wondering now if their food is for the birds. No, only their spelling ... The Pueblo people aren't the only ones to err, however (and that's pronounced "er" as in "her") because in this column I had Billy Balding captaining the yacht Kekela. It's actually the Kakela and is owned by Johnny Baldwin. And how about that -- a guy's who Balding working for a Baldwin ... Former Star-Bulletin writer Paul Lovinger has been informed his book, "The Penguin Dictionary of American English Usage and Style," will be a book-of-the-month-club selection this fall. He got several endorsements from wordsmiths like Edwin Newman, who called it "useful, enlightening and amusing." And from one of my favorite writers on words, Richard Lederer, author of "Anguished English" and "Adventures of a Verbivore." He wrote that Lovinger "turns the vast terrain of American usage into a manageable garden of delight." ...

EVEN though he's been a politico for some time, State Sen. Fred Hemmings is best known in many circles as a surfer. Now he's been getting calls from friends and fans from around the country after being featured in the latest issue of Longboard magazine, and it's creating quite a wave in the water-sports arena ... For those who may have missed it first time around, "The Hawaiian Moving Company" on Sunday is featuring Malama's maternity massage with Jennifer Spengler in Manoa. Father's Day, wouldn't you know. I'm not pregnant but Jennifer gave me a non-maternity massage and I can attest she's one of the best around ...

Slave to her art

IF she ever has to fill out another resume for the stage, Tara Melia Hunt might just put "slave." She was the tough-talking love slave in "Victor/Victoria" at Diamond Head Theatre, and has been cast as the poor, put-upon titular character in the same theater group's production of the musical "Cinderella" next month. Not content with playing the young serving girl turned by the Good Fairy into a mystical ingenue who loses a slipper, Hunt will appear barefoot in Hawaii Opera Theatre's 2002 Grand Opera Season production of "Salome." As a slave, of course. But if she can fit the slippers of Melissa Short, who played "Cinderella" in DHT's previous production, she'll do OK. Short held the Miss Hawaii title ...

THERE'LL be a special breakfast for the national premiere of Pat Summerall's "Champions of the Industry" June 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe. No, it's not about him and TV partner John Madden. It features Marc Resorts Hawaii, which is sponsoring the breakfast ...

Reigning cats and dogs

STANDING high above the hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc. in the annual Hawaiian Humane Society's PetWalk fund-raiser June 24, will be a 20-foot-tall dog and an equally large cat. The inflatable pets are the latest addition to the walk, designed to raise money to help animals in need in Hawaii. Got an animal you'd like to take on the PetWalk? If so, call 946-2187, ext. 370 ...

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

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