By Dave Donnelly

Friday, June 22, 2001

Appealing appellations
amuse and amaze

THE new Miss Hawaii, Denby Dung, has a marvelously alliterative name as does her sister, Miss Honolulu Dana-Li Dung. I guess with a name like mine, alliteration is a configuration devoutly to be wished. (There's even a local DJ who calls himself Davy D. Since I haven't been called Davy since I was about seven, I decided not to bring charges.) Bob Jones, who writes for MidWeek, is married to Denby Fawcett of KITV, a woman who chose to hold on to her maiden name rather than become "Denby Jones." When the two were covering the war in Vietnam, Jones was already nuts about Denby, but had to put up with the Saigon press corps, which was trying to link her with journalist David Denby (now with the New Yorker) so she could become "Denby Denby." Others pushed for a relationship with N.Y. Timesman Jonathan Fenby, so she could become "Denby Fenby." They weren't even aware of local Dr. Stephen Tenby. But Jones won her heart, and while she opted not to be just another "Jones," the two were married. Jones now wonders if the new Miss Hawaii might have been named for her, since Denby is a rare old English first name. I don't know. But for my money, "Dana-Li Donnelly" has a nice ring to it ...

Old brown eyes

FLYING off Sunday to Del Mar, Calif., is singer Jimmy Borges. No, he's not there to play the horses, but will be doing his tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, site of the famous race track. Borges will be backed by the U.S. Navy Concert Orchestra and be the featured act on the program. Hawaiian Air is flying Borges first class, and his accommodations will also be top-drawer. Jeannie Datz, who used to handle public relations for Hilton in Hawaii, is now corporate PR honcho in L.A., and when she heard Borges was booked into the Del Mar Hilton, placed a call, and Borges will now be luxuriating in one of the hotel's best suites ... Keith & Carmen Haugen are accustomed to being booked in advance -- they're already set to perform for the ABC "Wild World of Sports" Christmas party in New York, and now they're really looking ahead. The Haugens have been lined up to perform at the centenary of Keith's hometown, Lake Bronson, Minn. -- in 2004! And they've accepted ...

Cary off, Cary on

HOW does actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa avoid jet lag? Not that many of us will have to worry about the schedule of Tagawa, last here for the big "Pearl Harbor" premiere. He was in Honolulu Wednesday to film a TV public service announcement for Junior Achievement's second annual golf classic, to be held at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Oct. 3. Tagawa is honorary co-chair of the event. Then Tagawa had to take off for London to shoot a final scene for Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," and immediately return to appear Monday at the Moana Surfrider's "Hawaii In the Movies" event, a fund-raiser for Shriners Hospital for Children. Tagawa's flying beyond the call of duty demonstrates his devotion to kids -- he has two of his own -- and his aloha for Hawaii. He'll also sign autographs at the movie event, which features Harry Owens and Hilo Hattie ...

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

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