By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Many isle folks lured
permanently to Vegas

MORE and more people are moving from Hawaii to Nevada, and they are not gambler-holics, either. In recent columns we mentioned Herb McDonald, Trent Christman, Marianne & David Stubenberg. Others include former local actor Harry Williams and two old friends of mine from Honolulu who met for the first time in Incline Village, Annette Stapleton and Sigrid Crumpton. One of the most recent to change residence to Las Vegas is shopping center leasing expert Joe North, who's back in Honolulu this weekend escaping the 105-degree temperature in his new home. Another helping to make Vegas "hot" is former Isle woman Rosita Lee, whose "Drums of the Islands" luau show is in its 10th year at the Imperial Palace. Lee visits Washington for conferences a couple of times a year, and while she met Bill Clinton on numerous occasions, hasn't yet met Pres. George W. Bush. He had been invited to a gala dinner in Vegas to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but couldn't make it. See more of the show online at ...

TWO generations of entertainers joined in song at Havana Cabana last week. Makana was performing when the Ambassador of Aloha, Danny Kaleikini, arrived with out-of-town guests. He did a duet with Makana, probably something of a high for the young performer since Danny was doing a show at the Kahala Hilton (now the Mandarin Oriental) before he was born ... Don't mess with this cover girl! Local fitness model Andrienna Leandro will be on the cover of the August/September issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers, debuting Tuesday. She does a section on toning the arms and shoulders ...

Hawaii Calls

AUTHOR Sheridan Morley attended UH in the '60s when he was a British theater student taking a year off from his studies in London. He was here for 24 hours while lecturing on theater aboard the Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year. Now his biography of actor John Gielgud, "John G.," is a certifiable hit in Great Britain, making the Top 10 list in sales. Morley is looking forward to its release in the U.S. in January. "Maybe they will give me a road tour and I could finish up in Hawaii," he e-mails. It would be appropriate since early in the book he recalls visiting Honolulu International Airport to greet Gielgud when the actor had a layover en route to Australia ...

Uke, uke, uke

MUSIC is on the menu tonight and every Thursday at the Pineapple Room of Liberty House. Jake Shimabukuro performs on his ukulele, and often other performers turn up to join him. Jake started a uke-playing school, and Central YMCA director Jeff Deininger was one of the first students. When Jake got busy performing, his lesser-known but also talented uke-playing brother Bruce taught classes. Now Deininger is moving to Wisconsin, and at a farewell party for him, Jake played for him, introducing himself as "Bruce's opening act." The two are pretty awesome performing together, too, but Deininger is going to have to find a new teacher unless he can get the Shimabukuros to do video or webcast lessons or land a couple of gigs in Wisconsin ...

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

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