By Dave Donnelly

Friday, July 6, 2001

Attractive mom, teen
share pageant hopes

USUALLY when you have a beauty pageant, you have an adoring mother who serves as cheerleader and public relations person, looking after the best interests of her devoted daughter. Or, you could have the loyal little girl who's there to provide moral support for her mother who's running for "Mrs. Something-or-Other." And then there's the odd time where you have both mother and daughter competing in pageants simultaneously. So it is with Moanalua freshman Ashley Blythe, who's a contestant in the upcoming Miss Hawaii Junior Teen Pageant, and her mother, Donna, who's competing for Mrs. Hawaii. The two turned heads in Compadres recently as they lunched ...

YOU should have read yesterday about soprano Measha Brueggergosman, here for the International Choral Festival's performance of Verdi's Requiem. As a favor to Epiphany Episcopal Church choir director Bob Karnow, who ferried them about town, Measha and mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire agreed to sing at his church. An electronic piano had been borrowed for the occasion, but wouldn't you know it, the accompanist didn't show up. Linda Fuller, who had come to hear the pair one last time, came to the rescue and Karnow agreed to be page-turner. As Maguire was singing Mendelssohn's "O Rest in the Lord" from Elijah, a page began to fall, and as Karnow reached for it, his finger hit a button on the piano causing a loud "boom chick-a-boom, chick-a-boom, chick-a-boom" sound to come from the instrument. Fuller threw her hands in the air and backed away from the keyboard and Karnow tried desperately to turn off the piano. The congregation roared with laughter and applause. When order was installed, Maguire announced she'd start again, "From the top." ...

Big timer at Big City

NOT only is Bill Romanowski a big time middle linebacker for the Denver Broncos, but he's also a big time surfer who loves to hit the waves with former world champ Fred Hemmings and the owner of the Broncos, Pat Bowlen. So where does a big timer like Romanowski go for brunch? Well, the other morning he stopped by Lane Muraoka's Big City Diner in Kaimuki ...

AT the anniversary party of Scruples Beach Club you could find Schutter and the Cutters. No, it's not a rock group -- just a wag's description of celebrants David Schutter, co-owner of the club, with both Nick & Jerry Cutter, along with niece Linda Lingle. Schutter's partner, Fred Piluso, reports the attorney is looking fit and trim and sporting a beard. Two Scruples regulars when in town, Larry Manetti and Tony Curtis, each called with congratulations for 18 years in business ...

Aloha, Kimo

UNABLE to attend today's celebration of life of late promoter Kimo McVay was one of his most important clients, part-Maori singer John Rowles, who Kimo brought in to take over the stage of Don Ho at Duke Kahanamoku's when Don moved down the street to the Polynesian Palace. Rowles sent regrets to Kimo's widow, Betsy, because of a singing engagement in Melbourne, but said he'd dedicate both "Cheryl Moana Marie" and "My Way" to Kimo's memory ...

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

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