By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, September 20, 2001

Mrs. America contest
sticks to schedule

THE effort to bring to justice those responsible for the terroristic crashing of planes in New York and Washington, however sincere our leaders are in pursuing it, won't be quick and won't be over soon. So it's good to take the advice of Sen. John McCain on the Jay Leno show and soldier on. He suggests if you were planning to fly somewhere, do so -- a bit of advice that would be quickly seconded by Hawaii hoteliers and the airlines that fly here -- and if you were planning to make a purchase, do so. In other words, letting the terrorists dictate our behavior plays into the hands of people like Osama bin Laden and plays havoc with Wall St. and by extension, the country. Now that Leno and Conan O'Brien have returned to the late night airwaves, joining David Letterman, who went on the air Monday night, at least a part of our lives can go on. Things may never again seem the same, but the more we do to help normality return, the better off we'll be ...

THE Mrs. America contest is going on tomorrow night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and you can bet our Mrs. Hawaii, Sydney Fernandez Fasi, has made many friends among the other contestants. For one thing, she's gifted them with goodie bags filled with local treats from supporters like Hilo Hattie, Island Provision Company, Island Magnets, Auntie Nalai's Cookies, Hawaiian Host, Kona Paradise Candies and Bonnie's Closet. This will enable the other contestants to take a bit of Hawaii home with them, even if they don't have time for shopping. And it might just give Sydney an edge in the Miss Personality category ... Some comely young ladies found their way into Donatoni's Italian Restaurant at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Isle. During the recent tennis tournament there, Justine Henin and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario stopped by to sate their appetites with the eatery's signature Osso Bucco ...

Number please

AFTER the E! Channel presented the "True Hollywood Story" about the "Magnum, P.I." series, Scruples owner Fred Piluso heard from many old friends since he was interviewed for the segment. One message that reached him just said, "Pamela," with an L.A. number he didn't recognize. Curiosity got the best of him and, as the kind of luck Piluso has become used to having, it was Pamela Anderson Lee, formerly of "Baywatch," whom he knew from Vancouver days. You know this means just one thing to Piluso's pals -- he has at least one interesting number in his little black book ...

Rising stars

TELEVISION hostess Emme Tomimbang reaches into her Filipino background to interview three "Rising Stars" for the Oct. 11 full-hour "Emme's Island Moments." And no, Gov. Ben Cayetano isn't one of them. The first member of the third largest ethnic group in Hawaii interviewed by Emme is actress Tia Carrere, who gained a lot of attention playing the significant other in "Wayne's World," and now stars in her own CBS series, "Relic Hunter." The second is New York Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani and the third is beautiful Angela Perez Baraquio, the first Asian to win the Miss America title in its 80-year history, and a representative that made Hawaii proud ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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