By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

‘Vida Mia’ yacht superb
but prone to incidents

THE yacht "Vida Mia" is certainly one of the handsomest in Hawaiian waters, but the name, translated as "My Life," may take on new meaning. When Gay & Phil Sevier chartered the yacht to celebrate with friends their fourth wedding anniversary, the yacht's engine conked out, and all aboard had to be towed in. After that inauspicious trek, it wasn't exactly a surprise when a "woman overboard" incident occurred at the dock ... The Seviers booked another cruise on the "Vida Mia" last week for a party for Gay's offspring, Scott and Jennifer Trickey, moving to the East Coast. Off Diamond Head, Dean "Appy" Eyre was so engaged in conversation with engaging Punahou teacher Starr Dawson that he fell overboard. It wasn't that he fell head over heels for her, necessarily -- he claims he merely lost his footing. Appy was happy when he was quickly found in the dark water and pulled aboard. But now the Seviers plan to stay landlocked for a while ...

NOW this is what I call a happy meal! Kenneth Kaauwai of Kapa'a won $10,000 from McDonald's in its McExtra "Win Big With Tesoro and McDonald's of Hawaii" promotion. All he did was submit an entry at McDonald's of Waipouli, and sit back and wait. The promotion has given out fuel for a year to 56 lucky people in addition to the grand prize. And what will Kaauwai do with the ten grand? Well, he's a grandfather of five with an eye for their future education, so he's opened education IRAs for his grandkids. He may even take them out for a happy meal now and again ...

Business is off?

FLIGHTS from Japan have been cut in number, but you couldn't tell it by the huge lineup of Japanese at the Hermes store in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. They were waiting for items available nowhere else in the world: the exclusive French Festival logo items that Hermes created just for this week's festivities. All in hot orange (the signature Hermes color, which happily coincides with Halloween), the goodies ranged from two coffee mugs for $100 a pair, to a mini cosmetics bag at $135, a slightly larger one for $145 and a canvas tote for $235. There were some 500 people in line for the next five hours until all the festival items were sold out. Manager Kathy Sakamoto had to put the phones on hold ...

ALSO in for the French Festival is that quintessential mime, Marcel Marceau, who'll perform tomorrow and Friday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. In addition, on Friday he'll be awarded an honorary doctorate from UH at the school's art auditorium ... KHON-TV "Hawaii's Kitchen" host Brickwood Galuteria loved dining at the Kona Provision Wine Bar of the Hilton Waikoloa Village last week because he could combine eats with watching the UH-Fresno State football game ...

Good luck charm?

THE night before Arizona's first World Series game against the Yankees, manager Bob Brenly dined at Roy's of Scottsdale, owned by Randy Schoch. He admired a decorated pumpkin with the Diamondbacks' logo on it, and Randy gave it to him for good luck. And sure enough, as Randy and 9-year old son Randall rooted for the D'Backs from behind the team dugout, they won. "I'd like to think it worked," said Schoch ...

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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