By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Dobelle to carve turkey for
River of Life dinner

NEW UH president Evan Dobelle has heard some cutting comments since taking over (at a very large salary) at the school and endorsing the $1 million or so to renovate his College Hill residence, even though he promised to raise it independently of taxpayers. So now he's getting even. Almost immediately after being invited to be "head carver" at this year's River of Life Thanksgiving Day dinner, Dobelle said yes and will be donating much of his own Thanksgiving for those who need it more than he. Pianist Tennyson Stephens will play and sing for dinner guests, his third consecutive year at the Mission ...

A FRIEND with an agonizing back problem labored over to Daiei Kailua to see what they might have for his pain. In the pharmacy section he found a selection of pills, all located on the bottom shelf where it was too painful for him or others to bend down to pick them up or make a selection ...

YOUNG Kevin McCollum, who I've known since he was a small kid growing up in Hawaii under the watchful eye of his mom, Sue McCollum, a fellow "Gridiron Show" writer, has his name on the playbill for a new Broadway hit. Kevin made it big on the Great White Way when he co-produced "Rent," winner of the 1996 Tony Award for best musical. He's now producing Neil Simon's show, "45 Seconds from Broadway," which Gulab and Indru Watumull saw on their latest trip to New York ...

This Spud's for you

IT'S not considered proper to upstage the bride at her wedding, but it was OK as far as Jeri Yanase was concerned over the weekend. When she married Southern Wine and Spirits' Leland Nakakura, she definitely played second fiddle to Spud, the family dog. Dressed to the K-Nines in a tuxedo and top hat, Spud strolled down the aisle led by ring bearer Kyle Otineru. And when the wedding was concluded (on the grounds of the Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel), among the first to greet the bride with a wet sloppy kiss was Spud, much to the delight of family and friends in attendance ... And while Daddy Warbucks in the musical "Annie" is a confirmed bachelor, the fellow playing the role, Josh Harris is not so inclined which is why he and fellow cast member Francis Perkins are getting hitched Friday on the Diamond Head Theater Garden Lanai right before rehearsal. No word on whether Annie's dog, Sandy, will be a singular sensation like Spud was in the Prince Kuhio nuptials ...

Full Moo

I'VE heard of some large babies, but Lani Moo may have overdone it when she gave birth to a 104-pound calf at the Honolulu Zoo. The Meadow Gold folks, who donated Lani Moo to the Zoo, nicknamed the calf Baby Moo, but are having a statewide contest for kids 4 to 13 to name Baby Moo with a moniker that sticks. Lots of goodies for the winning child such as a year's supply of milk and ice cream. Meadow Gold is also trying to locate Patricia Colburn, who was a first grader in 1950 when she submitted the name Lani Moo in a contest to name the cow. Kids can enter the contest online at ...

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