By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Macy’s N.Y. Thanksgiving
parade boasts local angles

THE parade that is probably the best known and most watched in the country is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It takes place Thursday, of course, in New York City but there are Hawaii connections galore. For one thing, the Pearl City High School Band will be parading along with all the floats and high-flying animal balloons. Also, there'll be 20 hula dancers from Old Lahaina Luau on Maui in the parade, and they're sure to be a big hit among New Yorkers with a yearning to visit Hawaii. And, to no one's surprise, Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Akana is traveling with the troupe, but plans no hula moves of his own. And while the parade is being telecast on NBC nationwide (Thursday morning in Hawaii) KGMB, the local CBS outlet has Stacey Loe on the scene, filing reports nightly through Thursday on KGMB-TV ...

THE folks at Liberty House are looking forward to all the publicity the big parade is generating, since on Friday, they miraculously become Macy's in Hawaii. Liberty House began gearing up for the changeover by holding a big customer appreciation night at the Ala Moana store Sunday night. On hand were the likes of designer Ann Namba, Emme Tomimbang, Linda Iki and artist Wyland. Even Benny Agbayani was a special guest. Also there were Mayor Jeremy Harris and wife Ramona, signing Honolulu City Lights ornaments that are on sale to benefit Honolulu Hale's Christmas festivities. Meanwhile, up in the Pineapple Room, Chef Alan Wong prepared cuisine for a fund-raising reception with music by Paiea and Jake Shimabukuro, benefiting three Hawaii charities, Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, Hawaii Foodbank and Nature Conservancy of Hawaii ...

Military-civilian merger

IT was truly a gala spectacular reception at the Bankers Club atop First Hawaiian Bank Tower Saturday night for newly wed U.S. Army Gen. (ret.) Fred Weyand and Mary Foster. The guest list looked like a "Who's Who" of Hawaiian society, representing as did the bride and groom both civilian and military. The entertainment, likewise, consisted of military, an Army dance band, and civilian, Keith & Carmen Haugen, who perform at the Royal Hawaiian. Neither pick was a surprise -- Gen. Weyand wanted the military represented, and Carmen worked for Malia International, the garment manufacturing firm owned by Mary and her late husband, Bill Foster, for most of 25 years ...

Looking on bright side

IT was quite a Perry & Price show at the Hanohano Room Saturday. Cast members from the HPU production of the musical version of James Joyce's "The Dead" sang a couple of numbers. And former KSSK employees proved they were perhaps forgotten, but not dead, when they had one of their impromptu "alumni association" meetings on air. On hand were Rotarian official Linda Coble, Suzi Mechler of Mountain Apple Records and Star-Bulletin business writer Erika Engle. The hosts asked Engle how things were going at the paper. "It's great," she told them. "About 11.5 percent less great, but great." She was referring to Guild members voting to accept a wage reduction in order to avoid layoffs among the latest hires ...

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