By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, December 6, 2001

Sept. 11 survivors
learn from Pearl vets

WHAT a busy weekend coming up! Survivors of Sept. 11 from New York are enjoying an almost free vacation in Waikiki, and many are enjoying hearing about and learning from Pearl Harbor survivors, here to mark the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack in 1941. Like their military predecessors, the New York firefighters and families of those lost at the World Trade Center will have to learn to live with loss ... It's not as big a deal as Sept. 11, except to fervid UH Warrior fans, but Saturday is when local lads have a chance to cap off a fine year by beating undefeated BYU, long a football rivalry. The sell-out will be telecast Saturday morning on K-5 ...

THIS weekend will also mark a culinary occasion on Maui when celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck opens his new Spago at the four Seasons Maui. Besides a menu fusing Hawaiian and California Cuisine with Pacific Rim flavors, Spago will also unveil its bar with panoramic views of the Pacific and Wailea Beach ... Meanwhile, the nearby Wailea Villas boasts its listing on "Best Places to Stay in Hawaii," but might well list itself as most headroom as well. Media contact for the resort is Sandy Frewer, whose brother, Matt Frewer, played "Max Headroom" on the zany TV show of the same name ...

THE leader of the venerable Society of Seven, a proud Tony Ruivivar had to jump up and down when he saw the credits to "Third Watch," the cop show which ran Monday. Son Anthony Ruivivar received quite prominent billing ...

Seniors tree

THERE is still a chance to help out needy seniors at Christmastime. Mitch D'Olier and the Victoria Ward folks have teamed with the Catholic Charities Elderly Services in its annual Senior Giving Tree program. Some 300 needy seniors have already requested items which could help them out in living their lives. Their wishes are written on paper ornaments that decorate Christmas trees at Ward Centre and Ward Warehouse. People can take a wish ornament, buy the requested item and drop it off by Dec. 17 at My Little Secret at Ward Warehouse, Moomin shop at Ward Centre or Pictures Plus at Ward Gateway Center. As Stella Wong of Catholic Charities Elderly Services, puts it, "During Christmastime, the focus is usually on children, and seniors are sometimes forgotten." She adds, "It may be the only giving tree in Hawaii that's devoted entirely to seniors." ...

LOOKING at the huge fir tree in the bar area of O'Toole's, a customer remarked to owner Skip Naftel, "That looks like a "Four Samoan" tree. Sure enough said Naftel, that's who brought it in and set it up ...

Separate parties

COLDWELL Banker's Mellissa Chang attended two parties the other night. One, at the Kahala Mandarin, was for Jim Nabors and guest Indru Watumull. He was supressing the rumor that this was the last year for his Christmas show, particularly since it was packed last weekend ... Then Chang segued to Bedroq (a far cry from the Mandarin) for the 33rd birthday of Brian Uy, which was loaded with politicos: Jon Yoshimura, Rene Mansho, Donna Mercado Kim, Linda Wong and John Waihee IV. Uy, who owned the late lamented Havana Cabana, passed out candy cigars as party favors ...

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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