By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Lady Va and her knight
go to Buckingham Palace

SHE'LL never be as famous as Lady Di, but the former Va Hannemann, Farrington High class of '66, is now being called "Lady Va." The sister of Gus, Nephi and Mufi Hannemann is headed for Buckingham Palace, where her husband is being knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Va is married to Deryck Maughan (now Sir Deryck), vice chairman of Citigroup, Inc., the nation's largest financial services company. The former chairman and CEO of Salomon Brothers, the investment banking firm acquired by a Citigroup predecessor in 1997, was named a knight in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's honors list. Sir Deryck was recognized for his contribution to British business and commercial interests in the U.S. Lady Va will be accompanying her "Knight in Shining Armor," as she calls him, to Buckingham Palace along with their daughter Chelsea, due to be a member of the Stanford Class of 2005. The proud Hannemann brothers had a send-off dinner for their sister at the Halekulani, and among those attending were Barbara & Steve Bollenbach, president and CEO of Hilton Hotels Corp. of Bel Air, Calif., and Honolulu's own Diane & Walter Dods ...

AN email from an unhappy reader asks, "Who gives a rat's (patootie) about Kelly Ripa, Regis, Jay Leno, Scott Baio, Kelsey Grammer and all the rest of those phony jerks on TV and Hollywood? Give us some news on some of our favorite Hawaiian people. Real people!" We'll give the writer the benefit of anonymity, but some people like to read about celebrities enjoying the Hawaii we love and in which we live. The folks in the visitor industry would disagree with the writer also. When the "real people" go home, they don't so much rave about how they saw the Iao Needle as that they saw Clint Eastwood. And how does appearing on TV make them "phony jerks"? Get real -- they're people just like you ...

Message from Garcia

SUNDAY was quite a day for people sharing the name Garcia. Young golfer Sergio Garcia won the big bucks on Maui at the Mercedes championship as well as a new Mercedes he seemed to enjoy as much as the cash. And Jeff Garcia, all too often overlooked in the lineup of NFL quarterbacks, showed that he intends for the 49ers to be a factor in the playoffs, tossing four touchdown passes Sunday against the New Orleans Saints ...

SPEAKING of golfers, Hawaii's 12-year old sensation, Michelle Wie, who's playing in today's pro/junior golf challenge and the Pro/Am portion of the tourney, appeared on the Perry & Price show and fairly staggered Perry, who asked what her longest drive was. It was 360 yards, she stated, adding modestly that it was downhill and she had the wind with her. Still, a drive to be reckoned with ...

Wise and Witty

AFTER three years on KHVH, Diana Wiley is moving to KCCN and taking on a new co-host, the multi-voiced and multi-talented Billy Sage. And what a perfect coupling of names for the venture: "Wiley and Sage." They're calling the offbeat appeal to ESPN and sports-show listeners, "Wise and Witty Journeys," and plan to discuss such contact sports as "punee polo." The show will air on Saturdays at 9 a.m. ...

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