By Dave Donnelly

Ex-flier guy keeps
his eye on the sky

UP, up, but never far away: Retired B-52 Aircraft Commander Norman Sindander and wife Veronica had their heads in the clouds after their kids went off to create their own nests. And since Sindander can't get flying out of his blood, he and "Ronny" bought a high-floor apartment at Harbour Court downtown above Palomino Restaurant. And as often as not, you'll find Norm perched on his waterfront lanai with binoculars and telescopes watching the varied aeronautical and nautical goings on from Pearl Harbor and Hickam to Honolulu airport and Honolulu Harbor. The top of Harbour Court pretty much obliterated the view of the ocean from the Plaza Club across the street and at one time there were conversations about moving the club into the top of the new building, except the price was just too prohibitive ...

LONDON TV historian Simon Schama has signed a new $5 million deal with the BBC which will include two television series and three books. Dr. Schama is a professor of art history at Columbia University in New York, and there's even a Hawaii connection. The first of his three new books explores migration between America and Britain (including a story I'd love to read about Pocahontas in London); the second is about the slaves freed at the end of the American Revolution; and the third, the only one not destined to also be a TV series, will examine the notion of a tropical paradise, focusing on Hawaii ...

Darlin, I'm growing mold

THE president of Kailua-based MoldPro International, Randy Herold had arranged to attend a conference on healthy environments at a nice hotel in Austin, Texas, long before mold became a major topic of conversation in Hawaii As he was registering, Herold looked up at the marble lobby and spotted a long line of mold growing out of the air conditioner vents just above the front desk. He's thinking they need a workshop like the one he's putting on Aug. 16 at the Hawaii Prince, called "Understanding Toxic Mold Fundamentals." And, one would hope, how to rid oneself of it ...

OVER in Lahaina, the folks at Pacific'O restaurant aren't waiting to see if the Maui County Council passes a smoking ban. As of Aug. 1, the entire restaurant, including the bar, is smoke-free ... Former Miss Hawaii Traci Toguchi continues to line up singing gigs. She's now slated to perform at Kapono's Aug. 24 from 9 to midnight ... I love those Hawaii Dental Service TV spots featuring UH volleyball fan Allan Hackbarth doing the "rubber man" routines with which he delights fans at Sheriff Arena ...

Eye and ear music

Bikinis will compete with muscles for attention at the fifth annual Aqua Players beach volleyball tournament at Queen's Beach Sunday. Aqua's two hip-hopping boutique hotels, Bamboo and Aqua marina, are sponsoring the summer event ... And also on Sunday, Harry Soria Jr., "The Albino Blahlah," welcomes "Mr. K," Kahauanu Lake and his brother Tommy, representing two-thirds of the legendary Kahauanu Lake Trio. It'll be on KINE from 5 to 6 p.m.

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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