By Dave Donnelly

Little Leaguers’ series
triumph is captivating

UH marketing director Phil Kinnicutt couldn't be more uncomfortable than if he were torn between two lovers. He'll be on the horns of a dilemma Friday when Hawaii's Waipio team plays its first game in the Little League World Series. Normally, he'd be rooting for the local boys, but in this game they'll be facing the Jesse Burkett League All-Stars from Worcester, Mass., the team he played on in the early 1950s. The best he can do is say good luck to both teams, and what a thrill for both just to be there ...

SO there were a dozen or so middle-aged gents sitting around the bar at O'Toole's getting loud and boisterous as they watched the baseball game on TV, jeering at questionable calls from the umpire, cheering a sacrifice bunt and high-fiving each other at a play that they fancied. And when the opposing team's last at-bat ended with a fly ball out, one joyful fan rang the bell, signifying he was buying a round of drinks, and the cheers could be heard a block away. No, this wasn't the Giants or Dodgers playing, but that gutsy group of 12-year old boys from Waipio, earning a slot in the Little League World Series. The first series game will be screened on ESPN Friday at 10 .m., and you can bet a lot of folks will be taking an early "lunch break" to watch the game at O'Toole's and other sports bars ...

Remembering the king

IT'S "Elvis Presley" week on the NBC "Today" show, featuring Katie Couric's pre-taped interview Elvis' widow, Priscilla Presley. The "King" died 25 years ago Friday. At the time of the interview, Couric had no way of knowing that the Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, was getting married to actor Nicolas Cage on the Big Isle.

Cage is Lisa Marie's third husband, and he's bound to make a better impression on paper than her previous, the androgynous Michael Jackson. Cage isn't even Nicolas' real last name. He was born Nicolas Kim Coppola, and changed his name so as to not be in the shadow of his famous uncle, Francis Ford Coppola. The two couldn't have picked a nicer place to wed -- the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Each bungalow comes with its own private swimming pool, Jacuzzi and butler. What more could one want? ...

PERHAPS the news of the day is getting as thorough a hearing on UH V.P. Paul Costellos's weekly radio show on KKEA (1420 AM) as it is anywhere else. Guests have thus far discussed everything from how to deal with youngsters' anxiety when they hear about children being kidnapped, to terrorist activities and the possibility of war with Iraq. This week's show (at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow) will include a segment on corporate greed and how it affects the economy ...

Art du vin

MORE THAN 100 guests paid $100 each to participate in an event called "Wining About Art," an event orchestrated by Dr. Lori Phillips in support of PREL, Pacific Resources for Education & Learning. Eight pieces of art from private collections were paired with eight wines selected by Chris Friese and Beth-Ann Costlowich, inspiring guests' taste buds as well as taste in art ...

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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