By Dave Donnelly

1970: Hiram Fong squeaks past
Cec Heftel to victory

CONGRATS to Gov.-elect King! That's just in case any New Mexico residents are in our midst ... And yesterday we received a campaign button proclaiming "King for Governor," and picturing a smiling Virgin Islander ... A final election note: However satisfied Sen. Hiram Fong says he is about winning re-election, the closeness of the race with political neophyte Cec Heftel must have shocked him. One of his aides told us that he (the aide) was more conservative than many of Fong's people and only figured on a 25,000- to 30,000-vote margin of victory. (Nov. 5, 1970) ...

ENTERTAINER Danny Kaleikini's opening night at the Kahala Hilton was a rousing success -- and a good thing, too. Not only was his boss, Richard Handl, in the audience, but also his boss's boss, Charles Tillinghast, honcho of TWA, which owns the hotel. (Nov. 4, 1971) ... While most Halloween candy has already been eaten, the trick-or-treaters who found their way to Dr. Charles Arizumi's door are probably still enjoying their "treat" -- Dr. Arizumi (a dentist) handed out toothbrushes to all the visiting goblins. (Nov. 6, 1973) ...

SATURDAY'S cat show at the Blaisdell Center has a patriotic theme, with cats bearing names such as "Mayor Frank Fuzzy," "Governor Hairyoshi" and "Feline Anderson." In addition, there'll be a trio of red, white and blue Persian cats and "Miss Liberty," a red, white and blue cat. The event will be a benefit for the Hawaii Humane Society. (Nov. 5, 1980) ...

WRITER Gavan Daws, familiar to many islanders for his book "Shoal of Time," has been informed that his movie, "Angels of War," has received the Australian Film Institute's "best documentary of 1982" award -- the equivalent of this country's Oscar. The film, which deals with Papua New Guinea during World War II, is one of those which will be shown during the Hawaii International Film Festival this month at the East-West Center. (Nov. 3, 1982) ...

OLDS reunion in Hana: Jane Olds, daughter of Hotel Hana Maui founder Paul Fagan, joined son Billy and his three children at the newly remodeled hotel for a family reunion recently. She was astounded at the improvements in the hotel, while the town of Hana remained as she remembered it. She hadn't visited the property in 20 years! Something must have seemed right about the experience because they've already booked six rooms for another get-together next year. (Nov. 4, 1987) ...

Rohr of the crowd: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get away to attend the grand opening of the Hyatt Regency Waikoloa, but Waikoloa Land Co. President Tom Rohr says hats off to Hyatt regional VP Pat Cowell, whose job it was to massage (figuratively) the 1,000 or so VIPs attending the opening. Parking, I'm told, was a problem -- not at the hotel, but at Keahole Airport, where private jets were wing tip to wing tip. (Nov. 9. 1988) ...

TREES company: So there was local architect Fritz Johnson acting as Spanish interpreter for a bunch of isle pals in Chile on a skiing vacation. Trouble is, Johnson's Spanish isn't perfect. For example, when he asked the man at the hotel's reception desk if they could get some firewood for their condo's fireplace, he couldn't come up with the word for "firewood" and instead asked in Spanish where he could get some trees. "You have to go to Santiago," the man replied in Spanish, wondering why Johnson wanted trees. The next day, Ed Reinhart, who was in the party, saw the same staffer and in English asked, "Can we get some firewood." "Sure," the man replied in perfect English, how much do you want? We'll have it delivered to you." Johnson, it seems, was barking up the wrong tree in the wrong language. (Nov. 4,1991) ...

"The Week That Was" recalls events culled from Dave Donnelly's three-dot columns over the past 30 years. Donnelly continues to write his Hawaii column Tuesdays through Fridays in the Star-Bulletin.

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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