By Dave Donnelly

Biz whiz Klink recuperates
amid golf stars

CONVALESCING on Kauai from his heart ailment with medical advisor Joseph Ferraro and medical professor Nancey Conney, local biz whiz Paul Klink hasn't given up star-gazing. At the Hyatt Regency Kauai he spotted golf superstar Tiger Woods driving into the valet area in a new Cadillac -- wonder if his sponsor, Buick, knows about this? -- plus Davis Love, Justin Leonard and Rich Breem, getting ready for this weekend's Grand Slam of Golf. As for Klink, he's having a new cardiac device installed early next year. Until then, you may see him tooling down Bishop Street on his Panther Scooter, top speed a screaming 10 mph, on loan from Klink's Rotary Sister, Violeta Arnobit of Ace Medical ...

AFTER 15 years as GM of the Mark Hotel of New York, localite Raymond Bickson is now chief operating officer of Taj Luxury Hotels, the top end of the 100-year-old Bombay-based Indian Hotels Company, which operates 51 award-winning properties in 36 locations throughout India and 11 more properties in nine key international destinations outside India. Bickson, son of the late "Bick" Bickson of Budget Rent-a-Car, will be moving to Bombay ...

Star-Bulletin recognition

WHEN the Gannett-owned Cincinnati Enquirer sought out a local report on the big fight following the Cincinnati team's loss to Hawaii, they eschewed the Gannett paper in Honolulu, reports Ian Lind, and ran a piece written by the Star-Bulletin's Dave Reardon ... And congrats to Chris Dudley, whose Star-Bulletin story "Riding the Bull" is named "Notable Sports Writing of 2001" in the book, "The Best American Sports Writing 2002," putting him up there with Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post and ESPN ... And "An Untold Triumph," a documentary created by ex-Star Bulletin reporter Stephanie Castillo, will be shown at the Art House Theaters at Restaurant Row from Friday through Dec. 5. It'll be seen on TV next year ...

YET another writer who once toiled for the Star-Bulletin (as well as the Advertiser) is Cobey Black and she's been making the rounds, autographing copies of her new book, "Hawaii Scandal," about the well-known Massie case of the 1930s. She'll be at Waldenbooks, Kahala Mall, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7, at Na Mea Hawaii on Fort Street Dec. 11 and at Border's in Ward Centre on Dec. 14 ... And when it rains, it pours on local writer Kirby Wright. He's just won the 2002 Alsop Review Fiction Contest and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. And a Molokai story he wrote appears in issue No. 58 of Hawaii Review, hot off the press at UH Manoa ...

TV or not TV

HAWAII'S "American Idol" contestant Jordan Segundo has been selected one of 30 finalists nationwide and qualifies to appear on "American Idol II. He's back in town, but will soon be off to L.A. as taping for the new season begins ... Food Network ran an "Emeril Salutes America" sweepstakes, featuring the celeb chef with one winner from each state. Hawaii's winner is Cynthia Gonsalves from Kailua. She was in the audience for the taping, and the final show will air Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on the Food Network ...

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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