By Dave Donnelly

Renewing old relationships,
plus food

IT WAS A return to the scene of the sublime when artist/ real estate woman Chris Friese got together with old buddy Robert Kiyosaki the other night. He and wife Kim were in town for some sunshine, renewing old relationships and promoting Robert's book, "Rich Dad Poor Dad." Friese joined them in a celebration at Michel's and learned that the couple met at the Michel's bar 18 years ago. Hilo boy Kiyosaki's book is selling quite well -- not bad for a near-Hilo High flunkout. The fact his father, Ralph Kiyosaki was education head in Hawaii more or less saved him that indignity, and now he's a millionaire ...

YOUNG Janelle Parrish, who has been featured in many isle stage productions, is now a resident of Burbank. Her folks, Mark and Joanne Parrish wanted to give Janelle, now 14, a better launching pad in showbiz, hence moving from their home in Kaneohe. You can root for Janelle tomorrow night on the CBS "Star Search" program hosted by Arsenio Hall ... The Kapalua Bay Hotel is hoping history repeats itself at this year's Mercedes Open golf tourney. Since the tourney was conceived, the winners - with the exception of Tiger Woods in 2000 - have all called the Kapalua Bay home during the tourney ...

Good Koz

THE Honolulu Symphony Pops rings in the New Year with jazz phenom Dave Koz at the Blaisdell Concert Hall Jan. 17 and 18. The jazz great, who received practically unanimous five-star reviews from CD buyers, will be joined here with last year's surprise sensation, Daniel Ho. Koz has sold more than a million records and appeared with numerous artists like U2, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias and Natalie Cole. In addition, he wrote the theme to "General Hospital." The busy Ho has recorded 17 CDs as a solo artist ...

STEP forward: Usually Cathey Tarleon can be found in the marketing department in the "back of the house" at the Hapuna Beach Hotel. But now guests are asking to meet her and get her to sign copies of her book, "Potluck: Stories That Taste Like Hawaii." She's begun getting international reviews of her book, hence the recognition ...

Holiday leftovers

SEEMS Ting-Kuang Chiang of Saratoga, Calif., wanted to buy his mother-in-law a three-gallon tub of Maui's Roselani Pineapple Ice Cream. She'd tried some on vacation and loved it. Chiang contacted Cathy Nobriga Kim of Roselani and learned they don't take credit cards and require payment in advance. While she'd been burned in the past, Kim bought Chiang's pleadings and sent off the ice cream in time for their New Year celebration. Not only did she receive payment (after the fact) but a box of Godiva Chocolate Truffles ... It was the 30th anniversary of Jack Sullivan setting aside his soccer balls and playing Santa at the Women's Corrections Facility. Some of the 290 women there told Sullivan he was the skinniest Santa they'd ever seen. Quipped the Boston-born Santa, "It's been a lean year. Ho, ho, ho." ... And finally, did anyone else notice Sen. Fred Hemmings' holiday greetings stated that a child "was born in a manager"?

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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