By Dave Donnelly

A couple of huge talents
in tiny bodies

IT WAS A great Saturday night. A friend and I dined at Le Guignol, the French eatery located directly across from the Blaisdell Concert Hall, then strolled across the street to see two huge talents. It struck me as a bit ironic that the Honolulu Pops opened the evening with Daniel Ho, a diminutive but versatile musician whose talent is enormous. He was a big hit, accompanied by the orchestra as he played piano, two guitars, a slack-key ukulele and also had a percussion battle with his regular drummer ... Ho was followed by the star of the show, the equally diminutive sax maniac Dave Koz. Entering with a soprano sax that looked like a kid's toy, he then proceeded to bring down the house with his remarkable performance. Koz revealed that growing up in California, Pops maestro Matt Catingub was one of his saxophone heroes ... Koz also played a number he wrote with his brother, now known as the theme from "General Hospital." Two small guys -- two huge talents ...

A GROUP called "Pipeline, the Hawaii Connection," was handing out postcards promoting three upcoming concerts: The Galliard String Quartet March 24, Spring Wind Quintet on April 14 and Tresemble on May 26, all at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Theater ...

Pros, no cons

THEY'RE already lining up off-field Pro Bowl activities for the best of the best in the football world when they arrive here for the final game of the year, the Pro Bowl, on Feb. 2 at Aloha Stadium. The NFL Pro Bowl Experience will be held Jan. 30 when you can meet the players (for three minutes, according to the schedule) and cheerleaders (for five minutes) and after they've gone to practice, stay and listen to the Ka'ala Boys, Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii, Hi Risk and Dis Guyz ... Then on Jan. 31, the Aloha Tower Marketplace is hosting an official NFL Pro Bowl pre-game block party where you can get autographs from players and enjoy live entertainment by Kapono, plus the NFL cheerleaders and the group Jook Joint ...

LATITUDES and Attitudes magazine ran a half-page review and photo of La Mariana Sailing Club last month, and the magazine's Bob Bitchin recently showed up for a personal look-see. The former biker and adventurer was surprised when a small crowd recognized him there ...

CALIFORNIA big wave surfer took time away from the recent swells to enjoy dinner with extreme athlete/stuntman Chuck Patterson at Hula Grill in Kaanapali. Clark is credited with founding Maverick's, California's world-renowned big wave surf spot ...


HIS name is Tony Falcone, and though he's not a part of "The Sopranos," he hails from Italy and now lives in New York. He and his wife joined the food and wine aficionados who've discovered Sergio's in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Dining with the Falcones was his daughter, Daphne Hargrove of Ballet Hawaii, and son-in-law Wade, about to take the UH bar exam ...

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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