Dave Donnelly

1969: Red-light district
doesn’t stop small bird’s nesting

SEEN in the red-light district at University Avenue and Maile Way: a small bird making her nest despite all the city's efforts to make her "STOP" (April 22, 1969) ... We really enjoyed Helen Shapiro, the British gal who is the feature attraction at the Kahala Hilton's "Night in Great Britain." But you could get jet lag just thinking about the pop singer's schedule. She just finished a gig in Gibraltar when BOAC flew her to Honolulu, and right after her final show here, she jets back to England for a cabaret engagement. She's probably the best, most professional singer to perform at one of the Kahala Hilton's "Nights." (April 20, 1971) ...

WE'VE all heard of he busy exec who takes his work home with him, but this is ridiculous: Ala Moana Hotel catering manager Howard Biehl couldn't find his name tag one day last week, only to discover it later on his pajamas. "Ah, well," said the affable Biehl, "if they come for me in the middle of the night, St. Peter will know I belong in the Food and Beverage Department." (April 22, 1971) ... Tom Hitch and the Chamber of Commerce are again pushing for firms to allow employees to wear aloha attire from Lei Day (May 1) through Aloha Week, ending Oct. 23. More than 250 firms have agreed to observe this "Aloha Summer" tradition. A footnote: We have 14 photos of Hitch in the newspaper library, and he's wearing a suit in all 14. (April 22, 1971) ...

STARS are out: BernNadette Stanis, who plays Thelma on "Good Times," has been added to the list of celebs who'll be appearing on the Easter Seal telethon this weekend. And the pretty miss who spells her name so strangely will be joining Ethel Merman, Rose Marie, Paul Lynde, Jessica Walter and Richard Deacon at Nephi Hannemann's first show tonight at the Ala Moana as guests of the hotel. (April 23, 1976) ...

PBS and Hawaii Public Television combine this week to present Louis Rukeyser's "Wall Street Week" live from Waikiki Beach. The program, which airs nationally each Friday afternoon after the stock market closes, has before this week always emanated from studios in New York. This Friday, Rukeyser will be lolling on the Halekulani's Hau Terrace with the full sweep of Waikiki and Diamond Head in the background, a sight sure to make winter-weary stockbrokers and investors green with envy. (April 23, 1979) ...

A SURPRISE visitor to the Greek Easter Mass Saturday at midnight at Saints Constantine and Helen Church was perhaps the best-known Greek in America, Telly Savalas, currently visiting the islands. (April 20, 1982) ... TV newscaster Linda Coble asked boss Bob Sevey to give her away at her marriage to fellow Channel 9 newsman Kirk Matthews. Sevey also agreed to give away Coble's sister, Kammy, in the double wedding ceremony. (April 24, 1984) ...

I'M WALKIN': Bruce Ulrich, chairman of the Hawaii Hotel Association's charity walk May 18, admits that turtles do move slowly, but he insists the staff of the Turtle Bay Hilton where he's GM will be stepping lively, following his lead, during the fund-raising walk. (April 23, 1985) ...

THE Honolulu Theatre for Youth's associate director, Karen Brilliande, is re-creating her role as Piglet in HTY's production of "Winnie the Pooh." she played the part once before -- when she was in first grade. (April 24, 1989) ...

FORMER Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca stopped by the Royal Hawaiian, and when he found all the tables full was about to leave until a staffer recognized him and quickly summoned another table, which they placed by the seawall for him and his party ... Willis Moore, of Hawaii Geographic, received a letter from the Library of Congress Map Division signed by the head of acquisitions, James Flatness. (April 22, 1993) ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was runs Sundays and recalls
items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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