Dave Donnelly

The Marquesa on
the museum marquee

THIS calls for local-kine fairy tale treatment: Once upon a time there was a Hawaiian beauty who was named Kapiolani Kawananakoa, who fell in love with Italian Marchese Filipo Marignole, a painter, and became the Marquesa. She was in town last week for the opening at the Academy of Arts of an exhibition of her late husband's paintings. She was accompanied by their son Duccio Marignole, curator for the show, and an entourage of Italian art dignitaries. "Vertical Landscapes" is on view through June 29 ...

SPEAKING of titles, there's nothing like naming your kid with one. A peccadillo of mine is reading the names given babies by new parents, and this weekend the Star-Bulletin printed a beaut. One little girl was given the name "Ameriqueena Darryqueena Ifenuk." We have a winner! ... Just think of the first names Roger Yu could come up with should the need arise. The local graphic designer has been honored to be one of only three judges at the 19th annual "Greater Salt Lake International Model Car Contest" this week in Salt Lake City. The 50-year-old Yu has been building model car models since he was eight, and is a three-time winner at the event. Yu and wife Carole Goodson will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their graphic design business, Goodson + Yu, in August ...

My left feet

Veteran Polynesian dancer Cha Thompson heads up the Spring New Products Show at the Blaisdell this weekend, and is still mulling over a gift from one of her exhibitors. A company that manufactures footcorrections sent Thompson a pair of correctors so she could see how the product works. Unfortunately, there was a little mix-up before they were shipped to Thompson and she's wondering if they wee making an assessment of her dancing ability. In the package she found two left-foot correctors ...

FORMER isle resident Ivan Irie, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., reports he keeps up on Hawaii's news on the Star-Bulletin online edition, and especially in this column. So he felt comfortable sharing the news that the Boston Globe last week carried a story on Connie Chan, like Irie, born and raised in Honolulu, who ran in yesterday's Boston Marathon. The story was about Chan's 15-year odyssey to qualify for the marathon, and how once she did, wasn't about to miss one again. This was her 11th, and she had to qualify for each of them ...

Golf stories

AIG president and CEO Robin Campaniano had been golfing for 10 years before getting his first-hole-in-one at Oahu Country Club. So you'll forgive him a "Ho-hum" when three months later he hit another ace at the Manele Bay course ... Now here's a golfer you don't mind playing behind. Hokulia's John Hagerty won the "Speed Golf" competition at Waikoloa's LavaMan Triathlon. He completed his 18 holes of play in just 44 minutes. So what did he shoot as he ran from hole to hole? Try a gross 92 for a winning total score of 136.

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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