Dave Donnelly

New material for
the KHNL blooper reel

IT WAS a horrific condition which KHNL newscaster Paul Drewes found himself in just before going on the air the other day. The dictionary describes it's "A spasm of the diaphragm resulting in a sudden, abortive inhalation that is stopped by a spasmodic glottal closure." We call them simply hiccups. They came upon him just 10 minutes before airtime, and his ailing co-host, Diane Ako, gamely attempted to share airtime with him until she became so ill she had to leave, and Drewes gamely carried on, hiccuping his way through the news. He invited listeners to send him any cures they might have, and he went through holding his breath, drinking water (upside down, preferably), peanut butter and bitters. After three days of the maddening condition, Drewes reports it went away as mysteriously as it came, and he has no secret solution to share with similarly afflicted folks ...

HAWAII'S finest sports play-by-play man, Jim Leahey, would have lambasted the fan at the Arena football game between the Hawaiian Islander and San Diego Riptide who, with his girlfriend, fumbled a rogue football that flew into the crowd where he was sitting. He fumbled it badly, and you can be sure Leahey would have had some choice words for the fan, especially since it was his son, sportscaster Kanoa Leahey. If you've seen his girlfriend, he's to be forgiven for not giving his full attention to the game ...

Hurry up and wait

THERE must be a vast difference of opinion over when to send announcements or invitations to upcoming events. For example, on Monday about 2 p.m. I opened my mail and found an invite to have lunch and sample cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory Incorporated at Restaurant Suntory, of all places. It was to get underway at 11 a.m. yesterday. That's a whopping 19 hours notice ... Already in hand was an invite to the Honolulu Marathon Luau Dec. 12 at the Waikiki Shell. I thought maybe the notice came this early so there'd be 26 weeks before the Marathon event, but no, it was even more than that. Still, Van Morrison is being featured, and those of us who were there in the early 1960s will recall that his song, "Gloria," was the No. 1 hit on K-POI for a long period of time. Also performing that night is ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro, and the price is certainly right. You get the concert and an all-you-can-eat dinner for $15 if you have a Marathon early entree card ...

A BIT of a shake-up in the Society of Seven Las Vegas, currently at the Outrigger showroom. Missing from the group for the past several nights was Johnny Fernandez and it's uncertain if he'll return ... The Brothers Cazimero, on the other hand, will probably still be performing when they're 70. The two are preparing for their annual May Day concert at the Waikiki Shell ...

Whale tales

Storytellers from Alaska and Massachusetts will join yarn spinners from Hawaii on Saturday at the Hawaii Maritime Center. Among localites who'll be entertaining are Tom Cummings and Nohea Torres. Call 848-4190 for more info ...

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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