Dave Donnelly

Maryknoll artists
create masterpieces

PEOPLE passing by the intersection of Punahou and Wilder may think they've stumbled onto a museum of ersatz masterpieces when they check out the wall at the construction site of the Fernhurst YWCA. Maryknoll art teacher Stan Koki came up with the idea and got his students to re-create masterpieces by the likes of Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Mondrian and Motherwell, to name but a few. You might want to drop by and see whose "masterworks" you can identify ...

GIVE me $1.8 million and I swear I could build a very nice theater downtown, but at the Hawaii Theatre, that's the amount going to a marquee! A patron had offered a grant of $500,000 if the theater could match it and at last they have. It should be one helluva marquee at that price. Of course the front exterior will be painted, a canopy installed over the Pauahi Street sidewalk and a new flagpole placed in front of the theater. In addition, the city is widening the sidewalk along Bethel Street to 12 feet, making it less likely that those exiting the theater will get clipped by a car ...

A bag with Grace

WHEN Hermes opens its new store at Ala Moana Center on Wednesday, each guest at the opening will receive a key. One and only one will open a $4,000 Kelly Bag. The bag itself has existed at Hermes for over 100 years, but became famous in 1956 when Grace Kelly bought one in its largest size and used it to hide her pregnancy in a full-front photo that appeared on the cover of Life magazine. You don't have to be pregnant to carry one, but it should make you feel like a Princess, if not a Queen ...

MAD TV's Bobby Lee, who's also appeared on the "Tonight Show" and on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," will appear at the Laugh Factory in the Queen Kapiolani June 5 through 8. He'll also do two shows in Kaneohe on June 2 and 3 ... Ed Wary had planned to make this his last year as a delegate to the National Restaurant Association in Chicago, but when his good pal Regynald Washington was elected president, he talked Ed into chairing the Intentional Committee for the NRA, putting him on the executive committee. He should have been more Wary ...

ONCE again the Hokey Awards -- uh, Hokus -- proved worthy of its name. They need a time limit on "thank you" speeches much as the Oscars do. Jesus got thanked so much I wondered if he voted. The TV coverage began at 7 and was to run until 10 p.m. But I had to bail out when David Letterman began his monologue ...

Three R.I.P.'s

MAY was anything but a Merry Old Month. We lost Marshall Rosier, former chairman of the Waikiki Jaycees. Also comes word from ex-Poi Boy Michael Gwynn, now an actor in New York, that Kenny Wells, also an ex-Poi Boy, died in Canada. And Braddah E., drummer to many of Hawaii's top local bands like Kapena and the Ka'ala Boys, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 46, leaving behind a wife and five kids. A fund-raiser will be held at Kapono's on June 22, with appearances by lots of E's pals in the music business, from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

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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. Contact Dave by e-mail:


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