Dave Donnelly

TV specials deal
with ice addiction

VERY clever name for the next two Emme Tomimbang TV specials dealing with ice and alcoholism. Try "Life or Meth." One guest on the segment dealing with the legal addiction is Channel 2's Kirk Matthews, who shares his journey into and, thankfully, escape from alcoholism ... Another cleverly entitled TV journey is called "Living Your Dying." The Didi Leong-produced show was directed by Robert Pennybacker, who took a break from "Emme's Island Living" to focus on Mits Aoki and his work with dying patients. Pennybacker considers the work his most rewarding, as he was once diagnosed with an advanced-stage cancer. "Living Your Dying" will have a free public screening at the UH Art Auditorium tomorrow at 7 p.m. Both Aoki and Pennybacker will be there to answer questions. The vivacious Leong says it may be the last time the two appear together: Aoki is cutting down on his public appearances ...

HEADS of electric companies all over the world are meeting in Hawaii this week and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dewit Jones, who has created a Hawaii-based program featuring a halau from Molokai, is here to address the group, thanks to an invite from HECO's Mike May. The electric company execs were lured to Hawaii by May for the first such gathering outside the mainland ...

DeARTh of a Salesman

Those clever folks who staged a humanities bash at UH-West Oahu combined elements of two recently produced works: "Art" at TAG's Yellow Brick Studio and "Death of a Salesman" at HPU. Political analyst Dan Boylan, who teaches history at the Pearl City college, played the part of Danny Boyman, the embodiment of Willy in "Salesman" and the white-painting hater from "Art." The swearing in "Art" was replaced by Boyman's "swearing alternative machine," consisting of a doorbell and a six-volt battery. Philosophy professor David Alethea played a combination Uncle Ben ("When I went into the jungle, I was 21 and when I came out, by God, I was 18") and Serge, the enthusiastic purchaser of the huge white painting in "Art." The humanities grads heaped encomiums on the show, most of whom had seen both plays in their local productions because of Hank Chapin's literature classes ...

THE Lodge at Koele was just voted the No. 1 golf resort in the world (!) in the June issue of Conde Nast Traveler. Only three Hawaii resorts made the top 10 and two are on Lanai. The Manele Bay Resort was runner-up to Koele here and No. 4 worldwide ... Travel Holiday magazine has published its final issue. That can't help isle tourism ...

Lynn Waihee and hubby

FORMER Gov. John Waihee joined his wife at the latest Perry & Price Hanohano Room show. Lynn, who was there to talk about the "Read to Me" convention, introduced herself and said nobody knew who she was anymore. Larry Price quickly set her straight: "We know who you are -- we just forgot your husband." The former governor quipped, "My wife says former politicians should only be seen, not heard." ...

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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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