Dave Donnelly

The tall and short
of it at the polo game

POLO potpourri: The Beautiful People, and some not so beautiful, were out in force at the polo match at Mokuleia on Father's Day. The Mexican team, led by the father/son team of Ruben & Westin Gracida, beat Hawaii, 3 to 2. Mike Dailey didn't suit up for the game, escorting as he was the representative who's running Dillingham Ranch, where Dailey's new state-of-the-art polo field is being built. Dailey's son, Devon, did suit up and stood out in every respect. To begin with, the youngster is 6-foot-5. Says dad, "He should be playing basketball." Lynn Cook was there, celebrating not only Father's Day, but her husband's birthday ...

ONE person who definitely qualifies as one of the Beautiful People, Channel 2 reporter Bernadette Baraquio, was there with husband Rick Hamada, who's about a month away from being a daddy again. Bernadette, who has a young son, Zach, says this one's going to be a girl. This means her sister, Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio, is going to be an aunty again ... Another beauty, K.C. Collins, was there, having just been named development director of Windward Community Theater, home of the spanking new Paliku Theatre. She says she's now the most recent ex-Mrs. Michael Lilly, a term of endearment he may not think flattering ...

More Luster

ALSO at polo, sans husband, was Lynn Chapman. Her husband is bounty hunter "Dog" Chapman and he's hot on the trail of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster. Dog called his wife during the match to tell her he'd tracked down the fugitive, on the lam after being found guilty of 87 sex crimes, and the story should break shortly ...

FORMER isle mega-developer Chris Hemmeter celebrated Father's Day as best he could with his family in L.A. His sister, Sally, who still lives in Hawaii, said Chris is going as well as expected fighting Alzheimer's and also liver cancer. He now owns the Saddle Ranch Chop House, at the entrance of Universal Walk in L.A. It's a huge place, seating 1,500 people and a favorite of Evan Marriott, TV's "Joe Millionaire." It's a far cry from Chris' heyday in Hawaii, where he owned numerous resort properties ...

HAWAII'S Special Olympic athletes and their families were at Murphy's Bar and Grill, gathered as guests of Don Murphy to get the feel of things Irish before heading off to participate in the international Special Olympics, held this year in Dublin, Ireland ...

Newsmakers ...

TV'S Roseanne recently dropped into Lahaina Fish Company for a quiet lunch with a friend. Oh yes, and a couple of cocktails, too ... Erin Brockovich, who in person looks nearly as good as Julia Roberts, who portrayed her on screen, will be here Sunday to address the American Business Women's Association luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom ... Ex-Isle adman Nick Sylvester advises by email that former Hawaiian Village topper Don Madsen, who opened the Rainbow Bazaar in 1972, died in Orange County last week. He was in his mid-seventies ...

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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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