Dave Donnelly

power diving
at the yacht club

IT WAS an unplanned and unexpected swim that localite Ed Reinhart took at the Waikiki Yacht Club the other night. After partying perhaps a bit too much, Reinhart wisely decided not to drive home but to spend the night on a friend's yacht. But as he stepped onto the pier he slipped and fell like so much dead weight into the water. It took four guys to dive in and pull him out midst lots of guffaws ...

IT was an unlikely trio of folks lunching at the Hungry Lion this week. There sat UH president Evan Dobelle, Big Islander Larry Mehau and Midweek's Eddie Sherman. Perhaps he'll report next week on what was said. Dobelle must have some feeling of proprietorship since a dish on the menu was named for him. Before leaving he was spotted rearranging some of the celebrity photos on the wall ...

SOME 1,000 youngsters are enjoying the Farm Fair today, courtesy of EK Fernandez, the Hawaii Farm Fair and Variety Club. They quietly make an annual visit available to the Boys and Girls Club and Kardiac Kids. Everything on the house ... After interning at ABC Touchstone Television, Iolani grad and USC film student Marisa Wahl has landed a production assistant job on "CSI" (Crime Scene Investigation) -- the No. 1 rated show in America ...

Wiggling away

WE have hat checks and coat checks, but the Hawaii Convention Service came up with something new -- stroller checks. With 6,500 kids attending three performances of the Wiggles, Hawaiian Convention Service's G.M. Joe Davis felt such a service was needed. Said Davis, sifting through the checked strollers, "We love events like this that bring the community together. And there was definitely a lot of wiggling going on in the audience." ...

SOCCER maven Jack Sullivan is fairly salivating over the prospects of some 70 soccer teams of men and women more than age 40, 50 and 55 in a tournament at the new Waipio field. The teams are coming from 23 states and Sullivan feels this is just the beginning, as they're hosting another tournament in 2004. Asks the giddy Irishman, "Can the World Cup be far behind?" Well, yeah ...

YOU think opera isn't a sport? Don't tell that to psychologist Dr. Don Greene, who recently held a clinic for Hawaii Opera Theatre's Opera Studio members to discuss "Fear of opera," of all things. Greene, a former Green Beret, offered helpful hints on surviving the spotlight. He's well qualified for the task, having worked with the Olympic diving team and numerous NASCAR drivers ...

Spa dating?

THOSE who watched "The Bachelor" on ABC-TV might recall how he took his dates to a spa as a first date ice-breaker. Apparently the practice is spreading to Hawaii. Mandara Spa director Josey Fernandes says her Hilton Hawaiian Village spa gives side-by-side spa treatments daily to some 20 couples. Just ask KITV morning news anchor Jill Kuramoto and her husband, who celebrated their second anniversary lying side by side at Mandara Spa ...

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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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