Dave Donnelly

So saw Dave in half
and count his rings

AS I look forward to reaching the 35th anniversary of writing this daily column for the Star-Bulletin, I note that the "New Kids on the Block," Perry & Price are holding a huge 20th anniversary breakfast show at the Hanohano Room, already a sell-out with 1,300 reservations. To show that time marches on for all of us, Rich West and Bo Hodge of 105.9, the Big Kahuna, will jump the gun on P&P, holding the first anniversary of their pairing collectively as The 2 Boobs in the Morning, on Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe ... This sounds like a setup, but the above Boobs insist it isn't. Winner of the Big Kahuna/Sam Adams Boston Flyaway was a Honolulan named -- Sam Adams. The man with the same name as the brewery will get a tour of it, as well as tickets to see Aerosmith and KISS and get to see a Red Sox game. And with the name Sam Adams, you know the Honolulan will get the red carpet treatment at the brewery ...

EVERYTIME I hear Angela Perez Baraquio on TV, I turn from what I'm doing to gaze on that countenance which won her the Miss America title two years ago. And Friday she'll be dancing a hula at 5 p.m. with the musical group Maunalua at First Hawaiian Bank's Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell Center...

HULA blues

IT'LL be the first "opening night" in 17 years for Keith & Carmen Haugen on Aug. 19. After a long engagement at the Royal Hawaiian, the two are taking their music and hula show to Neptune's Garden at the Pacific Beach Hotel where they'll be entertaining every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ... Meanwhile, the Na La O Ke Awa hula show at Aloha Tower has been discontinued indefinitely ... Blues fans will surely get their fill Aug. 30 when the KIPO Blues Marathon comes to Kapono's in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Some 17 blues bands will perform on two stages, starting around noon and playing non-stop until about 2 a.m. Proceeds go to Hawaii Public Radio ...

I CAN'T think of a better or more romantic place to listen to the Brothers Cazimero than the Lodge at Koele on Lanai. They'll perform in the comfy, living room atmosphere of the Great Hall on Sept. 6, giving you time to make plans to attend because it's sure to be a sell-out. The concert is free, but you get a kamaaina room rate of $225 a night, and for another $50 golf at the Lodge's Experience at Koele course or at the Challenge at Manele ...

Nuuanu nuts

A HIGHLY unusual musical act is coming to Nuuanu Avenue this month. A group called Father of the Bride performs Saturday at the Opium Den at Indigo. If their show is as funny as their publicist's press release, they should be a riot. This, for example, is described as a "one-stop world tour," and the group, which got its start in Hawaii, is referred to as a "jugless jug band." It's an "oddball ensemble of clarinet, steel guitar, mandolin, accordion, washtub bass, ukulele, spoons slide kazoo and more." It's just $15 to see this offbeat ensemble, and that includes a glass of champagne. The release concludes, "Reserve now, since seating is limited only to those who attend." ...

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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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