Dave Donnelly

His ‘best job ever’
was ... where?

MEMBERS of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council and their guests were treated Wednesday to an analysis of U.S. foreign policy by Clyde Prestowitz, a best-selling author who was also a Reagan cabinet member. Those in attendance were surprised to learn that Prestowitz came here in 1964 to study at the East-West Center, and in need of a job, walked into the old Star-Bulletin and was hired the next day by then-editor A.A. "Bud" Smyser. Prestowitz further surprised his audience by calling his stint with the Star-Bulletin his "best job ever." He says he learned a lot about Hawaii and the value of cultural exchange when he married a local girl who has been with him for almost 40 years ...

APOLOGIES to the director of "Soulmates," the rock opera opening Aug. 22 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. I misspelled his name yesterday -- it should be David Galligan ... Listening to the story of Maui's big cat on the loose, KSSK's Jamie Hartnett came up with a brilliant idea. She wants to hire bounty hunter Dwayne "Dog" Chapman to find him. That would create a kind of sic the Dog on the cat situation ... One guy who'll be at the Perry & Price radio broadcast from the Sheraton Waikiki tomorrow is Earl McDaniel, former head of KGMB radio who coddled the unpredictable J. Akuhead Pupule and was there for the debut of P&P. Wife Ellie is also in town with Earl for a visit from their mainland homes ...

Banking on "Art"

THE Contemporary Museum "Friends" group is planning its annual "ArtTalk" event to be held on Nov. 14 this year at the TCM gallery space in the First Hawaiian Bank building downtown. They want to feature scenes from "Art," the play I directed for The Actors' Group, and all three cast members agreed to recreate a couple of scenes for the art group. Details to be worked out...

LA PIETRA, the estate which served as a home for Louise and Walter Dillingham, seems the perfect spot for entertaining music lovers. While it now serves as headquarters for La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, the estate was modeled after La Pietra in Florence, a 420-year-old villa owned by Mrs. Dillingham's aunt, and was the scene of their wedding. Hawaii's La Pietra was the hub of entertainment for President Herbert Hoover, Thailand's King Prajadhipok, Edward Albert Prince of Wales, Bing Crosby, Nelson Rockefeller and many more. On Sept. 13, you can visit La Pietra and hear the Honolulu Symphony on the Great Lawn. Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic with the grounds opening at 5:30. There'll also be Sunset Jazz at La Pietra in November with Shari Lynn and many more performing ...

Prime time

WHILE there has long been an AARP magazine for retired folks who signed up for membership, Hawaii now has its own magazine for those over 50. It's called Prime, and is the brainchild of Lori Arizumi and is aimed at the 348,000 folks over 50 in the islands. Prime incorporates Hawaii's Senior Lifestyles publication with new editorial sections and a fresh format. They're also working on a Web site due to open soon ...

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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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