Dave Donnelly

Shanghai comes
to Honolulu

TWO of Hawaii's top promoters are banding together, so to speak, to present the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra here this month. Tom Moffatt and Tim Bostock are jointly presenting the orchestra at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Sept. 20. The orchestra provided the Oscar-winning soundtrack to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and that'll be one of the selections they'll play locally ... I took my son, Brendan, his ladyfriend Amelia and her son Rain to the Mandarin on Cooke St. Wednesday night, and he and owner Jimmy Liu spoke a bit of Mandarin Chinese together, though Brendan protested his was a bit rusty from lack of use. There's a new piece of art hanging on the wall, a collector's item. It's a framed rubbing from the walls of the Ming Tomb, brought home by Hobe Duncan, longtime editor of the Star-Bulletin. He'd gifted Keith and Carmen Haugen with the rubbing and they've had it hanging in their home for 25 years. They in turn have passed the rubbing on to Mandarin owner Liu, who was born in China ...

SEPTEMBER is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and again the most generous of people, Marian and Don Murphy, are donating a portion of sales at Murphy's Bar and Restaurant throughout the month to the foundation. A Kickoff was set for today at Tamarind Park at Bishop Square, where people can buy a $5 gold ribbon pin ...

A ball game

THERE'S general agreement that ballet is a sport as well as an art form. We may even see it in the Olympics one day -- if they have ice dancing, why not? Anyway, Judy Muncaster of Ballet Hawaii is particularly pleased with one item she's come up with for the silent auction at the black and white ball, "New York/New York," happening on Sept. 20. It's a world series program signed by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. Seems Muncaster and Robinson's wife, Connie, were roommates years ago, and thanks to that connection, she got to see the All-Star game this year. Robinson, who's also on the All Century Team, also gave Muncaster an autographed baseball and four tickets to a game in "New York/New York." Yankees or Mets -- it's the winner's choice ...

LOCAL poet Kirby Wright has a new book of poetry and prose poems out called "Before the City." Celebrated writer Maxine Hong Kingston praised the book for its "fresh new voice." Oddly enough, Booklines downtown has informed Wright they won't carry the book "because it's poetry." They'd better get all those Shakespeare tomes off the shelves as well ... On Tuesday, Nalani Olds presented her one-woman show, "He Po'ai Aloha: The Queen's Story Retold in Song," at the Doris Duke Theater at the Academy of Arts. The program will be repeated at 2 p.m. Sunday, and it's free to mark the 165th anniversary of Queen Lili'uokalani ...

Cowboy oh boy

MARK Sept. 20 on your calendar if you love colorful parades. Alas, this one is on the Big Isle, but may be worth a trip. It's the 28th annual Aloha Festivals Paniolo Parade in Waimea, sponsored by Parker Ranch. One thing is for sure -- there'll be a lot of horses trotting by ...

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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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