Dave Donnelly

Last-minute marriage,
then back to the bar

STOPPING by Ferguson's Pub Monday I saw a familiar face at the bar. It was Phil Sullivan, longtime owner of the popular Sullivan's Pub in Reno, Nevada. He's since sold the place and is running a Costco in Michigan. He introduced fiancee, Barbara, who'd flown to Hawaii with him. "When's the lucky day?" he was asked. "In about 15 minutes," he replied and off they headed to the courthouse. On their return, Sullivan said judges like to schedule weddings during the lunch hour, so as not to interfere with any trials over which they're presiding. A little cottage industry I was unfamiliar with until Sullivan unveiled it ...

IT was a night off from appearing in "Gypsy" at Army Community Theatre, so David Farmer and his wife went out on the town. And getting his first taste of a singing and dancing role, Farmer took in the Society of Seven show at the Outrigger Showroom. And wouldn't you know that Farmer was one of the hapless victims the SOS brought to the stage to be in an Elvis impersonation contest. And he won, singing "Heartbreak Hotel" in full Elvis regalia. He now holds a certificate proclaiming him to be a certified Elvis Impersonator. First "Gypsy," and now this. Quips Farmer, "Looks like my new musical career is really taking off! ...

"Dog" pounding away

YOU'D never know that the Mexican police would like to get hold of Honolulu bounty hunter Dwayne "Dog" Chapman, who was jailed after capturing the bail jumping Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir, who went on the lam and a price was put on his head for his capture. The Mexicans jailed "Dog" because he didn't play by the rules as they saw it, but released him. Chapman was subsequently featured on Dominick Dunne's "Power, Privilege & Justice," on "Hollywood Squares" and is slated to be on old friend Sharon Osbourne's new talk show. Playboy is even planning a feature on "Dog" for the 50th anniversary of the magazine, due out in January. Having spoken on "Career Day" at McKinley High, Chapman put it all in perspective: "Doing things like McKinley Career Day are just as important to me." ...

ONE of Hawaii's top theatrical lighting designers, Cathie Anderson, has opened a new San Francisco office and was immediately hired by old friend Darren Hochstetler to do the lighting for a production of "Into the Woods," which he directs and also did the setting. If that wasn't enough, the tireless Hochstetler also took over as musical director the first weekend. And while lighting may be his first love, he was happy to turn that over to Anderson ...

Hana hou

THAT huge "MauiFEST" banner hanging from two coconut trees fronting the Hotel Hana Maui was erected by brave hotel employee Bradley Helekahi. The festival referred to is a celebration of music, arts, culture and film which gets underway Friday and features the likes of Brother Noland, Paul Horn, Owana Salazar, Donald Kauila, Atu From Fiji and Miss Aloha Hula 2003, not to forget Christopher Boom Helekahi. Several award-winning films will be screened under the stars, films like "Quatro Noza," "Kiho Alu-Keola Beamer" and "Fiji Firewalkers. ...

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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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