Dave Donnelly

Riding in style
on TheBus
for big bucks

IT'LL be nice to see TheBus up and running again, even if it costs two or three times what it cost in San Francisco, supposedly an expensive city, when I was there two months ago. It cost a buck there, and included a transfer for repeated use, as compared to the new fee of $2 here. And senior citizens in S.F. pay 35-cents a ride which also includes a transfer. Prices for TheBus here have to be as great or greater than any other large city around the country ... And I'm sorry, but it was almost impossible to take mainland Teamster v.p. Jim Santangelo seriously when he came roaring into town. He soon lowered his rhetoric, but he still reminded me so much of ex-L.A. Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda waxing eloquent that I had to chuckle at his diatribes ...

OH no, not again! "Tanonaka" yard signs began popping up in Hawaii Kai recently, prompting several folks to inquire if the former lieutenant governor candidate Dalton Tanonaka was warming up for another race. He had to dissuade them with the news that the signs were merely directional indicators to his home on the occasion of the first Tanonaka family reunion in 23 years. Some 100 relatives turned up, including many from the mainland and the neighbor islands ...

Azure, a gem

WANT to feel young? Then you might want to drop by the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Today is the first day of the three-day Hawaii Senior's Fair. Following in tradition, an "Ambassador" for the show has been named, and it's jazz singer Azure McCall, who'll sing a few songs at the show from her new CD, "The Gift." She says she doesn't expect her Ambassadorial status to require curtseys or bows, but she welcomes those who'd like to greet her by buying her CD ...

IT looked like a mini-publisher's convention in San Diego the other day. "Mini" because there were only two of them. Ted Sturdivant, publisher of Islands of Aloha, Travel Guides of the HVCB, caught up with Ron Cruger, retired publisher of This Week Magazines at the latter's Carmel Mountain Ranch home. The two have been friends since the early days when each was at the old Waikiki Beach Press. The two discussed Sturdivant's latest concoction, the Aloha Recipe Guide, due out in January of '04 ...

TO the surprise of no one, Kitty Lagareta, CEO of Communications Pacific, will be honored at the Governors' Ball Oct. 25 at the Hilton's Coral Ballroom for her support of an array of community programs and charitable organizations. I say no surprise because she's a good friend and supporter of Gov. Linda Lingle. Lagareta will be presented with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community Service. Ball proceeds go to the March of Dimes ...

Latin lovers, take note

TONIGHT is the 13th annual Latin Music Festival, held this year at the Ala Moana Hotel's Hibiscus Ballroom. From 8:30 p.m. on you'll be treated to salsa-merengue-cha cha-Latin-jazz-cumbia-Tex Mex music starring Mystique, a 13-piece band, and other groups, in what promises to be the Latin dance concert of the year ...

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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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