Dave Donnelly

Fine dining amidst
the scarecrows

PEOPLE are getting into Halloween mode, particularly at Compadres, where you can find surfing and skateboarding. Well, at least a facsimile thereof. They're part of a scarecrow exhibit created by the Community Teen Center at Kuhio Park Terrace. The PACT program people decorate the Ward Centre eatery each Halloween with life-sized figures engaged in a variety of activities, including surfing and skateboarding this year. They'll be on display at Compadres until Oct. 31 when the creator of the winning scarecrow, as voted on by diners, gets to enjoy a Halloween party courtesy of G.M. John Langan ... In writing about the cockroach races being held for Halloween at Bishop Museum, I recalled the old roach races the late Kimo McVay used to stage, listing the names of several entries including my favorite, "La Feet Roachchild." Now comes an e-mail from ex-isle roach racer Jorgen Skov, now living in Colorado: "You forgot 'Akakaroach' from Kawaiahao." ...

Shake, rattle and roll

THINGS to look forward to and back on. The most exciting arena concert this year is bound to be Saturday's, when three rock 'n' roll legends from the 1950s appear on the same bill. Promoter Tom Moffatt somehow got Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard to do a whole lot of shakin' on the same stage. Lewis and Berry have appeared here in the long ago past, but this is the first public Honolulu appearance by Little Richard ... Another guy who's been performing since the '50s and an appearance on Dick Clark's TV show is Lou Rawls. He'll be appearing at the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort Nov. 1, one month shy of his 69th birthday. Rawls, who has put out more than 70 albums, will be appearing at a fund-raiser for the Neighborhood Place of Kona, a non-profit community organization ...

PROMOTER Moffatt also met this week with Maui's Patricia Watson, who wrote and starred in the rock opera "Soulmates" at the Maui Cultural Center. I saw it and loved it, and now that Moffatt has seen a video of the show, he's trying to help Watson stage the show in Honolulu. If it does occur, don't miss it ...

DURING the showing of football or World Series games at O'Toole's, the Irish pub often puts out free hot dogs, but at the place during Monday Night Football a sumptuous buffet of the sort you might find at Nick's was put out and a huge crowd turned out as if sensing such a feast. Turned out to be bar manager Patrick Oliver's birthday celebration, but he seemed unconcerned by the food, his attention turned to his young girlfriend I've taken to calling "Racy Traci." ...


NEXT Wednesday, the Kapiolani Community College's Koa Gallery presents "Ten Years of the KOA Award," and George Ellis will be honored Nov. 14 with the presentation of the first KOA Aina Award ... And the second annual Kane Fernandez Scholarship Foundation will be at the Pacific Club's Garden Lanai on Nov. 6. This year's scholarship winner is Thea Borserio, who you can check out pictured in this week's Midweek ...

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

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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