Dave Donnelly

Please, don’t do a
cover story on me!

KEEPING alive its running series of "Cover Jinx" stories was Sport Illustrated, which had the undefeated (at the time) Kansas City Chiefs on the cover, and it should have been a great boon to gamblers. The NFL Chiefs lost at Cincinnati 24-19. Diehard Chiefs fans will pooh-pooh the significance of that, since the Chiefs won Super Bowl III, but not before losing to Cincinnati by the identical score, 24-19 ...

WONDER if Mountain Apple honcho Jon deMello knows that Bruddah Iz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is being used in a commercial in New Zealand, probably without residuals. Former Isle resident Linda McCaffrey, now living Down Under, heard the tune on a TV ad for Dulux Paint -- Red 101. She describes Iz's rendition as "one of those that swirls around and around the brain for days -- very pleasant and very sweet." ...

Kudos from Willie

KI HO'ALU, or "Loosen the Key," the documentary showcasing the slack key guitar artistry of singer/musician/ songwriter Keola Beamer, has won many awards. It won "Best Documentary" at the N.Y. International Film Festival, "Best Cinematography" at the L.A. Independent Film Festival, and the "Gold Remi" award at the Houston film fest. Directed by Ken Burgmaier, the documentary includes appearances by Willie Nelson and George Winston, among others, but of all the praise he's received, Beamer would have to look far and wide to top what Willie Nelson said, describing Beamer as "the best slack key player on the planet." ...

THE Air Supply concert rocked the house at the Arena, with Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock taking their performance into the audience -- not just in the front, but all the way to the back rows. They posed for photos while singing and the flashbulbs were all over. Even the Dominican nuns, who were beneficiaries of the concert, got into the act, giggling with glee ... Rehearsals are underway for a dramatic radio show, "Looking for Linda," which has nothing to do with the governor. You can take in the live taping tomorrow in the Atherton Studio (955-8821 for reservations), and watch the sound effects and live music interacting with the actors, directed by David Farmer. It'll be broadcast at a later date on KHPR ...

Whiten up

HE calls himself "Dentist to the Beautiful," so it's little wonder Dr. Alvin Chung donated a complimentary feeth-whitening to the two winners of the Star-Bulletin's "Fabulous Make-Over"contest. Mike Hu took him up immediately and his teeth are now seven shades lighter, bringing a bright smile to his face. No word on the female winner, TaniaZ Voss, though she might be inspired when she hears about other Chung clients: Former Miss America Carolyn Sapp, model Angel Teves, "Baywatch Hawaii" cast members -- not that everyone was looking at their teeth -- and Playboy "Playgirl of the Month" Kona Carmack. Incidentally, sure to break a few hearts is the news that Kona is about to marry Yani. No, not the syrupy music maker, local boy Andrew Yani ...

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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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