Wednesday - June 09, 2005
AMONG THE all-time greats I’ve met in my long journalistic career, Bob Allen ranks among the top of my list. He passed away last week. Bob, one of the founding fathers of our tour industry, died at Tripler after a long residence. A former Navy intelligence officer, on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in the Philippines during WW ll, Allen was captured and imprisoned. During those difficult years he saved hundreds of lives risking his own by sneaking out of prison at nite to bring back much needed medical supplies. If caught, it meant instant death. Allen met wife Billie (a nurse) while in prison. Years later, Allen was a pioneer of our fledgling tourist industry. In my book, Allen was a heroic figure and a gentleman. A rare first-class act. Our condolences to Billie and the family … All in the family: One of the most eye-catching gowns in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA contest at Sheraton-Waikiki was worn by lovely 17-year-old Alexis Sunga (fourth runner up). Asked who created it, she smiled proudly, “my great-grandmother, Soling Viray.” Told me it took a year to sew … Localite Bill Bigelow’s dynamite suspense-action novel Red Sky At Night now into a second printing … Justa note: Hawaii’s golden voice of old Hawaii Genoa Keawe had 12 children. (And still had time to sing). Only four out of that dozen are still alive. Yup — and Aunty Genoa is still performing … One of Hawaii’s most colorful characters, Waimanalo cowboy Tommy Campos, still smokes two packs daily and has been for 65 years. “All the doctors who told me to quit have died,” coughs Tommy between quotes … Some readers have asked if Marie (Mrs. Jack) Lord is still alive. Very much so, we’re happy to report …
Been also asked about former TV fishing personality Hari Kojima and what he’s doing these days. Anybody know? … Richest family in America? That would be the Waltons of Wal-Mart. Their personal stock in the famed company worth an estimated $90 billion … Ono taste treat: Baked mahi-mahi at Bob’s Big Boy out Mapunapuna way. Note: only served on Fridays … All golfers dream of getting a hole in one. Most never do. Honolulu teenager Sally Soranaka has more than a dozen of ’em to her credit, …
The world today: Recently dined at a small restaurant serving ethnic-type food. When the waitress arrived at the table with the main dish, she served with one hand only. Her other hand held a cell phone she talked into continuously — without missing a beat … At a supermarket the other day I overheard a wahine near the fruits ’n’ nuts section shouting into her cell phone, “This is just between you and me. Nobody can hear this, understand?” While a half-dozen shoppers nearby shook their heads … Sorry to learn Howard Morris, the comic actor, writer, producer, director (best known for his characters on the old Andy Griffith Show) just died at 85. Morris was a frequent visitor to the former Kahala Hilton. Enjoyed reminiscing about his Army show biz days in Hawaii during WW ll. Served in the entertainment unit of the Army stationed up at UH. Carl Reiner was there too … Seen ’n’ heard: One of the loudest laffers at the preem of the new Madagascar cartoon movie was 4-yr-old Gracyn, dotter of Marvin Buenconsejo and missus Maelee. Marvin’s the KHNL News8 sr. correspondent and fill-in anchor … Just a reminder for polo afficianados that the summer season began June 5 and runs for 19 weeks. Sundays only (1 p.m.) in beautiful Waimanalo. Nice way to spend an afternoon … Travel tip: If you plan on traveling this summer, air flights may be as enjoyable as getting caught in freeway traffic. Airlines have eliminated thousands of jobs. As a result, expect lots of inconvenience and delays. Remember, too — at the slightest breach of security, terminals will be evacuated. Be patient and have a nice flight … Yup — everybody loves Raymond: Tickets disappeared so fast for the first Ray Romano show Saturday at Blaisdell, promoter Tom Moffatt added a 2nd show —Sunday. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
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