Wednesday - June 16, 2005
CINEMASCOOP: By now you should be well aware that Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger is a big hit. It’s already being touted by some for Academy Awards. Personal opinion: Compared to last year’s Clint Eastwood boxing movie Oscar winner, Cinderella Man is a winnah by a knockout. One of the best I’ve seen in years. The forceful, grim Depression times of the ’30s are expertly captured by director Ron Howard. Staging is breathtaking. Especially the fight scenes. Crowe is just brilliant. The emotional wallop of the drama hits hard and caused me to shed some rare movie-going tears …
During a visit to Honolulu and a relaxer at his Maile hacienda, retired sumo star Konishiki was asked if he misses local kau kau living in Japan. “Not really,” said the big guy. “Japan has lots of island style food. And we have hundreds of night clubs featuring Hawaiian music” … This scene observed on a bus the other day: A wahine was having a loud conversation on her cell oblivious to the irritation of other passengers. Suddenly her seatmate pulled out a cordless shaver and started buzzing his face. A nearby lady started singing at the top of her voice. Somebody else pulled out a portable radio. The inconsiderate cell user finally got the message and quickly scampered off the bus — while passengers applauded … When in New York recently, Tom Moffatt was visiting his pal Sid Bernstein (the promoter who brought The Beatles to America, etc.) While they were chomping deli food on Second Ave., Moffatt called local pals between bites to tell them how great the kau kau was. Also noted that Sid’s life as a major show biz manager- entrepreneur of such stars as Sinatra, Presley and, of course, The Beatles and The Rascals, will soon be a TV special based on his life-story book. At one time, Hawaii was a second home for him and wife Gerri …
Travel tip: Next vacation, ya may wanna consider New Zealand. Not only a beautiful country, but the current exchange rate makes the experience quite reasonable for Americans … Word’s out that aloha shirts are more popular than ever — from New York to Tokyo. And shirt collectors at New York auction houses and on eBay have been known to pay thousands of bucks for a single rayon “silkie” that cost less than a buck in 1935. So — don’t throw away those old shirts —yet … Reminiscing about long-ago days in Hawaii with former media personalities Bob Basso (authorspeaker) and Bill Bigelow, ex- PR exec and also an author-speaker, the name Lippy Espinda surfaced. Lippy sold used cars and hosted old movies on TV. He only spoke pidgin. An original. And one of the most colorful kerrikters this town ever had. His famous used car guarantee: “I personally guarantee every used car — up to the time you drive the car off the lot!” … Pump action: Everytime I go to McKinley Car Wash I hope to get jovial Willy Kelepolo to fill the tank and service my car. Most times, I do. Willy has been on this job for 36 years. Averages about 350 cars daily. He’s 65 now and thinking about semi-retirement. “Maybe,” he laffs. “My boss Yuki Yoshigawa has been working cars for 58 years and he’s over 80. And energetic as ever. If he can do it, so can I,” sez Willy with a big smile. Why does he like the job? “I just enjoy the work. It’s good exercise and it’s fun meeting new people and seeing old friends. Can’t beat that” … The way it is: With jobs more plentiful in Hawaii and more money in circulation, the good news is auto thefts are way down on Oahu … Let’s not be too hard on those responsible for keeping our roads in good shape. The problem is nationwide. Bad roads almost everywhere … Still in action: Annette Nahinu, owner of the popular Sand Island La Mariana eatery, has to be in her 90s, but still frisky as ever. Customers love her and vice versa
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