Wednesday - June 29, 2005
Honolulu Newsstand: After being a Hawaii resident these many years, Jim Nabors may be “no big ting” to most local folks. But it’s a different story on the Mainland. Especially if you were his guest at the annual Indianapolis 500 — as lawyer Rick Fried was. “When Jim opened the race festivities (as he’s done annually for about 30 years) singing Back Home Again In Indiana the estimated 300,000 crowd exploded. I think he could be elected governor of Indiana any time he wanted to,” laffs Rick. “As Jim’s guest we had excellent VIP treatment. Had our own golf carts to get around and sat in air conditioned boxes.
On one side of my wife and I sat Colin Powell and on the other was the lead singer of Motley Crue”… Chop suey circuit: The “Hotelier of the Year” award — in China — goes to Chris Bachran, the new prez of Jin Jiang, China’s leading domestic hotel chain with HQ’s in Shanghai. Chris is the first foreigner in China to hold that position. Bachran’s operation covers over a l00 hotels in some 20 provinces. His Hawaii parents Bill and Lauri Bachran couldn’t be prouder. Sr. Bachran, a former newspaperman, is the media director of the Sony Open held annually at Waialae CC … Spotted a young business type, well dressed and groomed, with a ring thru the tip of his nose. I don’t get it. Wahines pleeze note: Not uncommon to see guys at soirees parading around in tight jeans with padded crotches… Political pupu: Behind closed doors some very hush-hush meetings are taking place to come up with a top Democratic candidate for the next Gov’s race. At the moment, just talk and listening. But you’d be very surprised who’s being seriously considered … Rare experience for me: Seeing Cinderella Man twice. Liked it even better the second time around …
Update on one of Hawaii’s successful entrepreneurs: The name is Peter Burwash who founded his company 30 years ago. Peter is a former tennis pro who spread his company’s activities to over 63 facilities in 32 countries. Home for Burwash is now Carmel, Ca., but sez “I’ll always miss Hawaii” … Have you been to the Zoo lately? Always a great show … The aloha spirit: Rutger Hauer is a name you probably don’t know. But his face is familiar because you may have seen him in some of the almost l00 or so movies he’s acted in. Mostly plays villain types. Hauer is a pal of Scott Rogers, prez of Honolulu’s Academy of Film & TV School. And always calls and helps instruct Scott’s students whenever in town or passing thru. Like he did recently. In Hauer’s current film, Batman: The Begining, plays a villain as usual … From their first restaurant about 20 years ago in Beverly Hills, California Pizza was a hit. At Ala Moana and Kahala Mall it’s usually a wait to get in (no reservations). The chain has grown to almost 300 establishments coast-to-coast, including Asia … Flash: Some pretty good horse sense over at KHNL News8. Reporter/sub anchor Beth Hillyer (most recently seen newsing on the ayem show) owns a pack of horses. Three to be exact, Mano, Kula and Alii. Turning a Windward property she owns into a horse ranch. Ride ‘em cowgirl … Ice skating star Dorothy Hamill lunching with Tom Moffatt about a future ice extravaganza in Honolulu … During Ray Romano’s recent visit, he caught up with retired TV producer Al Masini, creator of the long ago Star Search that helped launch many an unknown to fame and fortune. Ray was once a contestant on Al’s show. He lost. Guess who was a winner? Brad Garrett, who later hit the big time playing Ray’s goofy brother on Everybody Loves Raymond. Al recalled some other losers on his Star Search who went on to fame and fortune: To name a few: Brittany Spears, Christine Aguilar and Justine Timberlake
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