Wednesday - July 20, 2005
Federal Judge David Ezra admits he doesn’t always agree with his own courtroom decisions — but adds the law is the law — and that’s what he goes by. Howz dat for honesty? … This modern world: Ruth’s Chris’ attractive (and strong) marketing director Alex Kirley had her first baby recently. And was back on the job two days later … Early Oscar prediction: Paul Giamatti for his superb acting job in Cinderella Man. Plays Russell Crowe’s fite manager in the film … Baywatch, that long-running old series, wound up its career in Hawaii. But will be now be resuscitated as a multimillion-dollar epic via Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks. Will they film here? No word yet … Cable TV’s Deadwood western will give you a jolt. Wellacted, directed and produced. But the language can be startling. Like the fword, constantly used by most the the characters. Makes you wonder if the old Western folks really talked like that. Never read anything in the history books that claimed they did … Folks are still talking on Molokai about that amazing accomplishment of Father Joseph Hendricks at Kalaupapa. In less than four years he rebuilt St. Francis Parish in the center of town. And did it by raising the $200,000 needed — a miracle. Today, Kalaupapa is a National Historical Park and home to the last few Hansen’s Disease patients at the settlement …
About 20 years or so the time share business in Hawaii was considered on a par with carnival barkers, flim flam artists and hustlers. Not so today. The industry over the years has cleaned up its act, is now highly regulated and one of Hawaii’s hottest businesses. Hotels and time-share companies are gobbling up Hawaii properties as fast as possible … Musical history: Recently enjoyed a CD of the late Johnny Almeida, once known as the Dean of Hawaiian Music. Wrote more than 200 songs. Many thot he was a musical genius. And quite the character. I first met him when I was a kid breaking into local radio. (Only two stations in Honolulu then). Almeida had his own show once a week (sang and played the uke). And almost always showed up with a new wahine. Called them his “care givers.” For a guy who was totally blind, he did quite well with the wahines. Married five times … Waikiki vignettes: A small crowd was gathered around a bench in front of the Galleria on Kalakaua. A man on the bench was dressed in newsprint-type clothing, face covered with a white paint and wearing a white painted old-fashioned snap-brim hat. The clothing also looked treated with a white spray. He’s “reading” a Japanese newspaper. Onlookers were invited to sit next to him. They do, and friends snap pictures. Then coins and bills are dropped in a can next to his feet. After people leave, he removes his “uniform” and starts counting his money. I ask him how business was. “Very good,” he replies in an unfamiliar European accent. “There are lots of jobs in Hawaii,” I offer. “You don’t have to do this,” I say. He smiles. “Thanks. But I do very well. And enjoy being my own boss.” Declined to give me his name
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