Wednesday - August 10, 2005
HONOLULU NEWSSTAND … The tourist industry is bracing itself for the biggest month in Hawaii’s history, say the experts. Cash registers in hotels, restaurants, stores, will be ring-a-dinging like crazy … Show biz beat: Scott Rogers, who runs an acting school here, is mighty proud of younger brother Steven. A very successful screenwriter, he’s authored such film hits as Kate & Leopold, Hope Floats and others. His newest, Flora Plum, currently being directed by Jody Foster. Altho raised on the Mainland, the Rogers brothers spent much time in the islands when growing up because dad Herb produced numerous touring shows at the Blaisdell. He now lives in a local a retirement home …
Great tribute to Ray Bumatai, showing clips of films and TV he’s acted in, at Dan Long’s home movie theater.The event was tossed by the South Seas Cinema Society. Among the guests — brother Andy Bumatai and actor Don Stroud, now living here. Writer Ed Rampell wing’d in from L.A. with his new book, Progressive H’wood … Heads were turning when ultimate Big Isle fighter BJ Penn came into Compadres for some Mexican chow. Penn was surprised to see so many K1 fite fans … The show must go on: John Vasquez (asst. set & lite designer of A Chorus Line at Castle) accidentally slashed his leg while spearfishing, but didn’t miss a minute of work … Alooooha! Pirates of Penzance lead tenor George Dyer and missus rented a car for a drive around Oahu. Parked near an inviting beach. Hardly anyone around. While they were ocean dipping their car was broken into and all valuables vanished … On the road again: Stella Iwasa (a frisky 90 retiree) and nephew Henry Iwasa (bossman of Haw’n language study, art & culture at the UH) are still talking about their recent three-week tour drive thru France. Raved Stella, “The roads were flawless. We never encountered a pothole anywhere. Just smooth driving everywhere in France.” She learned that private contractors take care of roads in that country … Jimmy MacArthur, golf instructor, wife H.B. and son Jamie enjoying their Waikiki condo and catching up with old pals. Jamie’s taking summer courses at Kapiolani College while he works as a greeter at Hula Grill (above Duke’s in Waikiki). MacArthur interrupts his vacation with a quick jaunt to the East Coast, where he’ll present a special award from St. Vincent’s Hospital to Edie Falco, (“wife” of Sopranos’ James Gandolfini) for her charity work and excellence in show biz … What are they doing now: Don Carroll, former bossman of Oceanic Cable (retired) splitting his time between Hawaii and his Montana Ranch. And not missing the rat race … Altho I rarely go to to the Pacific Beach Hotel (unless for a special occasion), it’s always a special treat when I do. Not only the always excellent buffet, but the “aqua fish show” at the restaurant’s fabulous 260,000-gallon threestory oceanarium. More than 70 different species of marine life on view. It’s like taking an undersea excursion … After the recent London bombing, British-born Russell Druce, bossman of Matteo’s eatery, e-mailed his oldest brother Patrick to make sure the family was OK. And, they were. A few days later, London celebrated the 60th ann’y of the end of WWII. It culminated in a fly-over of WWII planes with a Lancaster Bomber dropping 1 million poppy petals. London’s “one finger salute” to the terrorists, said Druce. The poppy is a symbol of remberance for the British … Wonder what those bananaheads who stole a painting (sawing it off the wall) by artist Herb Kane from a long vacant Punaluu bldg. are gonna do with it? First of all, it’s 20 feet long. Who do those idiot crooks think they’re gonna sell it to? … Think it’s easy being a United States senator? Even with a broken toe, Dan Akaka recently took that long flight home to attend some business and personal matters and then zoomed right back to D.C.
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