Wednesday - August 31, 2005
ONCE OVER LIGHTLY: Honolulu’s Richard Chamberlain starts his nat’l tour of the stage hit On Golden Pond a year from Sept. The old film version starred Henry Fonda ... According to real estate insiders, Japanese multizillionaire Gensiro Kawamoto, who purchased lots of houses in Hawaii (and elsewhere), is now rumored to be evicting a dozen or so tenants a month from his Hawaii Kai properties and selling them. He reportedly never put a dime into fixing up any of them. A strange gent, indeed, they say ... And so it’s into retirement for longtime Hilton Hawaiian Village topper Peter Schall.
He’ll be missed. As so many of his era, he came up the hard way. Peter started working at menial jobs, as he climbed the ladder of success. Now at 62 and looking boyishly years younger, Peter’s impact on Hawaii’s tourism will be long-lasting. He’s made outstanding contributions to the industry and this state ... Before his recent hospitalization, I took some visitors to catch Don Ho at the Beachcomber Hotel in Waikiki for their first time. As witnessed so often over the years, their first reactions were negative. “What’s the big deal about him?” they wondered out loud. “He can hardly sing, mumbles, and moves like slow motion.” However, as the show progressed, they were converted. By the end of the two hours of entertainment, they were on their feet applauding and raving about what a great show Don presented. At age 75 and after more than 40 years as a major headliner (here and on the Mainland), the amazing Ho magic continues. Meanwhile, Ho and another local entertainment legend, Dick Jensen, (both headlined in Las Vegas showrooms) get honored with a star on that city’s streets by the end of the year ... Was told this actually happened - but not too sure. Cute, tho: Two priests come to Hawaii on vacation. First stop, Hilo Hattie’s for the most outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals and sunglasses. Next day they hit the beach in their tourist outfits. While enjoying the action, sunshine and drinks, a drop-dead voluptuous, gorgeous blonde in a thong bikini walks straight for the priests, smiles broadly at each one and and says, “Good morning, father.” Stunned, one of the priests asks the shapely lass, “Excuse me, but how did you know we are priests?” Again she smiles sweetly, “Don’t you recognize me? I’m Sister Katherine” ... Hotel mogul Georg Raphael, with offices in Monaco, enjoying a little siesta at his Kahala manse. An avid golfer, Georg will never forget his current isle vacation. Got a hole-in-one at Oahu Country Club (on the 11th hole with a 6-iron) after playing the sport 40 years ... The Aloha Spirit in Washington: When people meet Sen. Dan Akaka, they are surprised he never shakes hands.
Sen. Daniel Akaka
He hugs everyone, just like his late brother, the Rev. Abe Akaka did. It’s the family way. And at various functions, whenever the opportunity arises, the senator always wins audiences over by singing his favorite Hawaiian song, A Hawaiian Lullaby (the “Where I live there are rainbows” song). Akaka’s wife, Millie, helps make Akaka’s office local (she has her own desk, etc.) Always wears a muumuu, goes barefoot and is affectionately known to all as “Auntie Millie” ... Guess: So what foreign group do you think owns the most Hawaii property, Japanese, or Canadians? I’d bet on our Northern neighbors ... Norm Godbold, the onetime island newsman and now retired writer-producer of hundreds of TV commercials in Australia, always amazed at local changes after visiting. When here, he enjoys talking the pidgin he loves, but never gets a chance to use. Norm brot this joke with him: Bush and Cheney were having lunch. After looking at the menu, the president smiled at the waitress. “I’ll have a quickie.” The waitress turned and left in a huff. Bush asked the veep, “Wonder what upset her? “Cheney answered, “It’s quiche.”
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