Wednesday - September 07, 2005
ONCE OVER LIGHTLY ... “I don’t want to be one of those guys who will one day say, ‘I coulda, I shoulda, but didn’t.’” So spoke Lenny Klompus after a rehearsal of the Guys and Dolls musical at Fort Shafter’s Army Community Theatre - explaining why he decided to take the challenge of appearing in a local theatrical production. He plays the lead role of Sky Masterson in this classic musical (the Marlon Brando role in the movie version) ...
Klompus, with Tina Shelton
If you don’t recognize the Klompus name, it’s definitely well-known in local political and sports circles. He’s the power behind the power - meaning Gov. Linda Lingle’s senior adviser in charge of communications for the governor. Before that, the Hula Bowl director. It’s an incredibly demanding, time-consuming job, leaving little room for other activities. “If I don’t do it now (the show), I may not get another chance. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be involved in, so why not now before it’s too late?” reasoned Klompus. Lenny is no stranger to the entertainment world. He was performing at every opportunity since he was a youngster - singing, dancing and acting. In college, he majored in theater. That was to be his career. But somehow he segued to radio as an on-air talent, producing shows and eventually entered the sports business. He became involved with the Baltimore Colts, and received an unexpected education in the marketing and promotional sports field. Eventually he formed his own company, Metro Sports, producing sporting events around the world. At one time his company helped create some 150 sporting events a year - this included the first basketball game ever brought back live to the United States from Japan. It was UCLA playing Temple University ... One day in 1979 Klompus received a call from the late Mackey Yanagasawa asking if Lenny would consider helping promote the Aloha Bowl. So, Klompus commuted between Hawaii and his Mainland offices, eventually putting down roots permanently here in the late ’ 80s ...
Faces out front: Oprah (the one and only) enjoying her hiatus from TV chores with a long siesta on Maui checking out the 102 acres she owns ... Congrats to writer-author Scott Stone (about 28 novels and biographies). He’s been named “Distinguished Scot of the Year,” the honor given by the prestigious Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii. Stone, who lives at Volcano on the Big Island, is also Norwegian and Cherokee ... Another just-thinking item: Wonder how former Councilman Andy Mirikitani is doing in jail these days? ... That beautiful face at the door of Shanghai Bistro (Discovery Bay) this summer is owner Li May Tang’s 21-year-old dotter Teresa, who goes to college in Seattle. She’ll be a natural to follow in mama’s footsteps ... Not much more info has been released since it was announced Steven Spielberg‘s plans to make that long running TV Baywatch into a big screen production. Don’t think it’ll location here despite the fact it’s TV life ended in Hawaii ... Thinking out loud: Is there a sexier woman on the screen than Halle Berry??? ... Didja know dept: When Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Maria Shriver) had just finished college, she spent a summer living in Honolulu with the Rod McPhees. (He was then prez of Punahou). She also worked here in Sen. Dan Inouye’s office. And with Ah-nuld earning some of his early weightlifting trophies here, it’s no accident Hawaii is their favorite vacationland
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