Wednesday - September 14, 2005
Sen. Dan Akaka
HONOLULU NEWSSTAND ... So ya wanna be a politician? Take a look at Sen. Dan Akaka’s schedule in Honolulu last week before he jet’d back to Washington to vote on an important bill: Aug. 30: Guest speaker at the Rotary Club luncheon, Royal Haw’n Hotel. Same day at 6:30 p.m., HHVillage, spoke at an investor forum featuring top regulators, including Hawaii Securities Commissioner Corinna Wong. Wednesday, Aug. 31: Keynote address by the senator at Sheraton Waikiki.
This was the Native Hawaiian Grammy Awards Banquet. And Sept. 2, he was guest speaker at the veteran’s luncheon, Sheraton Waikiki - honoring our warriors. Whew!
... Short story: Billy Williams was a character deluxe in Honolulu for many years. Well-known in the local auto industry, Billy used to do TV ads with pal Sid Fernandez, the great Mets pitcher. Billy is in his early 70s now, and his lovely Ramona, 40s. They’ve been married 21 years and always wanted a baby. No luck. Well, waddya know? Pals can’t believe it, but - miracle of miracles, Beaming Billy finally got Ramona hapai and they are now the proud parents of a baby boy named Gunner. Billy is retired in Belleair, Fla. - living happily ever after ... Just a thot: Can you believe looking at those sexy pictures of Marilyn Monroe - that if she were alive today she’d be over 80 years old? ... Ever wonder how 7-Eleven got its name? Answer: When it first started in business the stores were open from 7 to 11. Thass why ... Most hometown folks have no idea what a big star Jake Shimabukuro (the uke whiz) is in Japan. He sold out his concert last week at Hibiya Park (an open-air venue like the Waikiki Shell) in central Tokyo. Tickets went for $75 per. While doing his concert, a legion of boy fans between the ages of 7 and 12 -with ukes in hand - played along with Jake outside the concert gates. They call themselves “Little Jakes.” Jake now sports a new look in Japan. No more aloha shirts. He’s got a new rock ‘n’roll look. Black sleeveless shirt and designer jeans. Real cool, man ... Just thinking out loud: Wouldn’t it be a nice idea if newspapers, magazines, etc., when using a fancy word in their stories most readers don’t know -would explain what it means (in parenthesis)? ... Att’n film fans: Don’t complain about the high prices of movie tickets in Hawaii. In Sashimiland it’s $18 smackeroos to visit the cinema ... Recently read again a book that came out a few months ago, The True Story of Colonel Parker and Elvis Presley. He and Elvis both loved Hawaii, and over the years gave their time, talent and money, raising thousands here for many good causes (like the Arizona Memorial), and putting a big spotlite on this state via movies filmed here, and including that worldwide one-of-a-kind unforgettable telecast that’s Elvis’best-selling video ... Eat beat: Doggie bags becoming more popular in restaurants these days. People realize they can get two meals out of one price ... Visitors often ask if those flower pots on street lite poles in Waikiki are for real. Absolutely. Watered every early ayem by huge a water truck that drives by and does the sprinkling ... True drama: A middle-aged man I know was a longtime store salesman at Ala Moana. He was barely getting by. Then tragedy struck. A stroke. What little he had saved was wiped out. Then his wife left him. He couldn’t work. Nowhere to go for help, he returned to the Midwestern city where he was born to live with his aged mother. A few months later, she suddenly died. Then he learned a deep, dark secret about his mother. Always very frugal, she was actually very wealthy. She left her poor son a small fortune. Wonder how his ex-wife took the sad news
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