Eddie Sherman

Eddie Sherman
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Wednesday - October 26, 2005
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KHNL’s weekend anchor Diane Ako and hubby Claus are happy to be home after their recent South America horror “vacation.” Let her tell you about it: “Peru was the worst trip my husband Claus and I ever experienced. Ever! Recapping briefly: When we arrived in Lima a man ripped my backpack off. Claus, caught him quickly, but he managed to escape…

In Cusco, we were struck by high altitude sickness at 15, 000 feet. I vomited 12 times in five hours before a doctor arrived with pills and oxygen…In Puno our tour guide severly over-charged us (triple) because we were ‘rich Americans.’ This happened almost everywhere…Also in Puno police unexpectedly pulled us over for a random drug search. Thought we were smuggling cocaine from the Bolivian border…In Lima, woke up one morning vomiting from our seafood dinner the night before. My symptoms turned into flu, fever and chills. Claus suffered from painful diarrhea…I never felt so tired, insecure or afraid for my life…However, we did experience some nice cultural sites and we did meet some wonderful Peruvians. Despite our many problems we were happy to have escaped relatively unscathed”...EFolks out West Oahu seem thrilled to have a Italian restaurant at Kunia’s new shopping center. It’s Ed Wary’s Auntie Pasto and doing gang-busters ... It was a trip down memory lane over lunch recently at the Royal with former isle resident Ann McCormack (now living in Las Vgeas) her son, actor Don Straud and wife Terri now islanders once again after Don’s long film career. Ann and late husband Paul Livermore owned the swank Embers eatery on Lewers many moons ago. Ann claims to be in her 80’s, but she’d be the envy of 50 year olds. Looks great and still in show biz singing at various retirement residences in Sin City. Ann knew (and dated) many of the show biz biggies of her era and tells some great stories that would make a sizzling book…

Nuptial notes: It was back in l996 that former Miss Hawaii, Melissa Short, made her theatrical debut at Diamond Head Theater in an up dated version of Cinderella. Today she’s living her own version of Cinderella having just tied the knot with handsome show biz mogul Ross Zapin, an exec of Sirius Satellite Radio. Ross also had a long career in the record biz launching such rockers as Nirvana, Aerosmith, Nelly Fertado, and Papa Roach to name a few. The New York wedding brot out quite a few celebs like Howard Stern, super model Cindy Crawford, who’s husband is opening a new Las Vegas hotel with film stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Also at the wedding - Al Waterson with his missus Nancy Bernal who just happened to visiting in New York on biz & pleasure, former Miss Universe and Miss Hawaii Brook Lee . Melissa has been living in the Big Apple for five years now and plans to continue per-suing her opera and acting career… Where are they now: Donald Duckworth, retired Bishop Museum boss, now living in Fredericsburg, Va., with wife Sandra. Currently employed at a gov’t relations firm in Washington…Some leftover notes from a recent New York visit: The biggest and probably classiest McDonald’s in the world is in Manhattan. Takes up a whole block.They even have a grand piano on the 2nd floor… No bikes seen on the Big Apple’s sidewalks. (They’d probably be trampled to death)...Cabbie told me told me that car horns are restricted in certain areas. But taxi drivers have no problems yelling and cussing…People appear slimmer in New York. Maybe because the average citizen there walks about 6 miles daily ... On the cultural front: Words can’t describe the Metropolitan Museum. It would take years to go thru the complex…Atty Robert Morris, visiting local pals from his HQs in Shen Zhen China, told about this particular dining experience when he first arrived in that country. Asked for chicken, received raw meat served on a plate, along with boiling water and chop sticks. Cooked his own . Said it was very tasty. Later learned the “chicken” turned out to be frog legs…

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