Wednesday - November 09, 2005
CONCH SHELL ECHOES ... Maui’s Shep Gordon, being a former show biz manager (and still handling folks like Alice Cooper), his recent wedding on the Garden Isle brot out some famous faces like Michael Douglas and Helen Hunt, to name two. Gordon also is an agent for some big-name chefs, and once arranged a dinner for the Dalai Lama.
Matter of fact, Gordon’s wedding was a Tibetan ceremony ... Once over lightly: A traveling friend just back from Europe sez the real estate market on the continent is sizzling compared to Hawaii. One big reason - low, low interest rates. Better deals than in the U.S. ... Atty Vernon Woo back from a quickie to the Big Apple on biz - and of course seeing some B’way shows ... Honolulu newsstand: Entertainer Dick Jensen, battling Lou Gehrig’s disease (a neuro-degenerative disorder), gifted with a brand-new special motor buggy, thanks to wife Toni, plus a brand new little doggie for company that fits right in Dick’s palm. Pals tossed a testimonial to the entertainer at Nick’s Fishmarket that brot out a gang of pals and well-wishers including Mayor Mufi ... Saimin king Shiro Matsuo met up with pal Dalton Tanonaka recently in Tokyo. After a hotel cup of coffee, they were shocked when the check came. Nine bucks a cup. Sighed Shiro, “In my Honolulu restaurants it’s only 90 cents - plus all the refills you want” ...
Play ball: If you spotted Brother Greg O’Donnell (prez of Damien Memorial School) wearing his black-and-white White Sox cap on campus during the World Series, here’s why: O’Donnell (66) grew up on Chicago’s South Side, a mile or so from Cominsky Park. He’s even been in Chicago during the games wrapping up a financial conference. However, the prices were just too high for a man who took a vow of poverty. So, he watched TV. The O’Donnell family has been entwined with the Sox for years. O’Donnell’s father was a batboy at Cominsky in the 1930s. His uncle was a cop during the ‘50s - whose beat included the ball park ... Seen on Korean TV: A commercial for the new Duck Butt Restaurant on Kawaiiahau Street. We assume they serve other parts of the duck, too ... Surfer Joe Teipel - the auctioneer, marathon talker, comedian (he thinks) health devotee and all ‘round nice guy, credits yoga for his rippling muscles ... Always a good time to visit Australia. Because - the $$$$$ situation is very much in the U.S.‘s favor. Great bang for the buck ... Happy ann’y to the Flamingo eatery - celebrating its 55th ... For those who extoll “those good old days,” this is what it was like at the beginning of the last century. Life expectancy was in the mid-40s ...
Melodious: Jeff Peterson’s new CD Slack Key Jazz performed with musical legends Eric Clapton and Michael Feinstein, plus Hawaiian stylists Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi and the Honolulu Symphony. The sounds of slack-key guitar playing the music of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, plus ...
The amazing “double-life” of Joe Nicolai: In Hawaii, Joe lives a quiet, private life. This low-key businessman represents companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Motto-Guzzi and Vespa. Then there’s his massive Harley-Davidson dealership, plus all kinds of other businesses and developments thruout the Pacific - real estate, apparel, advertising, leasing, rentals, etc. Nicolai also hands over multimillion-dollar revenues annually to charity. A hi-lite of his life is when once a year or so he travels to Italy like a conquering hero and visits Castiglione A Casria, the small home town of his parents, about 70 miles northeast of Rome - a town dating back to 300 B.C. There Joe is king - lionized, loved, admired - because he practically supports the hamlet. And has for years
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