Wednesday - November 30, 2005
FACES OUT FRONT ... Entertainment tip: Despite recent herniated opu surgery and a new pacemaker to help the ol’ ticker, Genoa Keawe (just turned 87) is readying a concert Dec. 2 at the Lili’u Theater (3rd floor of the Convention Center). The lady legend is indestructible ... Because U.S. Army Gen. (Ret.) Fred Weyand and wife Mary recently celebrated their fourth wedding ann’y and agree it was “kismet” or “fate” that brot them together, they just hadda be sponsors of the Army Community Theater’s current musical Kismet, starring Buz Tennent,
Shawna Masuda and Jay Flores ... When Mike Tyson was in town recently with some pals, he reportedly was very well-behaved and polite to all as he made the after-dark rounds. So the rumors must be true that he’s changed into a nice guy. Better late than never ... Hell hath no fury dept.: This license plate seen on a veddy expensive Kahala car: “Was His” ... Sudden thot: Wonder what Oprah is gonna do with that hundred or so acres of waterfront property on Maui she bot for millions??? ...
Didja know dept.: There’s a synagogue in Cuba’s Castroland that was completely renovated by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, maybe the most philanthropic organization in Hawaii ... Thinking out loud: A number of recent car accidents in Honolulu have been linked to inattentive driving because of cell phone use. New York has a law that forbids cell use while driving. (Our Legislature voted against such a law). Now the Army has nixed cell use while driving on Hawaii’s military bases. Right on! ... Wonder what’s happening with one-time Hawaii major power broker Lokelani Lindsay. The former Bishop Estate trustee went from a million-dollar salary to six months in jail ... Hard to believe, but true: Sashimiland gets less visitors than little ol’ Hawaii. It’s one big problem - very, very expensive. Hawaii is a more economic bargain and closer to the Mainland ... Wonder how many of those devout Elvis fan club members locally know Col. Tom Parker’s real name? Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk. His first Isle visit was reportedly on military duty here back in the ‘30s. He allegedly escaped a murder rap in the Netherlands where he was born. Never did become an American citizen. That’s why he never let Elvis play a foreign country - feared he might not be able to return to America without proof of citizenship ...
Some quick thots about disa ‘n’ data: F’example: When American Airlines eliminated just one olive from each salad served in first class back in 1987, it saved $29,000 annually ... Usually, Kelsy Grammer, better known as TV’s Frazier, sneaks into Hawaii as often as his schedule permits to enjoy his special piece of paradise on Maui. That’s where he and wife Camille built their first home together. It’s a 9,600-square-foot modern plantation-style home on two hilltop acres overlooking pineapple fields and the palm-fringed Kapalua coast. They have an excellent view of surfers riding enormous waves, see spouting whales and can gaze into nearby Molokai. They also have other classy homes. Like a five-acre estate and beach house in Malibu, a ski lodge in Colorado, and a 19th-century farmhouse on 200 acres in upstate New York. Hey, he can easily afford all this. After all he was TV’s highest paid star for a reported $1.6 million per Frazier episode… Eddie-torial: With “experts” from everywhere offering advice on how to improve tourism, here’s my two-cents worth : Let’s take a hiatus. Back off. Give the Tourist Authority a vacation. The visitor picture will hardly change. May even improve. Why? Years of publicity from films, TV and news media
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