Wednesday - December 21, 2005
DRUMBEATS FROM MANHATTAN: Hard to believe, but Hawaii’s homegrown international star Bette Midler just celebrated her 60th b’day. It was a big bash in New York loaded with stars. Even her roots were honored with hula dancers that reportedly brought tears to her eyes ...
And yet another film about the late multi-millionairess Doris Duke has just been completed starring Susan Saran-don as Doris. Ralph Fiennes plays her butler, who apparently was very influential in her life. Don’t know how much Hawaii figgers in the film, but did very much in real life. And if you’d like to visit her island estate up Diamond Head way, check with your nearest tour guide.
It’s open to the public ... There seems to be a growing demand by some visiting celebrities who desire rental vacation homes instead of our classier hotels for their brief island stays. Most want beachfront, with pools. And it’s expensive, folks - with a capital E. Among those who’ve enjoyed our balmy trades recently were: Cameron Diaz and beau Justin Timberlake, Jim Carey, Courtney Love and Mariah Carey. Bruce Willis and The Rock had longer “vacations” ‘cause they were working on films. An average cost for these luxury homes for celebs in Hawaii? Only $2,500. A week? No way. That price is for one nite only. And to think - Jesse James did it with a gun ... Pedestrian dangers: Almost got clip’d again - in the crosswalk. The lite was green. The sign said “Walk.” I did. When suddenly a car zoomed around the corner, missing me by inches. The driver was steering with one hand, a cell phone in the other, gabbing and laffing his head off, paying little attenting to driving. Am I in favor of banning cell phone use in cars like in New York state and some of our local military establishments? Waddya think? It’ll take time, but - that new traffic law for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk hopefully will helpful. Drivers who violate that law will get hit with a $92 fine ... Just stuff: Wanna keep up with your kids? Then learn how they communicate these days with each other on cell phones, blogs, web sites, etc. As reported in a recent MidWeek PAge 6 feature, tet messagers use a series of letters that make up a word, sort of a shorthand. For example: 4ever means forever ... 86 - over and out ... 2nite is tonight ... Minister-entertainer Dick Jensen, tooling around Waikiki in a brand new fancy motorized wheelchair (he’s battling ALS), saw what looked like a homeless type going thru a trash can. By the time he arrived at the scene, the guy was gone. But Dick found a wallet he left behind. Eventually, “detective” Jensen located “Mr. Homeless” and returned the wallet that had a pile of $$$$ in it plus a bank book with a substantial deposit.
Homeless, huh? ... Show biz beat: Haolewood continues to moan and groan over its longest box office slump in history. No question there are too many other things that interest young kids these days. Better films would help. Plus cheaper deals for overpriced popcorn, drinks, candy, etc. ... The world’s first nude flight from Miami recently took off for a resort in Cancun, Mexico, with 85 passengers. Special precaution was taken when hot drinks were served and extra care was noted when fastening seat belts. Experts say it’s all a reaction to these stressful times ... An entertainer I’d like to see perform here more often is one of Hawaii’s supertalents, Jay Larrin, whose concerts locally are too far and few between. Jay’s passion is writing poetry - as more than 300 or so in his collection. Spends at least four months annually in Canada - just observing life and writing. A localite since 1967, Jay is a former schoolteacher (Kalaheo and Kalani Hi). Subject: French. A friend, recently noticing Jay’s expanding opu, gave it a loveable tap. “Watch it,” smiled Jay. “You’re touching my aloha pouch”
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