Wednesday - May 26, 2005
“HOLY SHIITE” was the classic headline the New York Post came up with last week over Newsweek’s erroneous story that our armed forces flushed a copy of Islam’s Quran down the toilet at Guantanamo Bay prison. The report caused riots and deaths in Afghanistan …
Honolulu beauty expert Connie Gayle had the honor of being selected by the ABC-TV network to handle the hairstyling, makeup, etc. for 20/20’s new hostess Elizabeth Vargas. (She’s replaced the legendary Barbara Walters.) Vargas was in town doing a segment on the mega hit Lost. Some of Gayle’s clients read like the who’s who of the celebrity world … Honolulu after dark: Augie Rey (trio) packing ’em in with his Sat.-nite-only gig at the Elks Club. Son Joe Fernandez, an Army warrant officer and Black Hawk helicopter pilot just back from a year of duty in Afghanistan, was in to see dad’s smash opening … The Honolulu Zoo still one of the best shows in town … The widest beach area in Waikiki? In front of the Hilton Haw’n Village …
Water cooler chatter: We’re not the only hot real estate market. Million-dollar homes are selling almost everywhere. Las Vegas, however, continues to be one of the best buy deals for home buying. At least for our ex-pats. Former islanders have purchased large, beautiful homes there they never could have afforded here. And at half the cost of an island hacienda. No state tax either, in Vegas … All in the family: Dr. Robert Grekin (dermatologist) was in town recently with wife Shirley (of 61 years). Matter of fact, they were visiting with son Dr. Jay Grekin, also a dermatologist — at Straub. Matter of fact, of Robert and Shirley’s four sons, three are dermatologists. The fourth is a psychiatrist. Senior Grekin sez he’s still practicing. “It cost me a lot of money to send ’em all to college,” he laffed. Sounds like a TV series possibility … Education the hard way: Matt Myllykangas, a very busy exec of the Hunt Group (building military homes, etc.), is continuing his education thusly: Has been flying weekends to San Francisco to study for his MBA. His wife is a very talented surgeon at Tripler. Both are West Point grads — where they met. Fascinatin’ story … Mid-East communiques: Baghdad restaurants are suffering, sez a businessman friend from Hawaii. Few eateries stay open after 8 p.m. because of the danger of criminals and insurgents and bad security. Traditional dinners go for about $5. But for most Iraqis, even that’s unaffordable. A top chef earns about $600 — a month … When talented 10-year-old Channing Weir was asked what she wanted to do when she grows up, her quick answer: “Be on Broadway.” After seeing her performance in The Secret Garden at the Army Community Theatre, I’ll bet the bank her dream will come true … Eddie-torial: Once again our legislators pulled the rug out from under the local film and TV industry by dumping House Bill 1590. If passed, it would have been a tremendous financial boost for the state and our large roster of skilled technicians. And made us a much more desirable film location by Hollywood. But thanks to some of our elected officials, the bill was killed. How sad. Our politicians threw away such a golden opportunity for more fame, fortune and business. What helped build our No. 1 multizillion-dollar tourist industry in the first place? The global film industry publicity and promotion given to us all these years — practically for free. Since Thomas A. Edison shot the first film in Hawaii in 1898, hundreds and hundreds of movies and TV series have been made in Hawaii, spending millions and millions of dollars in this state, helping our many businesses and giving employment to so many of our citizens. You’d think that such a gift coming to Hawaii, and leaving this fortune here would be appreciated. Over the many years of film and TV production this state has done relatively little to encourage or help this industry. Yet, we have reaped great rewards
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