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Dave Donnelly Commentary

Thursday, July 18, 1996


Dave Donnelly

By Dave Donnelly

They all screamed for ice cream

HERE’S the scoop: Many people, including a reader’s poll in Honolulu Magazine, have deemed Alan Wong’s on South King Street the best restaurant in Honolulu, and you wouldn’t get a lot of argument from me on that. As the pastry chef at Alan Wong’s, Mark Okumura is used to things being crowded, but nothing prepared him for the throng which showed up at Henry’s Market in Liberty House to watch him prepare his “Meadow Gold Triple Layer Ice Cream Fantasy.” During the weekend, nearly 50 gallons was scooped up by hungry shoppers – that’s 6,400 ounces – including the new taste favorite, Tropical Sunset. And, of course, Okumura was helped out by the cow-quettish Lani Moo, Hawaii’s favorite ersatz bovine, who passed out balloons wearing a stylish red-and-white – you got it – Moo Moo …

Rick Fried

Rick Fried

ON the mend: Trade Publishing chairman Carl Hebenstreit, better known in his TV days as Kini Popo, is recovering at home from recent triple-bypass heart surgery. He’s hoping to be well enough to attend the seventh annual Hawaii Condo Expo Sunday and Monday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Trade is co-sponsoring the show with Oceanic Cable … Playing the lead in “Annie Get Your Gun” at Diamond Head Theatre in September will be Mary Gutzi, who gave a “gutsy” performance in “Cats” when it played the Blaisdell Concert Hall …

WHICH brings us logically to tennis: Attorney Rick Fried, Hawaii’s top tennis player in the 55-60 age group, appears to be emulating Peter Sampras and Steffi Graf, who pulled out of the Olympics due to injury, as well as numerous Wimbledon hopefuls who were also sidelined by injury. He’s limping around on a bum knee brought on by tennis, the first time he’s had any injury from the sport … And Sugar Bar owner Peter Birnbaum is up and about again following his bone-crushing motorcycle accident, but he still hasn’t recovered full use of his left arm and wears it in a sling …

Stompin’ with the Savoy Sisters

WITH the Hawaii International Jazz Festival running today through Sunday at the Sheraton Waikiki, it may
be a bit premature to talk swing. But after watching a house full of folks dancing, clapping and singing along up a storm with the Savoy Sisters at the Hale Koa Hotel’s Warriors Lounge, we should get you up to date on what the ladies are up to. The “Sisters” are Rose Marie Barbee, Shari Lynn and Annie MacLachlan, and are related only in their love for the swing era. That’s why they call themselves the Belles of Boogie and Blues! In any event, they’ll be showcased at Manoa Valley Theatre on July 28 and are welcoming “hep cats and cool kitties” to join in with the jumping jive and swinging blues of people like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Fats Waller. The three also will entertain on the SS Independence during “The Big Bands Remembered” cruise Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 …
MY calendar says nothing about a full moon on Monday, but I’m told that one occurred. At Che Pasta downtown, in any event, when a flamboyant Italian paisano celebrating his birthday took the occasion to flash a moon at the assembled celebrants … A jazz-rock version of the “Hawaii Five-O” theme by Heavy Shift is all over the radio dial …

Rich Little

Rich Little

Little aloha

WHEN they heard that impressionist extraordinaire Rich Little was wrapping up his engagement at the Waikiki Beachcomber to return to L.A., several local performers made last-minute reservations to catch his show. Taking in the final performance were Frank DeLima, who does some local impressions of his own, Gary Bautista of Society of Seven fame and Baird Brittingham, featured guitarist at Sarento’s. And celebrating with Little at Matteo’s were three restaurateurs, Rod Gardiner of Kobe Steak House (and formerly Hy’s), Lucien Charbonnier of Maui’s Chez Paul and David Nagaishi of Nick’s Fishmarket …

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968. His columns run Monday through Friday. Contact Dave by e-mail at [email protected]

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