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The first Malama Palama Gala will be held Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at The Modern Honolulu.

NO HAWAII political leader has done more for the islands than Sen. Dan Inouye. The Democratic senator and Medal of Honor recipient for his World War II heroics with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team died Monday at 88.

Who does "Hawaii Five-0" call when it needs a lawyer? Michael Green, that's who. But the high-profile attorney is not called for legal services; Mike is called to play a lawyer on the show. He will make his second appearance in the series in late November.

HAWAII ACTRESS Christie Brooke (“Soul Surfer” and “The Descendants”) was a celebrity judge when Hallmark’s “Hero Dog Awards,” was taped last month in Beverly Hills. The Castle High grad was alongside celeb judges and presenters Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Ewan McGregor, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Kristin Chenoweth and others. Hosted by Carson Kressley and taped before a live audience at the Beverly Hilton, the “Hero Dog Awards” paid tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers. The show airs tonight at 6 on the Hallmark Channel. …

IRENE HIRANO INOUYE, president of the U.S.-Japan Council and wife of Sen. Dan, will keynote the University of Hawaii/Pacific Command’s upcoming Pacific Rim Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency Workshop Aug. 7 to 9 here. Irene is the perfect keynoter because she happened to be in Japan when the March earthquake and tsunami struck and was interviewed by CNN.

KAUAI'S Rainbow Star Zephier, 9, saw the Gain "Smells Like a Million Bucks" contest on Facebook and asked her single mom, Erika Schneider, if the family could enter a video with her singing and playing ukulele. Rainbow Star had already written song lyrics for a contest entry, thinking if the family wins, the money could go to fix the clan's car.

THIS ONE’S FOR DOLLY: “I still remember my mom telling me I should form my own jazz group, and egging me on to do it,” John Kolivas said. “She also encouraged me to try out for the Honolulu Symphony, which I did in 1997. She was a force of nature.”

RUTH LIN’S daughter Deborah and son-in-law James Gandolfini surprised her at her birthday party at the Chart House on the Fourth of July. Ruth returned from Europe Saturday and called her daughter Sunday, thinking she was in New York, but she and her actor husband were here.

HAWAII fashion designer Andy South, 24, of "Project Runway" fame, sporting a full head of white hair, was a guest at Wolfgang's Steakhouse fashion show brunch June 25.

CHEF ALFRED VOLLENWEIDER is back home on Maui after a trip to Nepal where he climbed several mountains in two weeks, including a 17,594-foot trek to his goal, the Mount Everest Base Camp. Trying to reach the 29,029-foot Everest summit was not in his plan, or shall we say, dreams.

Jimmy Borges has been diagnosed with liver cancer. But Hawaii's top jazz-pops singer is not taking it lying down. He is determined to beat the illness.

AT AGE 81, Emma Veary still has the golden voice that has made her one of Hawaii’s biggest and brightest singing stars for decades. PBS Hawaii’s “Hawaiian Airlines Presents Na Mele: Emma Veary at the Halekulani,” aired by the station Sunday night, was a thing of beauty.

BOBBY “MR. MAGIC” Acoba, 71, who died May 13, gained fame over the years for doing magic tricks behind the bar for customers. Bobby was working at Sarento’s until mid-February when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent treatment and was in remission, according to his daughter, Jodee Acoba-Suganuma.

ABOUT 650 well-dressed guests kept things hopping at C.S. Wo & Sons Saturday night as the Year of the Rabbit was celebrated at the furniture store complex. Welcoming and mingling with guests were Betty and Robert Wo Sr. and their sons Robert "Bub" Jr., Wendell, Scott, Bennet and Mike.

THERE IS NO LETUP in fundraising in Hawaii for Japan earthquake and tsunami victims.

Longtime Hawaii entertainer Buddy Fo, 78, died April 30 following a heart attack. Buddy is best known for forming the Invitations vocal-instrumental group, which was big in Waikiki in the 1960s.

Hawaii playwright Susan Soon He Stanton looks to be very well on her way to making it big. Her latest achievement is being appointed to a one-year residency at New York’s Lark Play Development Center as one of two inaugural fellows in the company’s Van Lier Fellowship Program.

Kelly Hu and Mark Dacascos will co-host a benefit for Japan’s children displaced by the hurricane and tsunami from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk.

SINGER Emma Veary was filmed at the Halekulani’s House Without a Key Friday for PBS Hawaii’s “Na Mele: Emma Veary at Halekulani.” It will premiere June 5 at 7 p.m.

"SOUL SURFER" was much better than I expected. The story of Kauai's Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark in 2003 when she was 13, and her rough road back and becoming a professional surfer, is extremely well done

Honolulu Country Club owner Tomio Takei, manager Gary Brown and board member Danny Kaleikini decided to turn the April 1 nine-hole Pau Hana Tournament into an 18-hole tourney for club members to raise funds for Sendai, Japan. The tournament drew 148 people and raised $32,000 in donations for the tsunami-devastated city.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie couldn’t resist jumping on a horse at the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council’s annual Legislators’ Bar-be-que at Kualoa Ranch. He even penned two steers at the March 19 event with senior ranch cowboy Uncle Abe Akau — and that’s no bull.

Many of Hawaii's stars turned out Saturday to honor the late singer Alfred Apaka at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where he was so great in the ’40s and ’50s.

When doctors told Demetrius Oliveira, recording artist and on-air personality for KAHU 91.7 FM on the Big Isle, that with his weight of 550 pounds on his 5-foot-8-inch frame he would have only a couple more years to live, he decided to do something about it.

IT WAS SAD to pick up Tuesday morning's Star-Advertiser and read that one of Hawaii's great singer-muscians Kahauanu Lake died Sunday. He was 79.

KATHRYN JURBALA, 11, has the Helen Keller role in The Actors' Group production of "The Miracle Worker" April 22 to May 15.

NATIONAL MEDIA carried a story last week about a boy who forfeited an Iowa state high school championship wrestling match by refusing to take on a girl, Cassy Herkelman, 14, a freshman. Joel Northrup, a home-schooler competing as a sophomore, said: "Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times.

ABOUT 30 Tihati employees dashed to see the 10:25 p.m. showing of "Just Go with It" at Ward Theaters Friday after their Waikiki performance.

IF THE Julia Roberts hit movie were called "Eat, Pray, Love and Yoga" it would have been a perfect fit for Brazil's Francilene Reolon, a Murphy's waitress. Fran is a yoga teacher and recently returned from a California Bay Area yoga event.

WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE in the Royal Hawaiian Center was the Pro Bowl Trophy Host Jan. 25 to 29. Steakhouse owner Wolfgang Zwiener of New York delivered the trophy, designed and manufactured by Tiffany, to the Waikiki steakhouse accompanied by Pro Bowl cheerleaders.

The 47th birthday party of the Kahala Hotel Saturday night was a rousing success. "It was like New Year's Eve," said Alicia Antonio, one of two members of Kahala Hilton royalty who were at my table.

BILLY OLDS, a retired Army colonel who has been working as a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan going on seven years, is coming home Jan. 28. He and other family members will be arriving to see his daughter Janeen Olds' investiture Feb. 1 as a new Kamehameha Schools trustee.

MARTIN WYSS and Alfred Vollenweider, two of my favorite Swiss chefs, resurfaced recently. The Kahala Hotel and Resort was the Kahala Hilton when it opened in 1964 and Martin was its first executive chef.

Sandra Kailani Okamoto of Ewa Beach seems to be a cool gal, but on New Year's Day she was downright cold.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!: DFS Galleria is bringing in 2011 right by tossing a block party in front of the Galleria from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday on Kalakaua between Lewers and Royal Hawaiian.

Longtime Star-Advertiser columnist Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on the streets of Honolulu during World War II, is taking a holiday break. His "Wood Craft" column is usually published Fridays in the Today section. In its place, Ben sends season's greetings to all his readers.

A chapter has been reserved for Judge Sam King in Hawaii's history book for a long time. The federal judge died Dec. 7 at age 94. His role in "Broken Trust" was monumental, and his judicial work over the years was much respected.

"TUFF" DON FOWLER, a pal from "small kid days," called this week to talk story about his close friend Curtis "Da Bull" Iaukea, who died last Friday at age 73. Don and Curtis are former Punahou football players and attended the University of California-Berkeley together.

OUTRIGGER HOTELS Vice President Barbara Campbell was quoted in a Nov. 22 Wall Street Journal story about the flap over whether passengers aboard the disabled Carnival Splendor cruise ship were actually served Spam.

LYNNE WATERS lives in Kahaluu, where the closest town is Kaneohe. She said she's known for years there was local woman living in the Kaneohe area named Lyn Waters.

The women of Koa'e Kea, retired Hawaiian Airlines DC3 hostesses, always put on an entertaining show, as all of them can sing, dance hula or play an instrument, but Saturday at the Ala Moana Hotel they called in stars to put on a "Hawaii Calls" radio show that brought the house down, winning a standing ovation.

ANITA HALL flew to L.A. to watch her twin sons, Joshua and Matthew Hall-Juntilla, both linebackers, play in Golden West Junior College's 33-17 homecoming win over Orange Coast Junior College Saturday. The next day Hall, her boys and their roommate, Todd Takanishi, hiked up to the Hollywood sign, where Todd took their photo. The three boys are 2009 Kaiser High grads. Anita will sing at the Opera Ball Nov. 20 at the Sheraton Waikiki and at the free Toys for Tots concert Dec. 10 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

ACTOR DON STROUD portrayed a nun at the annual St. Francis School Halloween party and costume contest last Friday.

SHEILA WATUMULL threw a cocktail party for Sen. Dan Inouye and his wife, Irene, last Friday. Gary Aiko and Alan Akaka entertained the 75 guests, and Aaron Mahi sang a song backed by the pair.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, KAMAE: Eddie and Myrna Kamae are a remarkable couple. The world premiere of "Those Who Came Before," their 10th cultural documentary in the award-winning Hawaiian Legacy Foundation Series, was held Saturday as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Hawaii tourism officials are sure to be pleased as the state will get high exposure when London-based TV host Varun Sharma features Hawaii in his widely watched "Inside Luxury Travel" program.

THE FORMER hostesses of Hawaiian Airlines who flew in DC-3s, back in the 1940s and '50s, are holding their annual gathering Nov. 13 at the Ala Moana Hotel. They have an outstanding program lined up for all past and present HAL employees.

FAST-BREAK ACTION: Keith Kaneshiro's campaign manager, Carol Nakamura, his media adviser, Lynne Waters, and Claire Tong were at his campaign headquarters on primary election night awaiting the first results, and when the numbers showed their guy leading, the three women started screaming, jumping and hugging like young girls having a close encounter with Justin Bieber.

KICKING HIGH: Amy Hanaiali'i added more star power to the Taste of Kick Start Fundraiser at the Bayer Estate. Danny Kaleikini sang the prayer and shared the stage with the Kapakahi Band, made up of Teneri Ma'afala, Kaipo Fajardo, Wendell Kailihiwa and Richard Peralta.

ALOOOHA: In an interview shown by Hawaii News Now prior to the Sunset on the Beach red-carpet premiere of "Hawaii Five-0" Monday, Grace Park said she found out about "Aloha Spirit" when she visited Hawaii during her college days.

BOOK 'EM DANNO: With the new "Hawaii Five-0" show getting its premiere Monday at Sunset on the Beach, followed by the Sept. 20 CBS kickoff on television, I made contact with Jimmy MacArthur at his Palm Desert, Calif., residence to see what he thought of the modern version of the program. Jimmy was a regular on the old show, playing Danny Williams.

YOU CAN'T KEEP a good man like 102-year-old Bill Tapia down. The musician-singer planned to fly in from California last January to celebrate his 102nd birthday at Mihana and Chuckie Souza's Kailua spread, but he fell and broke a hip.

ON HIS FAREWELL night before leaving Honolulu last week, Johnny Depp dined at Morton's Steakhouse in a private boardroom.

U.S. SEN. DANIEL INOUYE entered Neiman Marcus on Saturday as I was exiting and I spoke to him briefly. I reminded him that he walked me into the Watergate hearings when I visited him in Washington in 1973, and as we neared the hearing chamber the media descended on us, with flashbulbs popping and reporters rushing the senator.

Pearl City High students won the $2,000 Converse "Punk Your Chucks" award for their school's arts program at the Hurley Walk the Walk fashion competition Saturday in Huntington Beach, Calif., during the U.S. Open Surfing meet.

Donald Trump's boys hit town and met the media Sunday at the Waikiki Beach Walk hotel-condominium that carries their name.

ARRGH! The Jolly Roger could be hanging outside Joe Pacific Shoe Repair downtown because Capt. Jack Sparrow and his motley band of pirates are doing business there.

KICKING ON: Former Police Chief and now City Councilman Lee Donohue is holding his eighth Taste of Kick Start fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bayer Estate in Aina Haina. Donohue's program teaches youngsters karate and provides them with a safe after-school environment, boosting them academically and physically.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who plays Corp. Bosco B.A. Baracus (the role make popular by Mr. T) in "The A-Team" movie and is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder, vacationed here with his family, spending the July Fourth holiday at Kailua Beach Park.

The international ocean conservation community turned the spotlight on Hawaii last week to salute our state for becoming first in the world to ban shark-finning for soup.

Lucie Poehere Wilson, who has been performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center since she was 7, won the Miss Tahiti title in Papeete, Tahiti, last weekend. Lucie will compete for the title of Miss France in Caen, France, later this year.

Folks who hit the town in the 1970s and '80s know that Trappers in the Hyatt Waikiki was the hottest nightspot in town. Jimmy Borges and the Betty Loo Taylor Trio kept the joint jumping until 4 in the morning.

The late Jack Lord and "Hawaii Five-0," which ran from 1968 to 1980, made Hawaii a household word for TV viewers, and the show was followed by "Magnum, P.I.," which put Tom Selleck on the map.

This being Kamehameha Day it's appropriate to mention several Hawaiians in today's column. So I'm kicking off with Kahea Chock, 51, who portrays King Kamehameha in tomorrow's floral parade.

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