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Bygone Waikiki stays fresh in hearts and memories

By Ben Wood

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

~~<p>My May 9 column about winning a Hoku Lifetime Achievement Award and about Wai&shy;kiki in the 1960s and '70s, naming entertainers I covered in those good old days, generated more response than anything I have ever written. People miss when Kala&shy;kaua was a two-way street, parking was free and the cost for a night on the town was low enough for ordinary local folks to make the scene.</p>
<p>I'd like to share two of the best emails I received. One was from brilliant businesswoman <strong>Diane Plotts</strong>. Diane was a partner in Hemmeter Investment Co. for 35 years with <strong>Chris Hemmeter</strong> and <strong>Henry Shi&shy;ge&shy;kane</strong>. Their company developed the Hyatt Regency Wai&shy;kiki, Wes&shy;tin Kauai, Hyatt Wai&shy;ko&shy;loa and Wes&shy;tin Maui. The other was from real estate wiz and triathlon star <strong>Don Eovino</strong>.</p>
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My May 9 column about winning a Hoku Lifetime Achievement Award and about Wai­kiki in the 1960s and '70s, naming entertainers I covered in those good old days, generated more response than anything I have ever written. People miss when Kala­kaua was a two-way street, parking was free and the cost for a night on the town was low enough for ordinary local folks to make the scene.

I'd like to share two of the best emails I received. One was from brilliant businesswoman Diane Plotts. Diane was a partner in Hemmeter Investment Co. for 35 years with Chris Hemmeter and Henry Shi­ge­kane. Their company developed the Hyatt Regency Wai­kiki, Wes­tin Kauai, Hyatt Wai­ko­loa and Wes­tin Maui. The other was from real estate wiz and triathlon star Don Eovino. Login for more...



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