The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on February 27, 1978 · 3
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 3

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Monday, February 27, 1978
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goortp aacon Name dropper I'M STILL DAZED after a whirlwind trip to LA, Palm Springs and Las Vegas. See if these notes make any sense to you: ... A close friend jf singer Tommy Leonetti in LA told me a most amazing story. As you may know, the former Monarch Room star had cancer six years ago and "licked" it. Last year he got another tumor, was operated on and apparently beat it again. A month ago another tumor showed up. He tried a new German treatment in which a cancer is injected into the body a "fight fire with fire" theory and two weeks later he went into a coughing jag at a recording studio. After hacking away for what seemed an eternity, he spit up a suspicious-looking blob. Doctors were called and friends were told to place it in a saline solution and rush it and Tommy to the hospital. X-rays failed to detect a trace of cancer left in his body. He had literally coughed up a tumor. I TOOK two cases of fresh pineapple with me to LA and used them as calling cards. Amazing, the doors they opened. Included backstage of "The Tonight Show," where I was chatting with Ed McMahon when Peter Marshall of "Hollywood Squares" stopped by. Peter says that he won't be able to make it for the celebrity Softball game at Aloha Stadium on April 14 ("Mike Connors won't, either") but that Lee Walls was trying to line up Robert Conrad, Laverne & Shirley, J.J. Walker and Lee Majors, among others . . . The old pineapple trick also got us a table (across from Richard Zanuck!) at the jam-packed Matteo's restaurant in Westwood where Jim Gruman and Vinny Fabrocini Sr., formerly of Matteo's Waikiki, now meet, greet and seat a showbiz clientele ... And speaking of a 'showbiz clientele, frequent Royal Hawaiian guest Mai Sibley tells us over lunch at the famous Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel that despite the jillions of celebs who come to see and be seen at that eatery each noon, nobody creates more excitement than woodjabeleeve? Col. Sanders. THE SHERATON Town House on Wilshire is being helmed now by Nick Bahouth, formerly of the Sheraton Kauai. Is it hard adjusting to LA? "You bet!" says Nick, who developed a rash on his neck from wearing a collar and tie to work. He also says his kids are having trouble in school because they were born on Kauai and now find themselves 2-3 years behind the kids in the LA school system . . . The smog gets to you,- too. Nick says he used to jog six miles at a crack but in the smog can only do half that . . . "It's cold here," shivers Nick. "I'm actually wearing socks and underwear!" At least Nick has a nice reminder of his days on Kauai an E.P. Bly painting of the Sheraton Kauai given to him by his former employees . . . And the Town House is also becoming LA headquarters for many of Nick's friends. John Cavanaugh, the adman, was just checking in when I left. Also, there were about 10 people from Maui in the hotel last week including Jesse Kalima, Frank Silva and Shirley Speece. LAS VEGAS, capital of the impossible, the improbable and the wait-a-second-and-it'U-happen, is weird. You drive into town through a canyon of blazing neon lights then check into your hotel and find a card on your pillow asking you to "conserve precious energy" by turning off your 75-watt light bulb before leaving the room ... At least I can sympathize now with Larry Little. The UH coach just lost his 24th game at the hands of Nevada - Las Vegas. I had a losing streak, too couldn't beat Las Vegas either ... I was so unlucky, I was standing watching a craps game once and I lost my place! . . . Then we have Territorial Savings' Dick Millard, who won money in Vegas and wasn't even there. He had given me $20 to play keno with - instructing me to bet numbers with 5 in it. He's now $120 richer. BUT VEGAS is fun. Our biggest kick was seeing the still-the-hottest-ticket-in-town Wayne Newton at the Frontier, visiting him in his dressing room later (we still had pineapples) and being invited to spend the next afternoon at the Newton Ranch, "Casa de Shenandoah," a 48-acre spread complete with horses, a stable of Rolls-Royces, a heliport and an artificial lake with peacocks. But the most amazing thing about the ranch is the new home which is nearing completion after three years' construction. Built like an old Southern mansion, it has a price tag of $4 million unfurnished. Our tour guide was Wayne's stunning wife, Elaine, daughter of Honolulu's MM Iliseo Okamura, who admits she doesn't miss Hawaii much "because I brought Hawaii to the desert" with the waterfalls they've built and all the greenery abounding. Only trouble with living in such walled-in splendor, says Elaine, is that their 2-year-old daughter, Erin, has no one to play with. "That's why I have to take her to the playground at McDonald's to meet other kids." 1 U'U Bahouth Newton AND MORE: Ladies' T-shirt spotted in Palm Springs: "I Know I'm Efficient Tell Me I'm Beautiful" . . . Somehow it seemed appropriate that instead of a blazing "NO VACANCY!" sign like the ones all the other motels in Palm Springs had, a tiny place called the Aloha Hotel had a more subtle "Sorry" sign. Close brush with kukui haole By BARBARA HASTINGS Advertiser Suff Writer There's a shrub or small tree that grows in Hawaii which has a pod often mistaken for the kukui nut. Then there's the candlenut or kukui nut tree Aleu-rites moluccana, a larger tree, which is the state tree. But there's a bigger difference between the two besides size. The kukui tree's nuts are used for lei making, in cooking and as a laxative. The other tree called the kukui haole, kuku'ihi, kukui hii or the physic plant is used for poisoning rats and fish. A 7-year-old girl at Haiku Plantations in Kaneohe can tell you all about what the nut of a physic plant, or Jatropha curcas, can do when consumed by a human. Tamiko Hattori, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mitsuo Hattori, and another child the same age were given seeds from the nut Saturday by a neighbor. For the other little girl, it resulted in some vomiting. For Tamiko, it was a close brush with death, her dad said. According to Dr. Hattori, who is chief of anesthesiology at Children's Hospital, Tamiko first complained of a burning throat, then broke out in hives, had the chills and started massive vomiting. Then, Hattori said, "she suffered cardiovascular collapse." He said the child fell on the floor and had no pulse er blood pressure. "If I wasn't around, she might be dead. I'm not exaggerating," Hattori said. The child was taken to Children's and given huge doses ef fluids intravenously. She pulled through and was home yesterday. Her father now feels "obligated as a doctor and a parent" to let people know about what this seed can do. The kukui haole is found commonly in both Hawaii and Florida, among other places, and is probably the most common cause of poisoning in southern Florida. One of the references at the Poison Control Center here, "Plants Poisonous to People," by Julia F. Morton of the University of Miami, notes: "The seed contains 65 percent (or more) of 'Hell Oil,' more potent than castor oil. and formerly given as a purge, but long since abandoned even m veterinary practice." In the Poison Control Center's booklet on poisonous plants, the physic nut tree is listed as "a smooth shrub or small tree with milky juke and spongy wood." It develops "fleshy capsules" which are yellowish and which contain two or three black seeds. The seeds are reportedly pleasant tasting, which would tempt people to eat several. Dr. Charles Lamoureux, a botanist at the University ef Hawaii, said the Jatropha curcas is grown fairly widely in Hawaii because it is an attractive ornamental plant. He said it probably doesn't grow in the wild here and is usually a cultivated shrub. There are newspaper accounts of several children becoming ill in Aiea in 1935 from eating the seeds of Jatropha curcas. There is also mention of 40 children at Lahaina becoming sick from it in 1933. few Honolulu Advertiser Monday, February 27, 1971 A-3 Ixi ew twist for reen card9 I Vv ' . ''-' J ' ' . yV l 1 7 ) ; I 's v ff W- ?': , i f A J' i I .... i , " i" "vj XaX V - t' MhOto Mill' aiA .oft. 4k. V Advffrhser photo bv T . umeda John O'Shea photographing Mrs. Louise Dushkin to produce her tricolor card. By ROBERT W. BONE Advertiser Staff Writer The "green card," which hasn't been green for many years, is changing color again. Now it's been designed in a patriotic motif. Three cheers for the red, white and blue card. If you are one of the nation's 4.2 million registered aliens, or are married to one, or have a grandmother you drive to the post office every January, you already know what the green card is. That's the sobriquet applied to the federal government's familiar alien registration certificate, the wallet-sized, plastic-laminated scrap of paper with the fuzzy picture on the back which numbers and identifies the foreigner who lives and works permanently in the United States. For illegal aliens citizens of other countries living in our midst without having qualified for admittance it's a coveted mini-document. In the past, the bruised and abused card was easily counterfeited when it was green, and even later when it was black and blue. "There must be 10 varieties of this famous greenblue card in use today," said John O'Shea, district director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Honolulu. "It's not a very secure document." The new card is designed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and with its three-color striping, it may look a little like miniature candy-colored money. According to O'Shea, the new card will be (a) more difficult to duplicate, and (b) nearly impossible for an imposter to use because of information included on the card in a numerical secret code. The authorities will be able to read this encrypted data, but the bearer of the card won't. (Of course if he's an honest man, it shouldn't make any difference.) "When the immigration inspector interrogates someone and says, for instance, 'What is your father's name?' and if that name doesn't jibe ..." O'Shea's voice trailed off to imply an unstated consequence. As a matter of fact, even the kind of information on the card, other than that which is printed "in the clear," will be secret, O'Shea said, pointing out that for that reason, he wasn't at liberty to go into detail on the point. Of course any code created by man can be broken, too. "Sure, it's always possible," shrugged O'Shea. "There's no document on the face of the earth that can't be duplicated. But we hope to make it extremely difficult." Under the old system, the laminat- also shines a guiding light on the alien's forehead, to help the photographer capture him in a throe-quarter view. This is to make sure that at least a single ear lobe, one of a person's most distinctive characteristics, is included ia the official four-part portrait "Yes, they claim that the ears are a more sure means of identification," said O'Shea. "And also that a slightly side view is a little better than a straight-on view." O'Shea's staff began taking the pictures and collecting the new information here on Feb. 15, sending WASHINGTON (LTD - The gov-eminent plans to tighten procedures fr issuing Social Security cards in an effort to prevent illegal aliens from obtaining U.S. identification documents. Applicants for Social Security numbers, regardless of age, will be required to submit "documentary" evidence of age, identity and citizenship or alien status. Currently only applicants 18 and older must submit evidence of age; evidence of legal alien status is required only If the applicant is not a citizen. All adults win be interviewed in depth to assnre they never had a Social Security number and were not getting one for someone else. The Department of Health, Education and Welfare said the new procedures will begin this year and are aimed at "possible misuse of the Social Security card as an indicator of lawful status in the United States" and other misuses, suck as attempted change of identities. The new procedures are described in a "budget Justification" accompanying the fiscal 1979 budget that was sent to Congress but not otherwise distributed. A copy was given to UPI. ed card could sometimes be peeled apart and a different picture pasted over the old one before the card was re-sealed. Immigration inspectors have developed sensitive fingertips to feel for the tell-tale bas-relief photographs. "The new cards, however, will be all one piece," O'Shea said. "Similar to our Hawaii drivers' licenses." Part of the new process includes a new photographic procedure. The immigrant is shot with a new process called ADIT, which stands for Alien Documentation and Identification Telecommunication. The four-lensed camera a relatively new invention takes and immediately develops four identical color pictures of the subject at the same time. It it off to a Mainland processing center. To date, he knows no one in Hawaii who has been waving his new red, white and blue card, but they should begin showing up in island mailboxes shortly. For the time being, said O'Shea, only new immigrants will be issued the new cards. It will be a considerable length of time before aliens will be asked to trade in their old used cards on a brand new red, white and blue earlobe special. "You know we have 65,000 registered aliens here in Hawaii, alone," O'Shea said, rolling his eyes at the thought of processing them all for the new cards through his Ala Mo-ana immigration station. Ice skating , anyone? 9 03 tourism ads played it cool Hawaii's world-famed Visitors Bureau is 75 years old. The Advertiser's Bob Krauss celebrates the birthday with a sprightly and irreverent history of how it all began, the inside story of selling tourism and a true account of amazing success. Second of eight articles By BOB KRAUSS Adverti$er Columnist The Hawaii Promotion Committee of 1903, forerunner of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, was not an overnight success. Or even a one-year success. i In fact, the first ads placed by the committee may have been the worst' ever conceived in the history of tourism promotion. One of these ads, to appear in Ain-slee's magazine, ran on the front page of The Advertiser on Oct. 27, 1903. Instead of featuring sun-bathed Waikiki Beach, the advertisement showed a bleak view of treeless Waikaloa Lake on the lava-bound slope of Ma una Loa with, snow in view at a higher altitude. The idea was to let mainlanders know that there was more in Hawaii than palm trees and hula girls. The writer of the caption in The Advertiser agreed. He called the advertisement an opportunity to sell tourists ice skates, sleighs, warming pans and steam heaters. Everybody in town had a better idea than the Promotion Committee how to Up the tourist market. One group of self-appointed experts came down hard on H. Hackfeld & Co. (now Amfac), agents for three steamship lines, for not letting through-passengers stay in Honolulu longer. In October 1903, passengers aboard the Coptic were permitted ashore only from 1 to p. m. How could they spend all f -., - - - ,- . ?- "--v" ; m- .. t .. ., v., i i J Waikiki in 1908: how to fill it with Uurtstsl their money in such a short time? H. A. Isenberg, Hackfeld' vice president, huffed back that it was expensive to keep a ship in port but neither local merchants nor port authorities had volunteered to share the expense. Besides, the Coptic's passengers had been permitted to stay until after the stores closed at 5 p.m. So what was everybody complaining about? A popular newspaper column of the day was called the Bystander. On April 24, 1904, the Bystander came up with a great idea for the Promotion Committee. Instead of wasyng all that money on advertising, why not get free publicity through Hawaii's delegation to the national GOP convention in Chicago (Teddy Roosevelt was in contention). The Bystander suggested the delegates go dressed in nose rings, hula skirts and patriotic tattoos. He added, "That would indeed advertise the islands and perhaps promote inquiries as to whether these are the same men who killed Captain , Cook." In spite of the sarcasm, the work of the Hawaii Promotion Committee was being carried out in a professional manner. Executive Edward M. Boyd built a file of every major steamship, railroad, travel and tour agency on the Mainland. He kept them supplied with information and promotional materials so Hawaii became a familiar word in the industry. The information office sent fresh pineapples to Los Angeles stores for display in Christmas windows. More fresh pineapples went to California steamship and railroad offices to remind agents of Hawaii Gradually, the promotion paid off. Manager Gray at the Young Hotel averaged 83 guests per day in 1904. In 1905 the hotel recorded an increase to 93 per day. . And that was just the beginning. On Feb. 13, 1908, The Advertiser reported that, at last, every hotel room in Honolulu was full. In fact, rooming houses were being used as annexes to house the overflow. This exciting state of affairs followed the arrival of the steamship Mongolia, bound from San Francisco to the Orient. The ship carried 91 cabin passengers for Honolulu. Some 300 tourists already were in the city. There simply weren't enough hotel rooms to go around. Fortunately, the Mongolia departed the next day with about 45 tourists picked up in Honolulu. The Advertiser reported that this relieved the overnight hote room shortage for the remaining 350. Depending on how many tourists shared rooms and how many occupied singles, we can assume that Honolulu had between 175 and 200 hotel rooms at the time." TOMORROW: The grxnididdy of the Aloka Week parade. i . I

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