The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on August 28, 1989 · 9
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 9

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Monday, August 28, 1989
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Inside this section: People B2 Dr. Ruth B2 Television B4 nwnrm The Honolulu Advertiser Monday, August 28, 1989 mm Vaf mm mm mm mTII - "" """" eag Eileen Anderson EILEEN Anderson has closed the door on politics, and she doesn't like opening it, not even for a peek at the past. Anderson declines interviews about her failed re-election bid for the Honolulu mayor's seat in 1984 or the attempted comeback as lieutenant governor in 1986, but she will say that she has no political plans. Actually, Anderson made that announcement publicly following ..her overwhelming defeat by Lt. Gov. Ben Cayetano. "Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life," she said at the time. "I can't think of any political situation I'd want to get into again." And she hasn't wavered. Anderson, 60, said she's still relishing the extra time spent with her children and their families, and is enjoying a new career in the health care industry. Almost two years ago, Anderson became executive director of the Straub Foundation, a non-profit medical research and education agency. ."It gives me the opportunity to use some of my background in the community to help in this area of health care," Anderson said, "and I'm learning so much." Jean King SIMILARLY, Jean King ,has little to say about why she has opted out of the election scene since her unsuccessful 1982 attempt to unseat ithen-Gov. George Ariyoshi. Leading up to that campaign were years in the state Legislature and a term as the state's second-in-command. As 1986 approached, she toyed alternately with running for a congressional seat and making a second stab at the governor's job, but she changed her mind. King will say only that she had "personal" reasons for the decision. "I feel really privileged to have had the time I had, and I loved it," she said more recently, "but I'm not planning to get back into it." King, 63, has dedicated the seven intervening years to public speaking duties. Her topics have ranged from the effects of the "electronic revolution" to open government, but she confessed a particular devotion to "things that relate to peace." George Ariyoshi GEORGE Ariyoshi once King's running mate, finally her political nemesis now finds himself pursuing as a private citizen a lot of his pet projects as governor. One of them, aquaculture, became his business when he formed Hawaii Cultured Pearls Inc., which will grow pearls for foreign markets at a Big Island ocean technology park. At 63, Ariyoshi is on call to his old law firm (Kobayashi, Watanabe, Sugita, Kawashima & Goda), although he doesn't take any outside cases. Most of his time is spent as a consultant to investors in Japan and the United States who want to do business together, including the Japanese developers proposing a convention center at the Aloha Motors site. He doesn't foresee a return to politics and said he's filled that void in his life. "I believe there's a time and place for each of us. and that you must make room for other people," he said. "I feel good about what I'm doing," he added, and then laughed. "I'm playing less golf than I used to, and I thought I'd be playing more." George Akahane GEORGE Akahane, 60, has been executive director of the Republican Party of Hawaii for more than a year. Five years ago, he wasn't even a Republican. Akahane's defection to the GOP in 1985, along with two fellow members of the City Council, infuriated local Democrats, who then pushed for and won a balloting to recall all three from office. Republican mayor Frank Fasi offered staff jobs to his Republican allies, but Akahane turned the offer down, saying he "didn't want a handout" While fellow recall victims Toraki Matsumoto and Rudy Pacarro tried to recover their positions, Akahane has kept to the sidelines, although he's not promising to stay there: "In this business, you never say die," he observed. He was named last September to the governor's Waikiki Convention Center Authority but otherwise spends his time working with GOP Chairman D.G. "Andy" Anderson to groom younger candidates. It's no small task, he said. "We're at the bottom. There's no way for us to go but up," he added. "That's promising, right?" Ua v . r. ! v. ; ' : George Ariyoshi after his farewell speech at the state Capitol in January 1986. "I'm playing less golf than I used to, and I thought I'd be playing more," the former governor says today. I 1 .s..8.;.......iJlii;g!H!!'W!g!!!Wgq 1 r '" v - : :- ajjiwwiMiira ..ww ? :-. f-. 4 ... ' k I . J I 'f VI I iru- r 1 v. , 11 i t Nelson Doi in October 1976, just after he learned he had lost the mayoral primary election to Frank Fasi. Doi would continue as lieutenant governor for two years. c lb ONSIDER the 'politician, a singular breed. The species feeds on stew and rice, and breathes air drenched in Essence of Maile. Votes course through the veins. Sweet sleep comes on the wings of promised campaign contributions. Well, all right. They are still homo sapiens, after all. But wouldn't they just DIE, once they're cut off from such life support? No, they wouldn't. At least, the following seven-former pols haven't, in case you've wondered. Most of them are downright contented with their new lot, although several also confess they're waiting in the wings for the cue to make a glorious re-entrance. For, as we know, old politicians never die, they just withdraw from the race. And there's always another one around the bend. Advertiser file photos lb now Miwiiiiiiwm . mm HHPIPH....I.I n .in i.iii.i n "" ' r;S ' I Patsy Mink enters the race for governor in 1986. Today she leads The Public Reporter, a committee that monitored the past legislative session, and the Hawaii Coalition on Global Affairs. i 1 'I Ml S if Mir. ' ' A Above, George Akahane in 1985, the year the long-time Democrat switched to the Republican Party. He's now executive director of the Republican Party of Hawaii. Left, Marilyn Bornhorst in July 1 988. After about half a year of retirement, she's now a real estate agent. 1. 1 Above, former Honolulu mayor Eileen Anderson in 1984. "I can't think of any political situation I'd want to get into again," she said in 1986. Left, Jean King on the eve of the 1982 primary election. "I feel really privileged to have had the time I had, and I loved it," King said. 1 y if Nelson Doi NELSON Doi, 67, has never found it easy to sit still. It's still tough, although since a pacemaker was installed in his chest eight years ago, he's been a little more willing to go slow. He's now in semi-retirement on the Big Island, popping in twice weekly at his law firm offices. It's a major concession for someone known for his service as a judge, many years as a politician, his two-year term leading the Hawaii Crime Commission and four sometimes stormy years as Ariyoshi's lieutenant governor. "I'm a very A-plus personality type I drive hard," Doi said from his Waimea home. "I talk to myself and tell myself, 'OK, I have come to this phase in life and you have to adjust, especially with that lousy pacemaker in there.'" After leaving politics in 1978, Doi. returned to his law practice, accepted a part-time seat on the Family Court bench and then served as chief justice of the Marshall Islands High Court from 1985 to 1987. He's still interested in crime, especially drug use among the young, and still aches to take his thoughts into the political arena. "They ought to bring us guys who have been there a long time so we can discuss things," he said. "I have got some shockers." Patsy Mink FUND-RAISERS are nothing new to Patsy Mink. So it was familiar territory for the former member of Congress and the City Council recently when she hosted another at St. Paul's Episcopal Church earlier this month, although the beneficiary is not her own campaign war chest. It's The Public Reporter, a publication of Mink's committee of volunteers that formed in December to monitor the past legislative session. The group needs $30,000 to mail to every voter a 12-page report summarizing the session and noting lawmakers' voting records. As an author of the federal Freedom of Information Act, she said, the notion of keeping voters in touch with politicians is close to her heart. "A big vacuum exists," she added. "I just couldn't say no to people who want access to public information." Mink, 61, also heads the Hawaii Coalition on Global Affairs, which aims to sponsor workshops on international topics for the general public. "For the ordinary person, neither in government or in a club, their opportunities for listening to something of a global nature is just about zero," she said. Mink left the council to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 1986. There's no question that she would jump at the chance to re-enter elective politics. Recently, there's been speculation that she'd be interested if Rep. Dan Akaka. were to vacate his seat in Congress in favor of a Bishop Estate trusteeship. "If something comes along," she said, "you'd better believe it." Marilyn Bornhorst AND Marilyn Bornhorst, 62, would still love to be mayor. But for the moment, she's quite happy selling real estate. Real estate? Some friends, she confessed, have been surprised. "I have had a couple of people who said, 'Ohhhhhh, Marilyn,' as if I had really come down in the world. But after you have been a politician," she quipped, "how can you get lower than that?" But the new sales agent at Dolman Associates Inc. hurriedly pointed out that her concern for adequate housing existed side by side with her support for environmental planning during her years on the City Council. "I'm just retail now," she added. After her November defeat by Mayor Frank Fasi, Bornhorst said, she enjoyed about a half-year in total retirement Vi Dolman, a friend whose office was next to the Bornhorst campaign headquarters, then pitched the idea of joining her firm. It's already allowed her a firsthand view of the effects of leasehold land ownership, a problem she recognized first as a community leader and council member. And she's found the legal complexities of real estate both daunting and fascinating. "I'm glad you're doing this story." she said. "I had lunch with (former council member) Welcome Fawcett the other day, and she said people are asking, 'How's Marilyn? Is she crying in the closet?' " Bornhorst paused for emphasis. "I'm not

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