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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

The Left Lane
River ripper

Paddler and activist Donna Kahakui's next endeavor is once again as cultural as it is athletic. On Friday and Saturday, she will paddle her one-woman canoe about 70 miles along the Hudson River in New York to raise awareness for Kai Makana, her nonprofit, ocean-oriented environmental group. The journey begins at West Point and will continue through Tarrytown, around the Statue of Liberty and finish at Pier 63.

In addition to spreading aloha, Kahakui said, her purpose is "to bring to New York the message of taking care of the ocean, to connect and discuss how we can make the world a better place." Cultural advisor Keali'i Gora will guide Kahakui and her group through the Hawaiian protocol for honoring the land they will visit during their stay.

— Katherine Nichols, Advertiser staff writer

Fun and games

Whether it was round-ball or quick recall, games ruled in the ratings last week. And NBC won.

That network's NBA finals snagged the top two slots in the household ratings roster, according to Nielsen Media Research figures released yesterday. Also in the week's prime-time Top 10 were two editions of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" on ABC and fellow quiz show "Weakest Link" on NBC.

For the week, NBC averaged 9.8 million viewers, while CBS had 8.3 million viewers and ABC had 7.8 million viewers. Fox had 5.0 million, UPN had 2.8 million viewers, the WB had 2.4 million viewers, and Pax had 1.4 million viewers.

For the week of June 11-17, the top shows, their networks and household ratings (each point equals 1,022,000 households): 1. "NBA Finals Game 4 (LA Lakers at Philadelphia)," NBC, 12.6; 2. "NBA Finals Game 5 (L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia)," NBC, 11.2; 3. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (Tuesday), ABC, 10.1; 4. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (Thursday), ABC, 9.8; 5. "PrimeTime Thursday," ABC, 9.7; 6. "NBA Finals Tip-off, Game 4 (L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia)," NBC, 9.6; 7. "Weakest Link," NBC, 9.3; 8. "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS, 8.9; 9. "20/20 Friday," ABC, 8.0; tie: 10. "Becker," CBS, and "CSI," CBS, both 7.5.

— Associated Press