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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, August 31, 2000

PGA auctions
Tiger Woods

CALLING all golfers with expansive egos and checkbooks, not necessarily in that order! There will be not one, but two opportunities to catch a Tiger by the tail at the PGA Aloha Section Classic Scramble and auction at the Prince Golf Course on Sept. 22. Two great prizes will be up for bids, so if you got Mug shotthe bucks, be prepared to lay them out. The first is a trip for two to Atlanta, Ga. to attend the 2001 PGA Championship tourney and watch Tiger Woods defend his title -- again! The second prize may well raise even more cash, if there are some swingers out there willing to pay to play with Tiger himself. The second great prize is a foursome to play in the Pro-Am of the next Grand Slam of Golf on Kauai, where you get to tee it up with the likes of Woods, Ernie Els, V.J. Singh and Paul Azinger. What will it go for? Like the sponsor of the televised event says, it's "Priceless." ...

UH Warriors football coach June Jones was sitting on the dais at the First Hawaiian Bank luncheon at the Hawaiian Regent, no surprise since he appears in TV ads for the bank. The occasion was to honor the top 250 companies in Hawaii, and Jones was to be one of the speakers. Often kiddingly referred to as "Hawaii's next governor," Jones was seated next to FHB chairman Walter Dods, and when vice chairman Don Horner introduced his boss, he kiddingly called him "Walter Jones, uh, Dods." Dods got a great laugh when he responded, "I know who the first candidate for the Bank of Hawaii job will be." ...

Budding star

WHEN I first met Clifford Nae'ole, he was a shy, reticent Maui boy who quietly served as Hawaiian cultural advisor to the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. He still holds that title, only now he's about to flower into Hawaiian stardom. Nae'ole flew over to do the Hawaiian chant for the live TV show starring Don Ho and Hoku at Don Ho's Island Grill in Aloha Tower Marketplace. All in all, it's been a busy month. Clifford spoke to the 5,000-plus attendees at the "Aloha Alive!" event at the Blaisdell Center and while there were several speakers, he was the only one to get a standing ovation. In two weeks he's off to New York where he'll represent the hotel at a gathering of travel agents, media and meeting planners. Before leaving, however, Nae'ole has lined up a series of storytellers to participate in "Moonlight Mo'olelo," a new monthly event at the Maui resort featuring kapuna (elders) from all the Hawaiian islands who couldn't say no to Clifford. The first one, "I Remember When ..." takes place Sept. 22 ...

THE recently released CD by Na Leo Pilimehana, "A Pocketful of Paradise," has debuted on Billboard magazine's Top World Music Chart at No. 9 ... Na Leo will be among the groups performing Sunday at "Labor in Concert" at the Waikiki Shell. Others out to recognize the contributions of labor are Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom & Willy K, Forte, Na Kane Nui, Koa Uka and Joy ...


REMEMBER the old joke about the guy who cleaned up after the elephants at the circus, and was asked why he didn't quit. "What," he intoned, "and give up show business?" I was reminded of that when discovering that STAR 101.9's Hudson and Scotty B. held "clean up day" at the Honolulu Zoo and spent much of their time with the elephants. Listeners helped the two and they're offering their talents to other groups who have a project -- not necessarily cleaning up after elephants ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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