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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, July 6, 2000

Piorier bids
for big bucks

ONLY two contestants from Hawaii have appeared on camera in the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" show, and neither made it to the hot seat. That may change tonight. Federal prosecutor (and Honolulu Club member) Omer Piorier taped a show with Regis Philbin on June 19, and it airs tonight. And while he's been sworn to secrecy by the show's producers, he did tell two Honolulu Club members they'd "probably enjoy" watching the show. He'd better not be just blowing smoke, because the club is hosting a TV watching party in the lounge so members can cheer him on at 8 p.m. ...

RESIDENTS of Waialae Kahala were surprised when they got up on the Fourth of July and discovered an American flag curbside or next to their mailbox. The little patriotic gesture was the brainchild of Shelly and Ed Campbell of the Campbell Tire Co. family, who provided the flags ...While we in the islands swelter in the heat and humidity, local promoter Tom Moffatt is remaining cool, if sometimes wet, while cruising in waters off Alaska for a week ...

Memorable moments

IN what proved to be a fitting tribute to former Royal Hawaiian Hotel standout dancer Mate Ng Lent, there was much chicken-skin and many tears when DisGuyz (featuring son Jason Lent) performed along with the Honolulu Boy Choir. Mate had served as volunteer staffer and surrogate mother to members of the choir for 14 years, scolding, hugging or crying with a boy as needed. Among those in the 400-plus congregation at Bishop Chapel on the Kamehameha School grounds was Coronado Aquino, longtime maitre'd at the Royal Hawaiian, who said he wouldn't have missed the service for anything and sneaked away from his duties that afternoon to attend ...

Mug shotSERVICES are being offered today for longtime Democratic Party official and volunteer Momi Minn Lee. Interrupting his vacation for a day to fly in and give the eulogy is Richard Port, former Democratic Party Chairman and current head of Save Our Star-Bulletin. Immediately after the service, Port heads back for Boston and then South Carolina for a family reunion ...

WHEN you enter an Italian restaurant and see a table full of Italians enjoying a pasta supper, it gives you a good feeling of what's to come. So it was at Auntie Pasto's on Kapahulu when diners found ex-Hawaiian Airlines honcho Paul Finazzo there with wife Joanne, daughter Maria (a Hawaiian pilot) second daughter Paula and granddaughter Nicole ...

Winged Victory

ONLY a guardian angel appearing at the last minute prevented the closure of Jaron's Restaurant in Kailua last week. Things were hurting at the once popular eatery after a sinkhole opened up in front of the once successful restaurant, making ingress and egress nearly impossible. Subsequent plumbing breaks after reconstruction created water leaks and sewage backups; and despite destroyed carpets and leaky ceilings, Jaron's owners Niki and Kern Rogerson managed to keep the eatery open. Tax officials weren't as understanding as the clientele, however, and 43 employees were told it was all over due to a tax liability the bureaucracy seemed unwilling the deal with. At the last minute, a patron/angel came forward and produced the monies necessary to pay off the tax debt and keep the doors open. The place will have a fresh face when it reopens officially tomorrow ...

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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