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By Dave Donnelly

Monday, February 12, 2001

Brothers Rohr
at Pro-Am

TRANSCONTINENTAL Properties topper Tom Rohr is back from once again playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. As usual, he enjoyed hanging out with his Hawaii-Mug shotconnected pals, Clint Eastwood, Pardee Erdman, Dick Ferris, Chuck Schwab, Paul Spengler and Peter Ueberroth. This year was of particular interest to Rohr because his banker brother Jim Rohr not only made the Sunday cut, but was paired to play in the Tiger Woods foursome on the final day. He acquitted himself well, appropriate for a 51-year-old who's not only the CEO of PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, but who was the cover subject of the December issue of U.S. Banker magazine. That issue caught the eye of First Hawaiian Bank CEO Walter Dods, who sent Rohr a copy ... Congrats are due retired Judge Patrick Yim, honored Friday night as a recipient of the Firestone 100 Who Serve award, the only Hawaii recipient of 100 winners nationwide. Judge Yim helped found Malama Na Keiki Foundation, supporter of Hawaii's child abuse prevention programs ...

STILL getting good-natured kidding from those who saw the David Letterman show Friday night is KGMB news anchor Jade Moon. Letterman's Top 10 list was for awful sign-off lines on CBS newscasts, chosen from affiliates nationwide. Jade tossed in -- and was viewed using -- this closer: "David Letterman is up next, so for God's sake change the channel." (A joke, people, a joke!) ...


YOU can feel St. Patrick's Day right around the corner if for no other reason that Irish pubs are fighting to get open in time to clean up on that day, invariably the biggest take in any pub's year. Attempting to lure some of the business from Murphy's and O'Toole's on Paddy's Day will be a new Irish pub called Kelley O'Neil's on Lewers across from Moose McGillycuddy's Pub. Its tentative opening date is March 12. That's the same day Ed Greene hopes to open his new Jameson's in Restaurant Row. John Ferguson will have his official grand opening of Fergie's Irish Pub in the old Clubhouse location of the Dillingham Transportation Building March 15 following a soft opening a few days earlier. And putting the frosting on the Guinness is Kevin O'Kennedy -- how Irish is that? He's planning to open an Irish pub adjacent to the Blue Course at Wailea. He plans to call it, naturally, Mulligan's. O'Kennedy had flown in to attend (and play at) the music filled wedding reception for Lois Leung, fiddler for the Irish Hearts, the band he commutes weekly to join. Her husband, Vern Gomes Jr., plays recorder, prompting O'Kennedy to pipe up (as penny whistlers do), "We're not losing a fiddle player. We're gaining a recorder player." ...

Moon over Zanzabar

When quarterback Warren Moon was here for the Pro Bowl, he called his pal, Peter Maharaj, owner of Zanzabar, and arranged a party there that could have been his NFL swan song. It was an invitation-only retirement party, and the guest list included Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis (not packin') and his Baltimore teammates here for the Pro Bowl. Also on hand were former Heisman winner Marcus Allen, speedster Eddie George and several other NFL'ers, plus superagent Leigh Steinberg and ESPN's "Boomer" Chris Berman. After 17 years as a pro quarterback, Moon raised Boomer's eyebrows when he allowed he'd like to take up broadcasting ...

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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