New Neigh­bor­hood Bar And Grill Set­tling Into Whit­ney’s Spot

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By CHRIS FLECK

It may have been win­ter at the time, but Tommy “Joe” Lines and Molokai Lee de­cided some spring clean­ing was in or­der, and as a re­sult, Mo-joe’s Sports Bar & Grill in Ka­neohe is up and run­ning.

The pre­vi­ous es­tab­lish­ment, Whit­ney’s, was once a flour­ish­ing wa­ter­ing hole that coun­try neigh­bors would ride their horses to af­ter a long day’s work. As time wore on, Whit­ney’s gar­nered a rough rep­u­ta­tion, which peo­ple be­lieve even­tu­ally led to its clos­ing.

Want­ing to give Ka­neohe a fresh place for fam­i­lyfriendly en­ter­tain­ment, Mo and Joe took over as own­ers, and within weeks of that move, Mo- Joe’s opened its doors in late Jan­uary.

“We gut­ted it all out and cleaned it up, try­ing to re­ally turn it into a fam­ily-en­vi­ron­ment sports bar and grill. It took us 18 hours a day for six days with eight guys work­ing hard,” said Lee, who af­ter years with Plumber and Fit­ters Union Lo­cal 675 wanted to head in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

“Tommy had 38 years with 675,” he added. “We both re­tired, took our money and wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. We tried this out, and the com­mu­nity has been warm and wel­com­ing.

“They are thrilled we cleaned the place up,” noted Lee.

Mo-joe’s now hosts a Satur­day Night Live at 8 p.m. each Satur­day fea­tur­ing lo­cal bands. There is a pool night Wed­nes­days and com­ing up is a Ladies Night once a week.

Lo­cated be­tween two bak­eries at 45- 1034 Kame­hameha Hwy., Mo­Joe’s opens at 10 a.m. and re­mains open un­til early the next morn­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 234-6656.

Own­ers Molokai Lee and Tommy ‘Joe’ Lines at Mo-joe’s Sports Bar and Grill in Ka­neohe. Photo by Leah Friel, lfriel@mid­week.com.

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