Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 27, 2008
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THE HOT NEW SPOT IN WAIKIKI - Pal Jimmy Buffett is slated to get local in a big way with the opening of his Jimmy Buffett’s At The Beachcomber at the Outrigger’s OHANA Beachcomber Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue. A part of the space the eatery will occupy is the showroom of our mutual late friend Don Ho, making it all the more special. Jimmy’s new restaurant will also be the largest in Waikiki. Jimmy’s favorite, Duke’s is about 12,000 square feet. This new venue will occupy more than 22,000 square feet! So all you Parrotheads, get set for the late ‘08 launch. There’s room enough for everyone, even if you’re all wearing fins…

Lanai Tabura will be featured on the Travel Channel’s No Reservations with Anthony Bourdane. See Lanai cook our host some stuffed fish and reintroduce him to some Island favorites like poki and opihi! Episode airs March 3 at 8p.m….


Saddened to hear of the loss of Bolshoi Ballet Prima Ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, who recently passed away in Moscow. I presented Natalia 15 years ago at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. On our first meeting, waiting for the rest of her company to come through customs, we had a language problem, but had a fun time together as she identified the various Bolshoi members. I assumed she was the company’s seamstress. When the interpreter Marina Martin finally emerged from customs and formally introduced us, she had a great laugh when hearing of my fauxpas. Called the “The Pride and Joy of the Bolshoi,” she is survived by her husband Yuri Grigorovich, the Bolshoi’s long time artistic director…

This week in 1990: Carole King performs in the Hawaii Ballroom of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. There are special moments when Carole sings selections from her Tapestry LP, the best-selling album of all time. She showcases many of her compositions made famous by other artists including (to the surprise of many in the audience) The Loco-Motion a No. 1 hit by Little Eva in 1960 and again in 1974 by Grand Funk Railroad. The following day we all head for a show at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Stadium. The morning after, while getting ready to depart from Maui, Carole is excited when she spots her first whale in waters off the Kapalua Airport…


The No. song in Honolulu: Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair...

50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars - see and read all about them. From Elvis to Elton, Mariah to Britney...Jimmy Buffett, The Stones, Clapton and much more in Uncle Tom’s best selling book “Showman Of The Pacific,” written by Jerry Hopkins available at leading stores and online at amazon.com.

 

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