Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 05, 2008
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Q'Orianka Kilcher
Q’Orianka Kilcher

THE UNTITLED Princess Kaiulani story, a $9 million indy film by writer/director Marc Forby, will start shooting next week on Oahu. Q’Orianka Kilcher, who portrayed Pocahontas in the The New World opposite Colin Farrell, will play the role of Princess Kaiulani. Her co-star is Hawaii-born (and part-Hawaiian)Kaimana Paaluhi, playing young Kaiulani. This may be the first time that a studio will be allowed inside Iolani Palace for the filming of a major motion picture ...

Tony Award-winning Broadway and Disney star Lea Salonga is here! What a career ... at age 7 she starred in Manila in The King & I. At age 10 she recorded her first album. At 18 she portrayed Kim in the London production of Miss Saigon before heading to Broadway, then to Hollywood as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and the title character in Mulan.

Princess Kaiulani
Princess Kaiulani

The last time Lea was here she wanted local food, so I took her and hubby Robert to Side Street Inn. It was late enough that the karaoke was in full swing. Sitting privately in a back booth, the two of them sang Endless Love. By the time it ended, you could hear a pin drop! Needless to say, it was a special moment. Lea embarks on a 39-week tour of Asia and the Philippines in July, starring in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Catch her in concert this Saturday at Blaisdell Concert Hall ...

Congrats to Mike Perry and Larry Price, again named favorites in morning radio in Honolulu Magazine‘s annual “Best Of” issue. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since they filled the void left by the late J Akuhead Pupule, who dominated Honolulu morning radio for 37 years. Super-professional Mike was also deservedly named Best Male Radio Personality. Some of our other radio/TV favorites who were honored: Female Radio Personality Kathy with a K, Best Male Newscaster Joe Moore, Best Female Newscaster Kim Gennaula ...

Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke

This week in 1959 ... The 13th Show Of Stars is presented at Civic Auditorium and becomes one of my favorite because it stars the great Sam Cooke. Sam was an incredible singer, performer and friend. Also featured: Little Anthony and The Imperials.

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Venus by Frankie Avalon.


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