Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 19, 2008
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Aya Laprete Powell
Aya Laprete Powell

THE BEAUTIFUL BABIES of Hawaii are here: The 2009 calendar coverbaby making her debut is none other than Aya Laprete Powell. What a calendar - featuring a full-color pictorial of our Island babies with the amazing artwork of Barbara KaMille. You may recognize Barbara’s statue of Pua Van Dorp - the tapa maker at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Keep an eye out for these adorable collectable calendars ...

Melissa Etheridge donated 200 tickets for her recent Concert Hall show to the men and women of our Armed Forces. Attendees were in for a rare treat - she sang for more than three straight hours! What a lady ...

Classy-kl Guys: Quinn Kelsey, after performing with his hometown Hawaii Opera Theatre, heads to the Big Apple to make his Metropolitan Opera debut March 29 singing the role of Schaunard in La Boheme ... and this summer artistic director Henry Akina will guest direct Rigoletto in New Orleans and La Boheme in Vancouver, B.C. ...


Robert “RJ” Wagner has completed his autobiography, Pieces of the Heart, and is planning a book tour this fall. To make sure he’ll have that movie star look, makeup artist extra-ordinaire Lon Bentley will join him. Lon, who has worked with Tom Selleck since Magnum, P.I., just celebrated 45 years of blissful marriage with lovely wife Manu, former star of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room ...

Congratulations Jack Johnson ... Your CD is No. 1, both of your April Waikiki Shell concerts are sold out ... and now you’ve made the cover of Rolling Stone! The cover story in the current issue says you are “The World’s Mellowest Superstar.” Way to go, Jack!

Can’t wait to watch this week’s Emme’s Island Moments. Along with a tribute to Aunty Genoa Keawe, it’s full of interesting segments including a short video produced by the talented film/video students of Waianae High School. Emme airs on KHONTV2 Thursday at 9 p.m. and again Saturday at 3 p.m. ...


This week in 1971: Johnny Cash performs at the Waikiki Shell along with June Carter Cash, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, Mother Maybell Carter and The Tennessee Three in front of 8,000 fans. Ben Wood of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reviews that Johnny is called back for four encores by the appreciative audience ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Just My Imagination by The Temptations ...

 

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