Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 10, 2006
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GOOD FRIEND Jerry Hopkins, who helped write my biography, was in town for the Book and Music Festival a couple of weeks ago - his first trip to Hawaii in a while. Yesterday I received an e-mail recounting one of the highlights of his visit: “For my last night in town I went to see Don Ho‘s performance. He ought to be on the cover of Modern Maturity, the monthly magazine of the AARP. ‘I’m gonna start this show with Tiny Bubbles,’ he said, ‘for those of us who don’t make it to the end ... and I’m gonna sing it again at the end for those of us who won’t remember if I sang it earlier.’”

Don Ho
Don Ho

Don performs Thursday and Sunday nights at the Waikiki Beachcomber ...

Pal Jeffrey Foskett (former Beach Boy, current guitarist and vocalist for Brian Wilson) related this rock ‘n’ roll story, destined to become a classic: Before the recent Cream reunion concerts featuring original members Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, the latter attended a meeting about the tour and insisted he wouldn’t work for less than a third of the revenues. “You’re not getting a third,” Clapton replied. The astonished Bruce asked, “how much am I getting?” “You’re getting half.” “What’s Baker getting?” “He’s getting half.” “Well ... what are you getting, then?” Superstar Clapton responded, “The pleasure of playing with the two of you again.” Many fans have asked about a Clapton concert in Hawaii. I hope there’ll be one soon! I’ve presented him twice at the Blaisdell Arena to sold-out audiences (there’s a funny story about Eric’s last visit in my book) ...


The Brothers Cazimero‘s May Day Concert last Monday night included a tribute to the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan who are based in Hawaii. Last May Day, one of brother Robert’s Halau Na Kamalei dancers, James Barros, was deployed with the National Guard and was sorely missed at the show. This year he was back and, boy, did the Brothers and Leina’ala Heine pay him tribute! ‘Ala sang a medley of Soldier Boy and Calendar Girl (anyone who’s heard ‘Ala sing is grateful that she’s such a phenomenal dancer) in complete crack-up, comic style. Then James came out of the wings in full uniform and brought the house down with a chicken skin rendition of Pua Lilia. The audience quickly went from uncontrollable laughter to poignant tears to jumping to their feet at the end of the song ...

Faithful listener and reader Pat Soong jostled a memory with an e-mail mentioning Apple Beer - remember that stuff? Pat also requested a song I haven’t played for a long time, The End, by Earl Grant. Listen this Saturday, Pat, I’ll play it for you ...


If you’re looking for an inexpensive and leisurely something to do this weekend, grab the family and head to Waimanalo for the opening of polo season Sunday afternoon. It’s a great way to take in the sun and the sport and return home without all that sand in your trunks ...

This week in 1988 I presented Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine at the Waikiki Shell. They had had the No. 1 hit in Hawaii with Anything For You.

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