Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 29, 2008
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PAL RICHARD BURGI here over the weekend filming Knight Rider at Turtle Bay. Richard starred as Teri Hatcher’s ex in 33 episodes of Desperate Housewives. We became friends when he co-starred with Cheryl Ladd in One West Waikiki. I was the associate producer of the CBS series that was filmed in Hawaii.

Fun fact ... Glen Larson created Knight Rider and One West Waikiki.

Hot, Hot , Hot! Beach 5, led by former Hoonua leader Christian Yrizarry, tore it up last week as special guests at the Mai Tai Rumble. This week they are guests of the Tahitian government, performing there for Tahiti’s big canoe race, Hawaiki Nui Va’a. With canoe racing considered Tahiti’s national sport, this race would be comparable to our World Series. Beach 5’s first concert will be prior to the start of the race Tuesday on Huahine, then before the second leg of the race on Raiatea on Wednesday, and after the finale Friday, Oct. 31, is the championship concert on Bora Bora. Take a listen to their new CD, titled Take 5. It’s a winner ...


The Halekulani celebrates Halloween weekend Friday and Saturday at Lewers Lounge with its creative bartenders serving special drinks that include Red Witch, Blood & Sand, White Bat and Ghoul’s Gulp, which includes tequila, triple sec, egg white powder, ginger beer and roasted pumpkin puree!

Aloha, hello and goodbye ... We get ready to bid Miss Hawaii USA 2008 Jonelle Layfield goodbye and welcome the new 2009 Miss Hawaii USA. This year’s pageant will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom Nov. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s winner receives a scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University!

Rita Rudner

Funee lady Rita Rudner set to perform at Pipeline Cafe Jan. 31 ...

This week in 1974: Elton John gives three packed Arena concerts!


A bit of history ... In his first show here in 1971, the relatively unknown Brit draws about half the house. The following year, his concert sells out. In 1973 he does two SRO shows, and by this week the demand for tickets is feverish. Just seven days earlier, in order to get show No. 3 on sale, I take my shortest ever trip to L.A. Remember, this is before computer tickets or overnight freight service. I catch an early flight to LAX to meet the printers and return that same evening with the precious tickets in hand. They go on sale the next day at the Blaisdell Box Office ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John ...

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