Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 31, 2008
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Elvis and Uncle Tom

PUT ON YOUR blue suede shoes for a 12-hour, hip-shaking birthday party celebration for Elvis! From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 8, MAC 24-7 at the Hilton Waikiki/Prince Kuhio celebrates with Elvis music, Elvis movies including Blue Hawaii, Girls Girls Girls and Paradise, and a special menu of Elvis’ favorite food like the Elvis Delight - a golden fried banana/bacon/peanut butter sandwich with a slice of sweet potato pie. Dress as your favorite-era Elvis and enter to win a one-night stay with complimentary parking and a $75 MAC 24-7 gift credit ...

Cara Horibe

Led by former UH Rainbow Dancer Cara Horibe, Hawaii’s dance sensations Fanny Pak will perform Jan. 3 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with guests So Real, 24-7 and opening act the Rainbow Warriors. Fanny Pak will conduct workshops Jan. 4 at the UH Dance Studios before heading to Las Vegas for a five-day gig ...

The Gift of Aloha ... Atrio of award-winning artists from Hawaii, Raiatea Helm, Kohala and Keale, have united to tour together under the name “Hawaiian Aloha” in New York City at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, the upscale Manhattan World & Jazz music venue DROM on Jan. 12 and B.B. King’s on Jan. 21. They also have been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., at the Hawaii State Society Presidential Inaugural Ball Jan. 20.

The legacy continues: Bruddah IZ, who is the No. 4 World Music Artist by Billboard magazine, and his album Wonderful World under the Mountain Apple Company is one of the top five world labels for 2008 in the World Music Album Chart. Congrats to John De Mello, Leah Bernstein and the gang at Mountain Apple!

Sketch by Tony Bennett

This week in 1985 ... The Tonys brought in the New Year in the Coral Ballroom of The Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel - Tony Bennett and Tony Danza. We had a little gathering at Nick’s Fishmarket to help me celebrate a birthday and for a gift, Tony Bennett made a sketch of me on a Nick’s napkin. Talk about a special gift ... one that I treasure to this day, from one of the nicest people in showbiz.

The No. 1 record is Say You, Say Me by Lionel Ritchie.

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