Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 11, 2009
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Haumea and Don Ho

THE TALK OF WAIKIKI ... Jimmy Buffett‘s at the Beachcomber started serving last week, with its grand opening set for the week of Jimmy’s Feb. 28 Waikiki Shell concert. The eatery’s stage occupies roughly the same area where Don Ho performed for many years, and in a touching tribute it has been formally named The Don Ho Stage.

Don’s widow Haumea was the first dancer to grace the stage named in honor of her late husband. Understand that when guest bands take the stage, their first song of the night will be Tiny Bubbles ... a tribute to Don. I took Jimmy to the Beachcomber to see Don for the first time a few years ago, and Jimmy just loved watching him perform. The two became immediate friends. I can’t wait to see Jimmy’s first show on “The Don Ho Stage”! Betcha his opening number will be ...


you guessed it ... Tiny Bubbles ...

Overheard at a popular mall-level store at Ala Moana Center: Two tourist ladies asked a local cashier how to get to Ala Moana Boulevard. She didn’t know, so she asked the cashier across from her - who gave her a blank look. Auwe! It took another customer in line to point out that it was only a block away ...

David Archuleta

18-year-old American Idol David Archuleta was excited to be in Hawaii for the first time. He reportedly took time off from another sunny vacation in Florida to be here to sing the national anthem for the Pro Bowl ...

Romance fills the air! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to see Kenny Rankin live at Hawaii Theatre this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.? He’ll be performing all his favorites hits including Here’s That Rainy Day, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Haven’t We Met, You Are So Beautiful, Penny Lane, When Sunny Gets Blue, Groovin’, On And On and With A Little Help From My Friends ...

Dance lovers: Also at Hawaii Theatre on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. is the San Francisco-based Alonzo King‘s Lines Ballet. King’s work nurtures dynamic artistry and develops authentic, creative expression through dance. His work is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of movement from a global perspective ...

This week in 1967: The Harlem Globetrotters perform at the HIC Arena. Their lineup features the “Clown PrinceBobby ShowboatHall, Leon Hillard and J.C. Gipson. Our radio station basketball team, The Poi Pounders, play a short exhibition game against the Globetrotters - myself, “The MooseDave Donnelly, Steve Nicolet, “The Mighty LeaderMike Hamlin and Mel The MoneymanLawrence ... coached by The Beard Bob Lowrey ... Of course, the Globetrotters won!

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Lonely Too Long by the Young Rascals.


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