Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 04, 2009
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Ann McCormick

THE SALUTE TO Maui’s guitar legend Henry Allen at Don Ho‘s was truly a night to remember, with the elite of Hawaii’s entertainers on hand to join in the tribute to Henry.

A special moment was when Ann McCormick belted out her signature song, That Old Black Magic, backed by Rene Paulo on piano, Harold Chang on drums and Ann’s son, actor Don Stroud, on congas. Now 88 years young, she sang and moved like she did when she first appeared here more than 50 years ago at the South Seas at the corner of Kalakaua and McCully on the way through town after an Australian tour with Frank Sinatra. She’s best remembered as the singing star in her popular Waikiki restaurant, the Embers ...

Fellas, have you checked out the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar yet? Lihue native Jarah Mariano is featured for the second year in a row.


She has appeared in ads for Victoria’s Secret, MAC, Armani Exchange, Sephora, Roxy, Quiksilver, Rock and Republic, Redken, H&M, Avon and Abercrombie & Fitch. She also has made several appearances in numerous fashion magazines such as Self, Taiwan Vogue, Luomo Vogue and Italian Vanity Fair.

Fun Fact: Jarah is of Hawaiian, Korean and Chinese descent and lived on Kauai until she was 4 years old.

Jarah Mariano

A remarkable musical moment during Jimmy Buffett‘s Hawaii concerts. After Jimmy’s introductions, the stage cleared, leaving two masters and their instruments: Robert Greenidge with his steel drum and Jake Shimabukuro with his ukulele. The two performed an unforgettable rendition of My Guitar Gently Weeps. Audiences were dazzled.

The senior communications adviser to Gov. Linda Lingle, Lenny Klompus, has been rehearsing for the Hawaii premiere of Curtains, on stage at the Army Community Theatre now through March 14. Klopmus plays the director of a 1950s musical who finds his leading lady (Tina Shelton) murdered on opening night ...

This week in 1965: “Blast Off” is held at the Waikiki Shell featuring 20 groups on three stages, drawing nearly 10,000 fans. Linda Green and The Tempos from Kaimuki High School win the contest and receive $1,500 in cash and a recording contract ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii in 1965 is Eight Days A Week by The Beatles.


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