Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - August 05, 2009
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IT’S THE 10th anniversary of the Willows restaurant this Friday! The festivities starts at 5:30 p.m. and go till 10, filled with fun: music by Kahua, food by Chef Jay Matsukawa and beverage stations galore. No cover charge. Food and drink tickets available at the door. Call
952-9200 or go to www.willowshawaii.com ...

FUN FACT: The original Willows restaurant was opened July 4, 1944, by Kathleen Perry, whose family owned the property. Husband Al was musical director of Hawaii Calls ...

August Moon wine tasting at The Contemporary Museum Gardens this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Sample boutique, organic and biodynamic wines with food from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and more. Details at 237-5231 ...

Funny gal Tamayo is back and better then ever! She rocked Hawaii’s comedy circuit in the 1990s and then took a bit of a break. Last week pal Dan Bradley and I presented her in Bali, where she performed at the new Anantara Resort and Spa Seminyak-Bali. She was a sensation ...

On my way back to the Islands, I stopped in Tokyo to have lunch with Japan’s super concert promoter and longtime friend Al Arashida. As we left the restaurant to walk through the sea of 12 million people, I looked up to find myself face-to-face with Hawaii-Japan radio personality Kamasami Kong. What are the odds? (I guess one in 12 million, hah!) He invited me to join his party at the Cecilio and Kapono concert that night, and it had to be a big table to have included Kong, Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki ...

This week in 1970: Jimi Hendrix performs before a sell-out crowd at HIC Arena in what would become his last American concert before his death six weeks later. Two days before the Honolulu concert, Jimi performs at a “free” show in a horse pasture above Seabury Hall on the upcountry slopes of Haleakala. Footage from that concert is used in the movie Rainbow Bridge ...

The No. 1 song in Hawaii is Make It With You by Bread ...

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