Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - June 14, 2006
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WHAT DO YOU do with all the phone books you receive? I weighed my 2006 collection and it came to just over 20 pounds. And they keep coming ...

Among disc jockeys, one of the greatest compliments you can receive is to have a fellow jock admire your voice. I had tremendous admiration for the late Steven B. Williams, who possessed one of the finest voices in radio. I know I’m not alone, so I was still tickled when Erika Engle (who has a darned sexy voice of her own) shared a Steven-related memory of her late husband, KSSK’s Cliff Richards. Cliff, with his own magnificent pipes, said that hearing Steven B.‘s voice made him “feel like a little girl ...”


Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé

My longtime friend Paul Anka was vacationing at the Kahala three summers ago and had his office send me his latest CD for our upcoming weekend interview. He insisted they include the CD of a relative newcomer who had recorded one of Paul’s hits, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, which Paul had sung at his Civic Auditorium “Show of Stars” appearance 44 years earlier. That Saturday, during the interview, Michael Bublé made his Hawaii radio debut singing that song. Aside from finding it funny that Paul and I were still talking about Put Your Head On My Shoulder all those years later, I was impressed enough with Bublé to want to present him in concert. The rest of the world was clamoring for him, too, so his schedule put him out of reach for the next couple of years, but thanks to Michael’s generosity, he’ll be in Hawaii for two shows in July (on the 28th at the Blaisdell Arena, and on the 29th at Maui’s MACC). Michael is anxious to treat his hard-working band to some R&R in paradise, which will in turn treat Hawaii fans to the final concerts of his sold-out world tour ...


The Alfred Apaka Suite at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel will finally contain a portrait of its namesake when son Jeff Apaka presents the hotel with a 3-by-5-foot portrait of his dad, painted by the late artist Dean Chapman ...

Alfred Apaka
Alfred Apaka

For a trip through old Hawaii, check out the Hawaiian Hut at Ala Moana Hotel, where Kalo’s South Sea Revue, celebrating 36 years at the Hut, recreates the old-time feel of Waikiki mainstays like Don The Beachcomber’s and Trader Vic’s. The nightly shows offer a fascinating voyage through Polynesia ...

Another great show celebrating 36 years in Waikiki is Tihati’s Polynesian Revue, nightly except Mondays at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel. You could say that Tihati actually started in Waikiki a couple of years before that, when we opened the Outrigger Hotel’s Main Showroom with the Tommy Sands Show (Jack “Tihati” Thompson was in the cast) in 1968 ...

This week in 1963: I introduced the Beach Boys in their debut Hawaii concerts at the “Show of Stars” at the Civic Auditorium. After their set, the Wilson Brothers and Mike Love remained on stage as the back-up band for Dee Dee Sharp and Jackie De Shannon. Tickets were $2.20 reserved, $1.45 general admission, $1.25 teens, 90 cents for kids 12 and under. The No. 1 record was It’s My Party by Lesley Gore.

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