Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - July 05, 2006
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THERE WE WERE - Pacific Business NewsHoward Dicus, Easter Seals’Hector Venegas and I - at the Chefs Du Jour event at Taste of Honolulu. When it was time to draw the raffle for the Dream Baseball Weekend in San Francisco (who doesn’t want to win primo seats at a Giants game?), we shook that crammed entry box as hard as we could. The winner? MidWeek publisher Ron Nagasawa ...

Today’s technological advances are often beyond the means of persons for whom communication and mobility are challenges, but Easter Seals is among the agencies that get these items to those who need them. While at Taste, I was happy to see many Easter Seals participants enjoying themselves. My time there was highlighted when one of the vendors handed me a bunch of scrips to give to a deserving person. I approached a young fellow in a wheelchair and his companion and said, “I was asked to give this scrip to a cute girl and handsome guy who are enjoying themselves.” The woman thanked me on behalf of the both of them. As I started to leave, she pointed to the computer mounted on her companion’s wheelchair. He had typed, “I enjoy listening to your Saturday morning radio show.” It touched me deeply to “hear” him say that ...

A touch of class: Mesa Air and go! CEO Jonathan Ornstein sent out personal thank you notes to those who attended the Kahala reception celebrating go!‘s arrival in Hawaii. Great party, Jonathan ...

He’s made the Taj Mahal, the Space Shuttle and Diamond Head disappear. Now master magician Franz Harary will bring his internationally acclaimed show, Mega Magic, to Hawaii Theatre on July 14 for 12 performances only. Tickets are $20 to $35, with discounts for tutu, keiki and military ...

Congratulations to Kutmaster Spaz on the launch of his new magazine, Dis-N-Dat, available free at Borders. It showcases local entertainment, fashions and lifestyles. Way to go, Spaz, for that dynamite first cover featuring Hollywood actress (with local ties) Gina Hirizumi ...

Here’s a class reggae CD for your collection: Marty Dread ... Next Level.

Platinum L.A. music producer Rick Rock (Will Smith, 2Pac, Jay-Z) contributed on several songs. Really worth a listen.

Gina Hirizumi
Gina Hirizumi

Marty joins his Maui neighbor Willie Nelson on his summer tour that kicks off with Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic concert in Ft. Worth, Texas ...

“The Songs of Old Hawaii” at Kaimuki High School July 15 will bring back lots of great musical memories. It’s a once-ina-lifetime concert by the icons of Waikiki’s golden years, featuring Nina Kealiiwahamana, Marlene Sai, Boyce Rodrigues, Iwalani Kahalewai, Kealoha Kalama, Joe Recca, Bill Kaiwa and many more. Harry Soria Jr. will emcee and Ainsley Halemanu will be part of the all-star band. Tickets are only $25 in advance. Call Ainsley at 228-2001 for info ...

This week in 1964: The second Million Dollar Party was staged for two nights in the Arena. The lineup included The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Jimmy Clanton, Ray Peterson, The Kingsmen, The Rivingtons, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and the first group from England ever to perform in Hawaii - Peter & Gordon. The backup band included Glenn Campbell on guitar.

The No. 1 hit that week was Nobody I Know by Peter & Gordon. The Beach Boys had a two-sided hit (remember 45 rpm singles?) the same week, ranked No. 3: Don’t Worry Baby backed with I Get Around, which I’m sure they’ll include in their Waikiki Shell benefit concert for the Polynesian Voyaging Society this Saturday night. Advance tickets start at $25 each; visit the Blaisdell box office to pick up yours ...

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8 a.m. ‘til noon every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies on 107.9 FM or on the web at www.oldies1079honolulu.com

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