Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - July 19, 2006
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Sam Choy
Sam Choy

WHEREVER Sam Choy eats, the food’s got to be good. So KHNL TV’s sales ace Barbara Scott, who’s spotted Sam frequenting Best Drive-In on Sand Island Access Road lately, figured she’d bring some of their barbecue chicken to our lunchtime meeting. The staff loved it - ono stuff! Thanks, Sam ...

Brian Viloria
Brian Viloria

Hawaii’s gift to boxing, WBC light flyweight champion Brian Viloria, has his gloves in some interesting action these days. He’s featured in the latest Black Eyed Peas video, Bebot (the Filipino rap featured on the group’s Monkey Business CD), which debuts worldwide in about a week. Brian is featured in the video with his championship belt, in houses and at parties, and picking asparagus with BEP’s Apl in a scene that’s pure Steinbeck.

American Idol alums Jasmine Trias and Camille Velasco make appearances in the video, too ...


BEP is not alone among Brian’s superstar fans. The Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo), top hiphop producers for the likes of Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog, Britney Spears and P. Diddy, are working on the entry theme for Brian’s Aug. 10 title defense. And there’s a 100-plus member fan club - the cast and crew of General Hospital - that’s flying to Las Vegas to cheer him on ...

Alvin Shim, a friend for more than 40 years, is sorely missed by many in our community. As a powerhouse within the Democratic Party in Hawaii, Alvin was involved in every facet of our political scene for many, many years. He was quite the character, too, with a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor, and a love of food. My favorite Alvin story: On the same day that an article about Alvin’s illustrious career appears on the front page of the morning paper, he decides to take a break out in the country. He calls me and asks about the recipe for a dish I had made at one of our get-togethers. So I rattle off the list of ingredients, which ends with a 7-pound chuck roast. He tells me that he’s going to run out and grab the chuck roast so he can make it for dinner. “How many people are you feeding?” I ask. “Oh,” he replied. “Just me.” ...


This week in 1958: The Show of Stars at the Civic Auditorium featured the Everly Brothers, Four Preps, Bobby Day, Bob & Earl, Hollywood Flames, Robin Luke, Ronnie Diamond and The Royal Drifters. Tickets were $2.20 reserved, $1.50 general admission, and $1.25 teenagers. It was a special thrill to introduce the Everly Brothers on stage that night because they also had the No. 1 hit in Hawaii (and the world), All I Have To Do Is Dream ...

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