Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 30, 2011
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Elizabeth Taylor

GET YOUR Afro-Cuban All Stars pre-concert party tickets! The VIP party - with pupu from Soul de Cuba cafe, two complimentary drinks, the opportunity to meet some of the All Stars, and live entertainment - kicks off April 16 at 7 p.m. at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Tickets just $25 at ticketmaster.com ...

“Kokua for Japan,” a Hawaii-based fundraising event for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, will be held Sunday, April 10, from noon to 5 p.m. on Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Great Lawn.†All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross’s Japan relief efforts.†The entertainment lineup includes Henry Kapono with special guests Michael McDonald and Mick

Fleetwood, The Brothers Cazimero, Cecilio & Kapono, Kalapana, Cecilio & Kompany, Amy Hanaialii, Na Leo, John Cruz, Natural Vibrations, ManoaDNA, Robi Kahakalau, Mailani, Taimane, Go Jimmy Go, Jerry Santos, the Gregg Hammer Band, Loretta Ables Sayre and Kenny Endo Taiko. Info at kokuaforjapan.com ...


Aloha, Liz ... after† the 1970 Sunshine Music Festival in Diamond Head Crater, I headed to Kauai for some R&R at a new condo complex in Hanalei.

Only a couple of units were occupied ... it was a pleasant surprise to find that my neighbors were Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.†Liz kept out of the sun, but Richard waved whenever he passed my lanai on the way to the beach. And while DJ-ing at the Hawaiian Village, I watched Ms. Taylor arrive with then-husband Mike Todd for the premiere of Around The World In 80 Days. She was stunning ...

Raiatea

Spotted:† Legendary quarterback Joe Montana poolside at the Four Seasons Maui ... while pop rocker Rick Springfield enjoyed la vida local at the Hilton. He joined the Hawaii Five-0 cast earlier this month playing Renny Sinclair, a world-famous photographer. This episode was called† Ho’ohuli Na’au ...

Where did Raiatea head right after she returned from overseas? Not Zippy’s ... but KoAloha, to pick up her new custom-built ukulele - a gorgeous tenor ukulele hand-crafted of native ebony, spruce and mahogany ... and, should anything happen to that stunning instrument, she’s got another just like it ...


This week in 1971: I present James Taylor in his first Hawaii concert at the Arena, with a band called Joe Mama as the opening act, along with a comparatively unknown young singer.†I knew of her because Neil Sedaka wrote a hit song Oh, Carol about this one-time girlfriend, who in turn recorded a song about him, appropriately titled Oh Neil.†She penned quite a few hits in the ‘60s and was touring with James to promote her new album named Tapestry. Oh, Carole King, what a show! ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Joy To The World by Three Dog Night ...

 

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