Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - July 06, 2011
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Elizabeth Berkley. Photos from Tom Moffatt

THE OPERA COMMUNITY is buzzing about the upcoming concert by opera superstar Dame Kiri te Kanawa set for Sept. 29 in Blaisdell Concert Hall. A benefit for Hawaii Opera Theatre, presale tickets for HOT members are available now at 596-7578. Tickets will be available at the Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster beginning July 15 ...

The Saved By The Bell turned Showgirl turned author Elizabeth Berkley flaunted her two piece shore side with actor/painter husband Greg Lauren ... Fun Fact: Ask Elizabeth, a selfhelp guide for teenage girls, hit stores last month! ...

Bring your ohana to Kahala Mall this Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join the Get Well Coloring Card contest for Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends. The Sesame Street Live team will visit local children’s hospitals later this month to pass ‘em out ... nice idea! You’ll have the chance to win a family four-pack of tickets for this fabulous show, running July 15-24 at Blaisdell Concert Hall ...

Congrats to club promoter Thaddeus Park of Artist Groove Network and lovely wife Mahea, who celebrated their daughter Aria‘s first birthday! What a doll! ...


Work your bikini bod at The Firm Pilates Studio, recently opened with state-of-the-art equipment on the second floor of Hawaii Kai Corporate Plaza next to Roy’s Restaurant. Principal massage therapist Tim Lee has vast experience that benefits elite clients including Davone Bess, Colt Brennan, Nani Cockett and Kale Ane. More info is at thefirmpilates.com. Fun Fact: Owner Lauren Chun, a successful litigation attorney in Los Angeles, gave up her partnership to follow her dream to come home to open the studio ...

Gear up for T&C Surf’s “AlohaLauLea 2011” Aloha Tower Block Party Saturday, Sept. 17 18 bands for $18! This year’s scheduled lineup: San Diego’s “Vampire” roots rockers Tribal Seeds, Positive Motion‘s official CD release party, Kolohe Kai, E.N Young of Stranger, The Steppas, H Trey, Jimmy Weeks Project, Rebel Souljahz, Ooklah the Moc, Cease Fyah, Rootikal Riddim, All Natro, Local Uprising, Nesian Nine, Anuhea, Father Psalms featuring Mike Love and Paula Fuga, Straight Up, Revival, Soul Smooth and host G Spot featuring world-class music and dancers. Tickets go on sale July 16 online at MayJahRayJah.com ...

Congrats to newly crowned 2011 Miss Universe Japan, Osaka’s Maria Kamiyama! You may not know that Maria used to live near Ala Moana Center and loves it here. Among her Island favorites: Lanikai Beach, North Shore garlic shrimp, Ward Center and Jack Johnson ...


This week in 1960: Bobby Darin performs for four nights at the Waikiki Shell in conjunction with the 50th State Fair, along with 6-year-old pianist Ginny Tiu, Homer and Jethro, The Collins Kids and juggler Francis Brunn. Finger-snapping Bobby performs Dream Lover, High Hopes, I Got A Woman, Beyond The Sea, Splish Splash, Mack The Knife and more. Tickets cost $3.50, $2.50, $1.50 and $1. ... And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles ...

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