Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 12, 2011
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Jimmy Buffett. Photos from Tom Moffatt

THERE HASN’T BEEN a polo match within Honolulu’s city limits for decades, which is what makes the U.S. Army Pacific’s event on historic Palm Circle at Ft. Shafter so special. Complete with pregame, intermission and post-match festivities, the Oct. 15 celebration is free and open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the match set for 2 p.m. ... Parking is available on post ... Fun Fact: then-Col. George S. Patton helmed a polo team during his time in Hawaii, circa 1936, that challenged interisland teams at what is now known as Kapiolani Park as well as Upcountry Maui ...

There’s an 8,500-gallon margarita on tap as Jimmy Buffett‘s Margaritaville Casino celebrates its grand opening this week at the Flamingo Hotel in Las

Vegas. Guinness World Records officials will witness the casino’s colossal concoction ... and after the last sip, Buffett will head to Honolulu for a visit that includes filming for Hawaii Five-0. Buffett, who flies his own sea plane and jet, tells me he’ll play “a grizzled ex-Marine helicopter pilot” ...

Friend and frequent isle visitor Franz Harary is back home after an amazing tour of China that concluded with the biggest magic production ever mounted in the 50,000-seat Guangzhou Stadium 470 workers, 58 semi trucks of gear, 1,200 moving lights, 37,000 square feet of video, all assembled over two months during monsoon season ...

Raiatea’s new album

Hoku bound: Sea Of Love, the new CD by Raiatea Helm. From cover artwork to the music inside, it’s a winner. The lass from Molokai just keeps getting better ...

If you’ve never seen a 1,000-pound pumpkin, you’ll get your chance at the second annual Pumpkin Carving Festival at Blaisdell Center Oct. 21 and 22 ... you can even watch it transformed into art by master carver “PumpkinEd Moody. Artists, celebrities and chefs also will compete with their own creations ... And mahalo to Safeway for once again donating the pumpkins to this charity event ...

This week in 1973: The J. Geils Band makes its first Hawaii appearance at HIC Arena, with a high-energy, two-encore performance including First I Look At The Purse, Whammer Jammer and Looking For A Love, and drives the excited crowd into a furious frenzy. Opening act is the Elvin Bishop Group. Tickets cost $6, $5 and $4. It’s the only concert I’ve ever presented where Thunderbird wine is requested in the backstage rider contract. They left a bottle behind ... that’s still in my collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia ... And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Pipeline Sequence by Honk (from the soundtrack of the surf movie Five Summer Stories) ...


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