Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - September 06, 2006
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THIS HAS GOT to be a Waikiki restaurant record: Sammy Taulealea of Nick’s Fishmarket - 32 years with Nick’s! He started as a busboy and is now maitre’d. Owner Ben Dowling jokingly remarked that “Sammy comes with the lease!” ...

It’ll be a super night of jazz at the Halekulani from 7:30 this Saturday night featuring The Breeze, sometimes called the Manhattan Transfer of Japan. Their special guest is Yoshiko Gotoh, who regularly performs at Rappongi’s Body and Soul, the hot jazz club in Tokyo ...

Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson

The WWE Returns with Raw Superstars and ECW Extremists at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16. Some of the names scheduled from ECW: World Champion The Big Show, RVD, CM PUNK, Balls Mahoney, Test, Mike Knoxx (with Kelly Kelly), The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer ... and from Raw: DX (Shawn Michaels and HHH), Edge (with Lita), Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Umaga (with Alejandro), Carlito, Johnny Nitro (with Melinda), The Spirit Squad, The Highlanders, and the gorgeous Torrie Wilson ...

The pioneer of modern day nightclub photography, Henry Woltag, is now living in Florida and asks to be remembered to his many friends here. In his heyday, his Kahala Kai staff took pictures of local singing stars and happy customers at showrooms from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Dome to Duke Kahanamoku‘s to the Kahala Hilton ...

Kalani Simerson is looking as fit as when he was driving Elvis around town on his many visits to Honolulu. Busy as ever, the former HPD motorcycle cop and fire dancer for Alfred Apaka at the Tapa Room, is now involved in airport security ...

This week in 1973: Radford High School graduate Bette Midler made her only Hawaii concert appearances - two nights in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Her musical conductor/pianist was a then-unknown Barry Manilow. Tickets were $6.50 and $5.50, and both shows sold out. With her mom in the audience, the usually outlandish “Divine Miss M” performed a comparatively straight show, void of most of the four-letter words and camp innuendoes audiences came to expect. Audiences and critics here loved her, she was outstanding. The best female performance I have ever witnessed. Dear Bette, please come home and do it again! ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii (for the third week in a row) was Touch Me In The Morning by Diana Ross.

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