Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 06, 2006
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Jim Nabors
Jim Nabors

JIM NABORS is getting ready for A Merry Christmas with Friends & Nabors next weekend, Dec. 15-17, at Hawaii Theatre, directed by John Rampage with Matt Catingub conducting the Hawaii Theatre Orchestra. It started as a onetime event. Sad to note that this year’s production marking the 10th anniversary will be the final performance run of Jim’s contribution to his beloved community ... on a brighter note, you can enjoy Jim Nabors year ‘round as Gomer Pyle with the DVD release this month of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.-The First Complete Season (1964), the perfect Christmas gift ...

THAT WAS a great party at Pearl last Tuesday for the release of Kim Taylor Reece‘s new book The Eternal Dance - it’s a winner! I ran into lots of friends, including the heads of three major Honolulu radio groups, Chuck Cotton of Clear Channel, Mike Kelly of Cox Radio and Steve Miller of Salem Media ...


MY NEXT STOP was the nearby Mai Tai Bar to join Carole Kai, world-class hypnotist Leslie Reynolds and the genial GM of Anheuser-Busch, Chad Hoffmeister, in judging the sixth annual Mai Tai Rumble, hosted by FM98.5’s Makani. Tough judging ... all the groups were great! Congratulations to the winners of the Open Mic category, Off-Nite, and the Island Contemporary category, Lalea! ...

ISLAND HAPPENINGS: Leslie Reynolds performs Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Tropics Showroom-Hilton Hawaiian Village ...

FOR GREAT family fun, check out the 12th annual Christmas Boat Parade this Saturday, with as many as 45 decorated boats participating. They’ll start at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor at 5:30 p.m., head out past Magic Island,Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 9, and finally back to the Hawaii Yacht Club. This year’s theme is “An Elvis Christmas,” with each boat sporting some Elvis flavor ... impersonators and more ...


A LONG-AWAITED PBS special, Great Performances: A Tribute to James Taylor, airs on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., with a repeat on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Friends joining James include Jimmy Buffett, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Dixie Chicks and Carole King ...

Miss K-POI
Miss K-POI

THIS WEEK in 1966: Hawaii has a world premiere by the hottest new group in music. The Monkees perform their very first concert together at the Blaisdell Arena. Before they take the stage, I introduce finalists from most of Oahu’s high schools who are participating in the sixth annual Miss K-poi pageant. And the winner is ... Waipahu High School’s Laurie Ann Gouveia ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is I’m A Believer by The Monkees ...

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