Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - April 25, 2007
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Don’s last showroom picture taken just before he went on stage. Front: George, Jerry, Tom. Back: Haumea, Don
Don’s last showroom picture taken just before he went
on stage. Front: George, Jerry, Tom. Back: Haumea,

LAST WEEK I wrote about Jerry Hopkins being in Hawaii to write a book about Don Ho. On Thursday April 12, after dinner at Duke’s, Jerry, publisher George Engebretson and yers truly went to the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel to catch what would be Don’s last show. Don was great, getting a standing ovation after his final song, Kui Lee’s Ain’t No Big Thing. After the showroom emptied, Don and his wife Haumea joined the three of us to trade stories and laugh until just before midnight. Don was in rare form, obviously enjoying the get-together. It was the Don that we’ve known and loved through the years and I’m thankful for that special time together after that final Don Ho show ... Aloha, Don ...

Photo ace Russell Tanoue is busier than ever, recently wrapping a sizzling photo shoot with former UH athletes and current and recent beauty queens at Waikiki Beach Walk to be featured in an upcoming two-part MidWeek swim issues - yes, two of ‘em, May 2 and 4. Talent line-up includes former UH basketball star Nani Cockett, volleyball diva Lauren Duggins, former QB Jeff Rhode, basketball favorite Lance Takaki, volleyballer Ryan Woodward, former Miss Hawaii Jennifer Hera Pimentel, and Miss Hawaii USA Chanel Wise. Wow! Keep an eye out for Russell’s 12th annual Birthday Celebration, July 8 at the Pearl Ultra Lounge ...

Our beautiful hazel-eyed Miss Hawaii 2007 Pilialoha Gaison is back home in the islands after placing top 10, and winning the talent portion of this year’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. She has just begun her state-wide “Students in Transition” tour, in which she’ll visit various schools and speak to students about addressing fears and reservations, making the right decisions, and focusing on being tobacco free. Pilialoha will be on hand to crown our next Miss Hawaii, June 15 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village…

Jim Gaffigan coming to town in July can be seen in his highly acclaimed Beyond the Pale one-hour comedy special this Friday at 10 p.m. on Oceanic Cable’s Comedy Central channel 75, digital channel 545 ...

This Week in 1982: Jimmy Buffett performs his first Waikiki Shell concert. It’s an acoustic evening featuring his brilliant keyboard virtuoso, Mike Utley. The crowd goes wild when Jimmy brings a surprise guest on stage to join him in singing Margaritaville - Neil Young! Shortly after, we head for a concert in Tahiti at the O’tac in Papeete. While there Jimmy writes, with former Hawaii resident Bobby Holmcomb, one of my favorite Buffett classics, One Particular Harbor...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is, Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8am til noon every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies 107.9 FM or on the web at http://www.oldies1079honolulu.com.

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