Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

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Wednesday - May 02, 2007
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Milia Macfarlane
Milia Macfarlane

CAN A SCHOOLTEACHER be the next Miss Hawaii? Punahou graduate Miss Island Oahu Milia Macfarlane is a kindergarten teacher at Kapalama Elementary School, and a former basketball captain for the University of Hawaii. Look for this talented beauty at this year’s Miss Hawaii Pageant, June 15 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village ...

Morning personality Lanai, aside from landing the lead role of Vince Fontaine in Grease (opening at the Army Community Theatre on May 10), is keeping busy with radio shows and his current Hawaiian-isle comedy tour. Go get ‘em, Lanai! ...

I DO! For a romantic evening of music, entertainment and dessert, head to Manoa Nights May 2 and 3 at the Wedding Café at Manoa Marketplace. With special guests Maila Gibson, Ben Vegas and harpist Pumehana Davis, there will be no shortage of talent to go with your magical evening. Great for brides-to-be! Keep an eye out for MINT afternoon tea, the first Sunday of every month ...

This Week in 1964: BEATLES IN HAWAII! John Lennon and George Harrison, along with their wives, arrive for some R&R at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel prior to their vacation in Tahiti. Pandemonium reigns as “Beatlemania” hits Hawaii big time. It’s hard to turn on a radio and not hear one of the Poi Boys playing a Beatles hit. Poi Boy Steve Nicolet, sporting a Beatle hair cut, has no problem talking his way past hotel security to give us firsthand reports of the goings-on. Frustrated by the bedlam in Waikiki, the Beatles ask to be taken to a quiet beach for a bit of privacy. Where are they taken on a Sunday afternoon? ... Kailua Beach! News spreads like a lava flow, eclipsing the hoopla in Waikiki. Giving up on the idea of a peaceful time in Hawaii, they cut their stay short and depart the next day on Pan American. Pal Bill Bachran, Hawaii’s PR director for Pan Am (and now longtime Sony Open publicity guru), invites me to the airport to interview them on the tarmac. It’s a very short interview as the two Beatles turn and head up the stairs. All the Poi Boys get a kick from the tongue-in-cheek wire report that comes to the radio station describing their arrival in Tahiti ... no one at the airport seemed to know or care about these lads with the unusual haircuts. The hotel car that was supposed to meet them doesn’t show up, so they were last seen getting into a rickety old cab. Aloha Hawaii ... Iorana Tahiti!

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles

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