Ashlee Simpson, Alfred Apaka and more celebrity news

JEFF APAKA AND MANY members of the “royalty” of Hawaii’s entertainers will perform in a gala birthday celebration honoring Jeff’s dad, Alfred Apaka, who would have turned 96 this month. This momentous party will take place Sunday, March 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Hilton Hawaiian Village grounds, near the former home of the Tapa Room, where Alfred reigned as Hawaii’s top singing star. No cover charge, and free four-hour parking with food or beverage purchase. For more info, call 949-4321.

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Alfred Apaka Photo from Jeff Apaka

Spotted poolside on Maui: Ashlee Simpson and hubby Evan Ross. Ashley wore a leopard-print bikini and showed off her baby bump. The couple is expecting their first child (a girl) this summer …

The Easter Bunny is hopping at Windward Mall.

Bring your family for a photo at the Easter stage Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 4 …

“All about Jimi,” a talk with Kathy Etchingham, girlfriend of the late Jimi Hendrix and author of the book Through Gypsy Eyes, about her time with the legendary guitarist, will be a feature event this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in HPU’s Warmer Auditorium. For more info: hpu.edu/CHSS/Communication … I have great memories of presenting Jimi in Honolulu, May 30-31, 1969, at Waikiki Shell, and in the Arena Oct. 5, 1968, and Aug. 1, 1970. Always the gentleman on and off stage, Jimi was a kind and generous person. For his last visit here, his musicians and crew came in before Jimi, taking the most desirable rooms in the Diamond Head mansion I’d rented for the concert. The last to arrive, Jimi graciously ended up in the maids’ quarters! …

This week in 1976: “The First Hawaii Contemporary Music Festival” is held at Blaisdell Arena. A crowd of more than 7,000 fans turn out to see performances by Keola and Kapono Beamer, Country Comfort, Olomana and the comedy team Booga Booga (featuring Rap Reiplinger). Tickets cost $6.50, $5.50, $4.50 and $3.50 … Hank McMonigle of Sunbums magazine writes in his review: “The highlight of this event was the superb performance of Keola and Kapono Beamer” … And the No. 1 record is December 1963 (Oh What A Night) by The Four Seasons

HOT! HOT! HOT! No. 1 on Saturday morning radio! “Uncle Tom’s Rock & Roll Drive In” 8 to noon on Hawaii’s Kool Gold 107.9!