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Tom Moffatt

Aidan James, Kapena and more Entertainment News

HAWAII FAVORITE AMERICA RETURNS to Honolulu Sept. 28 for a concert at Blaisdell Concert Hall, with lots of classic hits on tap, including A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, I Need You, Sandman and Lonely People. Tickets go on sale Friday (Aug. 1). Fun fact: Did you know that America actually started in London? They’re the sons of American fathers and British mothers …

The very popular Pacific Ink and Art Expo happens this weekend at the Blaisdell. An amazing offering of tattoo talent, paintings, cars, bikes and more, the expo also will feature live entertainment by Kapena, Irie Love and Go Jimmy Go. More info at …

Hawaii’s newest ukulele virtuoso, Aidan James, hit some true highs on his recent U.S. tour: playing Capitol Hill for U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono — on the steps of the Senate building, no less — and meeting up with Hapa in New York City for a show. He’ll rest for a couple days before heading off to Japan, performing at the Shibuya Kokaido Aug. 9 and Hard Rock Café Tokyo Aug. 10 …

On a sad note … I will dearly miss my good friend Steve Ozark, “Caterer to the Stars,” who recently lost his battle with cancer. We go way back to the ’70s, when I hired him to cater a concert at the HIC. Back then, catering consisted of a few sandwiches. Fast-forward to now, and Steve’s elaborate backstage spreads are legend among a legion of musicians from Sir Elton John to Jimmy Buffett

This week in 1959: “The Show of Stars” presents the “First Annual All Island Talent Contest” featuring more than 50 acts over two days at Civic Auditorium. Special guest star is Conway Twitty, stopping in Hawaii on his way back from Australia. First-place winners are The Jokers, led by Theodore “Teddy Tanaka” Chinen, and their prize includes a beautiful trophy and all-expense-paid trip to visit Disneyland, Hollywood, and the Moulin Rouge and Coconut Grove nightclubs, as well as a hi-fi stereo and $500 worth of record albums … Teddy, who currently is receiving treatment for esophageal cancer, has been under the radar as of late, and is scheduled Aug. 12 for a procedure in Los Angeles. Thoughts and prayers are truly appreciated by this fabulous gentleman … Letters and donations can be sent to Teddy & Nancy Tanaka, P.O. Box 25445, Honolulu, HI 96825 … And the No. 1 record is S’Why Hard by The Royal Drifters, a song written by Rudy Molina and Ron Jacobs

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