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Tom Moffatt

The Hunger Games Filming in Hawaii and More Entertainment News

AS YOU READ THIS, I’ll be in Memphis for “Elvis Week 2012,” joining a distinguished lineup of guest speakers for conferences and media events … Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Col. Tom Parker‘s widow Loanne, Mike Stoller, who co-wrote several Elvis hits with partner Jerry Lieber, actress Mary Ann Mobley and many others including Elvis’s close buddies. Elvis Week’ll wrap with a Rock-a-Hula luau dance party … It’s a sincere honor to be able to represent Elvis’ Hawaii connection! …

Hunger Games: Catching Fire selected Oahu as a location for the sequel! Filming begins as early as November, including preproduction, and will wrap in Hawaii just before Christmas break. Sources say the budget for the sequel is more than $100 million … Fun fact: The first Hunger Games worldwide gross was $642 million, with $405 million in the United States alone. The budget was $78 million …

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival” Tuesday (Aug. 19), from noon to 6 p.m. at Kapiolani Park. The free festival will feature Ledward Ka’apana, Dennis Kamakahi, Ho’okena, Brother Noland, Maunalua and many more great local artists … door prizes galore, including a brand-new Taylor guitar and Kanile’a ukulele. All the details are at SlackKeyFestival.com …

Actress Kimee Balmilero of the Emmy-nominated TV Series Hi-5 will hold improv sessions for aspiring keiki actors ages 9 to 15 Aug. 19 and 26, and Sept. 2 and 9 at the Greenhouse in Kakaako. For more information, email hello@kimeeb.com or go to kimeeb.com …

Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand has turned Sundays into Fundays from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy drink specials with headline entertainment including Honolulu “A-Team” DJs Anit, Compose, KSM, Jami and Soundcheck. For further info, call 923-0669 …

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Peter Noone meets Elvis

Save the date Friday, Aug. 24, to see Ooklah The Moc live at Anna’s … doors open at 9 p.m. for everyone 21+ …

This week in 1965: Herman’s Hermits makes its Hawaii debut with a sold-out concert at HIC Arena. They are hot-hot-hot with two No. 1 records in the past four months, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter and I’m Henry VIII, I Am. Opening acts are Linda Green and The Tempos, The Nooney Rickett Four and The American Beetles.

I make arrangements with Elvis’s manager, my good friend Col. Tom Parker, to fulfill Herman and the Hermits’ wish to meet “The King.” It happens the day after the concert at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where Elvis is filming Paradise Hawaiian Style. Herman … real name Peter Noone … said, “Meeting Elvis was the thrill of a lifetime” … and the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Help by The Beatles

Celebrate Hawaii’s rock ‘n’ roll era with Tom Moffatt and Uncle Tom’s Rock N Roll Drive-in Saturday mornings from 8 till noon on 107.9 Hawaii’s Kool Gold.

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