Uncle Tom’s Gabbin

I BID A WARM Aloha ‘Oe to world-renowned sitarist Ravi Shankar, who passed away last week. He’s near and dear to me … He was my very first presentation at Blaisdell Concert Hall Feb. 17, 1968. I later presented his daughter Norah Jones April 23, 2005 next door at Blaisdell Arena …

It’s great to see that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is honoring my old friend Lou Adler, along with Quincy Jones, with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for 2013. I first met Lou when he managed Jan & Dean when they performed in the Show of Stars at the Civic Auditorium in the ’50s.

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With Norah Jones. Photos from Tom Moffatt

Lou produced both the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show and Carole King‘s Tapestry album … and among many stars, also managed Cheech & Chong and The Mamas and The Papas when they came to Hawaii …

We love Woody … and Woody loves Hawaii! Woody Harrelson took a break from filming Catching Fire to hit the waves … He’s now a local, living in Hawaii with wife Laura Louie and their three daughters. Woody says surfing is one of his favorite sports … He’s been spotted on the blue board taking lessons more than once! …

Congrats to Aria Park on her modeling debut … in her first print ad for Sears! Fun Fact: This little beauty is the product of promoter Thaddeus Park of Artist Groove Network and his lovely wife, former Miss Teen Hawaii Mahea – proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Looking for laughs this holiday season? Check out A Comedy Story featuring Paul Ogata and Andy Bumatai, along with guest star Jose Dynamite this Saturday at Ala Moana Hotel! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 391-5673 …

This week in 1962: You can tune your television set to Channel 4 on Monday night at 8 to watch a new TV show called Stoney Burke, whose star graces the cover of this week’s Aloha TV News. The show’s plot revolves around a rodeo rider confronted by many violent challenges while competing for the national championship “Golden Buckle.” The actor who portrays Stoney Burke is a man of many achievements … an athlete who attended NYU on a football scholarship and was offered a contract with the Cleveland Browns … an artist who is represented in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum … a structural steel worker with 14 months of experience building roads and bridges in Iran … and a photographer with national magazine credits. Yes, folks, Jack Lord is Stoney Burk, starring in his first TV series, long before Hawaii Five-0 … And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Return To Sender by Elvis