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Stevie Wonder to appear in private concert in Waikiki

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Stevie Wonder will be appearing in concert in Waikiki Saturday night, but it is an event that is not open to the public.

Wonder's concert is for the Oracle Corporation's Club Excellence 2013 celebration at Fort DeRussy. 

Chain link fences draped with black screens surround Kuroda Field, where workers were putting the finishing touches on the concert stage, as well as on several tents and lightning that have been erected for the event. 

Veteran concert promoter Tom Moffatt revealed Stevie Wonder's concert in his weekly newspaper column. "the last time I played him here was at the stadium many years ago, and many people tell me it's one of the best concerts that they've seen at Aloha Stadium," he said.

However, Moffatt has nothing to do with this concert. This is a corporate event for the software giant, whose billionaire co-founder, Larry Ellison, also owns the island of Lanai. 

Oracle's Web site also noted other awards events with big name acts, including Maroon 5 and the Black Keys as entertainment.

Other conventions in Hawaii have also drawn acts like Elton John, who played a private event on the Big Island two years ago.

"Major acts come and play Hawaii, the various island, for private conventions and private parties, and we don't hear about it," said Moffatt. "And our public doesn't have a chance to buy tickets because it is a private event."

While the event is private, the open air set-up has been hard to miss for visitors in nearby hotels. 

"The first day we got here we saw them starting to set up some tents, and each day as we pull into the parking lot here, we've seen a little bit more go up," said Brittnay Carter, who's been staying at the neighboring Hale Koa Hotel.

The concert comes a year after the University of Hawaii lost $200,000 in a bogus Stevie Wonder concert scam involving an Oahu-based promoter who turned out to have no connection with Wonder.

An Oracle worker passing by the area confirmed that Wonder would be appearing at the party tomorrow night.

"That sounds incredible," said Carter after being told that the tents and stage were for Wonder. "He is such an amazing performer that whoever gets to attend that is pretty lucky."

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