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Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ - February 15, 2006 | Uncle Toms Gabbin | Midweek.com

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 15, 2006
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I love reading Kimo Akane‘s Las Vegas column in MidWeek each week and chuckled when I saw the city’s Chamber of Commerce hype: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” What stays in Vegas is ... your money! Local folks probably “contribute” more per capita than any other state ...

If you haven’t been to Waikiki recently, you’re missing a real gem of a site ... the Ocean Crystal Chapel at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Much larger than similar wedding locales and a most refreshing piece of architecture from talented designer Jeff Long. Worth the trip to behold! ...

Another gem: Brew Moon Waikiki, taking up residence inside Local Motion on Kalakaua Avenue this weekend. Check out their great signature beers and pupus on the 2nd floor lanai. A terrific stop for locals in the area ... Sidenote: On a recent trip to Bangkok, I ran into Brew Moon owner Marcus Bender, who unveiled some exceptional vodka he’s been developing - in Vietnam, of all places - that’s as smooth as fine sake ...

Rumor on the street is that someone from the cast of Lost is about to get voted off our island ...

That recent visitor at the airport - who had a tough time getting into his Hawaii Chauffeur limo - was none other than sumo grand champion Asano, here for hush-hush Halekulani visit ...

Kalapana is in the Philippines this week for concerts in Manila. They’re also looking to return to Japan in the near future.

The Los Angeles Times once asked what folks knew about Hawaii. The top three answers were “Diamond Head,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Don Ho.” So why aren’t we considering a “Don Ho International Airport?” Just askin’ ...

Kudos to my friend Joe Moore, steering despite the breaking rudder at KHON-TV. I’ve never seen a classier or more poignant protest. In all my years in Hawaii broadcasting, this is the biggest debacle ever. Sadly, the resignations are on-going ...

Things you don’t know about your neighbor: Dapper Ipo Cullen spent 11 years managing Casual Air, a boutique in Waikiki. When she discovered she had breast cancer, she quit her job and took the time to fight it. She’s now been cancer-free for 10 years. Nine years ago she gathered her family together to open one of the best local food restaurants on the island across from the Hawaii Convention Center on Atkinson Drive, “You Hungry” ...


When my friend Lou Adler conceptualized the first Mamas & Papas album, he titled it If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. That pretty much describes the self-titled debut CD from Wasabi. They were entered in the Mai Tai Rumble I judged last year at Ala Moana and immediately got the attention of the crowd: A family doing ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n roll?! They now do sell-out business at HHV’s Shell Bar and Chez Monique in Aiea each week. Wasabi will join me this Friday night at 6 p.m. on Center Stage at Ward Warehouse - which stands on the site of the old White Top Drive In - as we celebrate some great music and great times with 107.9FM.

This week in 1976: It doesn’t seem like 30 years ago, but that’s when I presented the Eagles at the H.I.C. Arena. It was a sell-out. Ticket prices: $5.50, $6.50 and $7.50 ...

Listen to Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In every Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
on Oldies 107.9FM ...

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