Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - April 19, 2006
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A FRIEND WAS relating a story about flying to Maui from Los Angeles, having been seated next to some children and their famous mother. She was awed by the family’s down-to-earth, polite and approachable demeanor, and remarked on how close-knit they seemed to be. When mentioning the story to my Maui-based business partner Shep Gordon during the Kanye West concert, I was floored to find out that the famous mother, California’s first lady Maria Shriver, and her family were guests at his house that same night for dinner - while he was with me in Honolulu ...

When you’re lost, you want these folks helping you: A well-known entertainer checked in to the Four Seasons the other day, looking forward to some hard-earned R&R. When he woke up the next morning he wanted to do some sightseeing but could-n’t find any of the places on the map. To his surprise, he was on the wrong island. Apparently the travel agency had handed him a brochure for the Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island - not the Four Seasons Manele Bay on Lanai where he had been booked. He was chuckling as reservations manager Pam Haban and her staff graciously reworked his reservation and set him up for a flight to Kona ...

Madeline Austin
Madeline Austin

And speaking of being lost, the cast of LOST was spotted throwing a party in Chinatown the other night, during which they reportedly bid aloha to two departing castmates ...

Kamasami Kong writes from Tokyo that he’ll be doing a similar column starting this week for Metropolis, a very slick English language city guide ...

Youngest person to ever check into the Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Madeline Uale`a o ka mahina Tikehu Austin, 1 day old. Her proud parents are Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and John Charles Quinell Austin. “Tikehu” is the Maori name of papa John’s New Zealand family. Royal Hawaiian GM John Gersonde gifted Madeline with her very first teddy bear from the Royal Hawaiian gift shop ...

Meanwhile Rod Stewart just wrapped up a Maui vacation at the Grand Wailea…

Damian Marley
Damian Marley

I had a terrific dinner with Goldenvoice concert honcho Elliott Lefko at Maguroya on Waialae Avenue. Their ahi steak shioyaki is the best ...

It was 27 years ago when I presented the first reggae concert at the Waikiki Shell featuring Bob Marley. This Sunday his son, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, who was born two years after that landmark show, headlines at the same venue after winning two Grammy awards for his socio-political masterpiece Welcome To Jamrock.

Brother Noland‘s got a fabulous new CD out this week titled Mystical Fish. A must-add to any music library and another great release from Jon DeMello and the gang at Mountain Apple Company ...

This week in 1975: 8,500 jammed the Blaisdell Arena to see Tower Of Power and Flash Cadillac. And the No. 1 song that same week was Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John ...

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