Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - September 17, 2008
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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

FORMER CREWMEMBER Marion Lyman-Mersereau, who helped build the Hokule’a, imagines what Hawaii’s ocean creatures saw when the voyaging canoe capsized and Eddie Aikau went for help in Eddie Wen’ Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe. She’ll perform a reading at Kahala Sportswear in the new Nordstrom wing of Ala Moana Center this Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. Former crew members Mel Kinney, Ka’au McKenney and Tai Crouch also will make an appearance, as will Kahala creative director and waterman Dale Hope ...

Dax Shepard is said to love some PDAs (public displays of affection) with his ladies. The proof: Dax was spotted canoodling at the beach with girlfriend Kristen Bell while they were on break from filming their upcoming movie, When in Rome ...

Fun Fact: Kristen Bell is no stranger to Hawaii. She played the title character in the hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, filmed here ...

Local musician Manea Manuma needs a kidney transplant. When fellow entertainers heard the news, they got together and organized a benefit concert, “Manea’s Jam For Life,” this Sunday, 2-10 p.m. at The O Lounge. Many of Hawaii’s musical greats will be there to entertain. Ticket info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...

I wanted to fly into Waimea airport to catch a recent Big Island concert, but when the round trip was quoted at $500, I opted for Kona airport. The concert was the first ever in the new outdoor amphitheater Queen’s Gardens at Waikoloa - and what a first-time concert: Earth, Wind & Fire! As usual, the band was outstanding, the sellout crowd of 5,000-plus was enthusiastic and a wonderful evening was had by all. Kudos to all concerned in a first-class opening for this exciting new venue. Gotta do something about that airfare, though ...

Congrats to Mr. Bubble Toes: Two of Jack Johnson‘s recent East Coast concerts together grossed nearly $2 million, followed by one in Canada that drew 28,347 fans and grossed $1,346,940 U.S.!

This week in 1973: Elton John returns to Hawaii for the third time, selling out two nights at Blaisdell Arena. The crowds go wild as he appears wearing a cape and a huge pair of illuminated sunglasses. One of the highlights of the concerts was his performance of his first No. 1 single, Crocodile Rock. After the opening night we take Elton and his band for a late dinner at Nick’s Fishmarket ...

For the fourth week in a row, the No.1 record in Hawaii is Touch Me In The Morning by Diana Ross ...

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