Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 05, 2008
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Hudgens and Efron

POST-GRADUATION BREAK: On- and off-screen couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens took a romantic walk on the beach in Hawaii last week. The High School Musical sweethearts were in town to attend Jason Barrett‘s wedding (he’s Zac’s manager). Their big-screen film, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, debuted at No. 1 in theatres with a record $42 million in tickets ...

Fun Fact: Director for all three HSM movies, Kenny Ortega, first visited Hawaii as choreographer for the Miami Sound Machine with Emilio and Gloria Estefan ...


50 Cent and Bette Midler team up for green! Rapper 50 Cent and his G Unity Foundation just dedicated the Curtis Jackson (his real name) Community Garden on 165th St. in his old Jamaica, Queens, neighborhood- and Hawaii-born and very divine Miss Midler presided over the ceremony. Bette is the founder of the New York Restoration Project and has the greenest celebrity thumb in the Big Apple ...

Bette Midler

Hana Hou! It’s the 17th annual World Invitational Hula Festival Thursday through Saturday at the Waikiki Shell. Thousands of hula artists from 16 countries join to celebrate the Hawaiian culture - costume, language, music and dance!

Performances will be judged by 21 of hula’s most prestigious keepers of the art. Tickets are available at Blaisedell box office ...

Happy Birthday to the Eagles’ Glen Frey, 60 years young this Thursday ...

This week in 1995: The Eagles perform at Aloha Stadium as part of their reunion Hell Freezes Over tour. Their last appearance in Hawaii was 16 years earlier with Jimmy Buffett, also at Aloha Stadium, so fans are wild about the visit. The concert is scheduled for a Tuesday night, but we can’t start building the stage until after the UH football game on Saturday night. To transform the field in just 40 hours is virtually impossible, but we get it done done and the concert goes on as scheduled. I well remember standing next to the Eagles’ production manager when they hit the first familial chord of music ... we look at each other, smile and shake hands - a special rock ‘n’ roll moment ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Fantasy by Mariah Carey ...

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