Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 12, 2008
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Gloria Estefan

WAS IN TAHITI on Raiatea recently with Beach 5 for one of four concerts in conjunction with the Hawaiki Nui Va’a canoe racing championships, where the next morning we’d all thrill to see 144 canoes begin the next leg of the race to Taha’a. From the sound system came the familiar strains of Gloria Estefan‘s Rhythm Is Gonna Get You in a slightly different rendition by a Tahitian group. It was chickenskin time ...

The day before leaving for Tahiti, plans were finalized for a very special concert event that would feature Rhythm and so many more memorable hits ... and now I can happily announce it: Gloria Estefan, Blaisdell Arena, Saturday Jan. 17. Wow! Tickets go on sale this Saturday ...

Bravo, Chef Mavro! World-renowned restaurant and travel guide Gayot rates Mavro one of the Top 40 restaurants in the U.S. for 2008, and he’s celebrating his restaurant’s 10th anniversary ...


It’s the fifth anniversary of GiRL FeST Hawaii now through Nov. 15! Its mission is to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art. For more information, go to http://www.girlfesthawaii.org ...

Spotted strolling the beach with a bronzed mystery babe ... Owen Wilson ...

New, green, yummy - that’s “Lauhala and Lunch” at The Contemporary Museum’s new TCM Café. It’s a quick and easy picnic service! Enjoy lunch al fresco on a grassy knoll in the beautiful Nu’umealani Gardens surrounding the museum. Call 523-3362 ahead to place your lunch order, then retrieve your picnic for two packaged in a festive basket with complimentary lauhala mat, find yourself a shady spot of grass and enjoy the peace and quiet and breathtaking views ...

This week in 1982: Stevie Wonder performs a three-hour concert at Aloha Stadium backed by his 13-member Wonderlove Band. But for a moment I thought the concert might not happen. Let’s go back ... In the summer, I’d flown to Tokyo to meet with Stevie’s manager to arrange for the concert to follow his Tokyo dates that were, at the time, being negotiated. Everything’s a go until “Uncle Tom” meets Stevie on his arrival in Honolulu. After the group checks into the Ilikai, I get a call from Stevie’s manager telling me there’s a problem - Stevie thought his Honolulu promoter was African American. I inform them that there are no African-American promoters in Hawaii, which clears things up for Stevie and the concert goes on as scheduled ... one of the best ever at the stadium ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Truly by Lionel Richie ...

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