Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 10, 2008
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OSCAR WINNER Helen Mirren took a break from filming Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Lanai, and was spotted in flippers, a snorkel and a two-piece purple bikini ...

Meanwhile, the buzz on Lanai is about Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), here for the same film, and his visit from hip-hop guru Russell Simmons‘ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons, star of the reality TV hit Life In The Fab Lane. The news is out: The couple is expecting ... Stars and crew are now on the Big island for the final three weeks of filming in Hilo and Kona ...

Sound-alikes: NE-YO and NEIL! Ne-Yo will be the first hot concert of 2009 - on Jan. 5 at Blaisdell Arena.

I loved his 2008 Grammy Award-winning album Because Of You, especially his Leaving Tonight duet with Jennifer Hudson. NE-YO’s latest CD, Year of the Gentleman, also is hot ... just nominated for a Grammy! Plus he’s up for two more for Closer and Miss Independent ...

And Neil Sedaka performed last Thursday at the North Shore Music Theater a few miles from Boston, and this past Saturday night he packed ‘em in at Staten Island’s St. George Theater before joining his family and heading to Hawaii for his two concerts here: this Thursday at Blaisdell Concert Hall and Friday at Maui’s Castle Theater. It’ll be 50 years, come August, when a teenage Neil first appeared in Honolulu at the Civic Auditorium with The Show Of Stars ...


The Brothers Cazimero will spread their Christmas cheer at their Sounds Of Christmas concert this weekend at Hawaii Theatre, while the Makana Sons will present their Christmas special, Makaha Kalikimaka, at Dole Cannery Ballrooms this Saturday ...

Par for the course: Will Smith played golf on Thanksgiving in Hawaii while wife Jada and the kids had some R&R by the beach ...

This week in 1974: Cheech and Chong perform at the Waikiki Shell. It’s their second 1974 Shell concert, as they performed here in January. Their manager, Lou Adler, called and said the guys had such a good time in January that they wanted to return for a holiday concert, so I quickly arrange for their return. My favorite moments: “Sister Mary Elephant” and a Christmas skit featuring Chong, as Santa Claus, having an argument with Cheech. Funnneee! ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is I’m Stone In Love With You by The Stylistics ...

Give a fun gift of entertainment in Hawaii for Christmas ... 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars - see and read all about them. From Elvis to Elton, Mariah to Britney ... Jimmy Buffett, Led Zeppelin, Gloria Estefan, The Stones, Clapton and much more in Uncle Tom’s best selling book “Showman Of The Pacific,” written by Jerry Hopkins available at leading stores and online at amazon.com.


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