Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 21, 2009
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Kate Hudson and Adam Scott

SPOTTED AT THE BEACH and golfing on Maui were 63-year-old Goldie Hawn and 57-year-old Kurt Russell. Goldie still looks fabulous in her polka-dot one piece. Her daughter Kate Hudson has been heating things up with Australian golfer Adam Scott. The pair frolicked on the beach and was spotted dining with a group of friends at the Kapalua Resort ...

Teaming up with the Maui Food Bank, Hawaii Foodbank and Hawaii Food Basket is Ozomatli, reunited with Chali 2na live in concert Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Tower with Go Jimmy Go and Mabanzi Marimba, hosted by Mano Lopez and KTUH. Receive a free Ozomatli poster when you bring four or more cans of food!

Unexpected acoustics!: Talk (and laugh) in Hilo is about the new $86 million courthouse scheduled to open very soon. It seems that flushing toilets can be heard in various rooms in the courthouse, including the judge’s chamber ...

I’ve known Ron Jacobs since he started in radio at KGU in 1955. Since then he’s gone on to score in stage, screen and radio projects, plus in virtually all other media. But when he told me about his latest brainstorm last summer, I knew this could be his biggest winner of all. RJ’s book, OBAMALAND: Inside Barack Obama, is due from Trade Publishing about the time of the inauguration of Hawaii’s favorite son.


The volume contains contributions of dozens of writers, poets, painters, photographers and collectors of local memorabilia. More than 200 photos, many of them never seen before, and eight pages of Oahu maps keyed to Obama sites of interest - including where he visited at Christmas - are a few of the eye-poppers included in this surefire bestseller. OBAMALAND can be ordered now through Jan. 20, with postage prepaid, at tradepublishing.com.

Fun fact ... It’ll be 30 years ago this May that I brought the first reggae star to perform in Hawaii. And who was the star? ... Bob Marley!

This week in 1970: The Grateful Dead performs for the first time in Hawaii for two nights at the Civic Auditorium. Noah’s Ark provides the psychedelic light show and opening groups are The Sun And The Moon and Pilfredge Sump. Tickets cost $3 in advance and $4 at the door. The Dead really wanted to come here and accept our offer of $6,000 per night. They even pay for their airline tickets!

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Raindrops Keep Fallin’On My Head by B.J. Thomas.

50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars - see and read all about them 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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