Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 03, 2010
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Ashanti in Hawaii

SCENE IN HAWAII ... Michael Buble and Argentinean actress Luisana Lopilato - the two lovebirds were celebrating their new engagement on Maui. Congrats, Michael. Would love to have you back for another concert. ...

Also newly engaged: Alicia Keys and boyfriend, rapper Kasseem Dean (aka Swizz Beatz). The two were spotted on a romantic stroll on the beach while celebrating Alicia’s 29th birthday ...

Ashanti enjoyed a family vacation with a little bit of jet-skiing, luaus and good old-fashion fun in the sun ...

Fun fact: Ashanti plans to release her fifth album later this year ...

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In the 1960s in Los Angeles, the radio station to listen to was Boss Radio KHJ. The station’s biggest promotion was the “Big Kahuna.” Few knew he was portrayed by local boy Chris Varez, who grew up in Kailua. In 1966, Varez was on the Mainland, rubbing shoulders with rock stars, when his friend KHJ program director Ron Jacobs found Varez in Chicago with the Butterfield Blues Band and hired him to play a happy, trend-setting wise man called the Big Kahuna. The hit radio promotion made Varez a superstar on Southern California radio - as big as anyone in Hollywood. Celebrities wanted to meet him. Neal Young and The Bobby Fuller Four wrote songs about him. In the ‘80s, the Big Kuhuna returned to Hawaii and his first love, fishing. Varez died Jan. 24 on Kauai. Among others, he is survived by his brother, noted Big Island artist Dietrich Varez ...

This week in 1961: The 25th Show Of Stars is held at the Civic Auditorium and I have fun introducing the lineup of teenage stars: 18-year-old Bobby Rydell, 19-year-old Chubby Checker and 14-year-old Dodie Stevens who, at 13, became the youngest female ever to sell a million copies of a single with her hit Pink Shoe Laces ...

The No. 1 record is Pony Time by Chubby Checker ...

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