Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 22, 2010
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Jimmy Buffett and yers truly

Jimmy Buffett is in town for a brief surfing vacation. After lunch last week at Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Hotel in Waikiki, we paid a visit to the set of Hawaii Five-0 and paused in front of McGarrett’s house ... Speaking of Five-0, it’ll be interesting to see comedian Dane Cook on the show. He’ll play the brother of Det. Danny “Danno” Williams. The episode airs in February ...

A most memorable Christmas scene from a few years ago ... John Cruz signing CDs after his performance at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange. Among those standing in line to get John’s autograph? Santa Claus! ...

Fun Fact: Bruno Mars was working with piano player/producer Jeff Bhasker, who recommended Bruno for background vocals on John Cruz’s Hoku award winning CD One of These Days ... You can hear him on Heart Becomes the Weight and Dream Song ...

Congrats to former Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce, who married his manager/girlfriend Amy Railsbackin in a surprise ceremony here. The big shocker is that his fiancée didn’t even know about the wedding! The two planned their Hawaiian vacation, but Bonaduce didn’t announce the sunset ceremony until they arrived - SURPRISE! ...

Don’t miss Emme’s Island Moments Christmas Day at 6 p.m. on KGMB. It’s the encore presentation of Ka’ilila’au’s Canoe - A Journey of Spirit. Join Emme for the touching story of a canoe that bonds a West Maui family, a young boy’s dream and the employees of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel ...

Amy Railsbackin and Danny Bonaduce

They did it again! Shep Gordon and Mark Ellman have lined up the hottest New Year’s Eve show in the state at Mala in Wailea! The lineup includes Alice Cooper, Mick Fleetwood, Tom Arnold, and Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. And congrats to Alice for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2011! It’s about time ...

Carlos Santana and fiancée Cindy Blackman are currently prepping for their Hawaii wedding later this month. After the nuptials and the honeymoon are over, they’ll jet to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for Santana’s show, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits, from Jan. 5 through May 1 ...

This week in 1978: Loyal Garner and Melveen Leed present their holiday concert before two packed houses in Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom. Teddy Randazzo conducts the orchestra with special guests the Brothers Cazimero and select members of The Honolulu Boy Choir. This was indeed a memorable evening. Wayne Harada ended his glowing review with: “T’was the season’s merriest. With friends, with family, with music. Arigato, Melveen. Mahalo, Loyal. Thanks, Tom Moffatt, for producing this bright, shiny Christmas present ... and Merry Christmas, one and all.”... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Le Freak by Chic ...

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