Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 19, 2011
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Mr. and Mrs. Fred Patacchia Jr.

CELEBRITY SCOOP! Pro surfer Fred Patacchia Jr. married longtime girlfriend Melissa Gomez at Lanikuhonua at Ko Olina Resort. Among the attendees were fellow pro surfers Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Sunny Garcia. Congratulations to a very attractive couple ...

Fun Fact: Chef Dave “D.K.” Kodama and his crew from Sansei and Vino catered. D.K. was on hand to prep the food and celebrate the event! ...

New in town to film on Hawaii Five-0: Nick Lachey and Dane Cook. Next in the lineup is Jojo ...

Spotted frolicking on a Maui beach: rocker Pink with hubby Carey Hart and their baby bump ...


With the overwhelming excitement surrounding Elton John‘s first Maui concert, a second show has been added! See Elton John live in concert Feb. 24 and 25 at the MACC. It’s interesting to look back on his surprise appearance at the Blue Max nightclub in Lahaina July 17, 1977, to support Greenpeace’s efforts to save the whales. When people heard about it, the 125-person capacity quickly filled - hundreds of fans listened from outside and caused quite the traffic jam on Front Street. Elton’s solo nine-song set began with Your Song and ended with Bennie and the Jets. The enthusiastic crowd called for an encore ... and he obliged with Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting. What a great night for Greenpeace, Blue Max owner John Lawrence and club manager Bob Lozoff ...

Tried the new Turtle Bay Resort restaurant yet? Leonardo’s opened last week, bringing authentic Italian dining to the picturesque North Shore ... homemade and imported pastas, risotto, osso bucco, yummy desserts, wonderful wines and thin-crust, fire-oven pizzas made with Italian Caputo flour and San Marzano tomatoes ... yum! For dinner reservations, call 293-6000 ...

Head on down to The Venue this Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. to see the Count Dracula Hawaii 2011 pageant ... 11 men will compete to be crowned Count Dracula! See which contestant possesses the enigmatic character, disarming charm, wit and masculinity that make him completely irresistible. Music by DJs Nocturna, Sniper Wells and Dark Cloud ...

This week in 1968: “Gentleman” Ed Francis presents 50th State Wrestling in the Arena with Kenji Shibuya and Jackie Carson wrestling to a draw in the opening match. Dutch Schultz defeats Bearcat Wright, while the tag team of Freddie Blassie and Ripper Collins trounces The Missing Link and Neff Maiawa.


There’s an all-out tag-team brawl for the World Championship that ends in a draw when all four wrestlers - Pedro Morales and Pepper Gomez along with opponents Angelo Poffo and Killer Kowalski - grapple in the ring ... both teams are disqualified by referees Frank Merrill and Wally Tsutsumi. The main event is a non-title match in which Jim Hady defeats the U.S. Heavyweight Champion “Handsome” Johnny Barend ...

The No. 1 song in Hawaii is It’s Wonderful by the Young Rascals (fourth week in a row!) ...

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