Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 16, 2011
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Samara Weaving

WHEN K-POI signed on as Hawaii’s first rock station in 1959, perhaps its biggest fan was Robert Nagaoka, the expert on everything K-POI. Record collectors, artists like Teddy Randazzo and former Poi Boys gathered at Robert’s Kaneohe home to talk story and behold his huge record collection and studio. A 1974 grad of Kaimuki High, he joined TheBus in 1976, first as a driver and in recent years as an executive. Robert, who passed away March 6, will be remembered by all who knew him ...

Spotted a long way from Down Under: Samara Weaving. The 19-year-old actress was in town to film scenes for Australia’s popular soap opera Home and Away with co-stars Luke Mitchell, Georgie Parker and Robert Mammon ... Fun Fact: Samara, who’s always wanted to learn to surf, was thrilled to get a lesson during a break ...

Kudos to Hawaii’s own Kamasami Kong, the radio deejay, who on CNN, CBC and Fox gave more professional reports from Tokyo following the earthquake-tsunami than some of the network pros. He also appeared on The O’Reilly Factor last Friday to talk about the devastation…


Diamond Head Theatre presents its spring offering, The King and I, featuring Paolo Montalban as the king of Siam, March 25 through April 10,

Fun fact: Montalban is best known as the Prince in the ABC/Disney movie musical Cinderella opposite Brandy, and as Kung Lao in TNT’s Mortal Kombat. He’s been in Just Wright, The Great Raid, American Adobo, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, Adjustment Bureau ...

Paolo Montalban

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival recently presented two screenings of the feature film One Kine Day by Bay Area native Chuck Mitsui. One Kine Day, which was filmed on Oahu, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival and stars Christa B. Allen (13 Going on 30), Julia Nickson (Around the World in 80 Days), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars, Heroes) and Jolene Blalock (Jason and the Argonauts and TV’s Starship: Enterprise) ... Fun Fact: Mitsui is the pioneering wizard who opened 808 Skate, Hawaii’s first skate shop, in 1995 ...


This week in 1979: Rod Stewart performs at Blaisdell Arena for three nights in a row as part of his “Blondes Have More Fun” tour. Rod, wearing a leopard-print shirt and jacket, shimmering black tights and rolled-down tan boots, begins his hour and 40-minute performance of 14 songs with Hot Legs, then powers through Tonight’s The Night, You’re In My Heart, I’m Losing You, Sweet Little Rock ‘n’Roller and Maggie Mae before he’s called back for an encore of his mega-hit, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? - the No. 1 record in Hawaii ...

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