Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - June 01, 2011
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Selena and Justin. Photos from Tom Moffatt

THE VALLEY ISLE was poppin’ with stars!Spotted: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez - the lovebirds arrived the day after the 2011 Billboard Music Awards for a sunny vacay ... while Hilary Duff and main squeeze Mike Comrie put in an appearance at the Wayan Brothers’ greeting party at the MAC’s Castle Theater.Also in town:a dapper gentleman in a white suit, Carlos Santana ...

Tune in to PBS this Sunday at 7 p.m. for the premiere of Hawaiian Airlines Presents Na Mele, featuring the legendary Golden Voice of Hawaii, Emma Veary, at Halekulani ...

Broadway’s best gathered last week for the 56th annual Drama Desk Awards, with Book of Mormon and Anything Goes tying up five awards each, and Ghetto Klown winning the Outstanding Solo Performance award for John Leguizamo.The event was hosted by Harvey Fierstein; presenters included Tyne Daly, Daniel Radcliffe, Julie Halston and the lovely Katie Holmes ... The evening’s A-List hair/makeup team was led by Federico Calce of Federico Salon NYC, assisted by Hawaii’s own Mahealani Diego ...

Sad to hear of the passing of “Mr. Magic” Bobby Acoba, popular bartender and magician ... Also stunned to hear Bob Apisa, football player-turned-actor/stuntman and wife Arlena lost their Granada Hills, Calif., home in a fire caused by a short in the laundry room - destroyed their sports and show biz memorabilia ...

Calling all screenwriters! Here is your opportunity to attend the The Business of Screenwriting with Iris Yamashita workshop, Saturday/Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UH Manoa Krauss Hall (012). To register, go towww.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm ... Punahou girl Iris is the screenwriter for Clint Eastwood‘s film Letters from Iwo Jima, which was nominated for four Oscars ...

Next Thursday, the ninth Chai’s Island Bistro’s free mega-mixer ... open to the public with live music, drink specials and free pupu compliments of Chef Chai ... More info on Facebook; search for “Nextworking Professionals Mixer” ...

This week in 1975: It’s June 4 and America performs for a sell-out crowd at HIC Arena on the last stop of its tour to promote its new album Hearts, produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.The duo begins their concert with Tin Man and lavishes the audience with nonstop hits Muskrat Love, Lonely People, I Need You, Don’t Cross The River, Ventura Highway, A Horse With No Name and their current chart-topper, Sister Golden Hair. Opening act is Captain, led by Chad Stuart, best known as half of the EnglishduoChad and Jeremy. Tickets: $6.50, $5.50 and $4.50 ...

Fun fact: America is headed this way for a four-island tour later this summer, so stay tuned ... and the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Sister Golden Hair by America ...


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