Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - July 20, 2011
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Mazie and Me. Photos from Tom Moffatt

I HAD THE PLEASURE of chatting with U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono just before the Fourth of July parade through Waikiki ... and I got to walk with Mayor Peter Carlisle, his lovely wife Judy, and some 100 of their friends and supporters right behind the Royal Hawaiian Band ...

Vote now for the “Kokua for Japan” benefit concert to win VH-1’s 2011 Do Something Award in the concert category at http://on.vh1.com/nEW4xX ... “Kokua for Japan” is one of five relief/benefit shows nominated. It included some of Hawaii’s top talents such as Jack Johnson, Henry Kapono, Jake Shimabukuro, Kalapana, Amy Hanaiali’i, Na Leo, John Cruz, Mailani and Go Jimmy Go, along with nationally acclaimed artists Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson and more. The benefit raised $1.6 million for the American Red Cross’s Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief ...

Spotted: Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Sarah Walker in the hit NBC TV series Chuck, spent a romantic weekend at Maui’s Four Seasons Resort with main squeeze Tim Loden ... and Jaden Smith celebrated his first teen birthday on the beach with dad Will, who is taking a break from filming Men in Black III, due out next year ...

The 14th annual concert/recital of the Hawaii Harmonica Society is this Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mission Memorial Auditorium, City Hall Annex, featuring a medley of songs by the Small World Harmonica Band and Hawaii Reed 21 Harmonica Band. Contact Bob Omura at 833-4336 ...

Kiana Iwata’s Get Well card

Calling all singers ages 9 to 18! Amateur vocalists from Hawaii should submit a YouTube clip by 5 p.m. July 25, showcasing their talent for Kahala Mall’s Sing! competition 25 semi-finalists will take the stage at Kahala Mall Aug. 3 and 4, with 12 finalists moving on to the Aug. 20 round for a chance to win cash prizes, Kahala Mall gift certificates and a KoAloha ukulele. Call Jessi at 732-7736 for more info ...

Here is a really cute card by Kiana Iwata, who won the Sesame Street Live Get Well card coloring contest that was held at Kahala Mall. As mentioned previously, all of the get well cards will go to keiki at Kapiolani and Shriners Hospitals, and HUGS (Help, Understanding and Group Support). You can see Elmo & Friends in Sesame Street Live 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends now through Sunday ...

This week in 1969: Vanilla Fudge, featuring Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, perform for two nights at the Civic Auditorium ... standing ovations both nights! Opening acts are The Gold Rush Blues Band and The Theater of Madness. Tickets: $3. And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder. Fun fact: Although it peaked on the Mainland at only No. 4 on the Billboard charts, it would remain No. 1 in Hawaii for four weeks. It is finally dislodged by the Rolling StonesHonky Tonk Woman ...


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