Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 21, 2011
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Nick and Vanessa Lachey. Photos from Tom Moffatt

GUESS WHO’S HOME for the holidays? Hawaii’s beloved superstar Bruno Mars. Bruno’s been spending quality time with his family and quietly jammin’ on drums and microphones in clubs around town. Keep an eye open and you just might run into the doo-woppin’ Grammy winner before he heads to Las Vegas to sing in 2012 at Bellagio’s swank “The Bank” nightclub, where a table for 10 with all the trimmings costs a very cool $10,000 ...

Nick Lachey and his five-months-new wife Vanessa took a relaxing bike ride around Maui in their bathing suits. What a hot couple! And living it up at the Pink Palace in Waikiki are Spanish celebs Carlos Pombo and TV/film actress Terelu Campos ...

Reggae sensation SOJA returns to Hawaii in January with special guest artists Anuhea and The Green! Shows are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at Kakaako Waterfront Park Amphitheater; Jan. 22, at Kilohana Pavilion on Kauai; Jan. 27 on the Big Island at King Kamehameha Hotel Kona; and Jan. 28 on Maui at the MACC. Tickets are on sale now ... They sold out the last time, so don’t wait ...

With the show on a two-week hiatus, Hawaii Five-0‘s Alex O’Loughlin and new girlfriend, former pro surfer Malia Jones, are spending the holidays in Paris and skiing in the French Alps with their collective kids: O’Loughlin’s son Saxon, 14, and Jones’ son Spike, 2. Saxon is moving to Hawaii from Australia, where he lived with his mother, and has just been accepted at Punahou School. O’Loughlin went public with their relationship when he took her to Australia to accept the GQ Australia Man of the Year award ...

Check out The Yoza Project Wednesday (Dec. 28) at Mai Tai Bar ...

Start the Christmas weekend out and about at “Chinatown Get Down: The Christmas Edition” Friday (Dec. 23). One cover, lots of clubs a very merry night out, indeed! Participating this year are Nextdoor, Bar 35, The Dragon Upstairs, Hanks Cafe, Manifest, Indigo and more with a portion of the proceeds to benefit World Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense and The Wilderness Society. Online presale at groovetickets.com ...

This week in 1965: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass perform at HIC Concert Hall. Opening act is Buddy Fo and the Invitations. Tickets cost $4.50, $3.75 and $2.75. Fun fact: On the night after the show, I host a small Christmas gathering at my house. As things wind down, a convoy of headlights suddenly appears outside. Yep, it’s Herb and the Brass. They make it quite the party! ... And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Dream Baby by Cher ...


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