Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 11, 2012
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Kyra Sedgwick. Photos from Tom Moffatt

SHEP GORDON AND MARK ELLMAN scored an unmatched New Year’s Eve celebration at their Mala Restaurant in Wailea… with Tom Arnold as emcee and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, “Weird Al” Yankovic, The Doobie Bros.’ Pat Simmons and Michael McDonald providing the music all at once, in fact, when performing the John Lennon/Paul McCartney Beatles classic Come Together ... Taking it all in as part of the amazed crowd were Clint Eastwood and Mike Meyers ...

Actor Kevin Bacon, his lovely wife Kyra Sedgwick, star of The Closer, and their daughter Sosi were just a few of the stars who rang in the new year island-style. Reese Witherspoon, with children Ava and Deacon, beach-bummed it with friends, doing some R&R before the release of her new romantic comedy, This Means War, due out Feb. 17, costarring Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and her real-life pal Chelsea Handler ... Jack White of White Stripes relaxed in Hanalei ... Sean Penn spent time at a private home on Kaua’i, too ... Ben Stiller showed off his Zoolander bod while shirtless on the shore ... and designer Alexander Wang reportedly chartered a sailboat for his celebration. Perhaps the Honolulu city lights, Diamond Head view and the fireworks will serve as muses for his next collection ...


My pal Kamasami Kong, along with sumo great Konishiki, are hosting a twice-nightly Japan-wide Hawaiian music special on the NHK-FM network that’s airing in every city in Japan at 6 p.m. and midnight Monday thru Friday now through Feb. 4. The show features Hawaiian slack-key and ukulele masters, Hawaiian jazz, surf rock, Jawaiian, pop and ballads. The network calls the concept “warm music from Hawaii in the middle of winter in Japan.” Way to spread aloha! ...

Reese Witherspoon

Maybe a duet on the horizon? Rumor has it Paul McCartney‘s “people” were in touch with Bruno Mars’ “people.” We shall see what comes of it ...

Now open: “Surfer (The Bar)” at Turtle Bay. Have a few with friends, locals and world wanderers where film, food, music, drink and photography take center stage. Check out turtlebaysurf.com/surferthebar for the film schedule, entertainment, menu, surf line forecast and more ...


This week in 1989: Bon Jovi invades Honolulu for a multi-night sellout in Blaisdell Arena. It’s one of the last stops on their “New Jersey Tour.” The concerts last about an hour and 40 minutes each night and the audiences love every minute. Tickets cost $19.50 ... The No. 1 record is Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins ...

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