Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 18, 2012
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Elton John and Uncle Tom. Tina Lau photo

WHAT A MEMORABLE and joyful reunion with Sir Elton John before he hit the stage for his 19th concert in Hawaii Jan. 7 at Blaisdell

Arena. Hard to believe it was 41 years ago on May 1 that I presented Elton in the very same arena for his first Hawaii concert ... and every one of ‘em since then ...

Among the celebrities at Elton’s concerts were Pearl Jam‘s Eddy Vedder and Boom Gaspar ... and Libby Fabro, Santana‘s road manager, who introduced himself as a classmate of my son Troy. Both were members of Maryknoll’s class of 1978, where Libby was an all-state basketball star on the championship team coached by Tony Sellito ...

LeAnn Rimes. Photos from Tom Moffatt

Getting cheeky in Hawaii ... LeAnn Rimes, sporting a Brazilianinspired Acacia coral bikini, had a great time on the beach with a gal pal before grabbing a bite with hubby Eddie Cibrian ... and Hayden Pentierre was spotted hanging out in Lahaina last week ...

“All over, mo’ betta, Moloka’i, I will return.” That’s, of course, a line from one of our favorite local hits, Moloka’i Slide by Ehukai, that’s included in an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0 ...

Save the date, Feb. 10 ... for the 2012 Breathe Concert at the Historic Hawaii Theatre, in support of the American Lung Association in Hawaii. This year’s concert provides top talent such as four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Mark Yamanaka, Kupaoa, Mailani, Danny Couch and Al Waterson along with Ballet Hawaii. Tickets are on sale now. Go to HawaiiTheatre.com/boxoffice.html ...

Hayden Pentierre

This week in 1958: The 2nd Show Of Stars at the Civic Auditorium, starring The Four Aces, Bobby Day, Young Jessie and H.B. Barnum and his Cir Cats, packs in the crowds over a three-day run… Tickets cost $1.50 and 90 cents. Eddie Sherman writes in his Jan. 20 column: “Bobby Day arrived just in time for the first show, but his music and clothes failed to show up. However, Bobby went on anyway and did a bang-up job.” Charlie Santos and his orchestra back the show. Fun fact: H.B. Barnum is now Aretha Franklin‘s musical director ... And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Raunchy by Ernie Freeman ...

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