Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 25, 2012
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RIHANNA‘S BACK and lovin’ Hawaii while boating, sunning and smokin’ it up in a hot metallic bathing suit by designer Norma Kamali ... who, of course, is famous for the iconic red bathing suit that made Farrah Fawcett a superstar ...

The big band sound of Pink Martini wowed ‘em a couple years ago at Blaisdell Concert Hall. I’m happy to report that Pink Martini and its exciting vocalist, China Forbes, are returning Feb. 16 for an evening at the historic Hawaii Theatre ...

Former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro running back Christian Okoye, aka “The Nigerian Nightmare,” has gathered a few NFL alumni to help tend bar at Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Waikiki Beach Walk location this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Christian Okoye Foundation, an organization created to help underprivileged youths through sports and mentorship programs ...

Mahalo, Five-0, for featuring some of Hawaii’s best music, like last week’s inclusion of John Cruz‘s excellent Hi’ilawe. Not only music, but other talent, too ... with Maui’s Shane Victorino, star player for the Philadelphia Phillies, making a cameo appearance on the show next month ...

“Outstanding” is the word I’m hearing most often from the crowd that attended this year’s Shanghai Circus! It was its best show yet ... I’m still getting calls about it! Can’t wait to see what talent it brings next year ...

Farrah Fawcett

Kookoo for cacao? Haleiwa Farmers Market hosts the third annual Cacao Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the North Shore. Sample delicious creations from Turtle Bay’s executive pastry chef Ben Tabious and enjoy live music by Dayton Watanabe, and kids’ activities, too. Hawaii’s the only state in the nation that grows cacao, which could potentially be as recognized an industry as macadamia nuts and coffee. Admission and parking are free ...

This week in 1998: The Rolling Stones perform for two nights at Aloha Stadium during their Bridges To Babylon tour. About halfway through the concert, the Stones walk across a bridge over the crowd to a smaller stage to play a few numbers. It was déjà vuwatching them on that smaller stage ... reminiscent of their first Hawaii concert in the Arena July 28, 1966, when they performed for a little under half an hour. This time, the concert lasts for almost two hours ... and the No. 1 song in Hawaii is Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden ...


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