Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 08, 2006
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Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel

WERE YOU as hooked as I was while watching NBC’s Deal Or No Deal, hosted by frequent Hawaii visitor Howie Mandel? Mandel, who visits every couple-three years for a working holiday, was in top form. He really made it a fun show to watch. My only question is whether he gets any of the money from all the briefcases the contestants “deal” away ...

Dennis Weaver
Dennis Weaver

Very sad to hear of the passing of actor Dennis Weaver last week. I got the chance to spend some time with the actor when producer Glen Larson was shooting episodes of Weaver’s TV drama, McCloud, in Hawaii. What a classy guy. Weaver returned to Hawaii several times to film TV shows like Magnum, P.I., the miniseries Pearl, and a TV movie, The Islander.

Former Honolulu marketing whirlwind Tracy Larrua, now director of marketing at Century Plaza in L.A., is featured in an online spread with Apple Computers as part of its ProCare campaign. Check it out at apple.com!

If you’re not listening to KIPO’s ThinkTech Hawaii on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., you’re missing a truly educational drive home. I caught a visit with the Outdoor Circle and a very interesting interview with Donna Mercado-Kim during last week’s installment ...

That was Diana Krall spotted on Maui last week, unwinding after a corporate engagement on the Valley Isle ...

Richard Donner, Maui resident and producer of such megahits as the Lethal Weapon movies, Free Willy and X-Men, held the world premiere of his latest film, 16 Blocks (starring Bruce Willis), at Maui Mall as a benefit for the animal shelter ...

Eddie Vedder, frontman for rock band Pearl Jam, did some R&R recently at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Folks at the hotel have become huge fans ...

Food stuff: Center Plate, vendors of vittles and libations at Blaisdell Center and Aloha Stadium, have a hit on their hands with the new Lion Pride Café at Blaisdell Concert Hall. What a stroke of genius for the neighborhood! Hot and cold blended coffees, flavored teas, gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts - from 6 a.m. every day of the week with tons of parking at their doorstep. Hint: Try the cheesecake ...

The New Maui Tacos at Safeway Plaza in Kihei is nearly ready to open. Rumor has it that a Waikiki location is under consideration. I, personally, can’t wait ...

Steve Ozark, caterer to the stars (he devises the meals at nearly every major music attraction that comes to Honolulu), just had lunch with prominent national talent agent Steve Ozark - talk about a double-take ...

Brothers Cazimero

Community kokua: Hawaii Theatre’s Encore Sale is slated for March 18, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. - celebrity items abound, so check it out ... and don’t forget the Brothers Cazimero are performing there this Friday ...

HUGS (for terminal kids) is having its fundraiser May 19, 2006 @ the Pacific Beach Hotel. The King Pins, singing hits from the ‘50s forward, will perform ...

This week in 1998: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons packed the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel - what a show that was! And the No. 1 song this week in 1958 in the (then) Territory of Hawaii was Don’t by Elvis Presley.

Listen to Tom Moffatt from 8 every Saturday morning during Uncle Tom’s Rock and Roll Drive-In on Oldies on 107.9 FM.

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