Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 29, 2006
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CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR! Let the festivities commence with the 22nd annual “Honolulu City Lights” on Sat., Dec. 2 at Honolulu Hale. It begins with the Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor and Mrs. Mufi Hannemann at 6 p.m., followed by the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade at 6:30. Stick around for the Holiday Concert at 7:30 featuring Afatia, Wasabi, ukulele sensation Taimane, Nix Performing Arts Center, Brother Noland, Robi Kahakalau and Sean Na’auao ...

A big aloha and welcome to celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz, who have recently purchased a multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in Kailua. It’s no surprise they chose beautiful Hawaii, as the couple has been seen often through the years soaking up the sun and surf. Other showbiz celebrities purchasing Oahu properties include Kathy Ireland, Daniel Dae Kim (Jin Kwon of Lost) and Oprah Winfrey ...

Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt returns to Hawaii on her 2006 Souls Alike tour, with stops in Honolulu on Jan. 6 at the Waikiki Shell, and in Maui on Jan. 7 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets on sale this Saturday ...

Former Poi Boys Mel “The Money Man” Lawrence and Tom Rounds, with Tom’s wife, Barbara, were set to come from Los Angeles for the canceled Rolling Stones concert. They came anyway, and surprised Poi Boy Ron Jacobs, having lunch at the Willows ...

Mel also reminisced with my Maui concert partner Shep Gordon about catching his new act at L.A.‘s Whiskey A Go Go some years back. Mel thought this relatively new act was a girl - Alice Cooper! Mel then gave Alice his first big concert break at the 1968 Newport Pop Festival with headliners Tiny Tim, Sonny & Cher, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Steppenwolf ...

This week in 1975: Paul McCartney is quoted as saying, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out into the noonday sun - and choppy Hawaiian surf.” While vacationing with wife Linda, Paul decides to take a solo swim just off Koko Head. He’s soon caught in some nasty surf and strong current, battling his way back to shore and taking a beating on the rocks in the process. Sir Paul makes it to 64 years of age this year, but it could have all ended tragically in a swimming accident on Oahu ...

The No. 1 hit in Hawaii: Island Girl by Elton John.

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