Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 23, 2007
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Nobu Matsuhisa
Nobu Matsuhisa

WITH CHEF NOBU MATSUHISA opening his newest restaurant, NOBU Waikiki, next week in the Waikiki Parc Hotel, it’s interesting to note the secret ingredient of his innovative world-acclaimed Japanese cuisine ... It’s kokoro - and don’t go looking for it next to your favorite seasonings. Translated, kokoro means heart, and Chef Nobu cooks from his heart.

Fun fact: Chef Nobu’s partner is Robert DeNiro.

Hairstylist Fritz Andre is still going strong at his third-floor Davies Pacific Center Shop. Fritz has been making guys in Hawaii look good for more than 45 years!


Hot new radio station: FM 99.5 The Jewel. The latest radio survey shows a 400 percent increase in women listeners 35-plus. Take a listen, gals.

Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston

Local gal Kelly Preston and hubby John Travolta host a Narconon fundraising dinner this Thursday night at the Stage restaurant in the new Honolulu Design Center. The concert scheduled for the same night has been postponed, but some of the entertainers who were to perform may make a surprise appearance after dinner.

Congrats to Matthew Helm, Manfred and Karen Nagel ... their annual Electric Pencil party was better than ever, and the food can’t get much better when you have it prepared by former Kahala Hilton chief chef and Swiss Inn owner Martin Wyss ... everything was super ono!

This Friday night Augie T joins the ranks of Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy - the only comics to draw big crowds to the Blaisdell Arena. Augie’s “In The Round” Main Event promises to be a real crowd-pleaser.


This week in 1970, six musicians from San Francisco - Mike Carabello, David Brown, Greg Rolie, Jose Areas, Carlos Santana and Mike Shrieve - known as Santana make their first Hawaii appearance, selling out two concerts at the Waikiki Shell. The opening act is Elvin Bishop. Observing the action from backstage, it’s fun watching the crowd on their feet, dancing and having a great time.

The best-selling album in Hawaii is Santana by Santana. The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Spill The Wine by Eric Burdon and War.

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