Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 03, 2007
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Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie

LOVE IS IN THE AIR! Bronze and beaming parents-tobe Nicole Richie and Joel Madden spotted vacationing on Maui last week. Nicole was seen enjoying the cool ocean water with Joel standing nearby, towel in hand. The two love-birds took this relaxing time off before hitting the road again with Good Charlotte for dates in early October in Australia ...

Congratulations to Jim Nabors, who recently was honored with a promotion to the rank of “Honorary Corporal” on the 43rd anniversary of the show Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Next: Sgt. Nabors? Jim told me recently that during his show biz career he had recorded 75 albums. A lotta singing ...

Did you catch the beginning of the Patriots/Bills game? No? Then you missed The Makaha Sons singing the national anthem before the game on national television. They were invited by the New England Patriots and, of course, humbly accepted the honor. Way to go, guys! ...

Parrotheads, give back! With Jimmy Buffett‘s concert set for this Thursday at the Waikiki Shell, the local chapter of the “Parrotheads in Paradise” Fan Club is holding a pre-concert party at the Elks Club all afternoon on the fourth. Stop by and support a good cause - part of the admission proceeds will go to Fido Hawaii, a non-profit group that provides working dogs for the disabled. Check out www.pauhanaparrotheads.org for more ...

This week in 1985: Menudo performs at the Waikiki Shell and the next day heads for the Hilo Civic Auditorium and the Maui War Memorial Gym. We’ve chartered an Aloha Airlines jet and offer fans the chance to “Fly With Menudo.” The flight is a quick sell-out and the trip is fun! Fans get a kick out of seeing me help the stewardesses and serve Ricky Martin and Robbie Rosa their drinks - Hawaiian guava juice!

All goes well with the early afternoon show in Hilo and we arrive on time for their 5 p.m. performance on Maui. Now let me explain: Menudo performs to tape tracks ... their fans don’t mind, they come to see their idols sing and dance. Well, everything arrives at the gym but the tapes! I rush to the airport but can’t find the tapes there. What happened? They had arrived on Maui with a Hilo baggage tag attached and were sent right back to Hilo. Luckily we’re able to get them on the next flight headed for Maui. The show starts a couple of hours late but the fans are fine. They know Menudo’s in the building and wait patiently, though their parents are a bit miffed to find the concert just starting when they arrive to pick up their kids ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Cherish by Kool & The Gang ...


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