Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - January 02, 2008
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Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt

IT WAS NICE chatting with super chef Bev Gannon at her popular Hali’i Maile General Store on Maui a few days ago. Our conversation was briefly interrupted by the arrival of the stunning Helen Hunt for dinner ...

A special moment at Gordon and Sue Damon‘s Christmas party - Boyce Rodrigues singing a tear-jerking rendition of Pua Ilia ...

Celebrity fashion designer Indashio is coming to Hawaii! You may recognize some of his clients including Nicky Hilton, Vanessa Carlton and Tyra Banks. See the exclusive Viva Las Vegas Spring 2008 Collection, Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Honolulu Design Center ...

I’ve been friends with Eliot Tiegel since the early ‘70s, when he came here to write an article about the Hawaii music scene. When we first met, I was the GM of K-POI and Eliot was the editor of Billboard Magazine. His new book is getting great reaction: Latinization of America - How Hispanics Are Changing the Nation’s Sights and Sounds. I was honored to be included in his observations of Hispanic acts that I’ve presented here, including Richie Valens, Julio Iglesias, Perez Prado, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Menudo, Gloria Estefan, Santana and Jose Carreras. Who does Eliot consider the top-drawing Hispanic act of all who performed in Hawaii? Cecilio & Kapono! It’s a fascinating book with interesting facts, such as: 25 percent of Hawaii’s residents consider English their second language. The state ranks fifth in the nation in terms of non-English speakers ...

Looking forward to Dieselboy, undoubtedly a talented figure in today’s music movement, recently playing the 2007 Virgin Festival in Maryland, sharing the bill with the Smashing Pumpkins, The Police and Velvet Revolver. Joining forces with The Spacifics, DJs G-Spot, IKON, QuikSilva and SovernT, a magical night you don’t want to miss Jan. 12 at Indigo ...

Mabuhay! Journey‘s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda of Quezon City (Manila) in the Philippines, sounds so much like Steve Perry that it is scary - really unbelievable ...

Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda

This week in 1974: Journey performs for the first time in Hawaii at the last Sunshine Music Festival in Diamond Head Crater. I’m concerned early in the day that the rainy and overcast skies might affect the attendance, but as the morning progresses, sunshine prevails. Others performing include Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie, Kung-Fu’s David Carradine and Barbara Hershey Seagull. Admission: free ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Pretty Lady by Lighthouse ...

50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars - see and read all about them. From Elvis to Elton, Mariah to Britney ... Jimmy Buffett, Hendrix, The Stones, Led Zepplin, Clapton and much more in Uncle Tom’s best-selling book Showman Of The Pacific by Jerry Hopkins, available at leading stores and online at amazon.com.

 

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