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Tom Moffatt

Shirley Temple and More Celebrity News

LOCAL FOLKS OF a certain age remember when former child star Shirley Temple, who died last week, visited Hawaii during the height of her curly-headed fame. When she arrived with her parents in 1935 on the Matson Liner “S.S. Mariposa,” an estimated 10,000 fans greeted her at the pier – equivalent to roughly 5 percent of Oahu’s total population at the time. What many don’t know is that she visited later with second husband Charles Black, assistant to the president of Hawaiian Pineapple Company. On one occasion, she toured Kalaupapa Hospital and Settlement and met some of the then-hundreds of Hansen’s disease patients in residence. Ruth Freedman, retired Kalaupapa nurse, tells of a letter the patients received shortly after Temple Black’s departure that read, in part, “with my deepest admiration for the dignity with which you live your lives …”

Actor Simon Helberg, who portrays Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, soaked up some sun and surf with his very pregnant wife, Jocelyn Towne, and their 18-month-old daughter Adeline while on vacation in Hawaii …

Do I think the ukulele should be the official state instrument? Heck, yes. it’s been a part of our culture and our tourism efforts since the 1800s. Modern-day musicians Israel Kamakawiwoole, Herb Ohta, Roy Sakuma, Benny Chong, Peter Moon, Troy Fernandez, Jake Shimabukuro, Brittni Paiva, Jack Johnson, Taimane, Aidan James and even Elvis Presley have helped make the ukulele synonymous with Hawaii …

Get your honorary Margarita mixology degree from Margaritaville University this Saturday at Jimmy Buffett‘s at the Beachcomber … Class begins at 3 p.m. and at 5 will be followed by the Great Margarita Toast …

This week in 1975: 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt performs at the Waikiki Shell. Backed by a six-piece band, Rondstadt belts out songs including Desperado, Love Has No Pride, Willin’, Heart Like A Wheel, Silver Threads And Golden Needles, I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You, That’ll Be The Day and her latest hit, which happens to be the No. 1 record this week, You’re No Good. The ticket prices are $6 and $4.50 …

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