Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

NEW MOM Jessica Simpson may be planning an island winter wedding with the date of 12-12-12 … She and fiancé Eric Johnson are reportedly putting together a beachside ceremony on Kauai with the help of celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss. Fun fact: Weiss has done the planning for a few of Jessica’s major life events, including her recent baby shower and her 2002 wedding to Nick Lachey

Also discussing nuptials in the Aloha State are Gossip singer-songwriter Beth Ditto and her honey Kristen Ogata. Ditto, who’s currently in London promoting the band’s new album, A Joyful Noise, said, ”I’m doing it in Hawaii because my girlfriend is from there” …

Beth Ditto and Kristen Ogata

Beth Ditto and Kristen Ogata
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Beth Ditto and Kristen Ogata. Photos from Tom Moffatt

Meanwhile, one-half of the Olsen twins empire, Ashley Olsen, looked happy and energetic while enjoying some time in the ocean…

General admission tickets are still available for the Hawaii debut of one of Japan’s top music groups L’Arc~en~Ciel this Thursday night at the Waikiki Shell. The superstars arrived right after back-to-back Tokyo National Stadium concerts, and brought a few thousand of their nearest and dearest fans. Hawaii is the final stop on the band’s 20th anniversary world tour …

After the recent death of Bee Gees brother Robin Gibb, I was asked if the group had ever performed in Hawaii.

The answer is yes … Their concert happened Sept. 13, 1974, at Blaisdell (then H.I.C.) Arena. It was a crowd-pleasing show, backed by their four-piece band and the 15-piece Harvey Ragsdale Orchestra. Fun fact: Robin, along with brothers Barry and Maurice, penned the worldwide hit If I Can’t Have You for Hawaii’s Yvonne Elliman

The perfect event for Father’s Day weekend, June 15 to 17 at Blaisdell Arena: the Big Boys Toys & MMA Hawaii Expo, chock full of cars, motorcycles, body-building and fitness info, MMA cage fights, a jujitsu tournament, and the Miss MMA Hawaii 2012 contest (maybe you should take your unmarried uncle to that one). All the info is online at bigboystoysmmaexpo.com

This Wednesday, May 30, marks the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial. More than 1.7 million people visited the site in 2011, or an average of roughly 5,000 patrons per day. It’s now very easy to make a reservation for your visit, too. Go to recreation.gov to book the free tour, which includes the documentary film and the boat ride …

This week in 1962: The USS Arizona Memorial is formally dedicated on Memorial Day by Texas congressman and chairman of Veterans Affairs Olin E. Teague and Hawaii Gov. John A. Burns. The dedication comes a little more than a year after Elvis Presley‘s historic fundraising concert, organized by his manager Col. Tom Parker, raises public awareness and spurs the completion of the project … And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Soldier Boy by The Shirelles