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Tom Moffatt

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

SPOTTED: Kourtney Kardashian showing off her baby bump at the beach with boyfriend Scott Disick and their adorable son Mason. The family was here for a quick four-day trip … And another beauty was also here, Scarlett Johansson and lover Nate Naylor, kissin’ and cuddlin’ beachside while on vacation …

Sparking some attention of her own, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks relaxed poolside at one of the resorts in town. Fun fact: It was announced late last year that Sparks would be a repeat VH1 Save the Music ambassador in 2012, joined by fellow A.I. contestant Chris Daughtry and others such as Lupe Fiasco and Katy Perry

When asked by the media for a comment on the untimely death of Whitney Houston, I had to recall the night I presented her in 1997 at Aloha Stadium. After checking the set list, I went to the very top of the stadium to hear her sing I Will Always Love You. A chicken-skin memory from an amazing vocalist … She was nothing but charming during Hawaii’s first-ever satellite live concert press conference announcing the show, and took a liking to stadium press manager Les Keiter, saying “I’m coming to Hawaii to see you, baby!” much to the delight of everyone assembled …

Don’t miss the Keola Beamer special Malama Ko Alpha Thursday 9 p.m. on PBS Hawaii …

Show stopper: At Pink Martini’s sold-out Hawaii Theatre concert, a surprise appearance by 94-year-old clarinetist Norman Leydan, whose many credits include arranging for Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn and famed WWII band conducted by Maj. Glenn Miller

The Swamp Romp returns to the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base this Saturday … It’s the 18th annual event starting at 7 a.m. at the Boondocker Field … an exciting team effort that takes runners through the muddiest, swamp-soaked areas that MCB Hawaii has to offer. The 5-mile race is open to the public and includes assorted obstacles. Visit

Bank of Hawaii’s Goodwill Goes GLAM “Call for Talent” happens this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor at the “HIFI Coop” and Ward Centre conference rooms … seeking the stylish and fashion-forward for their gala talent shows Aug. 23-26. Walk-ins are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring their portfolios. Seasoned pros and aspiring talent will find plenty of mentoring and networking opportunities in a host of categories. Register or volunteer at or call 836-0313 …

This week in 1976: It’s Sly and the Family Stone, featuring Buddy Miles as its “special guest drummer” in the Hawaii Ballroom of the Sheraton Waikiki. Sly thrills the audience with hits Dance To The Music, Everyday People, Stand, Hot Fun In The Summertime and Thank You. One of the highlights of the evening is when Buddy performs his big hit Them Changes. Tickets: $7! And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is December 1963 (Oh What A Night) by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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