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Tom Moffatt

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

CELEBS ARE FLOCKING to the Islands … starting with Dancing with the StarsDerek Hough, spotted on Maui with an unidentified female, and later on Oahu being interviewed by Kelly Ripa and Daniel Dae Kim for an episode of Live! with Kelly from Aulani Resort. Then there’s Jon Cryer with wife Lisa and 2-yearold daughter Daisy … the very foxy Megan Fox and hubby Brian Green in Kona … and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic and his new bride …

Speaking of honeymoons, congrats to Elizabeth Smart and new hubby Matthew Gilmour, who wed at the Mormon Temple in Laie last week … Fun fact: The newlyweds met while doing missionary work in Paris …

After the mayor’s excellent State of the City address last week, police chief Louis Kealoha and Hans Strasser reminisced about the days when Hans was GM of the Colony Surf Hotel and its hot night spot, Bobby McGee’s, where a young lad by the name of Louis Kealoha was the host … sometimes referred to as bouncer …

Becoming a Los Angeles Times Critics’ Choice theatre review is no easy feat … so it was great to read that Three Year Swim Club by the East West Players, based on the true story of Soichi Sakamoto, received that distinction during its Mainland premiere! Sakamoto, a Maui science teacher, decided to turn the children of sugar cane workers into an Olympic swim team in 1937 … The East West Players parlayed his heartwarming story into a “must see” engagement where, according to the Times, “All of these elements come together to warm your heart so powerfully that you may feel it has vacationed in Maui.” Super Fun Fact: While attending UH Manoa, I was required to take a physical education class. My swim teacher was none other than Coach Sakamoto himself! …

After a two-month break, “First Friday” returns to the Loft March 2 … Resident Bar 7 DJ Ace and DJ Osna will mix beats all night with a special performance and music video by Hi Balance! 18-plus welcome, doors open at 8:30 p.m. …

Slack key guitarist and Na Hoku Hanohano Awards nominee Patrick Landeza has a new CD out titled Kama’alua

This week in 1982: Ron Jacobs and KDEO radio present Loretta Lynn in her Hawaii debut before an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 fans at the Waikiki Shell. She closes her 75-minute performance with her signature song, Coal Miner’s Daughter, which also was the title of the 1980 Academy Award-winning movie about her life. Tickets cost $15, $12.50 and $10 … And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Open Arms by Journey

Celebrate Hawaii’s Rock ‘n’ Roll era with Tom Moffatt and Uncle Tom’s Rock N Roll Drive-in Saturday mornings from 8 till noon on 107.9 Hawaii’s Kool Gold!

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