Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ – Celebrity news

IN HIS CURRENT Rolling Stone cover story, Bruno Mars has some nice things to say about his dad, Pete Hernandez. What I found most touching was his tale of a time when the family was navigating many ups and downs, leaving Pete in a financial pinch. Bruno accompanied him to a swap meet to sell the last of his once-grand collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, and by day’s end Pete made all of $125. As they were leaving, Bruno was admiring a guitar for sale in the next booth… His dad used his precious earnings to get it for him! That dedication certainly paid off, and it’s heartwarming to know that Bruno has not forgotten those sacrifices …


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Rob Lowe. Photos from Tom Moffatt

Actor Rob Lowe arrived last week on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from L.A., heading to the beach for a bit of surfing … The heartthrob showed the ladies that he’s still got it, with a toned physique and six-pack abs …

Hawaii’s newest ukulele wizard, 11-year-old Aidan James, brought the house down at Seattle’s Triple Door, where he appeared as part of Hapa‘s recent Pacific Northwest tour. Aidan performed Train‘s No. 1 hit Hey Soul Sister, and to the delight of the audience was joined on stage by the song’s composer – and Train lead singer – Pat Monahan. Check out the video at aidanjamesmusic808.com

Anuhea and special guest Justin Young perform live this Saturday and Sunday at Turtle Bay’s Surfer, The Bar, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 9 …

The Republik will host the Aloha Roots Fest next Friday (May 24), with Likkle Mai and Father Psalms (Mike Love and Kali of Ooklah the Moc). For the 18-plus crowd, with tickets available in advance at groovetickets.com

This week in 1965: Kailua Drive-In Theater holds its “Grand Opening” with the showing of Ian Fleming‘s James Bond movie Goldfinger. Newspaper ads tout the Drive-In as “The World’s Largest Screen” with “The World’s Finest Snack Bar.” Admission: $1.10 for adults, 50 cents for juniors, children under 12 free! (Today it’s the site of Le Jardin Academy.) … And the No 1 record in Hawaii is Crying in the Chapel by Elvis

Celebrate the fun days of radio in Hawaii with Tom Moffatt and Uncle Tom’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Drive In every Saturday morning from 8 to noon on Hawaii’s Kool Gold 107.9!