Letter for December 28, 2016

• Tom Moffat a great man, friend

I am proud to have been able to call Tom Moffat a friend. Tom Moffat set the bar for all of us and up until his recent passing, Tom Moffat’s energy, his love, his kindness mixed with his continuous promotional prowess statewide was something none of us took for granted. Because it was always that spectacular.

His dedication was to bring people together and make them happy through music and events. Not only was he a number one rated radio personality from the 1950s right through this year in Honolulu, but he also started the first FM rock station in Hawaii in the late 1960s. KPOI FM was a legendary station during a legendary time. A time that saw Tom produce crater festivals and superstar shows at the Shell, the Arena, and even Aloha Stadium.

He was instrumental in fundraising for relevant causes across our state. After Hurricane Iniki, Tom was instrumental in producing a Crosby, Stills and Nash superstar tour in Hawaii that raised money for Kauai.

Tom spread the aloha through the music industry, putting Hawaii on the map for superstars on worldwide tours. So that we all got to see the likes of Elvis, The Stones, Michael Jackson, Elton John, America, and more.

This past summer Tom brought the Beach Boys to Kauai for their first-ever Garden Island performance. And just a few weeks ago we talked about plans for 2017 and beyond. Tom never let me know that his precious days were numbered. He remained the same upbeat self while on the phone, asking about my family and how we were all doing.

I will remember all that Tom taught me by just being himself, and Uncle Tom’s cabin rocks on … and we all have you to thank Tom for keeping the beat alive especially on this blessed island of ours.

Andy Melamed

Kapaa

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