Waikiki Shell officially named after concert promoter Tom Moffatt

Waikiki Shell officially named after concert promoter Tom Moffatt

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Waikiki Shell, built in 1956, is now officially the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell.

A special renaming ceremony was held Sunday at the venue, where the beloved local personality and concert promoter known simply as "Uncle Tom" put on a host of big shows.

"We are here today to preserve the memory of one Tom Moffatt, Uncle Tom, Col. Tom, Dr. Tom. Tom Moffatt, a name that will live forever," said friend John Henry Felix.

Moffatt produced hundreds of shows at the outdoor concert venue. The biggest name acts include Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson.

"Because of Tom Moffatt Hawaii's communities could laugh, dance, rock n roll and even become Buffett parrot heads," said family friend Robin Mann.

Moffatt, a titan in Hawaii's entertainment industry whose name was synonymous with big acts, got his start as the first radio DJ to bring rock to Hawaii's airwaves. He died in 2016 at the age of 85. A lasting tribute to Moffatt has been talked about since his death.

"I think we owe a lot to Tom because he got the big names to come here," said friend and KPOI colleague, Donn Robbs.

The City Council approved a resolution urging the shell's renaming, saying the gesture recognizes Moffatt's "major contributions to the vibrancy of the Waikiki Shell and to our community at large."

The city began work to rename the shell in January 2017.

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