For the first time, Hawai‘i audiences will get a chance to know the man behind the comedian or as Rap would say 'humorist', in Rap: Hawaii’s Comic Genius. Woven throughout the special are highlights from the characters and routines that have brought joy and laughter to generations of fans: Aunty Marialani, Fate Yanagi, Room Service, Mahalo Airlines, Willy Maunawili, and the stuttering priest, to name just a few. (Also included are scenes from newly- found home movies of Rap as a young boy performing the hula and other acts for the camera, revealing that he was destined for show business from an early age.)
Twice-Grammy® nominated international Hawaiian recording star, Raiatea Helm adds to her list of award-winning music with the release of her long-awaited solo CD Sea of Love. As a courageous “new traditionalist” of Hawaiian music, Raiatea Helm’s collection of songs in Sea of Love takes the musical stylings of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and makes them fresh through vibrant, innovative arrangements. This collection of songs draws upon the signature sounds of a bygone era in Waikiki and captures the sizzle of brushes on a snare drum and ‘sock’ cymbal, the use of maracas, congas and bongos, and the uplifting rhythms of the vibraphones, the bass, the steel guitar, and the piano. When Raiatea Helm’s sparkling vocals are placed within the energy of this effervescent instrumentation, she breathes new life to songs from a by-gone era that were once performed throughout Waikiki and known simply as “Hawaiian Club” music.