Not sure if many of you know da acronym of "GOAT" but it translates to "Greatest Of All Time" and to have dat distinction, it's saying a lot. Based on accomplishments and time served, it's a 'title' dat is deservedly earned and bestowed not only by peers but by fans, critics and people around da world. Nationally you'll hear dat term associated with da likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth. It is a debatable title with passionate arguments, so it's definitely not a dime a dozen recognition.
While usually coined for athletes and sports teams, it's also been used for other 'occupations'. In Hawai'i, our tradition, our culture, our history has strong ties to a 'unifying' language, Pidgin. When that 'power' can be used for people to share, enjoy and laugh - das da classic Hawai'i attitude, no PC shibai. Living in Hawai'i, we tend to be a little more intimate of da people who have influenced and helped shape our great state whether in music, hula, sports and even comedy.
Rap Reiplinger is da GOAT of Hawai'i comedy period, imho.
I'll admit I'm totally biased cause das da only Pidgin speaking comedian I literally grew up watching. He actually influenced me dat Pidgin was 'ok' and to laugh and have fun growing up through my elementary years and 'seeing' it on tv was believing it. I still remembah catching Da Bus to da main library and pulling records (vinyl cd's) to listen to him - that was a magical time (I actually went to a library!). He was magnet wenevah he performed and his skits are STILL replicated and performed today in everyday life. If das not GOAT material, I dunno wat is.
Mahalos to Star-Advertiser's very own Wayne Harada for da article below written on his column some time ago.
How many of you have da "Rap's Hawaii" dvd? *Gulp*....... how many of you have it on a vcr tape or beta?? (LOL) And no lie eh! I should have pulled da trigger and bought da dvd a few months ago wen I seen it at Barnes & Nobles. Now I guess it'll be Amazon. 😛 Wat's your favorite scene? And who's going to admit it dat wenevah you even catch a glimpse or hear part of any skit, you immediately join in! ❓
Once my keiki have grown up some (and can 'understand' [some] Pidgin), I am definitely going to share it with them.... you know, so we can communicate.
TEST YOUR RAP IQ
Reiplinger's inventive comedy has endured. Test your Rap IQ:
1. Mr. Fogarty placed an order for a cheeseburger deluxe from what hotel room (number)?
2. Who is Mits Funai?
3. What was Wendell's known for, and where did he advertise?
4. What is the political party of "Candidate Willie Maunawili"?
5. Whose motto is "You're on your own when you date a tita"?
6. On "Mahalo Airlines," what safety measure is provided beneath the seat?
7. What are the first four names on "Japanese Roll Call"?
8. Who answers the call on "Pilikia Hotline"?
9. What is "not too sweet, not too rancid, but jess right"?
10. Who is Auntie Nelly's braddah's cousin George's nephew's son?
1) Room 1225, on "Room Service"
2) The guy Fate Yanagi is told not to go out with
3) His foot-long laulau, on "The Young Kanakas" soap opera
4) Independent Republica
5) Auntie Nelly Kulolo of "Date-a-Tita"
6) Package of party balloons
7) Tanimitsu, Mitsuyoshi, Yoshimura, Murakami.
8) Telephone repairman
9) Wine, one of the ingredements on "Auntie Marialani's Cooking Show"
10) Officer Medeiros, on "Pull Over"
10 correct: Braddah or sistah, you one genuine Poi Dog.
8-9: Wow, laulau, you still get 'em.
6-7: What, you mus' be one Frank DeLima fan.
4-2: Whoa, you mus' be 4 years old?
All wrong: Ey, you jus' wen arrive from Mainland, or what?
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