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Local band to entertain troops in Kuwait

Daddy P Daddy P
Papa T Papa T
Audissey Audissey
Roman Corpuz Roman Corpuz
Wes Roe Wes Roe

By Stephanie Lum bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Members of the group B.E.T. or "Big Every Time" are leaving Oahu Saturday for a once in a lifetime opportunity to give back to our troops serving overseas.

Papa T, Pu'unui, Chris Pe'a, Audissey, Daddy P, Kalani Gilman, Roman Corpuz and Wes Roe stopped by the KHNL&KFVE studios to tell us more about their goodwill mission in Kuwait.

"Everybody that's going up and all the entertainers they're all doing it from their heart they're not getting paid anything for it," said Papa T.

"Everyday we wake up we go to work we do whatever we like. Sometimes we tend to forget it's people like the troops holding it strong," said Daddy P.

The band is just one part of a Hawaii entourage traveling to Kuwait. Musical bands: "Vaihi" and "Kaleo", comedians: "Da' Braddahs" as well as Miss Hawaii will all be part of "Operation Sand Jam 2009".

"This was inspired by Pauoa Naluai, the wife of Sergeant First Class Alika Naluai a member of the 100th-442 Battalion from Fort Shafter who is deployed in Kuwait," explained B.E.T.'s band manager Kalani Griffin.

After 26 hours of flying, once in Kuwait, the group will be on stage snapping their fingers, grooving and singing non-stop for a week at 5 different military camps. B.E.T. plans to sing songs with uplifting messages including their hit "Rise Up"; a song about unity.

"We are unable to say exactly who, how long or how many soldiers will attend each show but we know everyone there is very excited to enjoy the humor, music and dancers of Hawaii," said Griffin.

"My brother's stationed in Kuwait and hopefully we'll get to perform at a camp he's stationed at," said Audissey.

Band members won't be staying in fancy hotels.

"We'll sleep in tents on cots in sleeping bags," said Corpuz.

They've been told to wear long sleeved shirts and to drink plenty of water with the scorching hot temperatures reaching above 100 degrees in Kuwait. Most of all, the band members are eager for a chance to share their talents with the men and women who are serving our country.

"We're going to be up there for a week you know, basically, we're just going to do what we do and just play shows and it's a fun thing but they're over there working hard putting their lives on the line," said Pea.

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