Although he has been gone for nearly thirty years, his influence on Hawaii comedy is as powerful as ever. During his all-too-brief lifetime, he created a body of work that has earned him a place in the pantheon of Hawaii's most gifted artists. The countless characters and routines he created were as universal as they were unique to Hawaii. His lightning-fast wit and creativity has earned Kawika "Rap" Reiplinger the moniker Hawaii's Comic Genius.
From making a splash in the local theatre scene; and co-founding the groundbreaking Booga Booga comedy group, the special charts Rap's path to becoming Hawaii's most inventive comedian. In the process, viewers will meet a man who is very different from his public persona: introspective, serious, extremely dedicated to his craft, and generous to a fault. They will also learn about the demons that plagued him; his short-lived romance and marriage; and the newly-found spirituality he experienced before his death in 1984 of an apparent drug overdose.
The special wil air twice on-air:
• SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00-8:00pm on KHNL
• THURSDAY (THANKSGIVING DAY), NOVEMBER 24, 7:00-8:00pm on KGMB