If Can Can If No Can No Can Hawaiian Pidgin Englis
Hawaiian Island native Kamaka Brown has been making people laugh on both sides of the Pacific for mayl years now. He's a multi-talented writer, motivational speaker, comic and entertainer. In Hawaii he appeared on local television on "Hot Hawaiian Nights" and performed at the Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Hotel, Sharky's Comedy Club and other venues around Honolulu. He's hosted Motown's Temptations, rock and roll Icon Chuck Berry, and blues legend B.B. King in New Year's shows at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. On the West Coast he has opened for Dennis Pavao, Makaha Sons, Sistah Robi, Sean Na'auoa and appeared at numerous Southern California Ho'olaulea festivities. He's opened for Ho'okena, Hapa, Henry Kapono, Ale'a, Cecilio Rodrigues, Sudden Rush, internationally acclaimed reggae band Big Mountain and jazz fusion group Hiroshima. In the summer of 2008 he shared the stage with comic Dennis Blair who was the opening act for the late George Carlin for 20 years. No stranger to Las Vegas, Kamaka opened for the godfather of Polynesian hip hop Fiji, Amy Hanai'alii and Uncle Willy K. After numerous appearances on Hawaii's Perry and Price Show in Honolulu, Kamaka was also invited to visit their annual radio show in Las Vegas several times to the delight of all. He performed at the Tropicana, California, Stardust and Fremont Hotels in Vegas as well. You may also see Kamaka performing at many Ho'olaulea and Ho'ike events often in Southern California, Vegas, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.. Kamaka has performed at North Hollywood's Ha Ha Café, the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and Pasadena's Ice House. He hosts "Random Acts of Comedy" show in Thousand Oaks each week which is an open mic for aspiring comics. He's produces a series of successful comedy shows called the "Comedy Luau" in Southern California. "Brah, If Can, Can. If No Can, No Can!" is a very unique experience. Kamaka brings to the stage a language spoken by the contemporary people of Hawaii. Academically known as "Hawaiian Creole English" this language is a "toss salad" mix of the languages of the many ethnic groups that came to the islands to work in the fields. This "Pidgin English" (at first frowned upon by the "King's English" purists) is now a recognized form of communication in Hawaii. Kamaka is fluent in "Pidgin English" and brings to the stage original stories read in what some call "Hawaiian Ebonics." T. Dan Hofsted accompanies Kamaka on guitar with original Ki Ho'alu slack key guitar compositions. Recorded live Kamaka and T.Dan offer a musical spoken word journey into the world as seen through a child in pre-statehood Hawai'i. Kamaka has been called the Hawaiian Garrison Keillor. Here is what just one reviewer said of the show: "This is an offering from a sharp, professional comedian and talented story teller replete with a full cadre of supporting wits and players. This is a genuine musical presentation with a generous serving of funny stagecraft. What a delight they are. He and his musician friend weave a tuneful spell between stories of childhood thrills, vivid memories and unique adventures. All this from the perspective of soothing country life in sleepy Hawaii. Music is played. Philosophy is exchanged and native wisdom shared. And the music! If anyone in the audience does not like the soothing instrumental of a solo acoustic guitar they are 'soul deprived' and seriously humor impaired."