Saturday, May 14, 2011
Sounds of Aloha with Frank DeLima
Today my husband is performing with the Sounds of Aloha in their annual show, Laughter and a Barbershop Song. I have no idea what is the "plot", but hubby stuffed several props in his bag: a stripped "prisoner" costume, giant size needle, and 4 leis.
Frank De Lima is one of Hawaii's most popular and beloved comedians. For more than 30 years, this award-winning comic has been entertaining local residents and tourists alike with his zany parodies, outrageous sense of humor, and spontaneous creativity. Frank's specialty is translating issues - such as current events, fads, attitudes, and people - into fresh musical parodies.
Comedy has been ingrained in Frank's life since childhood. While growing up in Pauoa Valley on the Island of Oahu, Frank realized that he had a natural talent for making family and friends smile, especially at themselves.
"The ability to draw laughter or a smile is one of the greatest gifts you can give to people," states the proclaimed Portuguese Prince of Hawaiian Comedy. "Laughter makes a happy heart."
Frank personifies Hawaii's diverse ethnicities and cultures. His ethnic background, which is self-described as "veritable Portuguese Soup" and "Chop Suey Nation," consists of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, English, Spanish, and Scottish. He celebrates, not disregards, ethnic differences and integrates them into his comedic routines.
"Humor breaks down barriers and being able to laugh at oneself is the first step down that road," Frank explains.
Kim Tell us about the Pauoa Valley - what is quirky and/or funny about it?
Frank: Pauoa Valley is a small friendly middle class neighborhood a few minutes from downtown Honolulu. It is a microcosm of Hawaii with families of many ethnic backgrounds. Growing up there was an enriching learning experience in the appreciation of the cultures of the Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiians and others. Each culture has so much to offer in terms of traditions, foods, customs, art, music and festivities. I learned so much in Pauoa.
Kim: What inspired your parodies for the Cab Company? Do Hawaiians laugh at themselves when their stereotypes appear in commercials?
Frank: Tutu" is the affectionate Hawaiian term for "grandma." So, when asked to do a commercial that would emphasize the phone number of a cab company - 422-2222, the wordplay on the numbers was a natural. My portrayals of Hawaiian grandmas are meant to be fun and friendly.
Kim: Since you are the self described "veritable Portuguese Soup", what's up with the Portuguese "guitar" being called the "jumping flee"? Do you use this Hawaiian staple in your comedy routine?
Kim: Based your interaction with the following, what do tourists think is the funniest part of Hawaii?
Frank: I hope tourists find local folks to be warm and welcoming people who enjoy laughter and the company of others and who are gracious with their visitors. People who are happy enjoy humor in healthy and wholesome ways. Tourists can be funny just as all people can be funny. Whenever people come together in harmony, friendship, appreciation and sharing there is bound to be enjoyment and laughter.
Check out Frank's website for his upcoming tour date on and off island. In honor of tonight's performance, I am giving away a CD from the Sounds of Aloha! To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about barbershop singing and song parodies.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, May 21, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, May 22.
Kim in Hawaii
Check out these YouTube Videos with Frank's creations:
- The Cab Company/The Tutus (Islandwide)
- The Cab Company/The Tutus (Chattanooga Choo Choo)
- Tsunami Song
- Furlough Friday Song