Episode 73 - Annie Talks with Kamaka Brown | Founder, Creative Director of Sandwich Islands Network Radio V93FM.COM | Getting to Know the Mastermind Behind SIN Radio
Kamaka Brown is a multi-talented entertainer, producer, published writer, actor, master of ceremonies, entrepreneur and standup comic. He was born in Honolulu and raised in Waimea Valley on the North Shore of O’ahu. He’s been performing in Honolulu and Southern California for more than 20 years.
Recently, Kamaka has been on tour for the past two years with Hawaii's first standup comedian, Andy Bumatai. He has appeared on TV in Hawaii with “Hot Hawaiian Nights Showcase”, “NightTime” with Andy Bumatai, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Hotel, among many other locations.
He has performed in comedy clubs in Honolulu, Pacific Northwest, and Las Vegas. Kamaka has performed at North Hollywood’s Ha Ha Café, The Comedy Store in Hollywood, and Pasadena’s Ice House. He is a producer a series of successful comedy shows called the “Comedy Luau” in SoCal. He credits legendary local comic Andy Bumatai as a mentor when he started in the “biz.”
As a comic and master of ceremonies he opened for Blues Legend B.B.King, Rock and roll Icon Chuck Berry and Motown’s Temptations in Honolulu. On the West Coast he opened for Dennis Pavao, Makaha Sons, Sistah Robi, Sean Na’auao, Hiroshima, Ho’okena, Hapa, Henry Kapono, Sudden Rush, Cyril Pahinui. In Las Vegas he opened for the god father Polynesian hip hop, Fiji, Amy Hanai’alii and Willy K.
Now a California resident, Brown has performed at Pasadena’s Ice House, North Hollywood’s Ha Ha Café, Hollywood’s Comedy Store, corporate and private events in Southern California, Washington and Oregon. He recently performed at the Tropicana, Fremont, Greek Isles Casino and California Hotels in Las Vegas. Kamaka performed at the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort as well.
This multi-talented performer also has produced his “one man” show of original short stories written in Hawaiian Pidgin English called “If Can, Can. If No Can. No Can.” This performance piece has been warmly received in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Southern California. Accompanied by slack key guitar, Kamaka relives childhood vignettes of growing up in pre-statehood Hawai’i. It truly is a one of a kind musical theater experience.
He tours with his Hawaiian Pidgin English stories show “Tales from da Hanabuddah Days” to Hawai’i, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. He can be heard daily on the Sandwich Islands Network www.V93FM.com (a 501 c3 non-profit organization) an internet radio station streaming contemporary island music 24/7 that he owns and operates, promotes and features local artists living on the mainland with island roots giving them much needed airplay.
He has connected with the Polynesian community by donating his time in support of ho’olaule’a events, ho’ike and halau fundraisers for more than 15 years in Southern California. Kamaka is also an accomplished motivational speaker and a board certified trainer. www.kamakabrown.com
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