Rap Reiplinger

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James Kawika Piimauna "Rap" Reiplinger (July 16, 1950 – January 19, 1984) was a Hawaiian comedian, whose humor is an integral part of Hawaii today.[1]

After attending Punahou School, he began performing professionally. In 1974 he helped create the comedy ensemble Booga Booga with James Grant Benton and Ed Ka'ahea. In 1982 he received an Emmy Award and bronze medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York for "Most Outstanding Television Production" for his TV special Rap′s Hawaii, which he wrote and starred in.

Reiplinger died in 1984 from cocaine-related causes at age 33, after going missing for a week.[2]


  • Poi Dog (1978)
  • Crab Dreams (1979) (Won a Na Hoku Hanohano award for Best Comedy Album in 1979.)[3]
  • Do I Dare Disturb the Universe (1979)
  • Strange Bird (1981)
  • Rap′s Hawaii (TV Special) 1982 Emmy Award[4] (DVD 2003)
  • Towed Away (1983) (Won a Na Hoku Hanohano award for Best Graphics in 1984.)[3]
  • Rap′s Aloha (TV Special) 1984 Broadcast posthumously.[5]
  • Poi Dog With Crabs (1992) (Poi Dog and Crab Dreams) Released posthumously.
  • The Best of Rap (1993) Released posthumously.
  • The Best of Rap, Too (1996) Released posthumously.

Personal life[edit]

Rap was married to Leesa Clark Stone from October 25, 1983 until his death.[6]


  1. ^ Honolulu Advertiser feature, "With Rap, we'd bus' out laughing" March 09, 2008
  2. ^ Harada, Wayne (May 12, 2019). "Rap Reiplinger's widow pens revealing biography".
  3. ^ a b Na Hoku Hanohano Past Winners Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "R is for 'Rap's Hawaii'". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
  5. ^ Rap's Aloha Intro on YouTube
  6. ^ Star Bulletin feature "Whatever Happened..." Wednesday, February 16, 2000