'Eh, you guys. We go stay watch Kamaka on 'dis Saturday at 'da Coffee Gallery in Altadena, yeah?'
What was that? Just a smidgen of pidgin.
Pidgin English that is.
You know, that mish mash of the English language that is spoken in Hawaii. It takes one a while to pick it up, but once you do, it can be a fun exprience. Ask any malihini newcomer to the islands who's been welcomed by a local family back there and made a part of the gang.
This Saturday at the Coffee Gallery's Backstage in Altadena, everyone's invited to Kamaka Brown's show, 'Hawaiian Pidgin English Songs and Stories.' You can be assured that Pidgin will be the language of choice during the evening. He will also have a special Christmas portion served up for the season.
Kamaka Brown has been telling his Pidgin English stories all up and down the western coastline for many years to appreciative audiences and 'feel good' reviews. A stand-up comic and radio personality on his Sandwich Islands Network internet radio show, he offers an evening of stories from his youthful days on the island of Oahu and its North Shore of Waimea.
Kamaka will be accompanied by slack-key guitarist, T. Dan Hofstedt, while two Kalihi boys, Butch and Toa will open the show at 7 p.m. It sounds like a unique evening's experience, so make plans to attend. Seating is limited, so call to reserve your place.
'No forget, yeah?'
The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001, 626 398-7917, Ticket Reservations: 626 798-6236