Paradise to Paradise:

“He is the only genius I’ve ever worked with. In modern terms, he was one of the best profilers. He could walk in, observe and profile something and know exactly what was going on. Then make sense of it, put it into a story and make you laugh.”

CEO, The Mountain Apple Company

“You know what they say about burning the candle — if you burn it from 12 ends, it gives you a big rush of light. It’s like a supernova. That’s what Rap was in his short span of years. He really exploded. Made a lot of people happy.”

Recording Engineer

“In my mind, Rap’s comedy is foundational and the content of his work, not just his performance, will stand the test of time.”

Honolulu Theatre for Youth Artistic Director

The New Yorker magazine called Rap, “Hawaii’s most popular comedian. . . in the tradtion of Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce.” Rap was the first in Hawai‘i to win an Emmy award, when his television show, Rap’s Hawaii earned the honor for Outstanding Acheivement/Entertainment Special.

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Paradise to Paradise: The RAP REIPLNGER Story, provides an intimate look inside the life of one of Hawaiʻi’s bestloved entertainers. The author, Leesa Stone, Rapʻs widow, combines her memories and insight with those of people who knew and were close to Rap. The result is a book full of never-heard-before anecdotes and stories that will make readers laugh, maybe cry, and, in the end, come away with a greater understanding of the complex man behind the laughs.

More than four decades after redefining comedy in Hawai‘i, Rap Reiplinger and his humor are still making people laugh. His iconic catch phrases are forever carved in the memory banks of fans old and new, whether they live in Hawai‘i or have migrated elsewhere.

Rap’s one-liners are comedic glue that bind people together and bridge generations whenever anyone takes a sip of wine and declares it, “Not too sweet, not too rancid, but jesss right!” That line and other “Rapisms” make folks laugh, and, whatever their differences, they find common ground in Rap‘s unique perspective on Hawai‘i’s ethnic melting pot.

These catch phrases are so ingrained in the lexicon and culture of Hawai‘i that many people who say them today do not even know where they originated. The source is the man whose story lies in the pages of this book.

The New Yorker magazine called Rap, “Hawaii’s most popular comedian… in the tradtion of Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce.” Rap was the first in Hawai‘i to win an Emmy award, when his television show, Rap’s Hawaii earned the honor for Outstanding Acheivement/Entertainment Special.

Rap‘s groundbreaking work as one of the founding members of the theatrical comedy ensemble Booga Booga, and his solo material have indelibly stamped Rap’s name in the rich history of the Hawaiian Renaissance, a revolutionary cultural and artistic movement.

Author, Leesa Clark Stone, is a journalist who previously worked at Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV. She is the widow of Rap Reiplinger.