friends all used to get together and have this contest about who would
be signing the most autographs when we grew up. I never in a
million years thought that person would be me!" Bruddah Sam
Langi says modestly. His stardom has quickly skyrocketed since the
show "Local Kine Grindz" started on OC16 in January
2000. Bruddah Sam has quickly become one of Hawaii's Favorite People.
As we walk down the street with Sam, people at the bus stops are
smiling and waving wild shaka signs. "Ey Bruddah Sam, where
you goin' grind today?" one person shouts out. It's no secret why the public loves him. This guy has got charisma oozing out of his ears!
He's funny, he's
local, he's got a great singing voice (Sam is lead singer for the
extremely popular local band Vaihi)... all that plus a natural
warmth and honesty wrapped up into one huggable package! He's the
person with the ultimate job (and he's perfect for this role): getting
paid to 'pound', or as us old-school folks call it, GRIND! We
caught up with Bruddah Sam at one of his shoots at The Greek Corner on
University Avenue. Unfortunately, his co-host/wife/best friend Lina Girl
Langi (he is really in love with her! It's so cute the way he
speaks about her!) was busy earning a living as the DJ for KCCNFM100, but we'll try
to catch up with her in the coming weeks... even if it means we have to
go through the extremely torturous task of tagging along with Local Kine
Grindz.... wait a minute, am I nuts? We'd take just about any
excuse to cruise with our favorite hosts and *ahem* try hard to do our
part to help with any difficult grindage missions assigned to us.
Well, enough with the shameless begging... Let's get to the Bruddah Sam
What was your major in College?
Sam: At BYUH, I majored in
Elementary Ed. Did I
graduate? That’s another story.
I gotta go back and finish.
Hawaii411: Tell us
about your Parents!
Mother used to teach Special Ed, now she heads the computer
department. She was born
and raised in Punalu`u and Molokai.
My father is from Tonga. I
speak very little Tongan. My
father only spoke Tongan to me when he was mad, so I know all the bad
words. I get shame when some person who isn't Tongan can speak the
language better than me.
<<... Bruddah Sam on Music ...>>
Hawaii411: When I first heard Vaihi, you
blew me away. How did you
guys get together, and how do you come up with your music?
Sam: We started in college.
I’ve been playing with them since 1992.
They are close friends of mine from when I grew up, and have been
guys to me for the past ten years.
All Vaihi music is original music.
We try to hone in on something nobody else has done.
It’s a different approach to music.
Our latest CD has a lot of modern styles. We took the Drifters, and mixed it with some Al Green, and a
little bit of Katchi-katchi and mixed it up.
We took some Sting, some Earth Wind and Fire and added a little
bit of Planet Rock feel. We
catered to the contemporary on this Album.
Hawaii411: What artists influence your music?
Sam: I listened to Maurice
White sing “Stand by Me” and I liked Philip Bailey.
My mother said, “If you like that, you gotta listen to these
guys.” She turned me on
to Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Sam's quote on Lina Girl:
"She’s organized and does all the un-fun work, I guess I
keep her sane and make her laugh!"
Five Oh - Warm up questions
place to be in Hawaii?
Ginger falls… me and my wife in the water.
2. Favorite Kind of Food?
food fast becoming my favorite, but Greek cuisine is getting up
there. (hmmm, could it be because we are surrounded by 14
awesome greek dishes at interview time?)
do you do in your free time?
I used to surf (boogey-board) but when you get all this weight,
it’s hard. When
the wave grabs you and throws you down, it really throws you
down. Now, I really
enjoy playing music, spending time with my family, and I swim.
I do laps every day.
4. Who is your favorite local personality?
from Checkers and Pogo!
5. Who do you look up to?
Mom and Dad play music. My mom plays the piano and my Dad
plays guitar. From when I was small, my Dad would put me
up on his knee, pop in the eight-track, and (Sam breaks into
spontaneous rendition of 'Yesterday Once More' by the
Carpenter's) 'When I was young I listened to the Radio...' (Sam
has such an awesome natural voice!) We just put in all
those Karen Carpenter jams and just sang and sang and sang.
Hawaii411: You use a lot of “beat
box” in your music -did you used to bus' out the record player and
“scratch”, or practice your “beat box” technique?
Bruddah Sam: Yeah,
nobody else does it (beat box). I
incorporate it in my music, and people love it.
Hawaii411: What are some of
the things you are doing to further your musical skills?
I take lessons from Lyle Ritz (a local ukulele legend).
Lyle is one of those underground ukulele players who is not
He influenced people like Ohta-San.
I have the fortune to sit down every now and then, when he's free.
It's expensive, but it's worth it.
I get to sit down with a master, and learn his craft.
I love it.
I love it. I just love it.
<<... Bruddah Sam on Lina Girl ...>>
Hawaii411: You first met Lina by calling her radio show, can you tell us
more about your courtship?
Bruddah Sam: I
had a friend that would call her up and bug her.
I was working with him at Texaco, and he called in, the next
thing you know, he passed me the phone.
That’s how we met. I gave her my phone number, and she gave me her work number,
and I’d call her at work. She
was a secretary at KCCN as well at the time.
For about two years, I’d call, we talked story, but I never met
her. I didn’t know what
she looked like. I found
out she was one of the girls on Nawai.
I looked on the album cover, and saw Bella (one of the other
members of the group) and thought that was Lina.
When I actually met her, and found it was Lina, it was like,
‘Oh wow, this is the beautiful one!’
Uhhh, wait, what I meant to say is that they are all beautiful,
but she was the beautiful one that I thought was someone else. (*smiles
big*) She first agreed to
meet me at Zippy’s. She
didn’t want me to pick her up at home, because I might be a stalker.
When I meet people, normally I give a kiss and a hug to them, but
she was the first person that I was so shocked to see, I could only
shook her hand. I was
shame, but then she reached over and kissed me. Lina is the most beautiful person I know.
She has so much love inside her heart.
She always takes care of me.
Any keiki’s in the future for the Langis?
Bruddah Sam: Hopefully!
Hawaii411: Any chance of you and
Lina doing a Duet Album?
Sam: We talked about it.
We’ve done a few duets together already. Lina’s got the
better voice. She teaches
me. She learned from her
father from when she was small.
Lina comes from a very musical family. I learn a lot from her.
Bruddah Sam on Local Kine
Hawaii411: Who first came up with the concept of Local Kind Grindz?
(Kimura)... it was his idea from the beginning.
I just happened to be the ‘eater’ closest to him.
If Robert Kekaula was the closest ‘eater’ to Ikaika, then it
would’ve been him on the show. We
just filmed our 100th show.
Have you ever had restaurants turn you down for a spot in Local Kine
Bruddah Sam: Yeah,
but it’s because they can’t handle the increase in business.
very rarely is
somebody rude about it. We
give them approximately $1500 of free advertising.
For a small business, there is usually no way they could afford
that. I’m so honored to be able to give them a push.
That’s the whole idea, to push local businesses.
Hawaii411: What is the future of
Local Kine Grindz?
want to hook up our show with HCVB (Hawaii Convention and Visitors
Bureau). They’re trying
to push Hawaii through food. Who
better to talk about the food, than someone who knows how the food
Is this the best job in the world?
is the bestest job! This is
the most relaxing, worry free job that you can ever have.
I get to use my status as Bruddah Sam to do good and help people.
I help restaurants, local musicians, and local businesses. This job is like Christmas all year round! Imagine
Christmas year-round, with everybody giving you food.
That's what it's like for me - everywhere I go, I'm a food
magnet, people are trying to give me food, so I can feature it on the
get so much blessings too (from Local Kine Grindz).
I try. As much as I try to bless other people, people bless
me more in return.
It's like trying to catch up with God.
You can try give as much as you can, but they still give you
hundreds and hundreds more.
There's no way you can ever catch up.
Hawaii411: Any Christmas Wishes for Hawaii?
I wish that we resolve the war on terrorism.
I wish that people would just love each other this season.
I’m going to give everybody love this year.
I hope everyone has a really awesome Chrismas.
Hawaii411: Is Sam going to be on Santa’s naughty or nice list?
I don’t know…
Hawaii411 Conclusion: Well Sam,
Hawaii411 has checked with Santa, and you are definitely on his nice
list! Hawaii411 nominates Bruddah Sam for the '411 Nicest Person
in Hawaii' award. This guy has so much aloha that you can't help
but feel happy when you are around
him. After we were pau eating, swarms of people came over to take
pictures with Bruddah Sam. He's not only a food magnet, but a
people magnet as well. The great thing is that he is so humble and
down to earth, and makes all feel welcome. After dealing out
numerous hugs and posing for lots of pictures with fans, Bruddah Sam
bids us a hearty 'aloha'. Thanks so much Bruddah Sam: for the
food, the interview, the aloha spirit, and the food (oops, did I say
that already?). We'll see you on OC16 at 9:00pm, and happy 100th
show to you and Lina! Mahalo!
Buy Vaihi's third self
titled album! We've reviewed it and it's great! They almost
shut down Windward Mall at the release event for this album because too
many people showed up. This band can jam, and Bruddah Sam's voice
is definitely pure gold. Like Sam said, the album is like a
Drifters/Al Green/Earth Wind and Fire/Sting style mix. What I like
best about Vaihi is that they write their own music... The album is all
original! How many artists can boast that? Anyhow, pick it
up and give it a try. We think you'll like it too. Grab it
off the shelves at any Tower or Jelly's today!