It's 10:00am and we're at
Puck's Alley by the University. We're going to 'The Greek Corner'
with Braddah Sam and Local Kine Grindz!
Local Kine Grindz is only the most popular show in town... Playing just
about every day on OC16 at 9:00pm and featuring at least 3 new
restaurants a week, Local Kine Grindz has grabbed Hawaii (and
Mainland/International Hawaiians at Heart) by the stomach since its
start in January 2000 (yep, it's been 2 years already). This show hits
us right in the ono spots, as well as the funny bone.
huh? Just film the food, film Sam interviewing the owner, and
eat. In and out in 10 minutes and then off to the next
restaurant... Could it be that easy? Nope. A lot of care and
effort goes in to making one of these great episodes. Hawaii411
got the privilege of hanging with Braddah Sam at the shoot in 'The Greek
The hosts of the show
are Braddah Sam Langi (of Vaihi fame) and Lina Girl Langi (of KCCNFM100
radio dj fame). As the credits say, no, they are not
brother/sister - They are the cutest, most lovable, most down to earth
married couple on TV today. Wait... What am I telling you all of
this for? Unless you've been hiding in an Afghanistanian Cave for
the last two years and your last name is Bin Laden, you probably are
already well acquainted with the Langi's. Lina Girl unfortunately
could not join us for this segment as she was fullfilling her duties at
Ikaika Kimura and Braddah Sam
|Who you may not be
familiar with is Cameraman Producer/Director Ikaika
Kimura. He's just as much a part of Local Kine Grindz (and
the show's success) as Braddah Sam and Lina Girl. In fact,
Braddah Sam attributes the original 'Local Kine Grindz' idea to
Ikaika. Ikaika and Sam had mutual friends, and once the
two were introduced, a hit show was born. Ikaika graduated
from Kamehameha School and then went on to BYUH. He ended
up studying computers and digital film editing. It's
Ikaika who splices all of the viable takes together to make a
cohesive and flowing show.
Ikaika gets his equipment ready (a nice lightweight looking
professional digital camcorder) while Nassar (he runs 'The Greek
Corner') makes sure all the food is prepared. While
Braddah Sam talks story with us, the first dish brought out to a
single table, documented on film (steaming and all! So ONO!),
and placed on one of five tables arranged in a line "buffet
style" in the center of the room. Then the second
dish comes out, then the third dish, the fourth dish... Oh
my! By the time all the food comes out of the kitchen, a
14 dish banquet has been brought out and placed in the center of
the room! For us? Somebody please slap me... I'm
|"What drew me to Ikaika is
that he always has a smile for everyone... He's such a nice
guy." says Braddah Sam of his buddy Ikaika. It's
true... We just met the guy and he instantly gets the Hawaii411
seal of approval. These two guys are the friendliest
buggers you will EVER met! They represent Aloha Spirit at
||By this time, our
mouths are watering. Ikaika and Braddah Sam decide on the
best angles, and it's off to the intro shot! Ikaika spouts
some tips and pointers off of the top of his head and Sam
instantly processes and adds personality to the 10 separate
phrases Ikaika has just 'jedi mind tricked' over to Sam.
Me? I had no idea what was going on or how Braddah Sam
could get all that down on one take. These two have a
synergy going on that allows them to communicate "Local
Kine Grindz" style. Sam gets the intro shot down and
nails all of his points. Some of those greek names throw
Braddah Sam for an instant, but he gets right back in there and
nails the names perfectly on the next take. Ikaika's film
editing talents will make Sam's performance seamless by the
release of the segment next week.
We then move to the food table. Nassar is given a quick
run down of what Sam will say and do, and they are off and
filming once more. Nassar shows off his star quality by
giving a flawless rundown of the Greek food banquet table.
One more segment to go about the special of the week. "Just
mention Local Kine Grindz is the Winnahs and get..."
It's so cool to see Braddah Sam's enthusiasm throughout this
shoot. You can see from his performance that he really
loves promoting and helping out the local businesses. And
the good food doesn't hurt either - heck, I was getting excited!
"Come on Friends...", says Braddah Sam. These are
the words that Hawaii411 was waiting to hear! In the
blink of an eye there was
Greek food surrounding us. Grab a little on the left, a
little from the right, a tiny bit in front and a portion from
the back. Could this be what heaven is like?
Well, we went on to interview Braddah Sam and for the rest of
the day tried in vain to fight off heavy lunch fatigue
syndrome. Coming soon to Hawaii411 will be the Braddah Sam
Interview! Look for it!
Oh yah, the food? We highly recommend it! It was so
great in fact that we are going to have to do a review of "The
Greek Corner" of our very own. Look for that in the
coming weeks also!