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Augie T announces ‘Laugh Da Island Way’ comedy tour

By Staff | Aug 10, 2017

Augie T has been recognized with two Hawaii Music Awards and two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

WAILUKU – Popular local comedian Augie T announced the “Laugh Da Island Way” statewide comedy tour next month, presented by Island Air and Primo.

The Maui show will be on Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. at the historic ?Iao Theatre in Wailuku. Opening for Augie T will be Shawn Garnett. Tickets are available for $20 at AugieT.com.

All shows in the “Laugh Da Island Way” tour are benefits for B.R.A.V.E Hawaii in an effort to bring an anti-bullying message to school-aged youth.

Over 3,000 students on Oahu and Hawaii Island have experienced B.R.A.V.E. presentations, and the organization will be coming to middle schools on Hawaii Island this year.

Find out more about the program at BRAVEhawaii.org.

Musician Shawn Garnett will open the show.

Augie T has been at the core of the local comedy revival since he began performing for audiences in Hawaii and across the United States 25 years ago. He was named one of Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40, funniest comic in Hawaii by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Midweek, and one of Hawaii’s Top 100 Influential Filipinos.

Humble beginnings in public housing in Kalihi helped shape Augie’s comedy and inspire his commitment to the community.

He volunteers with numerous organizations that champion healthy children and families, and assists his daughter, Mahea Sims-Tulba, with her B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii Foundation.

Augie also works with Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui’s R.E.A.C.H. initiative to expand the availability of afterschool enrichment and bring positive messages to island youth.

Mahea faced the issue of bullying growing up. She decided to change her negative experiences into constructive and helpful ones.

At age 12, Mahea founded B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that encourages school-aged youth to “Be Respectful And Value Everyone.”