James Kawika Pi'imauna "Rap" Reiplinger was one-third of the comedy group Booga Booga.

Reiplinger graduated from Punahou, he was an actor, comedian, and husband.

"One of his friends said that six months with Rap was like six years with anyone else," Stone said. 

Former KITV4 anchor and reporter Leesa Clark Stone was married to Rap Reiplinger for just a few months when he died in January of 1984.

Police at that time believed he fell. There was cocaine in his system.

Stone sought answers to Reiplinger's death and that led to the book Paradise to Paradise: The Rap Reiplinger Story.

In it she writes about a 2013 State Attorney General investigation and a sworn statement the AG received.

"The statement said that he did fall partway down the hill and then he stood up and got into a beef with one of the guys that was there allegedly. That guy pushed him. That was off to the path where his body was in that alleged scenario," Stone explains.

The book walks you through the comedian's life. Through interviews you feel you are in high school with him at Punahou and beyond as he brought laughter to the world.

Stone's favorite memory is when Reiplinger proposed to her on the Big Island. 

"Hey Rap you got t.p. stuck to your slipper and he was so embarrassed like I'm trying to be cool and I'm not. And then after that there was bird poop on his shirt when we got our picture taken. And then he's going, I can't believe, he's like I'm so glad you said yes. First the t.p. and then the bird poop, I'm glad you said yes. That was fun, we laughed about that many times," Stone said.

Stone says that she hopes people will enjoy a look back at Rap's life. 

Paradise to Paradise: The Rap Reiplinger Story is available at Da Shop on Harding Avenue and online

In conjunction with the book release, Reiplinger’s last three albums will be available for the first time on iTunes beginning May 7. The album Do I Dare Disturb the Universe has several bits from the award-winning 1981 television program, Rap’s Hawaii. Highlights include Cooking Show #1 and #2 (the debut of Rap’s Aunty Marialani character), Eulogy, Ala Wai Motors and Puka Shell Tour Guide.

The iTunes presale link, prior to the May 7 launch can be found here

The other two albums are Strange Bird (originally released in 1981) and Towed Away (1983). Strange Bird has the memorable bit from Rap’s Hawaii entitled “Secret Taste Test.” Reiplinger fans will remember the line, “I like da crackah!”