Ralph and me at beautiful Kualoa Ranch.

I found out yesterday that this is Ralph Pagano’s first time to Hawaii, so he’s been enjoying every experience and challenge he’s encountered. The past two day’s of Pressure Cook filming have been intense and it’s been interesting to see how one of my favorite shows on TV is made. Here’s a few photos to give you a “sneak peek” of what’s been going on. Just an “appetizer” if you will!

Ralph heads to The Shack in Hawaii Kai to meet up with Brendan and Chef Mike to prepare for the Spam Jam in Waikiki. Along the way, he meets DK Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar.

Day two, Ralph prepares breakfast for a bikini shoot at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Photographer Dave Miyamoto and the models of Pualani Hawaii swimwear reap the rewards of a delicious breakfast after a long morning of work.

Ralph finds a true slice of Hawaii paradise in Kaaawa Valley at Kualoa Ranch.

Along the way, Ralph runs into some locals who just returned from a tako tournament. What an amazing scene to see all the squid hanging in the the garage.

We’re off to Hawaii’s Big Island. More updates soon.


  1. Dave says:

    Hey Nathan!

    Did the segment come out yet!

  2. […] my blog back then, you may have read about my experiences working with the production team here, here, and […]

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