Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii luau’

Ralph Pagano works the Legends of the Pacific luau a the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The food and entertainment is fantastic!

The last two days on Hawaii’s Big Island have been great. We’ve had great weather and Ralph has been working his a$$ off to make enough money for his plane ticket home. As fans of Pressure Cook know, if he fails to do that, there is a penalty. Want to know what that is? Click here. Can you figure out what it is? I’d be a fool to giveaway the ending, so you’ll have to watch the Hawaii episode in December to find out what happens.

But what I will say is more and more people each day have been recognizing Ralph and the guy’s got quite a following. And it’s really no surprise why after watching him in action. He’s passionate about food, genuinely interested in the places he visits, and goes out of his way to make everyone he encounters feel comfortable. For a high-profile celebrity, Ralph is really down to Earth.

So enough of the sappy “man-crush” kind of talk. Let’s recap what he did the remainder of his time in Hawaii. I’ll let the following pictures do the talking.

Mike and Leslie of Wailea Agricultural Group in Honomu put Ralph to work harvesting delicious hearts of palm. This stuff has quickly become one of my favorite vegetables.

Wasting no time after the harvest, Ralph headed to the new Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar in the Queen’s Marketplace at Waikoloa with the fresh palm hearts and went to work. The “Ralph Special” that night was a wonderful seared ahi with hearts of palm salad and a little poke on the side. This dish was “broke da mouth.” Sansei Chef/Owner DK Kodama flew in special for the evening. And “just so happen,” my mom (Rhonda) and dad (Gary) stopped by for dinner and a photo with Ralph. BTW, everything at Sansei is ono…really can’t go wrong.

For the grand finale, Ralph was introduced to the famous Hawaiian luau. He helped get the pig in and out of the imu, prepared a couple of dishes for the night, and worked the crowd. Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Kenny Omiya was impressed with the end product and so were the guests.

So mission accomplished, right? You’ll have to wait and see.


Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” airs its “Late for the Luau” episode filmed in Hawaii on Wednesday, Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy of Food Network).

Attention all Dinner: Impossible and Chef Robert Irvine fans! The Hawaii episode – “Late for the Luau” – filmed on Hawaii’s Big Island airs tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb. 20) on the Food Network at 8 p.m. HST (10 p.m. EST). Here’s a bit of a teaser of what’s in store:

Chef Robert Irvine caters a Hawaiian luau at Kona Village Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island for 150 people. After receiving a lesson in luau food from renowned Chef Sam Choy, Irvine has to create multiple dishes using only the food and equipment provided and must rely on some of the locals to help him in the kitchen. Can Chef Irvine speed up “Hawaiian time” and complete his mission or will this be Dinner: Impossible?

This particular episode is special, not only because it was filmed in our backyard, but also because my team here at McNeil Wilson Communications secured this show for Hawaii on behalf of our client the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) as part of our public relations initiatives.

Mahalo to Darlene at HVCB for approving the project and to my associates Merrissa and Rhegan for putting it all together and helping onsite with the production. They tell me Chef Robert is a really cool guy who loved his time in Hawaii. Thanks also to Vicky and Kona Village Resort for stepping up and partnering with us, in addition to Sam Choy for taking the time to be a part of the show. And last but not least, a big mahalo to Amie, Kristen, and Natalie at Shooters, Inc. who produced the show.

This should be a lot of fun to watch. Set your DVR or make sure you’re in front of the TV at 8 p.m.


P.S. The Hawaii episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” airs on Monday, March 3 on the Travel Channel! More details regarding our involvement will be shared soon.