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'Man v. Food' host tackles Mac 24-7


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POSTED: Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Waikiki restaurant enjoyed a visit this week from professional consumer Adam Richman, host of “;Man v. Food.”; Crew for the Travel Channel series arrived at Mac 24-7 in the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel around noon on Monday, according to Morena Herrera, the hotel's director of restaurants.

For his challenge, he selected the blueberry pancakes, says Herrera, who confirms that Richman followed the rules while attempting to ingest Mac's famous flapjacks, which run a whopping 14 inches in diameter and contain four pounds of flour. Richman sat for 90 minutes and was not allowed to get up for anything (not even a trip to the restroom).

“;Only four people have eaten an entire plate of pancakes by themselves and lived to tell about it,”; says Herrera.

Four!

No word yet on whether Richman will get his name added to that short list. We'll find out when the show airs in early September.

Plenty of local residents were on hand to cheer for Richman as he stuffed himself. After a post-meal break, he stayed until about midnight answering questions and taking pictures with fans, several of whom are likely to get some air time.

“;He's really great,”; says Herrera. “;Very personable.”;

It all started about a year ago when someone on the restaurant's staff watched the show, then sent an e-mail inviting Richman and the producers to Hawaii. Follow-up questions didn't arrive for months, but obviously the “;Man v. Food”; folks liked the idea. Watch for special events at Mac 24-7 when The Travel Channel announces the actual air date ...

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Some Hawaii students and budding filmmakers have made it to the finals in the Danimals Product Promotion video competition, rising to the top 10 from more than 1,000 submissions, according to one of the parents. At stake is a $10,000 prize and a trip to Los Angeles to meet Dylan and Cole Sprouse of Disney's “;The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,”; but the competitors have done well already by earning a video camera for emerging from the throng.

Hawaii Kai residents Maya Tigley, 11, TJ Tigley, 10 and Cole Fitter, 11, wrote, produced and shot the wholesome one-minute commercial, which can be seen on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FUTjL6WIR8. Keep an eye out for the overall winners ...

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Two 2-hour television specials featuring a series of concerts and personal visits with Hawaii-based soldiers serving in Kuwait will air on OC16 this weekend. Live performances from Vaihi, B.E.T. and Kaleo, along with a taped presentation from Da Braddahs, comprise “;Aloha Kuwait 09.”; The show also includes behind-the-scenes footage from the two-week concert tour that took place in May. It was all part of an effort to celebrate Asia Pacific Island Heritage Month and, of course, support the troops.

The first special airs at 7 p.m. Saturday (yes, that's the Fourth of July). The second airs in August. You can also catch live streaming on http://www.oc16.tv.

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