Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, July 23, 2001

Teens battle for "moolah" on Kauai in a new Fox
reality game show. "Moolah Beach" is slated
to begin airing Sept. 9

Teens make
a dash for ‘Moolah’
on Garden Isle

The show will debut Sept. 9

By Tim Ryan

A six-episode Fox Television reality game that tests a dozen teenagers in what producers describe as "Hawaiian-themed" physical and mental obstacles has completed 12 days of filming on Kauai's North Shore.

Fox Kids "Moolah Beach!," features 13- to 15-year old youths who were selected during a nationwide search that attracted 1,500 hopefuls. Finalists will compete for a $25,000 cash prize in "Survivor"-like challenges. Two Hawaii teens were alternatives but won't appear when the episodes air.

The Big Adventure production, produced and hosted by JD Roth of "Fun House," "Zooventure" and "Mad Libs," completed filming on Friday. The show is slated to debut Sept. 9.

In the first half-hour show, the teens will arrive on outrigger canoes at Pilaa beach near Hanalei. The contestants pair off in six coed teams to search for 13 idols, one containing the prize money. The goal is to acquire as many idols as possible by completing different missions, to increase the odds of finding the one that holds the grand prize, revealed in the final episode.

Contestants face two daily missions in order to accumulate idols and increase their odds of staying on "Moolah Beach." Among the missions are the kahuna missions, daily physical tests in which the outcome determines each teams' odds of being banished from "Moolah Beach!" For example, in "Hula Bridge," each boy, with only two logs and a plank, must get his "hula girl" teammate from water to shore first, preventing her from plunging into the water below.

Producers had considered filming the show on Oahu. However, out of concern for the kids' safety, media coverage, and the desire to film in a remote area, execs decided to head to Kauai, sources said.

The contestants are: Chasati Allen, Dolton, Il.; Summer Borden, Rowlett, Texas; Jake Capito, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Nancy Diaz, Ocala, Fla.; Brittany Harris, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Clark Harrison, Schaumburg, Il.; Andrew Johnson Jr., Winter Haven, Fla.; Shari Lee, Bowie, Md.; and Chloe Levenson, New York, NY; Drew Luna, Lake Mary, Fla.; Kyle Searles, Frisco, Texas; and Xavier Yepez, Westchester, Il.

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