An Evening with Mark Yamanaka and Friends at the Hawaii Prince

The good folks at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki & Golf Club invited Yours Truly for an evening  with Mark Yamanaka, Weldon Kekauoha and Friends, taking place on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This, coming “hot before the heels” of my company’s Christmas party that also took place there recently, as featured in the previous post.

Which is kinda’ ironic, as, I was actually born on those same grounds “ages and ages” ago when it was Kaiser Hospital, hence how the name “Kaisers” got its name for the surf break at the front of Ala Wai Boat Harbor there. What a trip.

Anyways, the event took place in the foyer of the Maunakea Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the absolutely gorgeous Hawaii Prince Resort in Waikiki. It was a dinner concert show, including a top-tier seafood buffet from the adjacent, always excellent Prince Court Restaurant.

Here, Weldon Kekauoha and friends perform as a beautiful hula dancer soothes the visual senses…

K, time fo’ grind, where we head on over to the Prince Court, right across the hallway on the same (3rd) floor…

And of course, if you know me, the very first dish that caught my attention was da’ all-you-can eat, supah’ fresh, supah’ ono AHI POKE!…

And da’ baked oysters!…

And da’ Alaskan King Crab!…

And da’, and da’, and da’… oh try wait, I stay drooling ar’ready. LOL!

And da’ split Alaskan King Crab!…

And da Snow Crab!…

And da’ Clams!…

And da’ Karaage Calamari!…

And da’ Shrimp Cocktail!…

And da’ Shrimp Tempura!…

And da’ Maki Sushi! (hold on, it gets even better)…

And da’ Ebi Sushi!…

And da’ Ika Sushi!…

And da’ Ahi Poke!…

Oh, ‘das right, I already went there. Ah, das’ alright, I wen’ stay wen’ back fo’ moah! LOL!

And da’ Salmon Nigiri Sushi!…

And da’ Maguro Nigiri Sushi!…

And da’ Sashimi!

And da’ Prime Rib!…

“Money Shot”!…

Right about now I’m having a seriously recurring “foodgasm” just writing this, let alone looking at it! Dude, like seriously. ;-)

Of course, with all this onolicious food, a good wine is in order, to which I always go with my fave’, a Cab’…

So what did I walk back to my table with on the first round? This is it…

Poke and Sashimi. That’s it. Nuff’ said. Done!

Second Round goes to an Alaskan King Crab Leg, Shrimp Tempura, Baked Oyster and more of dat’ awesomelicious Ahi Poke and Sashimi!…

And for “dessert”, the final round goes to Prime Rib and Nigiri Sushi!…

The drawn butter is for the Alaskan King Crab Leg, which I didn’t get to yet. Plus I dip the Prime Rib in there. Oh yeah baby, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

There’s just no way any buffet restaurant in Hawaii can compete with those in  Las Vegas, being they’re subsidized by you throwing away your money in the slot and poker machines there. However, if you want what I think is the best buffet in Honolulu, look no further than Prince Court. They may not have the massive aquarium the Oceanarium has, or the beautiful oasis garden of the Willows, or the Ulua and Koi swimming around the joint and more affordable prices at Pagoda. However what they make up for is EXCELLENT food. Prince Court for the win!

Na Hoku Hano Hano Award Winner Mark Yamanaka closed out this most fantastic evening with his “nahe nahe” voice. Folks, this man can SING! Such an amazingly talented Hawaiian musician that is tops in my book!

Huge mahalos once again to Ward, Joy, Darla, my cousin Stacey, and the entire food and beverage team at the Hawaii Prince. You folks ROCK!

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki & Golf Club
100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Tel. (808) 944-4491
www.PrinceResortsHawaii.com