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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


13 thoughts on “An Evening with Mark Yamanaka and Friends at the Hawaii Prince

  • December 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    That is EXACTLY how I would have done my courses!!!!!  Think you got all the raw out of your system on the first course but no……….need to hit it again on the second course, and why not for  the third course.

    I did the math and all of that is 57.2 miles on the treadmill.  And worth it….


    • December 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm


      I think you’re the most “mathematically correct” reader on this blog. lol I’d never think of counting the calories from a (mostly) seafood buffet. I always thought of seafood as light and healthy calories that are low in saturated fat and high in Omega 3s. The only concern I have are parasites and mercury in the raw fish. Still, the “research” on those issues are often contentious.

      I actually use the S-Health pedometer on my Galaxy Note. I punch in the average amount of calories I consume each day, my weight loss goal and current weight, and it counts and keeps track of the miles I walk, and how many I need to in order to attain that weight goal. Usually I hit the “success” mark daily. I’ve been pretty good to my body this holiday season so far.

      • December 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        I apologize Pomai-San, I calculated that you ate all the fat on that gorgeous prime rib and drank all the butter.  I should have known better.  Recalculating, you’re all good now.  :-)

  • December 16, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Pomai, great party.  Wonder where the leg of lamb and chicken?  I see you went little

    carb and protein all the way yeah that the way to go.

  • December 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would be with you dish for dish. same order.


  • December 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

    @ Pat – My only “guilt” is not leaving any room for the real dessert dishes. Poho.

    @ Kelike – Regarding the Leg of Lamb (only good to me if cooked medium-rare with lotsa’ Rosemary and mint jelly!), I probably had “tunnel vision” for the Prime Rib. He he.

    @ ArnyB – Me? Eat all the fat on the Prime Rib and slurp down all the drawn butter? Oh, no, no way, not me. Neh-eh. Nope. Won’t do it. Nope. :-P

    I’m curious what kind of nutritional numbers you’d come up with had I revealed eating over 3 full plates of Snow Crab legs, with every piece dipped in drawn butter. Reason asking is, I once sat next to two fellahz at the Oceanarium in Waikiki, and that’s ALL they ate the entire time we were there: Snow Crab legs dipped in butter. Between the two of them, I’d say they easily went through 6 full-size dinner plate refills of Snow Crab legs. It was quite a spectacle.

  • December 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    This place was Kaiser?  My mom was born at home on Dec. and all her sibblings

    fun of her for that.  It was a humble birth.

    • December 18, 2014 at 10:07 am


      Yep. Before the Hawaii Prince Hotel came along, it was Kaiser Hospital. Interestingly, I was born there at Kaiser Hospital in Waikiki, and ever since, to this day, I’m still a Kaiser Permanente member. If you watch one of the videos I posted, Mark Yamanaka mentions that he was born there as well!

      You may also recall the giant whale wall mural Wyland painted on the Ewa side of the Ilikai Marina Hotel next to Kaiser Hospital Waikiki, which soon after the hospital was demolished (imploded) to make way for the Hawaii Prince, eventually the Hawaii Prince parking structure covered most of the mural, so they ended up painting over it. Another thing you may remember about the building next to Kaiser Hospital was the Waikiki Twins Consolidated Movie Theaters, which is now Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster.

  • December 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Awesome party… wish I was there; next’ bes’ ting was the vids of Mark Yamakaka! Terriffic!

  • December 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Pomai did you know Mark grew up playing music in my garage when I lived across from his grandma.. We had many kanikapila sessions and I always knew he would reach stardom one day. He even played at my Yakudoshi!

  • December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Is that Miss Aloha Hula 2013 performing? Wow, the Prince Hotel went first class all the way!! Smart and very classy.. to get the best in music, food, hula- that’s really Japanese. Definitely something I’ll keep in mind next year.  Do you know what was the per head price for adults?

  • December 19, 2014 at 2:57 am

    @ L – To tell you the truth, I was busy talking with one of the staff when they introduced the Hula dancer. However, now that you mention it, I think  you’re right, that is Miss Aloha Hula 2013! I’ll confirm it with Ward (HP’s F&B Director) and get back to you on that.

    @ Layne-San – Wassup Mr. Renaissance Man of Hawaii! Regarding Mark Yamanaka, when you say “in your garage across from his grandma’s house”, I take it you’re talking about in Hilo, correct?

    @ Keith-San – Glad you enjoyed the videos I shot of Mark performing that special evening. Which reminds me, there’s one more I need to upload.

    • January 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Yes Pomai Mark Yamanaka grew up in Hilo and I know him well. His Grandma Guerrero God rest her soul lived across from me in Kaumana. Mark use to bring his guitar and uke and play and take over! LOL In my garage. Mark came to solo play at my Yakudoshi for almost 4 hours long! He deserves all the stardom in the world a humble braddah who never forgot his roots



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