The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Oktoberfest took place on Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2016, in the luxurious Maunakea Ballroom. Since its debut several years ago, on behalf of The Tasty Island, Hawaii Prince Hotel has once again invited Yours Truly to attend and cover this year’s Oktoberfest event.
Following is photo coverage, along with captions and commentary. Enjoy. ;-)
Stein-Hoisting Contest: whoever can hold up the 48 oz. filled stein with arms extended straight out the longest, wins! Note, you can’t spill any liquid, and your back must be kept straight. Click on video below to see who wins!
Sausage-eating Contest Brats and Keilbassa WITH buns… OUCH! Hurt me! lol
“Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve always loved Sumo Wrestlers dressed in drag“ LOL!
Hawaii Prince Hotel Oktoberfest guest Chef Guido Ulmann with Roy Wexelberger, Horn player for the Edelweiss Trio (the fourth member); note the authentic Lederhosen German leather shorts and suspenders he’s wearing, which are made of genuine German cowhide; he purchased the pair in Munich for around $500. Wow!
Roy shows off a traditional Bavarian Cowbell he uses as part of his instrument ensemble; must say, they did a rockin’ German version of BOC’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”… more cowbell, please! LOL!!! Nah, j/k, they didn’t play that ;-)
Ray Tsutsumi, a part-time resident in Hawaii and full-time resident on the West Coast, is a long-time reader and fan of The Tasty Island, who happened to bump into me at the Hawaii Prince Oktoberfest event this past Friday. Super nice guy!
Summing it up, I had a BLAST at this year’s Hawaii Prince Hotel Oktoberfest. Which always kinda’ trips me out, being I was born on that very same property when it was formerly Kaiser Hospital Waikiki.
Speaking of born, it’s worth noting I’m 1/8th German from my mother’s side, who her dad was a Von Arnswaldt (half German, half Hawaiian).
Anyhow the Stein-hoisting contest was the highlight for me, as was the entire evening’s entertainment, always filled with fun by the antics and great traditional German music provided by the Edelweiss Trio. They’re such cool cats. Not to mention the dance floor always filled with eager folks getting into the Oktoberfest dancing spirit.
I had the Bockwurst plate (Veal Bratwurst), and let me tell you, just that, and I was FULL. In fact, I couldn’t even finish the plate. Needless to say, it was absolutely DELICIOUS. The Veal Brat had a distinctively delicate “white meat” flavor that almost tasted like pork, yet you know it’s veal, with a nice ‘n snappy casing, while that brown gravy was to die for! Ditto for the Sauerkraut and German-style Potato Salad! Everything on the plate, when combined together was so ono!
I also tried a glass of the Dunkel and Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer, which were both excellent. The Dunkel tastes pretty much like Guinness Stout, while the Sam Adams Okoterbest was like a hoppy and very bold lager, with a woodsy tone. Very nice!
Most importantly, there was definitely SPIRIT there. Everyone was totally into the Oktoberfest vibe, as if we were all magically transported from Waikiki, direct to Munich, Germany. It was so, so awesome, and if you didn’t go this year, you really missed out! So definitely mark your calendar for next year’s Hawaii Prince Hotel Event, as this year was a total, nearly sold-out success.
Huge mahalos to Joy Basuel, Carra Sawai, Glenn Shigeta, Paul Shiroma, Randi Fernandez, and the entire Hawaii Prince Hotel Food & Beverage staff for warmly inviting me to yet another successful and fantastic Oktoberfest event right here in Waikiki. You all super-duper ROCK!
• Coverage: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Oktoberfest 2015 – The Tasty Island
• Coverage: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Oktoberfest 2014 – The Tasty Island