My Audition for Wheel of Fortune… And Now the Wait Begins

So folks want to know about the Wheel of Fortune Audition that happened at the Hilton Waikoloa Village last night.

The sun sets at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The sun sets at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The room started out w/ about 200 folks that had previously sent in a video and had gotten a letter from WOF stating their audition times.

I gather that they had auditions at 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM yesterday.

They were really looking for contestants that were smiling and clapping a lot and basically enthusiastic that they were there.

We filled out applications that basically asked general questions about us.

Then they made a seating chart of who the folks were in the room.

They then called out everyone’s name in the room for a chance to play a simulated version of the game.

I was doing pretty good on my puzzle but then I chose a wrong letter.

They then called up a few more folks to ask them to do another puzzle.

They then issued us a 5 minute written test that was a lot harder then I thought it would be and the time flew by. I think I got about half the puzzles right and skipped the ones I couldn’t figure out.

We broke for about a half an hour while they graded the written tests.

We came back in the room and they showed us some old school clips of the show and then they told us that this is the hard part and that not everyone can be on the show.

They then read off a list of 12 folks that were partnered w/ “friends and family”,  then 12 individuals.

I was one of two guys that they called of the individuals to stay in the room and play some more simulated games.

I stayed and competed against a group of six folks playing two simulated puzzles. I didn’t win any of the puzzles but I got a bunch of letters correct before hitting a lose-a-turn.

After the simulated games we all sat down and they explained the process of things if we are selected to be on the show and that we would find out by the second week of August if we were selected.

They took Polaroid pictures of those of us remaining in the room and attached that to our written tests and the applications we initially filled out.

It was an interesting experience to say the least and now I sit back and wait for the “Casting Call” so to speak!

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) to Test Next Week on Kauai

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

Briefing panelists scheduled to be on hand include:

  • U.S. Navy Capt. Bruce Hay, PMRF Commanding Officer
  • Mike Gazarik, Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Mark Adler, LDSD Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
  • Ian Clark, LDSD principal investigator at JPL

NASA has identified six potential dates for launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13. Decisions to attempt launch of the LDSD test will be made the day before each launch opportunity date.

Students Awarded Prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by UH Hilo

Twelve students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

UH Hilo Moniker

The award, valued in excess of $26,500, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor’s Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Adam Onishi, Waiakea High School
  • Casey Chow, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Pahoa High School
  • Dustin Tacdol, Kamehameha High School-Maui
  • Jhoanne Domingo, Farrington High School
  • Melialani Agcaoili, Pahoa High School
  • Melissa Mizuguchi, Waiakea High School
  • Micah Carter, Kamehameha High School-Hawaiʻi
  • Noelle Lovesy, Kauai High School
  • Tori Nakagawa, Roosevelt High School
  • Vernon Warnock, Hilo High School
  • Zayin Minia, Waimea High School

Two Men Arrested in Connection With Violent Robbery in Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged one of the men arrested in connection with a violent robbery early Tuesday in Kailua-Kona.

Randall Todd

Randall Todd Chase

At 5 p.m. Wednesday (May 28), detectives charged 28-year-old Randall Todd Chase of Kailua-Kona with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, assault, two counts of third-degree theft, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $40,250. He was being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday morning (May 29).

Nohea Gene Heinicke

Nohea Gene Heinicke

The other suspect, 43-year-old Nohea Gene Heinicke of Kailua-Kona, was released to the custody of the Department of Public Safety on a probation violation charge. Detectives are continuing their investigation into his role in the robbery.

At 1:57 a.m. Tuesday (May 27), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery outside a restaurant on the 75-1000 block of Henry Street.

Police determined that an acquaintance had reportedly approached a 25-year-old Kailua-Kona man and a 23-year-old Kailua-Kona man. He then reportedly struck the 25-year-old in the head, arms and legs with a blunt object and stole both their backpacks. The assailant then left the area in a black sedan being driving by a second man.

The 25-year-old victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital with serious head injuries and later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains in stable condition. The 23-year-old victim was not injured.

A short time later, police located a car matching the description of the suspects’ car and learned that the sole occupant, Heinicke, was wanted on a bench warrant. He was arrested and charged with violating probation and held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on the bench warrant.

Later Tuesday both Heinicke and Chase were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Big Island Police Looking for Shoplifter Caught On Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with a shoplifting case.

wanted48A surveillance camera captured an image of a suspect taking a cell phone case from a store at 50 E. Puainako Street on April 17.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the person in the photo to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.