‘Wheel of Fortune’ returning to island


“Wheel of Fortune” will return to Hawaii Island this fall to tape four weeks of shows for its 32nd season.

Host Pat Sajak, co-host Vanna White and the entire Los Angeles-based crew will set up shop at Hilton Waikoloa Village in September to tape four weeks of shows, according to Sony Pictures Television.

The return marks the fifth time “Wheel of Fortune” has taped in Hawaii since 1996. The production will ship 37 trailers and containers with 1.8 million pounds of equipment.

More than 225 staff and crew will be on hand to produce 20 episodes and share the beauty of Hawaii with the show’s 25 million weekly viewers.

“We have taped ‘Wheel of Fortune’ on location 65 times,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “But no destination creates a greater sense of excitement than Hawaii. The scenery, the hospitality and the warmth of the aloha spirit simply can’t be found anywhere else.”

Contestant auditions will be held on the Big Island in late May for individuals 18 and older, and married couples, as well as best friends who are not related.

“Wheel of Fortune” is seen weeknights in Hawaii at 6:30 p.m. on KHON 2.

To apply to be a contestant, go to wheeloffortune.com/be-a-contestant.

 

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