Get to know winemaker and host of “It’s A Hawaii Thing” Podcast
February 6, 2021
The goal of this TV Show / Podcast is to appeal to a broad audience including millennials, Gen X, Y and Z as well as Baby Boomers that enjoy wine but may not want to be or need to be a connoisseur. It is also an outreach to those that may drink wine occasionally and encourage them to explore it more fully through the lens of other interests. It is a multifaceted look at the world’s finest beverage and its niche in a diverse and changing world. Sharing sometimes provocative views and always insightful conversation, we want to inspire listeners to not only enjoy wine but to expand their connections and world view through it.
The hosts of this show are Chris Ramelb, Hali’a Parish, and Moani Hara. Chris Ramelb is an advanced Sommelier with an extensive knowledge and history studying and promoting wine. His commitment to sharing his love of wine and all things alcohol is unparalleled. Hali’a Parish is an actress, singer, and dancer who has performed on multiple stages with roles in Legends in Concert and in Disney World. Moani Hara has been in the entertainment industry for 20 years. She is the former Miss Hawaii USA 2014, and has done modeling, acting and commercial work.
Episode #8 – Featuring Get to know winemaker and host of “It’s A Hawaii Thing” Podcast
Hailing from the tiny island of Lanai, Hawaii and graduate of Lanai High School, this DJ, Comedian, TV host and Actor has done it all! Currently, Lanai is a producer/director for It’s A Hawaii Thing Productions creating a variety of TV Shows/Podcasts such as “It’s A Hawaii Thing”, which he is also a co-host on, “Culturised,” “Wine &…” and there is more in the works! Lanai also hosts Cooking Hawaiian Style, currently in its 8th season. In the 90’s, Lanai was part of Hoku nominated comedy trio “The 3 Local Boys.” With four albums under his belt, you might remember such hits as “Rice Rice Baby,” “I’m A Filipino” or the song that went national, “Me So Hungry.”
Lanai is no stranger to international and local TV shows such as Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Co-host with Anthony Bourdain’s NO Reservations, Jake and the Fat Man, Da Braddah’s, Baywatch Hawaii, Hawaii Five-0, and he has also been in a variety of local commercials.
He has been touring the mainland doing stand-up comedy openings for Henry Kapono, Andy Bumatai, Augie Tulba, Wayne Brady and Damon Wayans, to name a few. As a 25- year radio veteran, Lanai co-created the Island 98.5 radio station, and currently is on air in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan.
“Wine &…” is a unique TV Show/ Podcast that covers everything wine and all that it is connected to. It is not only about the producers, winemakers, vignerons, somms and the people who rate and drink it but its interconnectivity with culture, art, history, music, cuisine and its unique and specific connection to the earth.
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