By Wayne Harada
ABC previews “Lost,” the drama filmed on O’ahu, at tomorrow night’s (Saturday Jan. 30) Sunset on the Beach event in Waikiki. The opening show of the final season will premiere at about 6:30 p.m. at the makeshift beachfront cinema — with the series formally debuting Feb. 2. on TV.
But the place to be, or not, is Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, the popular steakery at the Royal Hawaiian Center, where a post-screening party is expected to attract 400 invitees, including cast members.
But that’s closed to the public — though the eager and persistent may still get glimpses of the cast and crew.
Wolfgang will prepare “heavy pupu,” including its in-house, dry-aged signature steaks, with seafood, salad, sides and dessert for the celebration. But don’t plan to score a reservation at the restaurant; following Saturday lunch service, it will close at 2 p.m. to prep for the party.
To help launch the show, Wolfgang’s bartender Jed Schaffe is creating the “Lost-ini” drink, a brew that blends Island tastes — two kinds of vodka, mango puree, and mango shavings — with some bite from jalapeno.
“We are honored to have been selected to host this exciting, world-class event,” said Bill Nickerson, general manager of Wolfgang. “I’m a huge fan of the show, just like millions of people around the world, so to have this party here at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a dream come true, and we are ready to impress and put on one heck of a celebration!”
The party is slated from 8 to 10 p.m., with the “Lost” contingent arriving via limousin between 7:45 and 8:30 p.m., for arrivals at Building C at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue, for a red-carpet entrance leading to an escalator to Level 3.
This would be the best spot, for the public and media, for a peek at who’s who, and who’s wearing what.
Wolfgang’s interior boasts a main dining room and two private dining rooms/lounges, but access to the restaurant will be limited, since the walkways will be utilized, along with sections of the outdoor lawn at ground level.
There will be a dance floor in the main dining room, with DJ music. Some guests may prefer to toast and kibitz on the lawn, ‘neath the stars.
Wolfgang has enlisted the kokua of about 100 military volunteers from all service branches to assist in maintaining order.
A host of organizations and business are joining ABC to stage the premiere post-party, including Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii, IKAIKA Communications, Royal Hawaiian Center, Events International, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and Kyo-Ya.