Ask the Big Kahuna
“Answering the most common visitor questions”
Are you the Big Kahuna that has held the record for the most pineapples eaten in one seating for the past seven years? Can you tell me what the current record for most pineapples eaten in one seating is?
(That’s the Hawaiian equivalent of the New York “Howyadoin,” the Mexican “Que Pasa,” the Hip-Hop “Whassup,” or my son’s basic “Hey.”)
First of all, I doubt if anyone ate pineapples, as you suggest, in one seating for seven years. If there is another Big Kahuna who performed such a feat, he is indeed a BIG Kahuna.
I wonder if all our readers know what the term “kahuna” means. One of its definitions is “an expert in any profession.” It also is the title of a priest or minister. Some mainlanders may remember the term from the movie “Gidget.” James Darren was Moondoggie, and Cliff Robertson was the Big Kahuna. Robertson played a beach bum and his title signified his surfing skills (not pineapple-eating skills).
Though I am definitely not the ranking pineapple eater of whom you speak, I can confirm that people do have such contests. However, everyone I contacted claimed not to know the official record.
There is a pineapple-eating contest here in Hawaii, fittingly, on Lanai, the Pineapple Isle. Their contest consists of eating pineapple rings dangling from the ceiling. The first person to finish one wins.
If you would like to set a related record, you might try eating the Dole Pineapple Garden Maze at the Dole Plantation in Honolulu. If so, you had better be hungry. The Guinness World Records folks crowned this maze as the World’s Largest Permanent Hedge Maze with an area of 100,000 square feet. The maze was created in 1997 and has the longest path for any permanent maze at 1.7 miles (2.73 km).
Instead of eating the maze, enjoy a leisurely walk through the maze and work-up a thirst for a juicy pineapple afterwards.
More important than the quantity of pineapples you eat is the quality of pineapples you eat. The best tasting (and best for you) are organic because they have no chemicals added in the growing or processing process. Enjoy.