Next month, two Haiku residents will appear on the game show Wheel of Fortune. Claire Bediamol and Kelly Lau will appear on the episode, which is part of a special series on best friends. The episode will air at 6:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 13 on KHON 2.
“It was an amazing experience, really fun,” said Bediamol. “It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had.”
Bediamol is a counselor at Kalama Intermediate School. Her friend Lau is a buyer for Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport. According to Bediamol, the two met about 10 years ago. “Our sons were on the same soccer team when they were four or five,” she said. “She has two boys and I have three boys.”
The two friends first applied for the show earlier this year. When doing so, Bediamol recalled, they checked off a box marked “best friends week,” so they could appear together. In June, she said, producers told them they could audition on Oahu.
“It was an all-day audition,” Bediamol said. “There were written tests–puzzles just like you’d do in Wheel of Fortune–and practice rounds with a cardboard wheel. We had to stand up and talk about ourselves. They wanted us to call out letters and learn to project our voices.”
In August, producers called Bediamol and Lau to say they made the show. On Sept. 14, they taped their episode at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island.
According to Wikipedia, Wheel of Fortune is the longest running syndicated game show in the U.S. Created by Merv Griffin and based on the game Hangman, the show has so far taped more than 6,000 episodes. The nightly syndicated version of the show–hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White–has been running continuously since September 1983 (a network version ran during the daytime from 1975 to 1991).