It’s not the world’s largest manapua, but it sure looks like it could be. A group of local media makers documented the construction of a massive, 13,300-calorie manapua in a video titled,“Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” (Rated PG-13, per Cynthia Hoskins, so click with care.)
The “Epic Kaukau Time” title reveals the video to be a parody of the Montreal-based “Epic Meal Time” show, one of the top 100 shows on YouTube, and a show that’s already prompted other regional tributes like “Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time.”
This local take, credited to “130+0,” hit 14,000 views today, and caught the eye of several food blogs like including Eater National, Foodbeast, and Serious Eats. When the creators reached out to Hawaii Grinds on Twitter, I had to learn more more.
“Well, I was at the UH film school for a couple of years, and I released all of my projects under the 130+0 name,” explained Jesse Macadangdang, a 1999 graduate of Leilehua High School. “But when we decided to shoot ‘Epic Kaukau Time,’ the 130plus0 team became the five of us that you see in the video.”
The Wahiawa-based troupe includes Florian Isla, who graduated from Leilehua with Macadangdang, Rocky Isla (FHS ’95) Nick Doble (FHS ’94), and David Tadena, originally from Colorado.
When the ‘Epic Kaukau Time’ video was posted, Macadangdang hinted that it might mark the end of 130+0. But now, it sounds like they’re only getting started.
“We are working on more local-centered epic food vids,” he said.