Hawaii Residents ‘Deal' for Fame and Fortune

Lauren Heath-Buford
Lauren Heath-Buford
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Turvey
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Turvey
Ann Medlin
Ann Medlin
Brad Falcon
Brad Falcon
Tisha Falcon
Tisha Falcon

AIEA (KHNL) --  Oahu residents try for a deal of a lifetime as they line up for a chance to be on the hit NBC game show "Deal or No Deal."

The line at Pearlridge Shopping Center stretched for almost two miles; thousands trying for their chance at fame and fortune.

At least several thousand people showed up, and some even camped out overnight. "Deal or No Deal" auditions are here in Hawaii for the first time, and many folks here did not want to miss their chance at national stardom.

Miles and miles of eager contestants snake around the Pearlridge Shopping Center.  Several thousand folks show up for a chance to be on their favorite game show.

"This is my life dream, yeah," said Debra Breaux, an aspiring contestant from Wahiawa.  "Two days ago my friends called me and said, 'Hey your dream's coming true. It's here in Honolulu. So I'm here to try."

Lauren Heath-Buford is also a fan.

"I play it online," said the 26-year-old aspiring contestant from Kihei, Maui.  "I've never missed an episode. I watch it every Monday and Thursday night."

She flew over from Maui by herself.

"Woke up at four in the morning, got on the first flight over from Maui," said Heath-Buford.

Also in the mix is U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer  Scott Turvey, an Iraq War veteran.

"The family thought it would be a good idea for me to come out and have some fun and see if I could get on the show," he said.

Turvey hopes he stands out from the crowd.

"I think I'm pretty easy going, fun loving, eight kids, been enjoying the Army, enjoying my career, and serving the country," he said.

And inside the mall, some of the first people to stand in line.  Ann Medlin got here at eleven last night.

"We knew it was going to be packed," said the aspiring contestant from Ewa Beach.  "And my son loves Howie Mandel. That's why I'm here."

She camped out with the other early birds.

"I slept for two hours and here we are; adrenalin, sheer adrenalin," said Medlin.

With so many outgoing people to choose from, casting director Mary-Rachel Foot has her work cut out for her.

"Oh my gosh. It's so hard to choose. I'm seeing so many amazing people," she said. "It's a fun day. I know we're going to have some great contestants from here.  It's guaranteed."

All these folks would like to be in Brad Falcon's shoes.  This Maui native got on the show several months ago.

"It was three, two, one, boom!  And you're on and you're in front of everybody," he said.  "I was like, 'Whoa!'  It was so, it was like an out of body experience."

Falcon won $260,000 in front of his family and a national TV audience.

"When I got to see him, I just felt like, that's my brother and he represented Hawaii, represented God so well," said his sister Tisha. "I was superly, superly blessed to see him up there just being him."

"It was just an amazing experience," said Falcon's wife Shirley.  "What a blessing. The opportunity that 'Deal or No Deal' gave us."

With some of his winnings, Falcon wants to start a non-profit called "Hawaii Matters," helping disadvantaged people in Hawaii.

"But we want to make thousands of other families kind of feel that reaction, of how we felt or how we're feeling," he said.

Dealing a better hand to the less fortunate.

The casting director says she was really impressed with the people she saw Saturday. She is putting together a long list of people the show is considering.  And she says, be patient. Callbacks can take up to a year.