‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Revealed His Favorite Location to Tape Episodes

by Keeli Parkey

During its many decades on the air, “Wheel of Fortune” has taken its show on the road many, many times. And, there are some places hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White prefer over others.

According to a report by The Business Journals, Sajak prefers Hawaii more than any other location where the show has been filmed. And, that’s saying something considering how many times the show has traveled away from its usual home to film episodes.

In addition to working to film “Wheel of Fortune” while in Hawaii, Pat Sajak also enjoys what the state has to offer. One of those things is the food.

“I’m mostly working and when I’m not working, I’m eating,” Sajak told the publication during 2014. “I eat and sit in the sun, and then I get up and eat some more. Then I get something to drink. Then I got to sleep. Today (Wednesday) we got up and took a little walk, got a little exercise in, then sat out in the sun.”

Sounds, pretty great actually! Maybe Pat Sajak should teach a class on how to land the ideal job.

Anyway, where does the “Wheel of Fortune” host like to eat while he’s in Hawaii? According to the interview, he really enjoyed Sam Choy’s restaurant. His favorite dishes there? Loco mocos and mud pie, the report said. Sajak also enjoyed the food a Merriman’s restaurant, according to the article.

Sajak also shared some information about filming “Wheel of Fortune” on location in Hawaii during the interview.

“I know a lot of people will come here and go ziplining and rent a donkey, and even jump into a lava pit. I come here to relax,” Pat Sajak said. “We tape at night, so we work later than normal. … finish taping at midnight. We do five shows, so it does wear you out.”

Here Are Some Details About What Happens When ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Takes the Show on the Road

Taking “Wheel of Fortune” on the road to film episodes away from its studio home involves a lot of moving parts. And, that costs a lot of money.

Of course, the show has to take its famous wheel on the road when it goes on the road. This requires taking the famous game show prop apart for transport. The wheel is stored for traveling and delivered to wherever the show is filming – which is, hopefully for Pat Sajak, Hawaii.

According to reports, the wheel and the equipment associated with weigh more than one million pounds. The wheel itself weighs approximately 4,000 pounds.

According to an article on AirportJournals.com, taking “Wheel of Fortune” on the road is “no small feat, and akin to putting a major rock band out on tour.” The show reportedly spends more than $2 million when it has to take the show on the road.

With that much money on the line, the show might as well go someplace fun. And, for host Pat Sajak, the place to go is Hawaii – without a doubt.