As promised, this year’s Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach (SOTB) has been better than ever before, with events, tours and parties that successfully exceeded all prior SOTB’s! The weather cooperated beautifully for the week and fan turnout was the biggest we’ve seen yet, (about 75 people, over 35% increase from 2012!) with folks from all over the country coming to Oahu to be part of the exciting event.
Kicking off with the newest addition to the event line-up, the Murder Mystery Tour turned out to be a phenomenal display for fans- like being part of their very own Hawaii Five-0 episode! Guests got to witness a mystery unfold before their very eyes, beginning with a crime scene at McGarrett’s House (a.k.a. Bayer Estate) and culminating at the Barefoot Beach Café luau on Waikiki beach.
Over 50 people were part of the Murder Mystery Tour and got to check out some of Hawaii Five-0’s top filming grounds while acting out their very own detective roles. This was unlike anything we’ve ever done before and the success of the event was so great that we’re highly considering doing it again next year! The tour bus stopped at various locations like Maunalua Bay, Koko Head District Park, Waimanalo Beach, downtown Headquarters, even the Halawa Correctional Facility!
Each location revealed a murder suspect and clues, and it was up to each guest to take notes and solve the murder. With twists thrown in at nearly every stop, guests were on high alert as they questioned suspects, made accusations and jotted down clues in their detective notebooks. And when everyone came clean with which suspect they thought committed the crime, the excitement was felt and anticipations ran high as the murder mystery was finally revealed. The day was a complete success and we highly recommend booking your seat in advance for next year- it’s sure to fill up fast!
Take Aloha Bruce’s Great Oahu Adventure, which was another great way to check out Hawaii Five-0 filming grounds and learn about the history of the show. And since Bruce is the ideal tour guide for Oahu, he shared his local knowledge with the group and stopped off at the variety of locations that are of the most interesting and exciting on the island.
Beginning the tour at the old Honolulu Advertiser building, this site was very familiar to the H50 fans as it is the old sound stage for the show. The last chance to see this historic building before it’s torn down, Bruce gave a history on the 81-year old building and how it pays tribute to the history and community of Honolulu. The building will be demolished and developed into a $200 million high rise affordable condominium tower. It was also the backdrop for King Kamehameha IV’s wedding and the location of the Honolulu Advertiser, which shut down in 2010.
Aloha Bruce took the group around Honolulu, to the Eternal Flame that has been burning for 44 years straight in commemoration of the Pearl Harbor bombing. The tour also coursed its way around the coast, where guests saw the view of Pali, Kualoa Beach Park with its gorgeous vista of Chinaman’s Hat, Laie Point, Kawela Bay and much more. Plus, everyone enjoyed a special lunch at the Shrimp Shack, a lunch truck that is famous for its delicious shrimp and located right off the highway on the sleepy northeast side of the island. The Great Oahu Adventure was a wonderful way for Hawaii Five-0 SOTB fans to familiarize themselves with the island, plus get a little extra out of their vacation! And with Aloha Bruce as their guide, the stories and entertainment just kept coming!
For about 60 people, the Bayer Estate was the backdrop for an afternoon of mingling, H50 photo opps and dining on Hawaii’s best bento boxes and shave ice! This party was put on at McGarrett’s house, otherwise known as the Bayer Estate and guests had the pleasure of touring the house, sitting in the famous white picket outdoor chairs, and even laying on McGarrett’s bed! Bento lunch was served from Mitsu Ken, which is the best bento box spot in all of Hawaii, no joke. Located on King Street in Kalihi, this place cranks out classic bento box lunches that will have you asking for seconds, probably even thirds.
Shave Ice from Waiola was the other hit of the party, which is the actual shave ice stand that is featured in Hawaii Five-0 episodes. Folks got to sample tropical flavors and cool off with this classic local treat. And luckily for everyone the weather cooperated during the 3-hour event, when earlier that day there were tropical storm threats for Honolulu. But guests saw a beautiful sunny Hawaii day at this iconic H50 landmark, fronting the beach and boasting some of the best photo opps of the event!
Be sure to join us next year for the Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach, because as most of you know already, each year we up the ante and make it even better than the last. And this time we really produced an incredible string of events for fans and Hawaii enthusiasts. So if it was this good this year, we can only imagine what next year holds in store!