It looked like a scene right out of a hit T.V. show: Reporters gathered in anticipation of a star-studded event on the beach, only to notice the rain start to fall and threaten the entire party. But, THEN, just in time for the red carpet procession, the rain stops, the skies clear, and the beautifully-dressed stars appear for an amazing night!
After a week full of rain and thunderstorms, the skies were clear for the Hawaii Five-O premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki. By all accounts, it was a HUGE success, and our own Aloha Bruce was in the middle of all the action.
He had a prime location on the carpet, as the cast and executives from the show started arriving just before 6:00 p.m. First up? Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri) who greeted fans and granted interviews to reporters. By all reports, he was both gracious and thankful to his fans, saying he was “grateful for all your support over the years.”
When Executive Peter Lankov arrived, he gave reporters a bit of a hint about the upcoming Season Six. He told them the new season is all about relationships. This time around, he said, the characters will continue to evolve, but the show’s writing will focus on the relationships already established and new ones that will form.
Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakaua, was one of the last to arrive. But, her arrival was well-worth the wait! She wore a yellow Versace dress and chatted with reporters as she made her way toward the screening. When asked what she was most looking forward to during Season Six, she replied, “”to see how Kono’s going to grow. People think she’s strong, but what are her internal workings? She’s still growing up.”
Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly on the show, chatted it up about his favorite thing to do in Waikiki. His answer may surprise you, “I like walking around Waikiki late at night when the tourists are gone, and you can walk the beach.”
One of the most anticipated arrivals of the night was, of course, Alex O’Loughlin. He got sentimental when talking about the show and his children”Watching my kids grow is the best thing in the world. This is great, but it’s nothing like that.” As for his favorite place in Waikiki? “The duke statue because we have the same birthday.”
Sunday, Aloha Bruce and more than 50 superfans of the show went The Ultimate Hawaii Five-O Superfan Tour. The group made stops at several important Hawaii Five-O venues, such as the King Kamhehameha Statue, Kelly’s house, Waikiki, the studio, the Jack Lord Statue, Rachel’s house, Bobby’s Market, Waimanalo (Sherwood Forest), the Department of Defense (Hawaii Five-O Police Department), and the Bayer Estate.
During the tour, Amy gave fans tons of information about the behind-the-scenes action and gave them an insider’s perspective on how producers pull the show off every week.
For example, did you know nearly all the chase scenes are filmed at night (the crew has to supply enough lights to make it look like “daylight.”)?
And, did you know they usually use a highway in Waimanalo for those chase scenes?
Overall, premiere night went off went off without a hitch. And, ALL the main cast members were there, proving, once again, they’re glad to be in Hawaii, too!