WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Visitors at the Hilton Hawaiian Village got quite a surprise when they woke up Thursday morning: camera crews and celebrities filming right outside the lobby. The official start of production for Hawaii Five-O began Thursday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The stars hope their modern version of the crime fighting drama is a hit.
"A little bit of everything. A lot of action, comedy, some really good writing" said Scott Caan, who plays Danny "Danno" Williams.
The cast just moved to Oahu this week. They'll be busy shooting at least 12 episodes, but they're also eager to explore their new home.
"I'm looking forward to surfing. I'm right by the water so it's like every morning you see people surfing" said Grace Park who portrays Kono Kalakaua.
The original Hawaii Five-O aired for 12 successful seasons. The familiar catch phrase "Book 'em Danno" is now making a comeback. But the new Danno hasn't seen the classic cop show.
"I purposely didn't cause I didn't want to bring anything. I wanted to start fresh. When we started to do this I hadn't seen any of the old show, so I decided not to." said Caan.
Hawaii's beauty will once again be seen by viewers across the country. The production will also pump big bucks into the local economy.
"If you look at a television series in general, if you look at Lost for example, they contributed annually $131 million to our economy. That's not in production expenditure, that's what the trickle down is into the community" said Georja Skinner, Creative Industries Division administrator for the State of Hawaii.
Fans of the old show will have to wait a little longer to see if the new series lives up to all the hype.
"I love Jack Lord, I love Steve McGarrett. They're icons. A lot of our police officers were extras so I still watch it till today" said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.
"We want people to love it as much as they loved the original. I think we did a great job with the pilot. I think we're going to do a great job with the series. And is there pressure? Absolutely, but I think we relish it" said executive director Peter Lenkov.
You can catch the premiere on September 13th at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki. The show will air Monday nights at 9:00 PM on KGMB.
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