Work crews set stage for star-studded premiere of Hawaii Five-0

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - In less than 24 hours, people in Hawaii will get the first look at the new Hawaii Five-0 and see its stars walking the red carpet. On Sunday, workers were busy setting up for Monday's premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.

It takes quite a bit of muscle -- and an early morning wake-up call -- to transform a beach into the venue for a Hollywood-style premiere.

"The crew came at 5 o'clock (AM)," Janet Maduli, event coordinator, said. "They came down and they lay out, they smoothed out the whole sand behind me. They laid down the board walks. They put in the tents. Generators roll in right after that. We had your crew come in and set up."

That's right, our crew. Trucks and equipment arrived on site Sunday for Hawaii News Now's live coverage of the Hawaii Five-0 series premiere festivities.

"I'm going to be front row and center for the premiere tomorrow," Elika, a Diamond Head resident who declined to give her last name, said. "I'm looking so forward to it."

Workers will roll out two red carpets for the star-studded event.

The general public will fight for seating outside the barriers. Inside, crews will set up 400 seats for VIP guests. Governor Lingle is among those planning to attend.

"Given the show's origins and that the show films here and the great history of Hawaii Five-0 on these islands, it just makes so much sense to premiere it here," Chris Ender, CBS spokesperson, said.

The original series premiered as a two-hour movie on a Friday night in 1968, before settling in its regular time slot on Thursdays. It aired for 12 seasons.

"What do you remember about the original?" this reporter asked Matt Potts, Kapahulu resident.

"The original, mainly I remember the theme song -- dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah," Potts hummed. "So that really sticks in your head."

Cast and crew for the reinvented series hope the dramatic action, some comedy and gorgeous scenery will draw viewers in as well.

"I hope it works for them," Steve Havel, Kapahulu resident, said. "I hope it's not like a sequel to a movie where the original is always better, but we'll see how it goes."

We also got a view of the prep work from the 21st floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. With Diamond Head as his backdrop, meteorologist Guy Hagi will provide weather reports during our live coverage from that location.

Workers tested the lights and the big screen, as the sun set at Waikiki Beach.

"There is no other venue in the world like this one," Maduli said.

The rest of the country will see the show on September 20th. The first episode of the original Hawaii Five-0 aired on that date 42 years ago.

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