Crew members talk about life on the set of the new Hawaii Five-0

David Cambra
David Cambra
Alvin Cabrina
Alvin Cabrina

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A full court press of publicity and marketing has made Hawaii Five-0 one of the most talked about TV shows in recent history. CBS insiders say the franchise means a lot to the network. That's why they've invested so much in this production.

For every scene you see on Hawaii Five-0, there could be dozens of takes. Cast and crew have been working 12-hour days and longer since mid-July to get things picture perfect.

"You know, everyone who lives here claims Hawaii Five-0 as their own. And so, it's important that we do things with respect and with care" said Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly.

Crew member David Cambra says, on a typical day, they arrive early, get things ready for the cast, then, it's a lot of hurry up and wait.

"Be there all the time. You can't leave the set. When they call you, you gotta be on time' said Cambra.

The crew describes it as boring and glamorous all at the same time.

"It takes a lot to put this show together - from cameramen to production assistants to security - about 120 crew members work on this set."

Like David Cambra, prop master Alvin Cabrina worked on both the original and the new Hawaii Five-0. He handles hundreds of props for the 13 episodes and says they have to work fast.

"There is like a two-week lead time where we can prep and read the script and have meetings" said Cabrina.

Cabrina says audiences would be surprised at how much sitting around and resetting of props they do between takes. Still, he admits, it's an exciting job.

"We get out and do things that most people never get a chance to do."

And when the cast and crew gel, it makes for Hawaiian-style Hollywood magic.

Something else interesting: because the Hawaii five-0 theme is so iconic, the musicians didn't really tinker with it when they re-recorded it back in June. They even brought in several musicians who actually played on the original to keep it more authentic.

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