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Hawaii Five-0 makes world debut in Waikiki

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By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - After months of anticipation the new Hawaii Five-0 made its world premiere and what better place to do it then here in Waikiki at Sunset on the Beach and we were the first to interview the stars on the red carpet.

"It's so great to see so many fans. It's a beautiful night here in Hawaii and I hope they like what they see," said Daniel Dae Kim, who plays 'Chin Ho Kelly.'

"The show is going really well we're trying to make the best show we can," said Grace Park, who plays 'Kono.'

"I love Hawaii I'm halfway between Los Angeles where I've lived for a long time and Australia where I'm from and its paradise.  The Hawaiian people are amazing so it's great to be here," said Alex O'Loughlin, who plays 'Steve McGarrett.'

The fans were happy they were there too and were trying anything to get the attention of the newest Hollywood celebrities in Hawaii.  After finishing the red carpet interviews the cast signed autographs and mingled with fans, some of which were there since 9:00 a.m.  Others flew in from around the country just for the premiere.

Then Governor Linda Lingle issued a proclamation calling September Hawaii Five-0 month. 

Al Harrington, who played Det. Ben Kokua in the earlier series recalled fond memories and said just once when the original Steve McGarrett played by Jack Lord said his famous line, he wanted to say, "Hey, go book'em yourself."

Of course it was the first screening of the show that was the main attraction.  More than 10,000 people overflowed the beach and spilled into the sidewalks and they had high praise for the finished product.

"I expect it to be just like it was with Hawaii 50 the original, a huge hit," said Lilian Higa, Mililani.

"It's going to be awesome and go on for many years and we got to see it from the beginning so that's really cool," said Dianne Ward, Hawaii Kai.

Something tells me these folks would have liked the show no matter what. If you weren't able to be part of the huge crowd, the show will debut in its normal time slot on Monday nights at 9:00 on KGMB.

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