The first day of filming for the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0 kicked off early Tuesday morning and the Hawaii Five-0 cast, crew and extras were back to work at the show's base camp at the Honolulu Zoo parking lot.
Once the cast, crew and invited dignitaries were reunited, a traditional Hawaiian blessing was held as a sign of respect to the host culture with a prayer, untying of a maile lei and ceremony. After five successful seasons, the cast and crew are no strangers to Hawaiian blessings and new beginnings. Familiar faces in attendance included cast members Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Taylor Willy and Jorge Garcia.
"It feels a little bit, even more comfortable, I think, you know?" said cast member Daniel Dae Kim. "The first time, there's a lot of 'hoopla' and you don't know what to expect. And now, you do and it feels almost, dare I say, like a tradition."
The show's fifth season is a testament to the show's success and the cast is more than excited to be back on set to make the show even better.
"I'm very excited to be here, I'm very excited to be going into a season five," said Alex O'Loughlin, sporting his full beard just as he did at last year's blessing. "It's hard to get a show on the air, it's even harder to make it a hit. I don't know what the recipe is but we're just going to do what we did every year and work really hard together."
With 25 episodes laid out for the season, including the 100th episode of the entire series, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov has special plans for season five.
"I think there's a theme of resolution this year," said Lenkov. "So a lot of things that were left out in the open will resolve this year. There's a lot of fan favorite characters that will be back. I think there a lot of great surprises and I think there's a lot of stories left to tell."
As a special treat for the Hawaii Five-0 fans here in Hawaii, Lenkov said the show's Sunset on the Beach premiere will be held on Sept. 13, almost two weeks before the actual air-date which is on Sept. 26.