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'Hawaii Five-0' season 7 kicks off with Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki

'Hawaii Five-0' cast at Sunset on the Beach (Image: Hawaii News Now) 'Hawaii Five-0' cast at Sunset on the Beach (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Fans arrive hours before the event at Queen's Beach (Image: Hawaii News Now) Fans arrive hours before the event at Queen's Beach (Image: Hawaii News Now)
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Five-0 fans lined the red carpet rolled out on the sand in Waikiki Friday night for the annual Sunset on the Beach premiere event.

The cast of the CBS hit drama went to celebrate the new TV season at Queen's Surf Beach.

CBS confirmed the event a few weeks ago with a short video clip inviting fans to the beach for what's become a highly anticipated annual party with thousands of fans from Hawaii and all over the world in attendance.

"You know, every year I drive up here, I'm very nervous thinking that no one's going to be here, and every year I'm sort of blown away that they are," said series Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett, said doing the series has been hard work, but worth it.

"Movies are really hard, too, but there's a beginning and an end," he said. "And with this, there's sort of, it keeps going and going and going. But we're here, and it's a testament to everybody that's involved."

Scott Caan, who plays Danny Williams, said he enjoys the beachside premiere.

"One year, I'm going to come in on a good set wave and then walk right on the carpet from the ocean," he said. "That would be cool."

"With every year that goes by, we build a deeper and deeper bond with our audience," said Daniel Dae Kim, who portrays Chin Ho Kelly. "It's not just a one season thing or a two season thing. This is now seven seasons."

For local actors, the show has been a chance to represent Hawaii.

"I love it," said Taylor Wily, who plays Kamekona. "I'm blessed to be in this part, but I never forget that I'm representing and who I'm representing."

This year's beach bash coincided with the day that season 7 premieres on KGMB. In previous years, Sunset on the Beach occurred as early as two weeks before the rest of the nation got to see the episode on TV.

The red carpet event began at 6 p.m. with a concert and ceremony, followed by the show premiere.

Full list of celebrities appearing: 

  • Executive Producer Peter M. Lenkov 
  • Alex O’Loughlin 
  • Scott Caan
  • Daniel Dae Kim 
  • Chi McBride
  • Jorge Garcia
  • Teilor Grubbs
  • Special Musical Guest Performance by Darius Rucker  

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