Loyal ‘Hawaii Five-0' fans show support at season 3 premiere

Loyal ‘Hawaii Five-0' fans show support at season 3 premiere
Published: Sep. 23, 2012 at 9:47 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 24, 2012 at 7:53 AM HST
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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eager fans endured the blistering heat in Waikiki on Sunday for the season three advanced screening of Hawaii Five-0.

Crowds gathered as early as Saturday night, hoping to secure a good spot for the Sunset on the Beach premiere.

It's the first Hawaii Five-0 premiere for Australia native Vivian Blaher. Although it's her sixth trip to the islands, she made the trek from Melbourne to meet up with members of Long Legs O'Loughlin—an Alex O'Loughlin social network group.

"I find him very inspirational. He's inspired my son," Blaher said. "He's written in one of his interviews to aim for your dreams, to reach high, and to believe in yourself."

It was a family affair for the Urabe family. Anson and Julie Urabe, of Manoa, turned the event into a weekend Waikiki staycation. They arrived to Queen's Beach at 2 p.m. with chairs, mats, and umbrellas in tow.

"We came last year, too," Anson said. "It's nice to see the stars in real life."

Aiea resident Amy Bakari camped out since 7:30 p.m. Saturday with members from Team H50. She says this is her second time attending a Sunset on the Beach premiere.

Bakari runs an Internet radio program that interviews Hawaii Five-0 guest stars. Currently, the program has about 500 fans on its Facebook page. Bakari says members from all over the world participate in "Tweet Ups" with other Hawaii Five-0 groups, and even keep an eye out for new shooting locations.

"It's an opportunity for [the members] to see each other again and at the same time, the opportunity to see our favorite show in Hawaii, and show them our support," Bakari said. "They're very accommodating and you don't see that interaction that the show, the producers, and the cast have with the fans. I think they deserve that kind of dedication."

Liana Bantolina is just 12 years old, but she has been to all three season premieres. "It's cool," she said about the show. Bantolina was there with her ten-year-old sister Kailah, and about a dozen other family members.

Conrad Molina was attending his first Sunset on the Beach. He and his family are big fans of the show, especially because Hawaii and local actors are prominently featured. "We get to see Hawaii," he said. "And where ever you go, whatever part of the world, you tell them you're from Hawaii, they relate to Five-0 and everything else that is branded in Hawaii, so I'm glad we finally made this event."

Click HERE to view an exclusive slideshow of Hawaii Five-0 fans at the season three premiere.

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