'Five-O' celebrates season five premiere on the beach with thousands

'Five-O' celebrates season five premiere on the beach with thousands
Published: Sep. 14, 2014 at 1:38 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite heat and humidity, thousands turned out for the fifth season of a show that has as much staying power as they do -- "Hawaii Five-O."The cast and crew of the hit CBS television series also came out for what's become an annual tradition, getting a sneak preview of the first episode of the new season on a big screen at a "Sunset on the Beach" event in Waikiki.

"No, it never gets old," said series regular Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Lt. Chin Ho Kelly. "I think this year's a special year because not only are we celebrating season five but our hundredth episode, and that's a nice milestone."

"Just getting through the first season is tough, but making it this far, you think, well, we can bang out another hundred. Why not, you know?" said Scott Caan, who plays detective Danny "Danno" Williams.

Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) was awestruck at the sea of people, some of whom had come more than 24 hours ahead of time. "Oh my goodness, I can't even see how far it goes," she said. "I've seen a couple thousand so far, there's probably eight more thousand out there."

The celebration also isn't getting old for a new regular character, played by Jorge Garcia, who also worked in the islands on the TV series "Lost."

"It just so great to come here and work on television," said Garcia. "It's away from everything, and so many in the crew are people I already know."

The show's producers say Five-O is also a celebration of Hawaii itself, and fans agree.

"It's just a wonderful, entertaining show and I love Hawaii," said Patty Glovick, who came to the premiere from Michigan. "I think they do a great job with the scenery, emphasizing this gorgeous scenery."

"It gets bigger and bigger every year, and it's a testament to the popularity of the show, and sort of the love between Hawaii, Honolulu and Hawaii Five-O," said CBS Television Studios President David Stapf.
"I think we went into this thing with the passion, with the believe that we were going to do something that honored the original series) and we did it for the right reasons, and we're here after a hundred episodes because of that," said Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
"We've gotta thank the people of Hawaii, and I really wanna come forward and just say without you guys, we can't do it. We would have nothing," said Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Five-O's Steve McGarrett.
The fifth season premiere episode of "Hawaii Five-O" will air Friday, Sept. 26, on CBS (KGMB).

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