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