Rain stays away from Waikiki for 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset on the Beach premiere

Rain stays away from Waikiki for 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset on the Beach premiere
Published: Sep. 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM HST
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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite the threat of rain, thousands of fans packed Waikiki Beach for the sixth season Sunset on the Beach premiere of "Hawaii Five-O."

"I'm like, no, no, no, it can't rain," said fan Kels Joseph, who came from London. "We left the rain to come here."

The rain did hold off for this annual tradition of Hollywood in Hawaii.

This is the second time that Joseph and her sister, Keisha Joseph, have made the trip from England for Sunset on the Beach. Keisha even showed us a small scrapbook with a picture of Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett on the CBS series. We asked if she wanted O'Loughlin to autograph it.

"No, its for him to keep," she said. "It's my present to him, for him to have."

Having such a loyal fan base may have helped keep Five-O alive for another season. A fan base that will travel thousands of miles to see the stars of their favorite show at the event.

"I think it's a tribute to Hawaii and the people over here, and a thank you from the cast and CBS and everyone involved, to the people here," said Five-O fan Lisa Fortenberry of California.

"Well, it's been six years now, and you'd think they'd be sick of us by now," joked Daniel Dae Kim, who plays detective Chin Ho Kelly. "But I'm touched every single time that they come out and support, and I'm grateful to each one of them."

The wet weather that drenched Oahu was also a concern. It actually stopped work on the show and threatened to cancel the premiere event.

"We've been shooting up on the North Shore this week and it's been hammering down," said O'Loughlin. "We had to shut the production down yesterday. And it was raining today, and I was like -- I don't know. But I can't believe it. The turnout's amazing."

"We thought that this wasn't going to happen. We thought we were going to pull the plug," said executive producer Peter Lenkov. "It's amazing that we're here. The weather could not be better."

Producers are promising an exciting season, one that even the actors are looking forward to.

"We never know how many seasons we're going to do, so I'm always curious as to what other stories are going to unfold," said Grace Park, who's Kono Kalakaua in the series.

The TV premiere for the sixth season is Sept. 25 on KGMB.

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