'Hawaii Five-0' honors US veterans at annual Sunset on the Beach

Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach 2017
Published: Oct. 6, 2017 at 12:10 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 at 8:26 PM HST
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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - With an overlaying theme of gratitude, the cast and crew of "Hawaii Five-0" said "thank you" to U.S. veterans at the 2018 Sunset on the Beach screening Friday night.

The annual event, which fell on the eve of Veterans Day, honored active duty and former service men and women.

"Thank you so much for providing all of us ... the freedom that we have every day, the civil liberties that we try not to take for granted, and the peace that we have every night when we lay our children down and close our own eyes," lead actor Alex O'Laughlin said in a speech.

About 100 veterans and members of the military were in the audience and recognized as special guests.

As the cast and crew walked the red carpet, hundreds lined the barricades at Queen's Beach to get a glimpse of their favorite stars from the show.

Lisa Woo, a Five-0 fan, has attended the Sunset on the Beach screening every year since the show's second season. This year, she arrived in Waikiki at 7 a.m. to get a front-row spot.

"We just love the show so much. We come here to support them," Woo Said. "It's good to see all the local casts."

Guests were treated to an advanced screening of the show's 175th episode which is set to air on Nov. 17 on KGMB at 8 p.m. Hawaii time.

In previous years, the red carpet event was earlier in the year and included the screening of the season premiere, but that didn't happen this year because of scheduling conflicts.

Instead, the decision was made to dedicate the event to veterans, the show's executive producer Peter Lenkov said.

"For us it's very special," he said. "We're really inspired by the service they do and the sacrifices they make."

U.S. Congresswoman and U.S. vet Tulsi Gabbard also appeared alongside Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

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