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'Hawaii 5-0' plans red carpet Waikiki premiere

By Mike Gordon

LAST UPDATED: 10:44 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, CBS will premiere the new season of "Hawaii Five-0" at its popular Sunset on the Beach red carpet party on Waikiki Beach, the network announced Wednesday. 

CBS will screen the season premiere on Sept. 13, which is nearly two weeks before the network debut on Sept. 26.  

The event, which draws thousands of fans from around the world, has become a fall "Five-0" tradition. The network, and especially the show's executive producer, Peter Lenkov, consider it a way to thank fans. 

"It allows me the privilege of sharing our premiere episode with our extended family on the most beautiful beach in the world," Lenkov said. "So if you ask if I am excited -- I am. More than words can describe. Mahalo." 

The event includes regular cast members and guest stars who arrive, usually after a full day of shooting, dressed in tuxedos and gowns and walk a red carpet along the shore. 

This season will see a significant milestone in the rebooted version of "Five-0": Its 100th episode.

"In an era when everyone's attention is divided by a plethora of media choices, it's humbling to have a show that's about to celebrate its 100th episode," Lenkov said. "And we'll be shooting that episode during Sunset On The Beach, which has turned out to be the highlight of every season."

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