CBS and the cast and creators of the new “Hawaii Five-0” plan to make a splash at the local premiere, Sept. 13 at Sunset on the Beach.
“It is the first time we are putting it out there for the people we care for,” said Peter Lenkov, the show’s executive producer. “I want them to love it. We are very proud and very excited to show it to people.”
The event at Queen’s Surf Beach starts with local entertainment and includes a red-carpet entrance by the principal stars: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Taryn Manning and Jean Smart. A welcome program starts at 7:30 p.m. and then the series pilot, which was shot here in March, will light up the screen.
CBS is expecting about 7,000 people at the venue, which in recent years has been a popular launch pad for TV series shot Hawaii.
Lenkov, who previously worked on “CSI: NY” and “24,” brought a fan’s perspective to the re-imagined series. Growing up in Montreal, Canada, he watched it regularly because it was his father’s favorite show. When he was first approached by CBS about a year ago, he felt he knew the series, but had questions, too.
“I wondered how I could add value to this franchise,” he said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he was refining scripts. “But the one thing was, you didn’t know who these characters were. You didn’t know their back stories.”
CBS will unveil it to the rest of the country a week later, on the 42nd anniversary of the original show’s network premiere. Until then, the Sunset on the Beach viewers will be the only ones to have seen it, besides reporters — and passengers on select Hawaiian Airlines flights.
Augie Tulba, the local comedian who performs as Augie T, landed a part as a helicopter pilot on episode three of the new series. The coming premiere has generated more excitement than he has seen in years, he said.
“It’s going to be an explosive show,” he said. “I’m hoping it is going to last for a long time. Guys like me need work.”
The real police will be at the premiere, including HPD’s top cop, Chief Louis Kealoha, a fan of the original series.
“I’m excited for it,” he said. “I saw those previews and it looks like it will be action oriented.”
‘Hawaii Five-0’ Sunset on the Beach Premiere
Where: Queen’s Surf Beach
When: 5 p.m. Monday; stars arrive at 6 p.m.; premiere to screen about 7:30 p.m.
Parking: Street, Waikiki Shell and Honolulu Zoo stalls available, although most are metered
Note: Entertainment will include Willie K, Makana and Taimane Gardner