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‘Hawaii Five-0’ returning to Waikiki for Sunset on the Beach premiere


    Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly, signed autographs for the crowd during the “Hawaii Five-0” preseason premier in Waikiki.


    The 6th Annual Sunset on the Beach ‘Hawaii Five-0’ preseason premiere in Waikiki.


    Chi McBride, who plays Captain Lou Grover, gave a thank you speech to attendees during the 6th Annual Sunset on the Beach “Hawaii Five-0” preseason premier in Sept. 2015 in Waikiki.

The stars of “Hawaii Five-0” will return to Waikiki next month for a special Sunset on the Beach on Sept. 23 commemorating the show’s seventh season premiere, CBS representatives confirmed Tuesday.

For the first time, the network will host the red carpet celebration on the same day the episode airs on television. Fans were previously able to watch the episode weeks before the rest of the country on a giant screen set up at Queen’s Surf Beach. City officials have estimated the crowd at approximately 5,000 people each of the last two years.

“We are thrilled to be able to share the premiere of Season 7 with our extended ohana,” said “Five-0” executive producer Peter Lenkov in an email sent Tuesday. “Sunset on the Beach has become somewhat of a family reunion we’ve enjoyed immensely since Season 1. We look forward to seeing everyone for what we expect will be another memorable night.”

CBS did not say which cast members will be in attendance at Sunset on the Beach this year, although fans can expect to get a glimpse of nearly all the show’s stars. Only Scott Caan, who plays Det. Danny Williams on the series, has repeatedly declined to make an appearance at the event.

There’s also no word yet on the addition of a special musical guest to the lineup, as has happened in recent years by recording artists who were in town to make guest appearances on the show. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, performed last year, while Bush and the Jonas Brothers played on the beach in Waikiki in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Filming for the seventh season of “Hawaii Five-0” is currently underway on Oahu following a blessing ceremony held July 6 near the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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