A canine star is expected to make regular appearances on “Hawaii Five-0” in the eighth season, which premieres Sept. 29 on CBS.
Eddie, a 2-year-old, yellow Labrador retriever, appears in the third episode as Steve McGarrett’s sidekick.
Named after surf legend Eddie Aikau, the dog belongs to Hollywood animal trainer Sue Chipperton, owner of Check The Gate. Eddie, a North Shore resident, has also been in a Hawaiian Telcom commercial and played a small part in “Brad’s Status,” a movie filmed in Hawaii last year.
“He loves to work and enjoys going to the set and working with the 5-0 team,” said Chipperton in an email. “Everybody loves him, he gets lots of attention and works very hard to do all his own stunts and learn new behaviors.”
Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who played detective Chin Ho Kelly and officer Kono Kalakaua respectively, will not return for the eighth season. Meaghan Rath joins the cast as Tani Rey, along with Beulah Koale as Junior Reigns, while Ian Anthony Dale continues as series regular Adam Noshimuri.
“Hawaii Five-0” producer Peter Lenkov posted a sneak preview video of Eddie on his Instagram feed in August: “Meet Eddie. #h50’s newest member.”