Five-0 Redux: All set for season four

Sep. 21, 2013 | 11 Comments

Daniel Dae Kim greets “Hawaii Five-0” fans prior to the show's season premiere advance screening in Waikiki last year. (Star-Advertiser File)

Daniel Dae Kim greets “Hawaii Five-0” fans prior to the show’s season premiere advance screening in Waikiki last year. (Star-Advertiser File)

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

This is it folks — in a little less than a week, fans of “Hawaii Five-0” will merge onto Waikīkī Beach to enjoy the long awaited start of the show’s fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Since its debut in 2010, “Hawaii Five-0” has kicked off each season with a “Sunset on the Beach” red carpet event to unveil its premiere episode days before the television premiere. The evening starts off with a red carpet press line, with the stars arriving an hour before the season opener is shown on a huge screen set up on the sand.

The author interviews Alex O'Loughlin in 2011. (Star-Advertiser File)

The author interviews Alex O’Loughlin in 2011. (Star-Advertiser File)

The actors then move down the line of reporters and photographers to take pictures and be grilled about everything from what they are wearing, what foods they like to eat, their thoughts on their character, and the popular “what did you do on your summer (hiatus) break.”

Once they get to the end of the red carpet, fans await them behind barricades armed with pictures, shirts, and body parts to sign.

For many fans it is a dream of a lifetime to see the stars of their favorite show, all dressed and buffed up nicely, walk down the red carpet, and to be able to get close enough to shake their hands or get a hug or a picture. Many fans travel from miles and continents away. I know of fans coming from Germany, Austria, England, France, Australia, Japan, and of course, from all over the continental United States. I have been lucky enough to meet and spend time with them on a “Hawaii Five-0” themed lūʻau and island tour, and at fan Tweetups centered around the season premiere activities.

My first “Sunset on the Beach” was in 2011 at the start of season two. I very much enjoyed talking to Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, Mark Dacascos, Terry O’Quinn, Masi Oka, Lauren German, Brian Yang, Daniela Ruah, Robert Orci, and Peter Lenkov on the red carpet. As the “new kid,” I felt really awkward and tentative, but standing next to Star-Advertiser reporter Mike Gordon and Features Editor Christie Wilson, I got the hang of how a press line works and had an amazing experience.

My second red carpet event, for the season three premiere in 2012, was a smoother experience. I had the hang of working the red carpet and felt very comfortable. This red carpet event was a little more laid back, as only a few actors and the two executive producers walked the press line. I spoke to Robert Orci, Peter Lenkov, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Borth, and Alex O’Loughlin.

Lisa Woo with her fan sign and signed script at "Sunset on the Beach" in 2012. (Courtesy Keith Sato)

Lisa Woo with her fan sign and signed script at “Sunset on the Beach” in 2012. (Courtesy Keith Sato)

I asked a couple of die-hard “Hawaii Five-0” fans about their own experiences attending “Sunset on the Beach.”

“Sunset on the Beach 2011 was great because I got to meet a lot of my twitter friends that traveled to Hawaiʻi from all over the world,” said Lisa Woo, who with Keith Sato runs the fan site “H50hana” and has attended the last two season premiere red carpet events.

“Lauren German and Mark Dacascos will always stand out to me that year for their genuine gratitude and kindness they showed the fans,” she said. “I’m so happy Mark will be back this year for the red carpet.

“It was so much fun to get photos, autographs, and to chat a little bit with (the stars). … It was overall a fantastic experience to share with good friends, not just for the red carpet and premiere, but the entire day.”

Jen Leines came from Kauaʻi for the premiere in 2011, which was screened in Waikiki nine days before the rest of the world got to see it.

“It was so fun … I’m not a crowd person, but it was still an experience that I can say that I was at a season premiere of ‘Hawaii Five-0,’” she said. “It was really special because I met all these great people, made a lot of good friends, and have all these connections, all because of a television show. ‘Hawaii Five-0’ was what we had in common before … and now it’s gone beyond that. There are some people who I consider my very good friends; we share our lives with each other and it’s more than just about liking the same show.”

Fans await the stars' arrival to the red carpet in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

Fans await the stars’ arrival to the red carpet in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

And while the fans enjoy the show and seeing all of the stars, the actors are just as thankful for the fans attending and showing their support and aloha.

“‘Sunset on the Beach’ is such a special and wonderful experience,” said Dennis Chun, who plays Sgt. Duke Lukela. “Most importantly, it is a chance to personally express our deep appreciation to all the wonderful fans who are the ʻohana of ‘Hawaii Five-0.’ To be able to premiere our show on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world makes the moment even more meaningful.”

I’m sure there are other fans who have had similar experiences meeting the “Five-0” stars. Yet the sheer fact that the cast and crew take time out for the fans and CBS brings the show directly to them a few nights before the rest of the world gets to see the season premiere is pretty special. I know all the fans who come to see the premiere will experience a night they will always remember. I’m looking forward to having my third experience on the red carpet and sharing my experience with all of you next week.

Just remember to be there. Aloha.

Redux Side Note:

If you are not attending “Sunset on the Beach” in Waikiki, you can catch two great season one episodes on TNT. “Kai eʻe” (“Tidal Wave”) and “E Mālama” (“To Protect”) air on Thursday.

Friday, Sept. 27, is the network premiere of “Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi” (“We Need Each Other”) at 8 p.m. in Hawaiʻi on CBS.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

  • Sam

    I wish all in attendance a wonderful time, and I’m looking forward to hearing about it.

  • alavenia

    Thanks Wendie, I am so excited that I will be able to attend yet another great experience that is the SOTB!! This will be my 4th, I had a great time in all of them, it is hard to believe I am going to be there again, looking forward in meeting you!!

  • Angela Gerstner

    I’ll be glued to my computer screen early in the morning here in Germany to enjoy the HNN livestream coverage from the red carpet again and, of course, I’m very much looking forward to anything you and other lucky fans attending the event will share with us. Hopefully there’ll be a lot of awesome pics and videos again that I can share on my fansite, too, so that more fans can enjoy them.
    I wish everyone a simply wonderful time at the SOTB4 premiere!
    Have lots of fun – also at the fan meeting the night before :-)

  • LindaStein

    Like Angela I’ll be glued to my computer screen for HNN’s coverage too but I’ll be doing it late at night…closer to midnight here in Philly. MORE than worth some lost sleep. I can’t wait to see all the stars looking awesome as always. It’s so wonderful the show does this for the people of Oahu and for all those fans lucky enough to be able to be there. I’m looking forward to scanning the barricades for familiar and the much loved faces of my Ohana and can’t wait to read and see all their accounts of the wonderful night online the next day! I would have loved the chance to share it with them in person but I’ll be content to live vicariously through them. I KNOW they will have a blast as always! Mahalo for sharing! Don’t forget the sunblock!!! ♥♥♥

  • Guest

    I SO hope you get to interview the strs you HAVEN”T yet!!! (better be a hug in there for me too hehehhe) Wendie I couldn’t be happier for you and this opportunity once again to “work the carpet” along with the other amazing colleagues you have- XO

  • Dina

    Wendie- I pray and send positive vibes to you and to your amazing colleagues for the interviews you DIDN”T get last time!! ( and there better be a hug in their for me too hehehe) It couldn’t happen to a more wonderful group of people(bloggers- positivity has its benefits) maybe the fandom can learn from your example!

  • jlopie1

    Well, I’m not as nice as the other commenters here – I fully expect to be green with envy while watching all the happy faces at SOTB4 from my computer screen. I do think it’s a wonderful gesture by CBS, the show’s producers and the cast, to put on a red carpet event on the beach for the people who put up with the daily filming inconveniences and for the fans, as well. BTW, Wendie, if you happen to run across a short, blond, blue-eyed guy on that red carpet runway, please take a picture? That’s all I ask. Have fun! Sending Alohas to all the Ohana and I promise not to begrudge you the experience…too much!

  • edmattes763

    Enjoy the sneak peek of the show Wendie and the concert after. I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Kevin S. Oshiro

    The second premiere in 2012 – there were not as much people as the 2011 one, but I did get to see a new local Hawaiian musician (Aidan James). Got to checkout Alex O’Loughlin, Masi Oka, DDK (Daniel Dae Kim), Michelle Borth, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orsi and Taylor Wily. No Scott Caan and Grace Park. That was cool – I had fun anyway ! Hopefully, this year, maybe I will get to see: Terry Quinn (John Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) and Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume). They get LOST on the island – again !

  • https://www.facebook.com/nadia.correia.5 Fanmisa (Nadia)

    Thank you – thank you – THANK YOU for sharing this with us ! Such a great experience I’m glad some of my twitter friends had or are going to have this year !
    Ohana means everything the show represents – and this SOTB is unique for a TV show – that explains a lot, specially why H50 is beloved and known worldwilde !
    Thanks for this awesome review again !
    Next one will be about 4.01 :D
    do I need to know that I’m THRILLED !!! mmmhhh i dont think so lol
    Aloha from France xoxo

  • BigKahunaOC

    Wendie: I want to echo the sentiments expressed herein on your fine reporting and insightful discussions on our favorite television show especially the informative interviews with the creators such as Mr. Lenkov. You have kept all the fans captivated with behind the scenes views of the cast and the show for which we are very appreciative. You connect us not only to our favorite TV show but to the people and culture of Hawai’i and to the spirit of Aloha. I certainly enjoyed your last comment above: “Just remember to be there. Aloha!” That was the CBS tagline from star Jack Lord in the original series from 1968-1980 inviting us back each week for another sizzling suspenseful trip to paradise saying “Be there, Aloha!” Looking forward to seeing you and all my Ohana at the tweet-up and at SOTB4! Mahalo! Big Al