Fans flock to Waikiki for ‘Five-0′
It was a Waikiki sunset marked by star power, a singing boy band and thousands of screaming fans of “Hawaii Five-0.”
For the fourth year, the cast of the state’s most celebrated TV show dressed up to walk a red carpet on the sand and say mahalo to fans who had come to see the crime drama’s “Sunset on the Beach” premiere.
The outdoor event Thursday, Sept. 26, at Queen’s Surf, hosted by CBS, has become a tradition on the fall TV calendar. Fans come from all over the world to get an advance screening of the season’s first episode, which is something that doesn’t typically happen with TV shows. Honolulu police estimated the crowd at 8,000.
“It’s very unique,” said Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman. “If you are going to do ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ you have to bring it back to the beach and the people you make the show for. It’s the greatest thing ever. The fact that they are letting us do it here is the best part.”
Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin, who stars as the show’s leading man, Steve McGarrett, said he’s always amazed at the Sunset on the Beach reception. This year’s crowd was as boisterous as ever, with fans lining the red carpet five deep.
“I get to this thing every year and I’m gobsmacked,” he said. “People have come from all over the world.”
Co-star and “Five-0” love interest Michelle Borth was equally amazed.
“To me it seems like it is far bigger than last year,” she said. “Oh, my God. It’s wonderful.”
PART OF THE draw was undoubtedly the presence of the Jonas Brothers, who gave a free concert immediately following the screening.
Youngest brother Nick Jonas, 21, an aspiring actor, has been in Hawaii this week to shoot an episode of “Five-0” and looked a bit tired. He and brothers Kevin and Joe kept their red carpet presence to a minimum to preserve their voices.
None of their fans followed suit, however. Every announcement of the Jonases’ progress toward the event, from simply getting in the limo at their hotel to walking the red carpet, drew enormous cheers.
“Hawaii has a very warm, welcoming way of doing things,” Nick Jonas said. “It’s pretty incredible.”
On “Five-0” he plays a computer hacker.
“Everybody has been really amazing and making me feel very welcome,” he said. “I’m looking forward to my last day and my big scene.”
The new season debuts Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Among those watching the action-packed episode Thursday night, which featured a shootout and helcopter landing at Aloha Stadium, was Lynn Grammond of Godfrey, Ill., who was attending her fourth “Hawaii Five-O” premiere and plans to return if there’s another next year.
Like other females in the crowd, one of her favorite scenes came when a buff Steve McGarrett stripped down to his rock-hard abs.
“Shirtless Steve was pretty nice,” she said.
She also liked when McGarrett jumped onto an escaping helicopter.
“That was really him,” Grammond said, referring to O’Loughlin doing his own stunts in the scene. And the always entertaining chemistry between McGarrett and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) remained intact, she said.
AS SOON AS the episode ended, many of the “Five-0” fans got up and left, giving way to a mass of screaming teenage girls who lined the fence surrounding the VIP area for the free concert.
The Jonas Brothers were on stage for about 25 minutes, with Nick and Kevin playing acoustic guitars as the trio performed such hits as “Love Bug” and “SOS,” the latter song chosen for the occasion in a fan vote. The encore was a mashup of “Burnin’ Up” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
The screaming continued even after the concert, with about 1,000 young fans mobbing their limo as the Jonases attempted to leave the scene.
Naomi Santa Monica, 15, of Kapolei, had come to “Sunset on the Beach” with five friends. She was far more interested in seeing the Jonas Brothers than the “Hawaii Five-0” screening, and she was not disappointed.
“It was a pretty cool concert. Definitely my love was rekindled once I saw them,” she said.
Malia Weisskopf, 16, of Mililani, found deeper meaning in the experience.
“It was amazing, it was just so good — everything I hoped it would be and more. It was life-fulfilling,” she said.
Click here for more coverage of the “Hawaii Five-0″ season four premiere at “Sunset on the Beach” in Waikiki.