CBS’ popular dramatic series Hawaii Five-0 has begun production in Hawaii and, once again, the start of filming kicked off with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The cast of the primetime series – Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Shawn Garnett, Teilor Grubbs, and Dennis Chun – joined the crew and producers in participating in the blessing presided over by Kahu Kordell Kekoa. The ceremony included “traditional royal maile leis, Oli Aloha (welcoming chant), and Pule Ho’oku’u (closing prayer).”
Hawaii Five-0‘s seventh season inspired the blessing ceremony to center around the Hawaiian word for seven, ‘ehiku. The ceremony also “focused on success being rooted in work done with love,” according to the official CBS announcement.
Season seven will premiere on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT.
HAWAII FIVE-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stayed after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town.
Joining McGarrett are Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, a relocated ex-New Jersey cop – a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but who’s committed to keeping the islands safe for his young daughter; Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-Honolulu police detective and former protégé of McGarrett’s father, who was wrongly accused of corruption; Dr. Max Bergman, the quirky coroner; Chin’s cousin, Kono Kalakaua, a beautiful and fearless native; and Captain Lou Grover, who formerly headed Hawaii’s SWAT unit. Joining them is Jerry Ortega, a former classmate of Chin’s and the islands’ local conspiracy theorist. The state’s brash FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.