The producers, directors and writers of Hawaii Five-0 have been very conscience over the last year and a half about trying to showcase Hawaii as best it can in every episode. For the most part they have done a great job, although they should probably hire a new dialect coach. It looks like the show will continue to feature “real Hawaii,” this time by including Dave Shoji and the University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team in an episode that id set to air on October 17th.
Featured prominently in the show will be the UH women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji. From what we understand, Shoji will play himself but in a role that has him as a “marked man” in the October episode of the hit show.
The show was initially planning to shoot a bunch of crowd and team shots during the season-opening Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. That didn’t happen, and now it looks like those crowd shots will be taken sometime in September, with the crowd being invited to stay after the selected game to participate in the filming.
Not only will the episode showcase Shoji and the Wahine volleyball team, but it will also showcase more of the Manoa Campus, as another scene is going to film at the T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. Orillo-Donovan said other UH location shootings have been discussed with “Hawaii Five-0,” including some on upper campus. Les Murakami Stadium is another possibility, particularly because Scott Caan, who plays Danno, has a baseball background. Whether or not these will all appear in this single episode remains to be seen.
“The most important thing is, we will be able to use the University of Hawaii name and “H” logo, which will bring great exposure both nationally and internationally,” said Orillo-Donovan, whose husband is UH athletic director Jim Donovan. “We are extremely careful that no NCAA regulations are violated. It’s all going through our director of compliance, Amanda Paterson. We’re working closely with the director, producer and scriptwriters, who have bent over backwards to portray UH positively. But when you think of ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ it’s a crime show so there is always going to be a crime.”
Hawaii Five-0 has really taken the time and made a nice effort to portray Hawaii in a positive light. With the continuing success of the show, one would think that show writers and producers will continue to integrate the “real Hawaii” more and more into the show.
Hawaii Five-0 is filmed entirely in Hawaii, and currently airs on CBS on Monday nights at 9pm. Hawaii fans can catch the season 2 premiere episode nine days early by heading out to the Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach Event.