Filming underway in Honolulu for new TV series

(FILE) Eagle News correspondents Alfred Acenas and Ron Hamilton interviewed some of the supporting cast of “Hawaii Five-0” on the grounds of Iolani Palace in 2018. The “2.0” version of the famed TV series ended in early 2020 after ten seasons. (Photo by Ron Hamilton, EBC Hawaii-Pacific Bureau, Eagle News Service)


HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Production has begun for “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” a new television series by CBS.

“We are thrilled to welcome NCIS: Hawai‘i,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “This represents another major production in the long-line of blockbuster hits by CBS Studios filmed right here on Oahu. High-end film productions like NCIS represent one of the strongest and most immediate forms of economic diversification available to us, which is particularly important now as we find ways to sustainably jumpstart our economy.”

“A network-based television series like NCIS will typically employ 250 to 300 mostly local crew members,” added Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constantinau. “In addition, the production will usually work with over 500 different vendors and hire thousands of background extras during the six to nine months of production. According to Olsberg SPI, a leading global film industry data analysis firm, an average of 67% of a project’s budget is spent in business sectors outside of the production, which is welcome news for our local economy.”

“NCIS: Hawai‘i” is the fourth television series and eighth major project to take up residence in Honolulu since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another ongoing project by CBS is “Magnum, P.I.,” which is entering its fourth season.

The Honolulu Film Office assured that all productions have followed strict city and state safety protocols against COVID-19 and have operated without incident on Oahu since June 3, 2020 when production was allowed to restart.

(Eagle News Service)