ALOHA FROM JENNIE: A favorite pastime of our seniors is television viewing, a low-impact activity that can be supplemented with snacks and pet cuddling. Being able to enjoy shows set in our own Hawaiian islands is even more ideal.
The State of Hawaii has long encouraged the movie industry to complete film, television and photography projects in-state by offering tax incentives. The State maintains an agency, the Hawaii Film Office, to act as a liaison between the productions, government, and our community and businesses. The Film Office also coordinates with film commissions throughout the island chain and operates a studio set located near Diamond Head Crater.
We've enjoyed feature films produced and set in Hawaii, including 'From Here to Eternity' (1953), 'Blue Hawaii' (1967), 'Pearl Harbor' (2001), and 'The Descendants' (2011). Our island scenery has been shown even in feature films where the plot is not set in Hawaii, such as the 'Jurassic Park' films, James Cameron's futuristic 'Avatar' and the 'Hunger Games-Catching Fire'.
Nostalgic memories of past TV series include 'Hawaiian Eye' which ran from 1959-1963, the classic 'Hawaii Five-O', 'Gilligan's Island', 'The Thorn Birds', and 'Magnum P.I.'. For the last decade, Hawaii has been fortunate to serve as the production home for two long running hit TV series, 'Lost' which aired from 2004 to 2010, and the remake of 'Hawaii Five-O' which launched in 2010 and has just been renewed for a fifth season by CBS.
It's not unusual to see Oahu locales blocked off for 'Hawaii Five-O' filming. Also, the local fans of the show are treated to an early preview of each season's opening episode through a "Sunset on the Beach" event, where large screens are set up on Waikiki beach and the show is aired to the crowd a day prior to the television premiere.
The production boosts Hawaii's economy not only by providing jobs and using local resources, but by promoting our State as a travel destination. Thus, we seniors in Hawaii have a deep appreciation of all the hard work that goes into these projects, resulting in TV shows beautifully set in "paradise".
Hope that you enjoy the current CBS series. Do you remember any other island favorites?