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Friday, August 1, 2014
Mayor Caldwell's Press Office: 768-5768 (cell 489-0341)
Portions of Kalakaua to close Sunday morning for Hawaii Five-0 shoot
Waikiki - All vehicle travel lanes of Kalakaua Avenue will be closed this Sunday morning, August 3, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., Kalakaua Avenue will be closed from Kuhio Avenue to Lewers Street. The scope of the closure will be reduced at 9 a.m. when the closure will be from Kuhio Avenue to Saratoga Avenue. Pedestrians will be allowed to proceed to stores, hotels, and side streets but may be asked to follow a detour or wait a few minutes while a scene that depicts a deserted and evacuated Waikiki is being filmed.
The Sunday morning date and early start time were chosen because it is one of the times with the least amount of vehicle traffic and the fewest number of businesses open in that area. Also, the specific location was selected because it affects the fewest number of businesses and residents in the area.
The closure is necessary to allow Hawaii Five-0 to shoot on the road in a safe manner and appear to have empty streets and sidewalks. No principal actors will be involved in Sunday’s shoot. Driving shots that require road control for the safety of the public as well as the production crew will be filmed during the closure hours.
As is standard with Kalakaua Avenue road closures, Olohana and Kalaimoku Streets will be closed between Kuhio and Kalakaua Avenues. Lewers Street between Kalia Road and Kalakaua Avenue and the makai portion of Beachwalk near Kalia Road will become a two-way streets. Standard parade access procedures will be in effect.
The filming will be a part of the first episode of Season Five which will have its world premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki next month on September 13 and is scheduled for national broadcast on September 26. The estimated viewership for this episode in the United States alone is 16 million people. Hawaii Five-0 generates approximately 300 full time jobs and a total of over 2,600 employment opportunities for local residents and does business with approximately 650 different local vendors over the course of each season. An estimated 25 episodes will be filmed in Season Five, including their 100th episode, a significant television milestone.