Written by Shona Smith on Mar 2, 2020. Posted in Production News

Hawaii Five-0 to end after filming nearly 250 episodes since 2010

CBS have announced Hawaii Five-0 will end after a ten series run with a two-hour special airing in April. The series has filmed two-hundred-and-forty episodes in the Hawaii since 2010.

Peter Lenkov, who developer and show runner of the rebooted series and said in a statement “Hawaii Five-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show. I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores. I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with. And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo”. Lenkov is also behind CBS’ Magnum P.I. reboot, which also films in Hawaii, and MacGyver.

Hawaii has a long history of television production, dating back to the original Hawaii Five-0 that was in production from 1968 – 1980. Ever since, Hawaii has been a hub for television production. Following Hawaii Five-0, the original Magnum P.I ran from 1980-88. In 2004 ABC’s Lost featured the island’s landscapes.

TV series are mainly filmed on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where there is the most infrastructure, with Hawaii Film Studio located in Honolulu. Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constinau notes that “The combination of having a lot of very interesting things in very close proximity that makes it quite interesting for television. Five-0 shoots 22 – 25 episodes per year. It’s just phenomenal to be able to get that done on a weekly TV schedule year after year. It is quite the factory that helps you build the crew”.

The islands do provide filming incentives, with a 20% tax credit offered for filming on the island of Oahu. This lifts to 25% for filming on neighbour islands. Productions must meet the minimum in-state spending requirement of at least USD200,000 to access and make reasonable efforts to hire local talents and crew.

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