On Hawaii Five-0, Chin Ho Kelly (played by Daniel Dae Kim) rides his motorcycle in the Hilton Hawaiian Village porte cochere. // © 2011 CBS
Production lights have been shining on Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, which has been featured in several episodes of the Hawaii Five-0 television show.
Based on the original series, which ran from 1968 to 1980, the re-imagined police drama premiered on CBS on Sept. 20, 2010.
Among the Hilton locations that have been featured during the season include Tropics Bar and Grill, where Danno and McGarrett meet while sipping Blue Hawaii cocktails, a drink which was actually invented at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
In another show, Danno’s brother stays in a penthouse unit at the Grand Waikikian, a Hilton Hawaiian Village timeshare tower. The Five-0 team also enjoys an afternoon and evening at the resort’s Hau Tree Bar.
Other scenes from the show have been filmed at the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, Honolulu Suite and Coral Ballroom, and the resort’s Rainbow Tower, Super Pool, kahiko statues and fireworks have been featured prominently.
Lora Gallagher, regional director of marketing for Hilton Hawaii, talked about the tremendous visibility that the hotel is enjoying thanks to Hilton’s partnership with CBS.
“A guest told us that she stayed at Hilton Hawaiian Village specifically because the show is filmed here,” said Gallagher. “She and 12 friends and relatives came in from California, watched the show on our television in Tropics Bar and Grill on Monday and were here for the filming at Tropics on Thursday. There has definitely been a lot of chatter about our resort being on the show. It’s been great for Hilton and fantastic for the destination.”
As Hilton Hawaiian Village honors its own Five-0 — its 50th anniversary in the islands — the hotel is celebrating with special promotions throughout 2011. In addition, Hilton is offering a 50 Years of Aloha package including the fifth night for $50; a $50 credit on spa, dining or beach craft rentals; and an anniversary memento. It’s available for stays at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio and Hilton Waikoloa Village (five-night minimum, good through Dec. 20).