The CBS network announced the arrival of NCIS: Hawaii in February of this year, and since then, updates on the series’ development have not stopped. The network’s new series has just begun filming its first episodes, with a cast chosen and the first glimpse through a teaser presentation.
As we know, filming for the latest spin-off of the NCIS franchise, NCIS: Hawaii, will take place in Hawaii, the 50th state in the United States. And this week, we learned that filming on the first season of the new crime drama has just begun.
The set of NCIS: Hawai’i (the series’ real name) began in Oahu with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, as is customary for other CBS productions.
Hawaii Five-0, the same network’s police drama starring Alex O’Loughlin, used to begin each season with a blessing, and this new NCIS series follows in the footsteps of that popular CBS drama, which had a successful 10-season run. Magnum P.I. also filmed locally, and each season begins with a blessing ceremony.
The blessing included NCIS Hawaii stars Vanessa Lachey, Noah Mills, Jason Antoon, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Tori Anderson along with the series’ producers and crew. According to CBS, the ceremony was officiated by Kahu (Officiant) Ramsay Taum and included “traditional royal maile leis, Oli Aloha (welcome chant) and Pule Ho’oku’u (closing prayer)”.
The constant movement of the ocean and “how the waters of the ocean in motion, driven by winds and tides, connect the entire planet” was the theme of the blessing ceremony held on Oahu’s Mokulē’Ia Beach.
NCIS: Hawai’i will premiere this fall on CBS at 10 p.m. ET / PT on Mondays. The series will follow NCIS Pearl Harbor’s first special agent, Jane Tennant, played by Vanessa Lachey), the first female leader of the NCIS franchise.