“NCIS: Hawai‘i” kicked off its first season of production at Mokuleia Beach on Wednesday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.
Cultural practitioner Ramsay Taum led the blessing at Mokuleia’s Army Beach, which was attended by the new series’ main actors, including Vanessa Lachey, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon, along with executive producer and director Larry Teng and director of photography Yasu Tanida.
“NCIS: Hawai‘i” is the latest extension of the popular “NCIS” franchise named after the U.S. Navy’s Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The Hawaii version stars Lachey as Jane Tennant, a mother and the first woman to lead the NCIS unit based at Pearl Harbor.
Lachey told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser she was excited to play a character who could be seen as a role model “not only for young girls but for young people everywhere.”
“I’m honored to play her and delve into the beautiful culture of Hawaii and see some fun storylines,” she said.