In honor of its Hawaiian traditions, the production of the second season of CBS’ NCIS: Hawaii officially began filming in Oahu with a customary Hawaiian blessing centered on “hana hou”, a Hawaiian term meaning “to work again” and “to try again”. The ceremony took place under general safety protocols for the filming of the COVID-19 series.
In addition to the series’ producers and crew, NCIS: Hawaii stars also took part in the ceremony, including vanessa lachey (Love is blind), Alex Tarant (night raiders), Noah Moulins (The enemy within), Jason Anthony (Claws), Yasmine Al Bustami (Fortunate), and Tori Anderson (Love under the olive tree). Officiated by Kahu (officiant) Kordell Kekoa, the blessing of the second season incorporates the traditional royal maile leis, Oli Aloha (welcome chant) and Pule Ho’oku’u (closing prayer). The blessing ceremony took place on Monday before filming began.
The executive producer of NCIS: Hawaii, Christopher Silber, previously teased on Twitter that they’re “accelerating production” on the upcoming Season 2, in response to a post on the NCIS: Hawaii official Twitter page that read, “We’re returning to the island September 19th for more action, drama, and most importantly, more of your favorite #NCISHawaii team. Are you ready?”
Season 1 of NCIS: Hawaii, which premiered in September 2021, follows NCIS Pearl Harbor’s first female Special Agent in Charge, Jane Tennant (Lachey), who has blossomed and risen to prominence in a system that has pitted her against every inch of the process. Jane and her steadfast team balance family and country while uncovering major crimes and causing island riffs.
The central story of the new season has yet to be revealed, but it probably wouldn’t stray too far from the first season’s main premise. What we do know so far is that Lucy (Al-Bustami) and Whistler (Anderson) are back together, and hopefully there will be more content involving them as the season progresses. Back in Season 1, the writers did a great job of getting the storyline right, and fans of the show are hoping to see the same in the second season.
The upcoming second season of NCIS: Hawaii will premiere on the CBS television network on September 19 — just three months away — and will air from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. It will also air live and on demand on Paramount+.
Check out photos of the traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony below: