‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Begins Production With Traditional Hawaiian Blessing (PHOTOS)

NCIS Hawai'i Production Begins Blessing Ceremony
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As has been a tradition with other shows that filmed in Hawaii (like Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0), production began for the latest NCIS spinoff with a blessing.

NCIS: Hawai’i, premiering this fall on CBS and airing Mondays at 10/9c, kicked off production on its first season at Mokulē‘Ia Beach on Oahu with a traditional Hawaiian blessing in honor of its host Hawaiian culture on Wednesday, June 16. It was held in line with the same filming safety protocols in place for the series; as you can see in the photos, everyone’s wearing masks.

Series stars Vanessa Lachey, Noah Mills, Jason Antoon, Yasmine Al-Bustami, and Tori Anderson, and the producers and the crew participated. Kahu (Officiant) Ramsay Taum officiated the ceremony, which included traditional royal maile leis, Oli Aloha (welcoming chant), and Pule Ho’oku’u (closing prayer). To honor the drama’s first season, the ceremony focused on “the constant motion of the ocean and how the moving ocean waters, driven by the winds and tides, connects the entire planet.”

NCIS: Hawai’i follows the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, Jane Tennant (Lachey), and her team of specialists. Tennant has thrived and risen through the ranks with her confidence and strategy.

Scroll down to take a look at photos from the blessing ceremony.

NCIS: Hawai’i, Series Premiere, Fall 2021, CBS

NCIS Hawai'i Blessing Ceremony Cast EPs Crew Officiant
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Director of photography Yasu Tanida, Tori Anderson, Jason Antoon, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Vanessa Lachey, Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, executive producer/director Larry Teng, executive producer Christopher Silber, line producer Randy Sutter, co-executive producer Tim Andrew, and unit production manager Eric Hays

NCIS Hawaii Blessing Ceremony Lachey EPs Officiant
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Yasmine Al-Bustami, Vanessa Lachey, Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, executive producer/director Larry Teng, executive producer Christopher Silber, and line producer Randy Sutter

NCIS Hawa'ii Blessing Ceremony Officiant Lachey Teng Tanida
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Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, Vanessa Lachey, executive producer/director Larry Teng, and director of photography Yasu Tanida

NCIS Hawai'i Blessing Ceremony Officiant Lachey Leng Andrew
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Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, Vanessa Lachey, executive producer/director Larry Teng, and co-executive producer Tim Andrew

NCIS Hawai'i Blessing Ceremony Officiant Lachey EPs
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Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, Vanessa Lachey, executive producer/director Larry Teng, and director of photography Yasu Tanida

NCIS Hawai'i Blessing Ceremony Cast Crew Officiant
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Tori Anderson, Jason Antoon, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Kahu (Officiant) Ramsey Taum, Vanessa Lachey, executive producer/director Larry Teng, director of photography Yasu Tanida, Noah Mills, and co-executive producer Tim Andrew