By Nadine Kam
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"Hawaii Five-0" star Alex O'Loughlin interviewed by Mexican television Claro TV on the red carpet.
The mutual love fest between "Hawaii Five-0" and its fans was on display during the Sunset on the Beach showcase of the series' season 3 premiere episode tonight, Sept. 23.
Six members of the Alex O'Loughlin fan club, Long Legs O'Loughlin were first on the beach at 7:30 p.m. last night, braving the rain for their place in front of the line closest to the spot where the stars step off the red carpet and onto the sand.
Audrey Manasterski and Mary Enriquez said executive producers Peter Lenkov and Robert Orci stopped by last night, promising them a treat in the morning, and true to their word, they showed up with boxes of Liliha Bakery Coco Puffs for all the fans.
By then they were joined by Beth Arritt and her friends, back for another close encounter with their heartthrob, Alex.
This time around, a couple of the main stars were missing. Male reporters were especially disappointed that Grace Park wasn't there, and Scott Caan also wasn't there due to a loss in his family.
But Alex's fans were happy. After the media interviews, I checked back with them, and they were enthralled to pick up more autographs and photos with the stars. Enriquez was especially elated to get Alex's autograph for her friend Elsie, who recently lost her husband.
About 8,000 fans showed up to watch the episode and catch a glimpse of the stars, and it seemed as if the press gallery doubled in size as well, with Claro TV and Miami-based Investigation Discovery broadcasting to the international Hispanic market, which reporters said is a huge supporter of the series as well.
There were some fans who also were ready to play fashion police, telling reporters they were appropriately dressed in beachy casual dresses, while critiquing L.A. types covered up in leather looks and leggings, saying, "Didn't they get the memo?"
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Audrey Manasterski, left, and Mary Enriquez of Long Legs O'Loughlin, a vast social network for fans of Alex O'Loughlin were first to arrive for Sunset on the Beach, one night prior to the event. They came prepared with items to sign, and Alex was happy to oblige. Mary said she's starting on her scrapbook for the new season, her fourth paying tribute to Alex.
Sisters Claira and Erin Parsons were joined on the beach by Beth Arritt and Mary Beth Nielsen, who changed her vacation dates to indulge her friend's passion for "Five-0" and Alex. The series is very good for Hawaii tourism.
Beth had already picked up executive producers Peter Lenkov and Robert Orci's signatures earlier in the morning, when they dropped off Coco Puffs for the fans. She was anticipating picking up the stars' signatures as well.
Michelle Borth arrived in a dress by Alice + Olivia and footwear, below, by Tabitha Simmons. She plays Steve McGarett's love interest in "Five-0," and when asked if she was lucky to be kissing Alex in the series, she said he's the lucky one, before sharing that he hates it when she smokes and she hates it when he eats tuna, so that's exactly what they do before their scenes to lighten the mood.
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman), dressed in a Hugo Boss suit, waves to fans from the red carpet.
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly), in a Theory suit, talks to reporters on the red carpet.
Alex wore a Prada suit, though he didn't know the brand of his wingtips.
Alex interviewed by Investigation Discovery for international Hispanic fans.
Executive producers Peter Lenkov, right, and Robert Orci, talk to reporters about the new season, including filming on Maui and possibly, the Big Island.
Alex O'Loughlin flashes a shaka at fans outside the red carpet area, on the beach.
After exiting the red carpet, Alex posed for photos with several fans.
Taylor Wily, who arrived in aloha shirt last year, donned a suit for the occasion.