NCIS: Hawai’i Sets Start Date for Filming of Season 3

With every announcement, NCIS: Hawai’i fans get closer and closer to saying aloha to Season 3.

Having previously locked in a Monday, Feb. 12 premiere date for Season 3, CBS’ island drama today announced that production will get underway 10 weeks prior, on Monday, Dec. 4.

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Production of NCIS: Hawai’i‘s third season will begin, as is tradition, with a Hawaiian blessing ceremony in honor of its host state’s culture.

Series stars Vanessa Lachey, Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Jason Antoon, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Tori Anderson are all expected to be on hand for the blessing, as is NCIS: Los Angeles vet LL Cool J, who began a special guest star arc (as Special Agent Sam Hanna) with last season’s finale. (UPDATE: See Dec. 4 ceremony photos above and below.)

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Kahu Aukai Kekoa will officiate the blessing ceremony, which includes traditional royal maile leis, Oli Aloha (welcoming chant) and Pule Ho’oku’u (closing prayer). And to commemorate the procedural’s third season, this year’s ceremony will center around “the connections that the number three represents with the past, present and future, as well as togetherness, completeness as a team, and moving forward as a family.”

CBS, in revealing its post-strikes, midseason schedule, said that most of its shows are on track to deliver 10- to 13-episode seasons.

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