Hawaiian Eye was a detective series that ran from October of 1959 to September of 1963 on ABC. It was one of several ABC/Warner Brothers shows of the era set in exotic locales. Others included the Hollywood-based 77 Sunset Strip, New Orleans-based Bourbon Street Beat, and Miami's Surfside Six. All were actually shot on the Warner Brothers lot in Los Angeles, making it easy for characters — and occasionally whole scripts — to cross over. Although the shows weren't technically spin-offs, Sunset was the first in this chain of “exotic location detective series”. In this regard, Hawaiian Eye was the most viable of Sunset's spawn, running four seasons. The show's debut coincided with several real-world developments that contributed to its success, including Hawaii's entry into the United States, mass tourism to the new state facilitated by commercial jetliners, and the promotional efforts of real estate mogul Henry J. Kaiser.
Private investigator Tracy Steele (Anthony Eisley) and his half-Hawaiian partner Tom Lopaka (Robert Conrad) own Hawaiian Eye, a combined detective agency and private security firm in Honolulu. Their main client is the Hawaiian Village Hotel, which provides a swanky private compound on the hotel grounds in return for their security services. Typically the partners investigate mysteries and protect clients with the occasional help of photographer Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens), who also sings at the hotel's Shell Bar, and a ukulele-playing cab driver named Kim Quisado (Poncie Ponce), who has many “relatives” throughout the islands. Engineer-turned-detective Greg McKenzie (Grant Williams), joins the agency later on as a full partner, while hotel social director Philip Barton (Troy Donahue) lends a hand after Tracy Steele departs.
The program found and held a large audience in its Wednesday evening time slot, but in its last season was moved to Tuesday nights opposite CBS's The Red Skelton Show, which emerged victorious in the ratings.
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