HAWAIIAN EYE

Show Type: Detective Drama

First Telecast: October 7, 1959

Last Telecast: September 10, 1963

Broadcast History:

October 1959 - September 1962, Wednesday 9:00-10:00 on ABC

October 1962 - September 1963, Tuesday 8:30-9:30 on ABC

Cast

Tom Lopaka..... Bob Conrad

Tracy Stele (1959-1962)..... Anthony Eisley

Cricket Blake..... Connie Stevens

Kazuo Kim..... Poncie Ponce

Greg MacKenzie (1960-1963)..... Grant Williams

Quon (1960-1963)..... Mel Prestidge

Moke (1960-1963)..... Doug Mossman

Philip Barton (1962-1963)..... Troy Donahue

SYNOPSIS

Hawaiian Eye has been called "77 Sunset Strip played in Hawaii." There certainly were similarities. Both shows were produced by the same studio (Warner Bros.), both featured two handsome, free-swinging young detectives as alternate leads, both had simple melodramatic plots set against glamorous backgrounds, and both made use of nutty sidekicks for comic relief.

Base of operations for Tom Lopaka and Tracy Stele was a swank, poolside office at the Hawaiian Village Hotel. Their sidekicks were a pert, somewhat addled young singer-photographer named Cricket, and a colorful cabbie named Kim. Kim, the operator of a one-man taxi service, was especially helpful as he had seemingly dozens of relatives scattered around the islands ready to help out if one of his employers needed some local assistance. Kim's trademarks were his pupule ("crazy") straw hat, dumb jokes, and ukulele.

A new detective named Greg MacKenzie arrived in December 1960, while Philip Barton joined the cast of characters in 1962 as the hotel's social director. Quon was the contact on the Honolulu police force. Fellow gumshoe Stu Bailey of 77 Sunset Strip made an occasional visit from the mainland, possibly to get a closer look at some of the beautiful girls who peopled every Hawaiian Eye plot. But then he had beautiful girls in his series too.

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