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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.
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.
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.