KOHALA, Hawaii -- The Big Island is hoping for the success of "Wind
on Water," a new NBC television series that recently debuted and
airs on Saturdays.
It stars Bo Derek as a matriarchal Big Island rancher. Her
surfer sons are played by William Gregory Lee and Brian Gross. Lee
Horsley is the bad-guy developer.
The show is filmed throughout the island, with the set for the
family's beachfront home at Kekaha Kai State Park in North Kona.
Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast is headquarters for the
cast and crew.
The filming of 12 episodes began on the island in late August
and continues through December. According to the governor's office,
production will pump $12 million into the local economy and
generate more than $2 million in tax revenues and create 200 jobs.
More than that, it will aid the promotion of the island, presenting
its geographical diversity from the ranching country of Waimea to
areas where one can snowboard and surf.
"It's the kind of image we want for Hawaii -- one that showcases
the culture of our people and not just the typical sand and surf,"
said Gov. Ben Cayetano.
"Wind on Water" is the island's biggest production since Kevin
Costner's 1995 movie "Waterworld," when a "floating city" was towed
from the Kohala Coast's Kawaihae Harbor each day for battle scenes.
However, unlike "Wind on Water," "Waterworld" showed little of the