New TV series to showcas Big Island's diversity

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 Big Island.

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