Baywatch Hawaii Facts
-After nine years in Los Angeles, the show's creators had planned to move production
to Queensland, Australia.
-Many Australian residents loudly voiced their opinion against filming the show there.
-Hawaii officials stepped in, making a pitch to bring the show to Honolulu and Haleiwa
on Oahu's North Shore.
-Gregg Bonann wanted to keep the show in the United States if he could afford it. -The deal
seemed to be set until a local Teamsters official refused to agree to a wage reduction for Hawaii's movie and industry drivers.
-There seemed to be no deal. Bonann announced it was off to Australia to make the two part
episode, Baywatch Down Under.
-To clench the deal, Gov. Ben Cayetano stepped in, offering Leo Reed
of the Teamsters Local another $200,000 for wages from the state and improved working conditions for drivers. It was satisfactory.
-The show traded in its stunning eye-turning red swimsuits for yellow ones when
it relocated to Hawaii.
-Viewers found that the show didn't have the same flavor it had when filmed in the original
sands of California.
-Baywatch Executive Producer Gregg Bonann moved from California to Hawaii
in attempt to cut production costs.
-Baywatch Hawaii ended after two years, ending the show's eleven year
-Escalating production costs, coupled with poor ratings caused Pearson Television
North America to say it was time for Baywatch to end.
-Pearson President Brian Harris told Variety that the economics associated
with bringing the program back could not be justified.
-With production costs reaching nearly $1 million per episode, cancellation of Baywatch
Hawaii wasn't surprising.