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“LOST” Beach Premiere Set for Jan. 30

December 11th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 21 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Lost, Television

The much-anticipated premiere episode of the sixth and final season of “LOST” will be shown three days early on the beach in Waikiki, TV blogger and “LOST” fan Doc Arzt reported this afternoon.

To say there has been strong demand for the event would be an understatement. I receive several e-mails a week from “LOST” fans asking about it, and they say that it would make or break their plans to travel to Hawaii.  At HIFF’s gala “LOST” event in October, a fan from Japan told Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse that previous beach premieres were a highlight of his Hawaii trips, and that many overseas fans were hoping to travel to Honolulu one last time.

Fortunately, during a HIFF panel on “LOST” earlier that day, Co-Executive Producer Jean Higgins and Honolulu film commissioner Walea Constantinau said that they were in talks to hold the event. It looks like those talks paid off.

The last “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening for “LOST” was for Season 3 in 2006.

The Season 4 premiere was scuttled by the writers’ strike, and no event was held for Season 5. But it’s apparent that both ABC and Honolulu officials appreciate the significance of the show’s final season. While much has been said of the importance of “LOST” to the Hawaii film industry, I am acutely aware of how much “LOST” drives the tourism industry as well.

No doubt hundreds of local “LOST” fans will be there on Saturday, Jan. 30. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the crowds on the beach that night will be made up mostly of people making a pilgrimage to “The Island,” knowing it will probably be their last chance to do so.

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  • Margaret

    I will be there-renting a hotel room. Went to all the others- worst one was when it rained!

  • Julie

    Darn it!!! I leave Honolulu on the 29th! :(

  • Alex

    It’s my last year of college here, and what a perfect way to start the end of it!!

    I live IN Waikiki. I will be there if it’s the last thing I do!

  • Julie

    Changed my return flight! Staying in Honolulu for an extra 4 days!! Woohoo!!

  • Tony

    The events have all been great. Seeing the stars in person is a great treat! Worth every bit of the trip if you haven’t met any of them.

  • Julie

    Which beach in Waikiki and do you need tickets to go? How do we find out more info?

  • Ryan

    If it’s like years past, there’s no line, no tickets, it’s a public beach. There’s a cordoned off area for VIPs but I don’t think access is sold, it’s just granted by ABC and the organizers. Regular Joe and Jane does like us fill the beach around it. I’d say the earlier you get there the better, but it depends on if sitting on an increasingly crowded beach all day sounds like fun or not. And of course in the past, it’s rained on advance premiere day!

    A local travel agent is working on a “LOST” specific package. Let me know if you’re interested. You can e-mail me at ryanozawa@gmail.com.

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  • S.B.

    I wish I could go, January 30th is my B-day. that would be one hell of a nice birthday gift. I give anything to go. Too bad I live in Cali.

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  • Christina

    I’ll be going (: I was wondering though if anyone knew if there was going to be like a meet and greet type of thing or not?

  • Ryan

    Meet and greet? Most definitely. See the “LOST Travel Package and Tour” link above. Our brunch and tour are sold out, but the largest event is the dinner, and there are still seats left. I know Jo of JoPinionated is also planning her own event that night. And with so many fans staying at the Park Shore, there’ll probably be meeting and greeting going on all weekend.

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  • Kostas Papadopoulos

    Dear mates ,good evening from Athens ,Greece!!
    After a deep search ,and just when became dissapointed ,i randomly dropped into this site ,and found it most interesting!The idea is this:Planning to travel to Oahu from Athens ,during May ,for experiencing a public watch of the Lost Series Finale!!!I would do this trip Only for that reason!Now that i saw ,that a beach public premiere is goin on, i can hope for good possibilities on my plan/dream .What i don’t know ,is how will i learn details to confirm and start booking flights and hotels .May someone drop me a line of information if/when something be announced?Thank you all ,in advance .
    Kostas
    Kostas

  • Ryan

    Hi, Kostas! I don’t know if there’ll be any events for the finale. ABC hasn’t done anything official except for cast/crew wrap parties. I suspect the biggest party will be in L.A.! Good luck.

  • Kostas Papadopoulos

    Thank you Ryan for the quick response ,despite bad news :)
    To my ears ,it sounds like most interesting ,a public screening of the whole series finale ,than a half premiere episode .The same time ,i totally respect and understand the need for keeping the mystery well headen..maybe if they could schedule to show the finale during US ABC chanell show time…i guess it could go public ,at least as an act of respect for all the Hawaiian people who embraced the series through all these years…and to my beneficion ,of course :)
    anyways ,i wish you all well there ,enjoy the beach premiere ,and let’s all experience a great season!as for me ,i keep on hoping…

  • Judy

    Went to the beach premiere last night. Couldn’t believe the cast members were there too! Perfect night! Went to Hawaii for our 50th anniversary and got LOST as a bonus.

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