|Created by||Roy Huggins|
|Theme music composer||Jerry Livingston|
|Opening theme||"The Hawaiian Eye Theme" performed by Warren Barker|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||134 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||William T. Orr|
Oren W. Haglund (Production manager)
|Production locations||Oahu, Hawaii|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Television|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Division|
|Original release||October 7, 1959 –|
April 2, 1963
|Related shows||77 Sunset Strip|
Bourbon Street Beat
Hawaiian Eye is an American detective television series that ran from October 1959 to April 1963 on the ABC television network.
Private investigator Tracy Steele (Anthony Eisley) and his half-Hawaiian partner, Tom Lopaka (Robert Conrad), own Hawaiian Eye, a combination detective agency and private security firm, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their principal client is the Hawaiian Village Hotel, which in exchange for security services, provides the agency with a luxurious private compound on the hotel grounds. The partners investigate mysteries and protect clients with the sometime help of photographer Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens), who also sings at the hotel's Shell Bar, and a ukulele-playing cab driver Kim Quisado (Poncie Ponce), who has "relatives" throughout the islands. Engineer turned detective Greg McKenzie (Grant Williams), joins the agency later on as a full partner, while hotel social director Philip Barton (Troy Donahue) lends a hand after Tracy Steele departs.
Hawaiian Eye was one of several ABC/Warner Bros. Television detective series of the era situated in different exotic locales. Others included Hollywood-based 77 Sunset Strip; Bourbon Street Beat, set in New Orleans; and Miami's Surfside 6. In reality, all were shot on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, making it easy for characters—and sometimes whole scripts—to cross over. Although the shows are not spin-offs in the traditional sense, Sunset was the first in this chain of "exotic location detective series". In this regard, Hawaiian Eye was the most viable of the Sunset look-alikes, lasting four seasons. The show's debut coincided with several real-world developments that helped contribute to its longevity. These were the granting of statehood to Hawaii, the advent of mass tourism to the new state brought about by the introduction of jetliners for commercial passenger flights, and the promotional efforts of Henry J. Kaiser, whose real-estate projects in Honolulu included building the hotel complex originally known as Kaiser's Hawaiian Village (later the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel).
The program did well in the ratings on Wednesday evenings against NBC and Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. In its last season, it was placed on the Tuesday schedule opposite CBS's The Red Skelton Show and a new NBC Western drama Empire set on a modern New Mexico ranch. Skelton survived the competition, and Empire was cut to a half-hour program called Redigo the following season, and was soon cancelled. The third-season episodes were preceded in the 8:30 pm (Eastern) time slot by the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, Top Cat.
The series regulars, who were shown during the opening credits, are listed below in the order in which they debuted during the show's four-year run.
|Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Lopaka||Robert Conrad||Private Investigator||1959–1963|
|Tracy Steele||Anthony Eisley||Private investigator||1959–1962|
|Chryseis "Cricket" Blake||Connie Stevens||Photographer and singer||1959–1963|
|Kazuo "Kim" Quisado||Poncie Ponce||Cab driver||1959–1963|
|Greg McKenzie||Grant Williams||Private investigator||1960–1963|
|Philip Barton||Troy Donahue||Hotel social director||1962–1963|
All of the Warner Bros. detective shows of this era featured a musical interlude, generally performed by a series regular. On occasion, Hawaiian Eye had a guest act perform:
Hawaiian Eye would become the precursor in a long list of other crime action-drama detective and police procedural television shows based in and around Hawaii, from Hawaii Five-O and its reboot series, Magnum, P.I. and its reboot series, Hawaiian Heat, One West Waikiki, Hawaii to NCIS: Hawai'i.