This year marks 100 years of the film industry in Hawaii. Despite the departure of the recent ABC show "Last Resort," industry officials say it has been very lucrative for Hawaii.
For that to continue, industry officials say the state needs to extend the film tax credits and step up and improve its facilities.
KITV4 News toured the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the only state-owned-and-operated film studio in the country.
The studio is quiet now, but "Hawaii Five-O" will be soon moving in to find a mix of new and old.
The old "Five-O" cottages were taken over by termites. The old "Five-O" warehouse has space, but no air conditioning or soundproofing.
Nearby, a keawe tree was literally held up by a metal pole.
"This is our infamous sound stage, which is so critically important to the state," said Hawaii State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson.
The sound stage came online about two decades ago. Once the doors are closed, the outside world is shut out and magic is made -- that is, until the air conditioning breaks down.
"You've got to have a contained area to shoot. You've got to have something where air conditioning doesn't break down on you every other week," said Dawson.
Production companies manage to make it work, piping in air. They have also added to the facility, providing what the state could not.