Magnum P.I.'s Jay Hernandez takes his Ferrari for a spin around Hawaii.

Photo: CBS.

By Nate Millado

From Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. to Love Island and the upcoming NCIS: Hawai'i, the Aloha State has been the unsung co-star of many hit CBS shows—not to mention the jaw-dropping backdrop to some of our favorite Watch photo shoots. Bask in the beauty of Hawaii's stunning vistas, majestic mountains, and picture-perfect beaches featuring Alex O'Loughlin, Jay Hernandez, Arielle Vandenberg, S.W.A.T.'s Shemar Moore, and NCIS' Wilmer Valderrama.

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Island Love

Arielle Vandenberg in a cheetah-print swimsuit

Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg

Photo: Sara Mally.

Did you know? Hawaii isn't just one island but 132, with eight main islands: Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, La na'i, Maui, Kaho'olawe, and the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Catch Arielle Vandenberg on the cover of Watch magazine's first-ever Beauty Issue, out now!

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Gimme Moore

Shemar Moore in Hawaii

Shemar Moore shows off his washboard abs.

Photo: Kwaku Alston.

Did you know? Hawaii is nicknamed The Aloha State. Aloha means both "hello" and "goodbye."

S.W.A.T. begins its fifth season Friday, Oct.1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

Smooth Sailing

\u200bNCIS star Wilmer Valderrama operates a catamaran

NCIS' Wilmer Valderrama mans a catamaran in Hawaii.

Photo: Nino Muñoz.

Did you know? Surfing was invented in Hawaii.

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Peaked Interest

Alex O'Loughlin carrying a camera in the mountains of Hawaii

Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O'Loughlin packs a Hawaiian punch.

Photo: Nino Muñoz.

Did you know? Mauna Kea—not Mount Everest—is the world's tallest mountain. Located on the Big Island, Mauna Kea stands at 33,496 feet tall.

Stream all seasons of Hawaii Five-0 on Paramount+.

Birthplace of Stars

Shemar Moore on a rock along the Maui shoreline

Shemar Moore stands on the Maui shoreline.

Photo: Kwaku Alston.

Did you know? Many celebrities are from Hawaii, including Barack Obama, Bruno Mars, and The Talk co-host Carrie Ann Inaba.

Forecast: Bright

Wilmer Valderrama on a beach covered in beach chairs

Wilmer Valderrama broods on the beach.

Photo: Nino Muñoz.

Did you know? A ton of flicks have been filmed in Hawaii, including Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

Music to Our Ears, Sight for Sore Eyes

Alex O'Loughlin strums a guitar

Alex O'Loughlin strums a guitar.

Photo: Emily Shur.

Did you know? The state song, "Hawaii Ponoi," was written by King Kalakaua. The state motto—Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono—translates to, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."

Blue Skies

Shemar Moore smiling near the ocean

Shemar Moore flashing his pearly whites.

Photo: Kwaku Alston.

Did you know? You can mail a coconut straight from Hawaii—no box needed. Talk about the ultimate souvenir!

Tropical Forests

Jay Hernandez carrying Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

Did you know? Hawaii attracts more than 9.3 million visitors every year.

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Tropic Wonder

Alex O'Loughlin hiking in Hawaii Aloha, Alex!

Photo: Nino Muñoz.

Did you know? Hawaii is the only state with a tropical rainforest.

Pensive in the Pacific

Shemar Moore sitting on the rocks by the ocean

Shemar Moore, on the rocks

Photo: Kwaku Alston.

Did you know? Hawaii has both the world's most active volcano, located in Kilauea, and the largest dormant volcano, Haleakala on Maui.

Flower Power

Wilmer Valderrama wearing a lei on the grounds of a resort

Wilmer Valderrama wearing a lei at a resort

Photo: Nino Muñoz.

Did you know? Hawaii's state flower is the yellow hibiscus.

Postcard from the Edge

Shemar Moore in workout clothes looking out at the ocean

Shemar Moore takes it all in.

Photo: Kwaku Alston.

Did you know? Although Hawaii is part of the U.S., it's technically not part of North America.

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Photography by F. Scott Schafer.


​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

Watch NCIS on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Photography by Tom Corbett. Original published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2017.

Emily Wickersham turning up the heat. Wilmer Valderrama making a splash. Sean Murray loving Las Vegas.

Christopher Ross, the magazine's Director of Photography, spent the first day shooting NCIS' leading lady among the grapevines and woods of Sonoma County. The next day, rain greeted them before they were ready to wrap, but thankfully The Farmhouse Inn made the perfect rustic chic location for some breathtaking interior shots.

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