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‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Recap — What is a Paniolo?

From the beginning ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ showrunners said they knew they had an obligation to stay true to the culture and tradition of the Aloha state and its people. And, in Season 1, Episode 4, they did just that by introducing fans to the world of Hawaiian cowboys of ‘Paniolo.’

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Gets Mixed Reviews — Some Call It a ‘Hawaii 5-0’ ‘Knockoff,’ While Others Beg to Bring Back ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ showrunners wanted the show to honor the Aloha state and its people and be diverse. But to some fans, it felt like producers were ticking boxes when casting and writing the series. Many complained that ‘NCIS: Hawai'i’’ had a focus group feel to it. Others accused it of being a ‘Hawaii Five-0’ knockoff.