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The show brought more than million to the state's economy, with local actors appearing in lead roles, local musical talent contributing to every episode, and local professionals making up 80 percent of the crew.In 1999, April Masini helped the highly rated cable show, Pacific Blue, film a two-part episode in Hawaii by contacting executive producer Bill Nuss, "who was vacationing in Kona, and talking him into bringing the show here at least for a couple of episodes," according to Nuss.Through Act 221, she then raised approximately million in financing for the film, which was renamed Blue Crush.
Filmed primarily in and around Waikiki, the episodes were Pacific Blue's first-ever filming outside California.
In bringing the show to Hawaii, Nuss hoped to prove that a cable or network series could afford to film in the state.
To make the Hawaii production affordable, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees agreed to 12–15 percent wage cuts, while Governor Ben Cayetano cut a deal with the Teamsters Local 399 in Los Angeles to improve wages and working conditions for the drivers.
According to Bonann, Baywatch Hawaii was "one of the reasons" prompting Hawaii to adopt Act 221.
Masini is supportive of American troops and the families and relationships they leave behind during training and deployment overseas. Civilians are going to be feeling sad because the media is triggering personal feelings about the vulnerability of any marriage and family." Asked about Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who reported being robbed at gunpoint only to acknowledge that he had exaggerated, Masini explained, "If you dig deeper, you’ll see that there is a reason" why people lie; in the case of Lochte, "he didn’t want to feel responsible or ashamed for things he’d done that were going to be frowned on.