Well, word’s out.
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and the rest of NBC’s “TODAY” crew will be in town next week, as part of the morning show’s “Great American Adventure.”
In fact, show staffers have been in the Islands for the past few days, shooting b-roll and figuring out just what the anchors and correspondents of the national show will do.
Hawaii is the first destination of the five U.S. destinations for the show’s “Great American Adventure” — it will be shot on the beach fronting the luxurious Royal Hawaiian Hotel — and I’m super excited. I’ve a huge fan of the “TODAY” show since the Bryant Gumbel era. Tolerated Katie Couric, loved Meredith Vieira and now completely infatuated with Hoda Kotb.
But when any national show comes to town, I get a little… well, worried. Born and raised here, I feel very strongly these shows need to get it right. I want them to highlight what we are — not necessarily what we’re known for. (There’s a subtle difference.) While you can’t get away from things like Diamond Head and the Arizona Memorial, Hawaii has more to offer than the typical tourist spots.
So let’s put together a list of what you think producers — and the anchors — should experience while in town that will be truly authentic.