HONOLULU (KHON2) — The state welcomed a new doctor in town named Doogie Kamealoha M.D.
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She’s a fictional character in a reboot of the beloved 90s show “Doogie Howser M.D.”
The new Disney+ series “Doogie Kamealoha M.D.” is being shot and set in Hawaii.
It transformed the UH Cancer Center into a fictional hospital set.
It follows the new Doogie, who is a 16-year-old girl Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha, juggling a budding medical career and life as a teenager.
The new Doogie is being played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee.
The show is packed with local talent. Writer and executive producer Kourtney Kang was born in Hawaii. Her father is from Kaneohe.
Jason Scott Lee, a Pearl City High alum, plays Doogie’s father Benny.
Kang is looking to create an authentic representation of the islands and local families based on her own experiences.
“I have some aunties who which I really enjoy,” Kang said. “My auntie, she calls me up and says ‘So is this going to be like a real local girl or is she going to talk like you and be like a Punahou girl?’ Anybody can do a show in Hawaii. There’s beautiful locales, and it’s gorgeous. We want the show to have all of those things, but ultimately I want it to be more than a postcard. It’s not just about how pretty it is. I want it to be about the spirit of Hawaii, and the people that are here.”
Filming began Monday with a blessing held in Waimanalo. The show is set at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center in Kakaako.
It’s one of three shows filming on Oahu, with two other major TV shows set to be filmed on Maui and Hawaii Island in the near future.
It provides a chance for the state to diversify it’s devastated economy.
“It’s hundreds and hundreds of jobs that are supporting a clean well-paying industry,” Hawaii State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson said.
When Kang worked on “How I Met Your Mother” she got to know Neil Patrick Harris who played the original Doogie Howser. She’s hoping he’ll come out to Hawaii for a cameo.
Kathleen Rose Perkins plays Dr. Clara Hannon, who is the young doctor’s Irish mother who is an M.D. as well and chief of staff at the hospital.
Each show is 30 minutes.