MTV will air two Hawaii-set reality shows: Living Lahaina and Island Fever

MTV is starting production on two new reality series in Hawaii this week.

Living Lahaina “features a group of friends who work as surf instructors at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy in Lahaina, Maui,” The Hollywood Reporter reports, while Island Fever “explores the lives and loves of a group of friends and lovers as they struggle to stay loyal in their relationships and find the answers to life’s bigger questions while dealing with the excitement of the revolving door of tourists who are looking for a good time.” That’s quite a melodramatic description.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that the surf instructor show “include[s] an undisclosed mixture of Hawaii residents and people imported from the mainland,” while the other series includes a “cast [that] already lived on Maui, and most were born and raised there.”

MTV has ordered eight half-hour episodes of each show, and they’re scheduled to air early next year. The Star-Bulletin notes that “‘Living Lahaina’ started shooting on the Valley Isle yesterday, and ‘Island Fever’ begins filming next Friday.”

MTV saying “aloha” to two reality series [Hollywood Reporter]
2 new MTV reality shows will use Valley Isle as a backdrop [Honolulu Star-Bulletin]

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