The Genius Of Poncie Ponce

Poncie Ponce is primarily famous for his role as the taxi driver in "Hawaiian Eye". This series, also starred Robert Conrad, and was first aired in the late '50s and early '60s. The cover of "Poncie Ponce Sings" shows him on set, with the taxi. Here is some information about "Hawaiian Eye" from Warner Bros. Television.

HAWAIIAN EYE (detective drama)
First telecast: October 7th, 1959
Last telecast: September 10th, 1963
Broadcast history: Oct. 1959-Sept. 1962, ABC Wednesday 9:00-10:00 pm
Oct. 1962-Sept. 1963, ABC Tuesday 8:30-9:30 pm

Hawaiian Eye has been called "77 Sunset Strip played in Hawaii". There certainly were similarities. Both shows were produced by the same studio (Warner Brothers), both featured two handsome, free-swinging young detectives as alternate leads, both had simple melodramatic plots set against glamorous backgrounds, and both made use of nutty sidekicks for comic relief. Base of opperations for Tom Lopaka and Tracy Stele was a swank, poolside office at the Hawaiian Village Hotel. Their sidekicks were a pert, somewhat addled young singer-photographer named Cricket, and a colorful cabbie named Kim. Kim, the operator of a one-man taxi service, was especially helpful as he has seemingly dozens of relatives scattered around the islands ready to help if one of his employers needed some local assistance. Kim's trademarks were his 'pupule' (crazy) straw hat, dumb jokes, and ukulele. A new detective named Greg MacKenzie arrived in December 1960, while Philip Barton joined the cast of characters in 1962 as the hotel's social director. Quon was the contact on the Honolulu police force. Fellow gumshoe Stu Bailey of 77 Sunset Strip made an occasional visit from the mainland, possibly to get a closer look at some of the beautiful girls who peopled every Hawaiian Eye plot. But then, he had beautiful girls in his series, too.

HAWAIIAN EYE EPISODE GUIDE (134 one-hour episodes)

Season One

  1. Malihini Holiday
  2. Waikiki Widow
  3. Second Day of Infamy
  4. All Expenses Paid
  5. Dangerous Eden
  6. Cloud Over Koala
  7. Beach Boy
  8. Three Tickets to Lani
  9. The Quick Return
  10. Secret of the Seventh Door
  11. Shipment From Kihei
  12. A Dime a Dozen
  13. The Koa Man
  14. Stamped For Danger
  15. The Kamehameha Cloak
  16. The Kikiki Kid
  17. Then There Were None
  18. Sword of the Samurai
  19. Hong Kong Passage
  20. Cut of Ice
  21. Fatal Cruise
  22. Danger on Credit
  23. Bequest of Arthur Goodwin
  24. Birthday Boy
  25. Second Fiddle
  26. Kim Quixote
  27. The Lady's Not For Traveling
  28. Murder, Anyone?
  29. Typhoon
  30. Shadow of the Blade
  31. Dead Ringer
  32. Little Blalah
  33. Assignment: Manila

Season Two

  1. I Wed Three Wives
  2. Princess From Manhattan
  3. With This Ring
  4. Sea Fire
  5. Jade Song
  6. The Blue Goddess
  7. White Pigeon Ticket
  8. Vanessa Vanishes
  9. The Kahuna Curtain
  10. Girl on a String
  11. Kakua Woman
  12. The Contenders
  13. Swan Song For a Hero
  14. The Money Blossom
  15. Services Rendered
  16. Baker's Half-Dozen
  17. Made in Japan
  18. A Touch of Velvet
  19. Talk and You're Dead
  20. Robinson Koyoto
  21. The Manabi Figurine
  22. Caves of Pele
  23. Man in a Rage
  24. The Stanhope Brand
  25. The Trouble With Murder
  26. The Man From Manila
  27. Her Father's House
  28. The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Kid
  29. Don't Kiss Me Goodbye
  30. Dragon Road
  31. It Ain't Cricket
  32. The Comics
  33. Father, Dear Father
  34. The Manchu Formula
  35. The Pretty People
  36. The Big Dealer
  37. Maid in America
  38. A Taste For Money

Season Three

  1. Satan City
  2. The Kapuna of Cocoanut Bay
  3. The Moon of Mindanau
  4. The Doctor's Lady
  5. Thomas Jefferson Chu
  6. Pill in the Box
  7. Kill A Grey Fox
  8. Point Zero
  9. The Queen From Kern County
  10. The Final Score
  11. Two For The Money
  12. Tusitala
  13. The Classic Cab
  14. Concert in Hawaii
  15. The Missile Rogues
  16. Little Miss Rich Witch
  17. Big Fever
  18. Year of Grace
  19. My Love but Lightly
  20. Cricket's Millionaire
  21. Four-Cornered Triangle
  22. Total Eclipse
  23. Blackmail in Satin
  24. A Scent of Whales
  25. A Likely Story
  26. Meeting on Molokai
  27. Payoff
  28. An Echo of Honor
  29. Nightmare in Paradise
  30. Aloha, Cricket
  31. The Last Samurai
  32. Rx Cricket
  33. Location Shooting
  34. Across the River Lethe
  35. Scene of the Crime
  36. Among the Living
  37. "V" For Victim
  38. Koko Kate
  39. Lalama Lady

Season Four

  1. Day in the Sun
  2. Somewhere There's Music
  3. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  4. The Broken Thread
  5. Lament for a Saturday Warrior
  6. The After Hours Heart
  7. The Sign-Off
  8. A Night With Nora Stewart
  9. To See, Perchance to Dream
  10. Pursuit of a Lady
  11. Shannon Malloy
  12. Go Steady With Danger
  13. Kupikio Kid
  14. Maybe Menehunes
  15. Pretty Pigeon
  16. Two Too Many
  17. Boar Hunt
  18. Go For Baroque
  19. The Long Way Home
  20. Two Million Too Much
  21. Blow Low, Blow Blue
  22. Gift of Love
  23. The Sisters
  24. Passport

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