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The Real World: Hawaii

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Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes  23
Original language(s)  English
Running time  30 minutes
Created by  Jonathan Murray Mary-Ellis Bunim
Starring  Colin Mortensen Amaya Brecher Kaia Beck Matt Simon Justin Deabler Ruthie Alcaide Tecumshea Holmes

The Real World: Hawaii is the eighth season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. It is the fourth season of The Real World to be filmed in the Pacific States region of the United States, and the first season set in the United States to be filmed outside of the contiguous United States.


The season featured seven people who lived in a modern beach house in Honolulu, Hawaii, which production started from January to May 15, 1999. The season premiered on June 15, of that year and consisted of 23 episodes.

It is notable for the cast's concerns over castmate Ruthie Alcaide's excessive drinking, resulting in her leaving the house to enter an alcohol treatment program, which is cited as one of the series' memorable moments by Time magazine.

The residence

The cast resided in a 4,095-square-foot (380.4 m2), single-story, three-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 3169 Diamond Head Road in Diamond Head, Hawaii. The property's two-story guest house housed the control room and production offices during the filming. At the time of the filming of the series, the Diamond Head House rented for $10,000.00 a month, and was listed for sale for $7,500,000 in 2006. By March 2008, both houses were torn down, and new building permits were issued in February 2008.


Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates. The seven housemates worked at the Waikiki Location of Local Motion, a clothing and surf apparel store. They were responsible for booking in-store entertainment under a company they christened "7 Strangers Productions."

Duration of cast

Table key
 FEAT  = Cast Member is featured on this episode.  LEFT  = Cast Member voluntarily leaves the house.  RET.  = Cast Member returns to the house.

After filming

Amaya went on to co-host two shows on astrology via webradio and podcast. On the Cosmic Sutra, she and a psychic discuss astrology, while Stargazing is a gossip show about how celebrities can employ astrology to their advantage.

Ruthie Alcaide went on to become a singer in a band, and a lecturer on college campuses about her experiences. She has also appeared in alcohol awareness commercials on the Armed Forces Network (AFN). Explaining her dislike of labels pertaining to her sexual orientation, she has stated that she does not like being called "straight", "gay" or "bisexual", saying, "Just call me Ruthie". As of 2008, she lives in Los Angeles and has recorded a hip-hop/rap album, and also writes poetry.

Teck Holmes went on to pursue an acting career, appearing in films such as National Lampoon's Van Wilder and First Daughter, and on television series such as The Hughleys, The Parkers, Friends and NCIS. He has hosted TV shows such as MTV's Direct Effect, and the Cartoon Network game show Hole in the Wall. His group The Firemen produced a music video for their song "Smoke With Me" that played on BET.

Real World/Road Rules Challenges

  • Bold indicates the contestant was a finalist on the Challenge.
  • References

    The Real World: Hawaii Wikipedia