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Packed house at Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party

April 23rd, 2012 by

Taylor and new friends. (Photo: Brian Tseng, Honolulupulse.com)

300 friends, family and fans packed the old Big Island Steak House space at Aloha Tower to celebrate Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party Saturday night.  Some lucky attendees got their own real fans with Taylor’s iconic face on it.  Fans patiently waited on the escalator going up to the balcony and when they finally arrived on the second floor were greeted by the red carpet and paparazzi line leading to Taylor himself.

Flash bulbs went off as photographers shot fans with Taylor for the meet and greet.  The music kicked off later with Hot Rain, and Fiji with special guest J Boog who brought the house down with their biggest hits.  The crowd got a thrill from a real haka (war chant), showing off some Polynesian pride for the night.  Cradle 2 Grave closed out the live music for the night.

Hawaii Five-0 fans were excited to meet Hawaii Five-0′s Kamekona, and also rubbed elbows with local stars Devon Nekoba and Karl Herlinger.  The party was immensely successful, and Taylor’s closing words were “It’ll be bigger next year, thank you to all the fans who came to party and to those who made it happen!”

See the whole 70 photo set by Brian Tseng at honolulupulse.com!

Taylor Wily to appear on the Mike Buck Radio Show today!

April 18th, 2012 by
Taylor Wily (Photo: Officer 808)

Taylor Wily (Photo: Officer 808)

Taylor Wily (Kamekona, of course!) is making the media rounds, and is to appear on my good pal Mike Buck’s radio show on AM 690 KHNR.  They’ll be on at 8:00 AM Hawaii Standard Time Thursday morning (4/18) and will be discussing Hawaii Five-0, the upcoming season 2 finale, and of course, Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party Of The Year.  And let me warn you, there’s going to be a super secret, totally awesome guest on the program as well!

Mike is inviting everyone to call in with questions for Taylor!

Go to the KHNR website and click the “Listen Live” link on the menu bar.

Talking Story with Mike Buck on AM 690 KHNR for “Kālele” and “Ha’alele” (Hawaii Five-0 podcast)

April 18th, 2012 by

Sorry Undercover Special Agents, I’ve been sitting on these two podcasts for awhile.  First up is my podcast with Mike Buck on “Kālele”, discussing Ed Asner reprising his original Five-0 role, followed by a podcast of “Ha’alele”.  Sit, download and enjoy!

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, March 20, 2012

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, April 10, 2012

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 220, “Ha’alele”

April 11th, 2012 by

I miss you, Steve :’(

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

“Ha’alele” was the first new episode in a couple of weeks, which brought about some notable changes.  The most glaring one is the absence of the Five-0 team’s main man Steve McGarrett, as filming of this episode coincided with his prescription medication treatment.   I’m sure the writers had to scramble to find some plausible reason for Steve to leave that fans would accept and would play right into the story.  While I find it hard to believe that Steve would just pick up and leave, Danny’s passing comment that perhaps Steve was “trying to protect them” made sense, since the last time the team went on a field trip, hapless Jenna Kaye didn’t come back home.  But what was Steve doing in Tokyo?  Looking for the perfect bowl of saimin (ramen)?  Catching up on the sumo season?  We know Wo Fat and Hiro Yoshimuri both are tied to Japan and Shelburne, so thrusting Steve in Japan might play out perfectly with the Shelburne mystery.

For the first few minutes of the episode, Danny looked like a fish out of water without his buddy to banter with.  Thankfully for him, he’s in a target rich environment, and his scenes with Kamekona on the missing truck and Chin on the fine nuances of plate lunches lightened the episode just enough.  And speaking of needing to be lightened up…

Jeepers Creepers

Without a doubt this probably had to be the creepiest episode of the series so far.  I think Robert Englund (the crazy homeles guy from “Ka Iwi Kapu”) would have to admit that.  Dark North Shore back roads and a cluttered, musty church basement made for some good ambiance as the team tracked a serial killer.  On top of that, casting did a great job of finding the absolute creepiest looking actors- the local helping the victim (Micheal Gueso),  Pruitt Taylor Vince as the wrongly accused “Trashman” and even the church custodian played by Max Perlich.

Just the right mix

"I am Max Bergman, you've killed my mother, now prepare to die. YA-TA!" Vidcap CBS

The episode found precisely the right mix of levity, drama and action in this episode. The running gag with Kamekona’s (Taylor Wily) missing shrimp wagon, his list of suspects and Danny’s constant disregard for Kamekona’s dilemma balanced the gravity of Max’s story. Writer Elwood Reid cleverly explained how the Asian medical examiner wound up with an other-than-Asian name. But on top of that, the drama that evolved around Max’s case, from his persistence to free the wrongly convicted “Trashman” to the reveal that his biologic mother was a murder victim, to his final confrontation to the real killer really showed how the show can evoke a deep pathos for the characters. Masi Oka nailed his parts perfectly to achieve that, and seeing Max evolve beyond his quirkiness was brilliant.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 220, “Ha’alele”

1)  Amazingly, the Five-0 team finally catches a criminal who doesn’t live in a fancy Kahala house!

2)  @Bakabreath mentioned that the razor in the tire was overkill on the woman’s tire, since our legendary potholes would have done the job for much cheaper.

Did you notice…?

Danny loves food and will not let anyone come in the way of it:  malasadas at Steve’s house with a trail of sugar powder everywhere, stealing a popsicle out of Steve fridge after the noisy ninjas break into the house, swiping Mary Ann’s coffee while she’s distracted with Steve.   And last, totally blowing off Kamekona’s crisis, yet demanding a shrimp plate on the house.  What a friend!

There was great casting in the background actors as well.  Bravo to the casting department!

Vidcap CBS

Vidcap CBS

Vidcap CBS

Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 219, “Kālele”

March 21st, 2012 by

Tying the past to the present

If there are any classic Hawaii Five-0 fans grumbling at how the new series has Jack Lord doing back flips in his grave, I hope they gave “Kālele” a fair chance.  In “Kālele”, writer Joe Halpin was spot on in creating a brilliant story that tied the classic series to the new one in a creative way.  Joe brought back Ed Asner, reprising his role of August March, the sinister diamond smuggler who just finished a thirty year stint in Halawa prison for the murder of  two of his associates.

“But how is the same character brought into the new series if it’s not directly related to the old one?” one may ask.  And therein lies the brilliance of re-inventing the procedural to keep it fresh.  August March is the same character in both series, though in one “alternate reality” he’s busted by Jack Lord’s Steve McGarrett, and in another he’s taken in by William Sadler’s John McGarrett.  Sounds a little like Desmond bouncing between realities in “Lost” doesn’t it?  Well, maybe not.

Ed Asner as August March, Kalele, Hawaii Five-0

Ed Asner played the role perfectly, appearing as a docile ex-con, harangued by the persistent Captain Fryer.  March even waxed nostalgic with Steve, talking about a young John McGarrett who refused to take a bribe from March.  The episode faded into the classic Five-0 footage viathe ivory figures in March’s apartment, which was a clever touch.  Fryer’s voice over to the vintage footage was incorporated perfectly in to the episode and really showed in a lot of ways how far Hawaii Five-0 and Ed Asner have come along.  The episode continued with March doddling along, helping the Five-0 team solve the case, flirt with Kono and bait a suspect in.  Of course the big kicker that I totally did not suspect was that August March was in it all along, who dispatched the diamond seller Angela at the pier, with his parting words lifted right out of the old episode: “Never turn your back on the buyer!”.

With March walking off into the darkness, he became one of the few baddies who actually wins one against the Five-0 team, as in most cases Steve and crew bring their man in.  But with a body floating in Honolulu Harbor, I would venture a guess that the investigation will work its way back to August March…is this the last we’ll be seeing of him?

Parade of guest stars

Tom Sizemore was brilliant again in his role as Captain Fryer.  Slowly, I think he’s earning the fans’ trust, and while he may rustle feathers with everyone, he appears to be on the side of good.

Tom Sizemore, Kalele, Hawaii Five-0

I loved seeing Taryn Manning again back as Mary Ann McGarrett.  I expected her to do a little more butt kicking as she did the last time she was on, and seeing her as the patsy in all this while trying to do good for herself does emote some sympathy for her.

Jason Scott Lee returned to reprise his role as the corrupt Detective Kaleo chillin’ like a villain in Halawa.  I had a feeling that at some point we would see the smug cop return to harass the Five-0 team, and what better way than for him to be calling the shots in the diamond heist from prison.  I still hope they bring his character back again.

Now how many of you expected a scene something like this when you saw Tony Dodd: a man tossing out his cigarette starts a flash fire in the trash can of the hotel lobby.  The sprinkler system activates, but the overhead sprinkler is defective, and instead the water pressure shoots the spigot into the back of someone’s head.  I get “Final Destination” flashbacks when I see him, but he rounded out the guest stars perfectly in this episode.

Mary Ann got it all wrong

I understand that Mary Ann was probably panicked about trying to save Angela and thought that taping the diamonds to her was the best way to get them on the plane.  What she should have done was say, give Danny brand new awesomely awesome denim boardshorts (“Hey Danny, I Bedazzled these just for you!”) and tell him that the surfing is much better this time of year at Seaside Heights, New Jersey.   Then de-Bedazzle the diamonds off when they get to Jersey.  I don’t think Danny would have noticed it at all…

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 219, “Kālele”

1)  Danny should have remembered Kono clocking the surfer from the Pilot.  Don’t drop in on anyone’s wave.  Or he should have been familiar with the surfing classic “North Shore” and the classic line “Ho Vince dis haole is so haole he don’t even know how haole he is”.

2)  Pupu is a borrowed pidgin word from Chinese, and refers to a plate or platter of appetizers, and not a plate of poo-poo.

Did you notice…?

Danny had no idea how to stick his surfboard in the sand.  It’s funny to see Danny flounder as Scott is an avid surfer.

The logo for Town and Country appeared on the surfboard and is a local surf and skate shop.

Danny always makes himself at home at Steve’s house- malasada powder all over the dining table, helping himself to anything in his fridge, occupying the couch and keeping the TV blaring, letting his dog stay in Steve’s bed, and helping himself to Mary Ann’s coffee.  True surfing buddies.

There was a nice tribute to Mrs. Freeman at the end of the episode.

Hawaii Five-0 filming rolls on after heavy O’ahu rains

March 7th, 2012 by
Taylor, Terry and Alex, filming at the HHV, 8/15/2011. (Photo: Undercover Special Agent Mapletastic)

Taylor, Terry and Alex, filming at the HHV, 8/15/2011. (Photo: Undercover Special Agent Mapletastic)

Two days of torrential rainstorms, lightning strikes and a hailstorm has not slowed down the production of Hawaii Five-0 filming.  A source within the production has told me that filming was done in earnest today, which included a scene featuring Scott Caan, Masi Oka, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Taylor Wily in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  The cast were all smiles and laughs on a bright day at the beach.  Conspicuously missing was Alex O’Loughlin, who had entered treatment earlier in the week.  The source told me that Alex is definitely missed by the cast and crew, but they truly feel the Aloha that the fans have been showing in support of Alex and the show.



Dennis Miller hosts Peter Lenkov on his radio show

March 6th, 2012 by

Love him or hate him, Dennis Miller is a funny guy.  He interviewed Peter Lenkov the morning of the day “Lekio” was broadcast.  It’s a short clip but you’ll get a few laughs out of it.  Thanks to a heads up from @AOLRocks and HawaiiFiveoonline.com for the audio clip.

BTS from Hawaii Five-0 “Lekiō” featuring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan

February 29th, 2012 by

Submitted by Undercover Special Agent Gateau who happened to be in the right place at the right time a couple of weeks ago!  Check out Danny and Steve outside of the fruit stand run by the illegal firecracker dealer played by Jimmy Borges.

Jesse B. Marchant’s “Only Now” from “I Helu Pū” available for free download

February 29th, 2012 by

Photo: Migratemusicnews.com

The scene from “I Helu Pū” a couple of weeks ago where Amanda visited the Russian businessman in the hospital was identified by MSJ of Hawaii Five-0 Fans as “Only Now” by JBM (also known as Jesse B. Marchant).  Check out Migrate Music News, where with a special arrangement with me, we’re able to provide you the download of the song for FREE! (Disclaimer: I’m joking.  The download is free thanks to Jesse). Also check out his official homepage.





Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 218, “Lekiō”

February 28th, 2012 by

Kyle Harimoto writes a good one!

Scott Caan, James Caan, Lekio, Hawaii Five-0, Photo CBS

Sonny Corleone and Muscles

Five-0 writer Kyle Harimoto wrote a great episode that definitely upped the banter factor with James Caan thrown in there.  He also threw in references to the Occupy movement and  live tweeting events as they happen (as in the hijacking of Bobby’s body), keeping the episode current and relevant.  Five-0 tweeps (including @harimoto)  know how active the timeline gets Monday night, and seeing that incorporated in to the episode was hilarious.  Kono got a significant amount of air time in this episode as well which I loved.  I didn’t mind the lack of car crashes or the low body count, and I was about ready to punch Todd in the face myself when he caanfessed “But I fell in love with her!”, but the dialog between Steve, Dannyand Tony kept me laughing.

Dennis Miller gets the Rick Springfield treatment

Ok, we all keep on referring to Rick’s fleeting appearance on Hawaii Five-0 as the guest star who never starred.  Since then, we fans have always looked at guest stars’ onscreen duration with a wary eye.  Thanks to the advanced warning from the previews, as well as Rick’s experience, I don’t think anyone was surprised then Dennis’ Five-0 stint outlasted Rick’s by about a few seconds.  Now I’m sure those who follow politics and are not Miller fans were happy to see his on screen persona go in a blaze of glory, but I myself like Dennis (since the days of Saturday Night Live), and thankfully he did a great job of playing Dennis, commenting on the clueless Occupy protesters of Honolulu.

Shaka, Caan

She's every woman

No, not than one!


No!  Shaka, James Caan!  Fans were finally rewarded last night with “Lekiō” in which James Caan made his Hawaii Five-0 debut with his son Scott.  His character, Tony Archer, immediately stood out with his loud shirt, rolled up pants, vintage hat and chronic shoelessness.  James totally added another dimension to the classic bantering between Steve and Danny.  Now, three Alpha males compete with each other- Tony telling Danny to go fetch things was priceless.

Alex O'Loughlin, James Caan, Lekio, Hawaii Five-0, Photo CBS

I spent a few lines on this blog always comparing Scott Caan’s passionate acting with his father’s.  James delivery was brilliant in his scene with Alex, pleading with him to help with the case.  Even better was Tony’s interrogation of Todd in the interrogation room.  James Caan delivered immensely in this episode…he was funny when he supposed to be funny and he brought the drama when he needed to.

Speaking of being funny, I thought it hilarious then Tony threw back some of the smart ass Danny-isms back at Danny.  Hawaii Five-0 has found it’s own version of “Lost’s” Sawyer, with Tony getting creative with nicknames…”McGruff”, “McGoo”, “Hair-do”, and the instant classic, “Book ‘em, Muscles”.

Caan’t fight this feeling anymore…

…Steve and Danny have forgotten what they’re fighting for.  The comment at the end that Tony would be their “marriage counselor” is a huge shout out to the ongoing bromance between Steve and Danny, and the additional mention that he would help them whenever he could hopefully cements James Caan as a FREQUENTLY recurring role in Hawaii Five-0.

Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, James Caan, Lekio, Hawaii Five-0, Photo CBS

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 218, “Lekiō”

There’s nothing like pizza and beer at seven in the morning!  In the final scene with Danny, Steve and Tony, the sun rises over Diamond Head in the east.  Like Catherine and Steve’s morning steak and wine last season, you gotta love the use of Hawaii’s interchangeable sunrise and sunsets.

Primo Beer is Tony’s beverage of choice.  It was a beer originally first produced in 1898 by the Hawaii Brewing Company and was later acquired by the Pabst company.  The beer was ceased in 1997 but brought back in 2007.  The original Hawaii Brewing Company building sits on Queen street, just walking distance from the CBS production headquarters.

Did you notice…

Jimmy Boges, Leki, Hawaii Five-0, Photo CBS

Local celebrity Jimmy Borges made a guest appearance as the fireworks salesman.  He appeared in the old series as well.  Coincidentally, most fireworks are illegal in Hawaii, and illegal trafficking of them is a problem in Hawaii.

@KikassTrophyWife (who appeared in “I Helu Pu”) was an extra again!  Try to spot her out in the line of bikini bods in the opening montage during Bobby’s monolog.  Mrs. Officer 808 immediately slapped me when I yelled “YEAH!” at the TV at that moment, which cut my look short.

You probably already checked…Dumb and Dumber who stole Max’s van really don’t have twitter accounts.  #rainesaccolyte4lyf

I was amazed to see Max upset.  It was even better to hear max say that Bobby’s body was “ok”.

Songs included The Dead Kennedys, Hawaii’s  The Green, and The Swell Season.