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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 22, “Ho’ohuli Na’au”

May 3rd, 2011 by

Update: “Did you notice…” updated Tuesday morning because a thunderstorm at 3am is not conducive to the creative process.

Hawaii Five-0 hit its stride, now switching gears

I had mixed feelings about this episode for a lot of different reasons.  Rick Springfield had a smaller role than I and a lot of the female followers of the blog would like to have seen (you ladies recited to me every single hit that Rick had yesterday!), there was none of the usual banter between McG and Danno, and we saw a lot more of Kono (in every sense of the word).  I think the biggest shift in this story is the heavy serialization of the episode.

Rick Springfield

I heard he was great in General Hospital, and he’s had a bigger body of work in Australian media, but if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that my pitiful frame of reference was his glorious ten minutes of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot, where his crippled Viper limped home, but fell short of making it when Cylons shot him down and finished him off in a fiery blaze of glory.  Likewise, we see a few brief minutes of Rick in love with his model girlfriend before writer/executive producer Peter Lenkov finishes him off in another fiery blaze of glory.  I’m wondering what the decision making process is in casting guest starts for the show… actors such as Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kelly Hu, Jason Scott Lee, and Rick Springfield have the ability, but the roles they landed seemed to under utilize their talent.   I supposed that’s the nature of Hollywood.  But I’m sure there are many a Springfield fan wishing there was more of him.

Jessie finally found out about his girl and Rick and took matters into his own hands. Photo: CBS

Who’s the funny one?

Aside from the “Ramboette” dialog, Danny and McG didn’t have any of the usual banter.  Instead, Lenkov wrote the best lines in this episode for Kamekona, played by Taylor Wily.  In the latter half of the season, Taylor finally seemed to be a lot more at ease with the character, and the lines written for him come out a lot more naturally now than they were early on, especially with the pidgin.  “Feel da shave ice. Be da shave ice.”  Classic.

Speaking of funny, I thought it was a little awkward the Alana gets into a hissy with the other model, accusing blondie of killing Renny.  Alana finally confesses in front of everyone that she’s pregnant by whipping out the ultrasound photo of her baby.  Awkward!  Who carries that in their robe?  What was supposed to happen next?  She whips out a crib and says, “And this is the crib that we picked out from Babies-R-Us!!! And these are the matching bumpers and mattress covers!!!”

"Steve, Kono, Chin, you guys go that way. Me and the bikini models will go this way." Photo: CBS

A lot more Kono and tying it all together

The episode balanced attention to all the team members, but I noticed that this is the probably the most attention we’ve seen on Kono since “Ko’olauloa”.  She had great scenes with Chin, and more importantly, she seems to be developing a love interest with Charlie Fong.  And to the delight of many, Kono finally gets some bikini surfing time for the first time since “Kai E’e”.  Peter Lenkov, I believe mentioned at some point an “unconventional” romantic interest for Kono, and I think Charlie’s it, though I’m not sure what where the unconventional aspect of it is…

This episode definitely was not a stand alone episode.  McG finds another mystery envelope on his car, which should lead him to a locker where more of his dad’s evidence may be.  Also, Chin’s storyline is starting to come around even more.  His uncle confessed to HPD internal affairs that he took the money, but Chin steps up to take the fall.  The big twist is that Chin has to seek the help of a criminal in the current investigation to borrow money.  The story telling is definitely becoming a lot more convoluted as we come to the season finale.

By the way, I’m not sure if Chevy is cutting back on advertising, or Bing has stopped paying its bills, but is it a conincidence that Daniel Dae Kim sold his house and his stake in his burger restaurant, while his character is looking to borrow money?  I think not!  What does it mean?  I have no idea!

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0. Episode 22, “Ho’ohuli Na’au”:

Dropping school names

Viewers got a glimpse of the importance of high school connections first in “Malama Ka Aina” where the three alums (McG, Chin and Kono) enjoy a football game of their home team versus Pi’ikoi High School.  For us locals, finding out the high school that someone attended can be a good predictor of where he/she grew up, potentially what sports they played, ethnic background, and sometimes the level of affluence the person comes from.  The question “What school did you graduate from” (or in pidgin “Eh, what school you went?”) opens a lot of conversations with people you just met, and can also connect you to a stranger with fewer degrees of separation as both will most likely know the same people, since Hawaii is so small.

That being said, Kono at one point grills Charlie Fong if he went to Kukui High School…he responds by saying, Punahou School.

Simultaneously all across Hawaii, people smiled and/or rolled their eyes.  “Punahou School?  That boy doesn’t look like he’s from Punahou!” multiple people tweeted across the Hawaiian viewing of Five-0.  And because I’m from Hawaii, I can stereotype ;).  No he doesn’t look like he’s from Punahou, he looks more like a Mid Pacific Institute kid, and maybe smart enough for I’olani ;) (unfortunately, only locals will appreciate this analysis).  By the way Punahou School is the alma mater of a certain President of the United States who recently released his birth certificate for public perusal.  But you, Mr. Fong, I *do not* believe you went to Punahou School, and I demand that you immediately release your high school diploma so that you could prove that you did indeed go to Punahou School.  Furthermore, I do not believe that you kissed Kono Kalakaua at your cousin’s tenth birthday party.  She probably did it out of pity cause you had braces, or you rigged the bottle spinning.

Did you notice…?

Mauoli Ola is a great charity that introduces surfing as a natural treatment to people with genetics disorders.

Danny picks on the thug about the word “lickings”.  “Lickings” is commonly used pidgin term, meaning to “beat up”.  To beat one up severely would be “dirty lickings”.

“Ho’ohuli na’au” has been translated to “close to heart” by CBS which was also last episode’s translation.  According to fellow blogger Wendie Burbridge (Five-0 Redux), last week’s title “Ho’opa’i” [punish, revenge] was mistranslated.

Update:  Did you notice that the shave ice guy had some pretty fit legs, but the nerdiest voice?  Contrary to popular belief, that was not my on screen debut.

Update:  Lex Brodie’s Tire Company is a family owned business here on Oahu.  Unfortunately, they don’t have twelve stations across Oahu, only five, but they have the reputation of being one of the cheapest places in town for gas.  The gas station they filmed at is one block away from the Keola La’i condo, where a lot of filming happens, which is also one block away from the CBS production HQ.

Photographer Marco Garcia spills on “Ho’ohuli Na’au” BTS action

May 3rd, 2011 by

Five-0 production crew asked photographer Marco Garcia to help set up the beach photo shoot for last night’s episode with Rick Springfield.


I actually pulled in by the local coordinator, Angie, to coordinate a “beach photo shoot” as the episode was about a famous fashion photographer killed while on assignment in Hawaii.

But the best part of this job was actually playing a photo assistant on TV!  With all the hard work put in, production decided that they couldn’t rely on an extra to act like a real photographer/photo assistant so they had me be the on-screen assistant to the actor.  Sadly, no lines.

Read the rest of his behind the scenes experience on his blog.

Crazy weather in Hawaii…

May 2nd, 2011 by

Tonight we had a huge thunderstorm sweep over the entire state.  Half the island of Oahu had no power in the early evening, and locals were gripped with fear about potentially missing tonight’s Hawaii Five-0 episode (and by locals, I just mean five of us locals on Facebook).  Thankfully, Hawaiian Electric restored our power.

People caught some of nature’s sound and light show.   Check out this apparent lightning  strike in Honolulu.

Lightning, 5/2/11 in Downtown Honolulu, Photo: Aaron Yoshino

caught waterspouts forming off of the beaches of Honolulu:

Rick Springfiled arrested for DUI

May 2nd, 2011 by

Why does this news make the blog?  Because he’s on tonight’s Hawaii Five-0.   Rick failed a sobriety test Saturday night after being pulled over by police in Los Angeles. Want more news?  Dude’s 61 years old!  Oh man, where does the time go?  I want to be rocking like him at 61.   Some people on the net are already clamoring that this is a publicity stunt for his appearance tonight…but come on people, there are a hell of a lot of ways to accomplish that!

Rick Springfield in Los Angeles on May 1, 2011.
(Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Scott Caan interview with Michael Buckley on openfilm.com, with AUDIO PODCAST

April 30th, 2011 by

Update:  Somehow I don’t think I made it clear the link to the podcast is at the bottom of this post.

Earlier today on Openfilm.com Scott Caan gave an online interactive interview led by entertainment blogger Michael Buckley (@buckhollywood).  The format was simple and straightforward, with questions coming largely from the twitter, youtube and Openfilm.com website.  Michael asked great follow up questions to Scott at points, but at one point his “research staff” (yeah I put that in quotes ;)) failed him.  Near the end, the interview faltered for a bit as the internet questions slowed…possibly a list of back up questions would have been a good thing to have on hand.  To his credit, Michael had to stay on top of the feed *and* interview Scott at the same time, which I’m sure was difficult.  Questions covered a wide variety of topics, including his acting techniques and career, his aspirations as a actor, writer, producer, and photographer, and of course many questions regarding his current hit Hawaii Five-0.

Here are some excerpts from the interview.  Link to the podcast below.

On banter: Danny and Steve’s banter is a mixture of ad-libbing and script…the most ad-libbing is done with the carguments, where one take is done scripted, and others ad-libbed.  “I try to use babe as much as possible.”

On public attention: “I don’t notice a ton more attention.  Being in Hawaii, it’s a big show there, so I get a lot of attention being out there.  I hope I get just enough attention that I can get some money and freedom to do the things I want to do.”

On career aspirations as a boy: “I wanted to be a fireman, I wanted to be a baseball player, I wanted to be a rapper. I still don’t want to be when I grow up.”

On film projects:  “My goal is to finish a movie every two years.”  He plans nothing this year due to his commitment to Entourage, which he is currently filming in L.A. right now.

On his biggest achievement: He doesn’t think he’s hit his peak or had his biggest role yet.

Answering my question about how much of Scott’s mannerisms creep up into Danny’s portrayal: “I hope all of them, that’s kind of the idea, especially doing a TV show, the first couple [episodes]  you’re getting with the writers, and by the time it’s over, hopefully  they’re writing for you.  I don’t have Danny mannerisms or Scott mannerisms; hopefully they’re the same thing.  …If I feel like I can put a lot of myself into it then I think I have an idea it might be ok.

On taking the role of Danny:  Scott’s first instinct was not to do a TV show (Five-0) but changed his mind after reading the script.  “…You got to take the wave when it comes.”  He didn’t audition for Five-0 or Entourage, and was casted.

On remakes: “If something is really good to begin with, there’s no reason to do it exactly the way it was…  I don’t think could be more different from the old one.  I’ve never even seen the old one, but from what I hear it’s very different.  When people do straight remakes…I don’t love that.”

On acting: “You have to rely on your instincts to know whether you’re doing something good or not.  I think what’s really important is to work with a director you really trust so you can just do whatever you’re doing and not think about whatever you’re doing…”

On lead parts he almost got: U-Turn and Boogie Nights.

On his future with Five-0:  Possibly write for the show, but not directing.

Actor’s he’d like to work with: Sean Penn, Leo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix.

On his idol:  Cites his dad as his big inspiration, also Robert Duvall, Sean Penn.

The next guest star? James Caan only if he plays Danny’s father.

On the season finale: “The final episode is not about a case, it’s more about us, and what happens to us.”

His pets: “Two dogs…a blue heeler and my girlfriend has a puggle.”

On tattoos:  “I think I’m gonna get another tattoo.  I wanna get one on my hand.  But can’t do it cause I’d have to cover it.”

Answering my other question about balancing Five-0 filming with his personal projects: “I have to do what they tell me to do…maybe that’ll change in a couple of years, they’ll give me more time.”

But I think the biggest thing that I got a kick out of was Michael’s personal fascination with Scott himself and the non-bromantic, and possibly romantic banter (one sided of course) between the two.

MB:  Do you have a muse…

SC: I have a lot of muses [laughing].

MB:  Can I be one after today?


MB:  Do you know when I google you, it’s all handsome, shirtless, pecs.  I was like, “Ooo, I like it.”  Do you ever google yourself? You must…

SC: No! [laughing]

MB: You’ve never googled yourself?  It’s all shirtless pecs!

SC:  I’ve never taken a shirtless pec, have you?

MB:  Aw man, I don’t know where these came from then, I’m gonna sue somebody…

SC: You mean like…

MB: …there’s pictures with your shirt off.

SC:  Oh….I like to be nude.  ..I’m not sitting there posing, but I don’t like to have clothes on.


SC: [I have] two dogs…a blue heeler and my girlfriend has a puggle.

MB: I love puggles.

SC: I imagine you would.

(later) SC:  … I meant that as a compliment, by the way.

Well Buck Hollywood will probably have to wait in a line, since a lot of ladies are already lined up and swooned over the fact that he mentioned he wanted to have kids one day.

Enjoy the podcast!
Scott Caan interview with Michael Buckley on openfilm.com

Sneak peek of “Ho’ohuli Na’au”

April 29th, 2011 by

Courtesy of H50Fans on youtube.

Scott Caan to host live Q&A session on Openfilm Live

April 28th, 2011 by

From Openfilm.com:

“Openfilm Live” is an online interview series featuring guest celebrities and film industry experts who take and answer questions from online viewers in real time.

Any Openfilm member may submit a question to an Advisory Board Member or special webcam chat guest, Openfilm Pro member questions will be given priority regardless of their community vote count. To get your Pro Account. Any Openfilm registered user can view and vote on the webcam chat questions. We will notify the community of the upcoming webcam chats schedule.

Submit a question to Scott and learn more about the live online interview at the Openfilm webpage.

Scroll down the question list to the middle, under “Officer808″, I asked: “Danny Williams’ dialogs come so naturally to you, how much of your personality/mannerisms creep into Danny’s personality?”

Do you see the “+” and “-” signs to the left of the question?  You can bump up the question on the question list by clicking the “+” button to move the question closer to the top of the line.  If you think that’s a good question to ask Scott, click the “+”.  If you got an even better question, you can submit your own too!

Mark Dacascos and Kelly Hu to host fundraiser for Japan’s children affected by the earthquake and tsunami

April 28th, 2011 by

Mark Dacascos and Kelly Hu will host a charity event for keiki [children] affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan for the Save the Children organization.  The event will take place at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Waikiki.  The event will feature a silent auction with organizers offering a variety of trips.  Tickets are $300 per person, and the event includes a private concert with the Japanese muic group Hiroshima.  At the request of Mr. Trump, a certified copy of President Obama’s birth certificate will be on prominent display.  (No, it’s not, I kid).

From Mark Dacascos’ webpage:

Mark is hosting “Caring for Japan’s Keiki” at the Trump Hotel in Waikiki April 30th. Event’s theme is “Raising funds and awareness for displaced children in Japan”.   All proceeds will benefit Save the Children organization.  More information below:


Kelvin Han Yee filming the finale and living large in Hawaii

April 28th, 2011 by

Actor Kelvin Han Yee was recently in Hawaii to film his part for the season finale of Hawaii Five-0.  This guy is so full of energy and it shows in the fact that he threw no less than twenty shakas at the camera.   These are video clips that he recorded himself and are available on youtube.  What was particularly interesting was the he showed a glimpse of his HPD uniform as Chief Makaha, and a portrait photograph of him in uniform.  Braddah is so mean looking, he’s one officer I definitely wouldn’t want to mess with.  But he might let you off the hook if you flash a shaka sign at him a dozen times. ;)  Is Chief Makaha a friend of the Five-0 team or another hurdle they must over come?  Is he instrumental in clearing Chin’s name or will he keep Chin black listed by the HPD?  We’ll find out in the finale!

J.R. Orci to leave Five-0 creative team

April 26th, 2011 by

On twitter today, writer and producer J.R. Orci announced that he will be leaving the writing team for other projects.  His writing credits for Five-0 include: “Nalowale”, “Palekaiko” and “Na Me’e Laua Na Paio”.

@jrorci:  Career update: Leaving the island to pursue other projects. Hope to be able to announce those soon. Been a fun ride launching #H50! Also –>
@jrorci: Will be joining my old friends at FRINGE to crank out some episodes. Gonna be an amazing fourth season! Just don’t blame me for POlivia.

Best wishes to you, my friend and hope to see your upcoming projects soon!