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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

September 30th, 2013 by

Bigger and better

All Hawaii Five-0 season premieres have demonstrated what the show loves to showcase: big action and character development.  The first five minutes alone was as big as any Hollywood blockbuster, and Alex Kurtzman wasn’t joking when he said on the red carpet at Sunset on the Beach that there will be bigger stunts.  McGarrett’s slick moves and some fancy camera work definitely projected a big Hollywood action sequence we see in the movies.

On top of that, many vehicles saw their last day in this episode, crashed in one way or another or riddled with bullets.  The biggest loss was Danny’s beloved silver Camaro- despite enduring three years of Five-0 abuse, it was no match for a well placed bomb in the back seat.  Oh, the loss, but I’m sure Danny will find love elsewhere…

McGarrett and Danno in a bit of a pickle

Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) find themselves in what O’Loughlin would call “a bit of a pickle” with terrorist Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) and his henchmen.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Of course, the one thing that stood out in my mind was the manner in which poor Carlos was dispatched in the basement of Five-0 headquarters.  A lot of different things could have happened…Danny could have clobbered Carlos as he walked past, Carlos’s buddy could have shouted or warned him away, but no, McGarrett got fancy and shot Carlos right through the bullet wound of his captive.  McGarrett earned extra points for style in that take down.

Not to be outdone by cars and explosions, Alex himself stated that he did some of his own stunts.  As part of the CBS Hawaii Five-0 twitter event Friday night, he stated (shirtlessly) that he himself was clinging onto the helicopter skid as it lifted off in Aloha Stadium.  He also mentioned that another actor punctured a lung in that same scene.  They’re doing all this just for the love of the craft!

CPT Grover bares all

Chi McBride entered the hostage crisis in front of Five-0 headquarters with a particular presence.  On the red carpet, he looked bigger in person that he did on television, and I mean this dude is big.  He plays CPT Lou Grover, the SWAT captain who recently moved from Chicago.  His demeanor and physical presence definitely carries authority, and his involvement with the Five-0 team should lead to an interesting conflict.  CBS described him early on as a “by the book” police officer, who’s textbook delivery of tactics will go against McGarrett’s “throw the book out the window” style.  While we saw almost the same type of relationship with CPT Fryer (Tom Sizemore), I have a feeling Grover will get into McGarrett’s business a lot more that Fryer ever did.

McGarrett must have seen Karate Kid- taking one right from the Cobra Kai playbook: SWEEP THE LEG!  Photo: CBS

We’ll see what happens next, as I’m sure Grover was not too happy about McGarrett forcing him to surrender his weapon while removing the prisoners from the SWAT van.  McGarrett can physically dominate a scene when confronting bad guys, but seeing him looking up to speak to Grover is something you you don’t see very often.  As a side note, Chi McBride will now have the distinction of having the first “pantsless” scene, and I’m sure Alex, Scott and Daniel fans will start petitioning for their favorite character to follow suit.

Oh-oh, Kono

Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) and Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri) have great onscreen chemistry.  I enjoyed their scene aboard the Kahana, on their way to Hong Kong to avoid discovery by the Yakuza and other gangsters.  I thought their relationship was doomed from the beginning, when distrust fueled Kono’s moves to spy on him, but the scene aboard the ship dispelled any notion that they were indeed in love.  I personally thought we wouldn’t see Kono for a few episodes, but gangsters have already infiltrated their Honeymoon suite, and their time together may still be numbered.

Overall, I was thrilled, humored and entertained by the premiere episode.  As I mentioned in two previous years of covering Sunset on the Beach, there is no better feeling than sharing the same moments with thousands of other fans, “ooo-ing”, “ahh-ing”, applauding and cringing at the same moment.

I have two wishes for Peter, Alex and Bob:

1)  Please blow up as many things in this episode for the next 23 episodes (don’t worry, I’m sure Ford, Kia, Hyundai, and Honda would all love to advertise on the show to make this happen).

2)  Keep on delivering great stories and make us feel for these characters!

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 401, “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

I’m sure a lot of you local folks noticed that all car chases on Oahu conveniently happen on Lagoon Drive by the airport.

Should have gotten the Extended Warranty option. Photo: CBS

I doubled checked Costco Hawaii’s return policy: despite taking anything back after its been through the ringer, electronics can’t be returned to Costco after 90 days.  Looks like the Governor is going to have to foot the bill for another Magic Table.

Did you notice:

The building in which Hawaii Five-0 is headquartered was referred to as “the Palace”.  It’s actually Ali’iolani Hale, where the Hawaii State Supreme Court meets.

The cadet who stopped Kamekona is the same guy who was the hotel security in an episode last season.

Henry Ian Cusick’s last time in Ali’iolani Hale was during “Lost” filming, where the courthouse was a stand in for Oxford University.

Alex O’Loughlin on being grateful and baby Lion

September 29th, 2013 by

Did you miss the premiere of Hawaii Five-0 at Sunset on the Beach?  No worries; there are videos and photos galore, and we’ll be sharing some of the best with you.  If you’re a fan of Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, you’ll enjoy these two.



Alex O’Loughlin and Sangita Patel of ET Canada

Overnight ratings for Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 premiere

September 28th, 2013 by
McGarrett and Danno in a bit of a pickle

Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) find themselves in what O’Loughlin would call “a bit of a pickle” with terrorist Ernesto (Henry Ian Cusick) and his henchmen.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0′s Season 4 premiere episode, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi,” took second in Friday’s Live + Same Day viewership behind Blue Bloods — 9.38 million viewers for Five-0 and 11.39 million for Blue Bloods. CBS won the night overall with a 1.6/5 rating in the demo and 9.631 million viewers.

Ratings table courtesy of  Zap2it / TV By The Numbers



Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 27, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM FOX MasterChef Jr. -P 1.6 6 4.22
CBS Undercover Boss -P 1.5 6 8.13
ABC Last Man Standing 1.2 5 5.66
NBC The Michael J Fox Show -R (8-9) 0.8 3 4.01
CW Perfect Score 0.2 1 0.81
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.0 4 4.11
CW Perfect Score -R 0.2 1 0.61
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.9 6 6.75
  CBS Hawaii Five-0 -P 1.5 5 9.38
NBC Dateline NBC  (9-11PM) 1.3 4 6.53
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 0.9 3 2.77
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.4 1 0.99
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods -P 1.7 6 11.39
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.62


Live-tweet along with Alex, Daniel, and Peter during Five-0 season premiere!

September 27th, 2013 by

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov, Alex O’Loughlin, and Daniel Dae Kim will be live-tweeting tonight during the East Coast premiere of “Aloha kekahi i kekahi.”
(Images courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 fans, tonight’s the night for the Season 4 premiere and CBS will have Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, and Peter Lenkov live-tweeting during the East Coast premiere! So, crank up your twittering device of choice and make ‘em proud!

Here are the relevant Hawaii Five-0 Twitter usernames and times:

Tweet @PLenkov                         Tweet @HawaiiFive0CBS                         Tweet @danieldaekim
Peter Lenkov                                   Alex O’Loughlin                                            Daniel Dae Kim
Fri 9/8c                                            Fri 9/8c                                                        Fri 9/8c


Visit the CBS Tweet Week page to learn more!

Hawaii Five-0’s top guys answer eight burning questions

September 27th, 2013 by


Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride have a stare-down

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and SWAT Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride) get off to a rocky start in the season 4 premiere.
(Photo courtesy of CBS)

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 have been speculating for months, and with the Season 4 premiere just a few hours away, TV Guide’s Liz Raftery is getting us some answers from Peter Lenkov and Alex O’Loughlin.


Hawaii Five-0 Boss: “McGarrett Is at the Tipping Point”
Sep 27, 2013 12:13 AM ET
by Liz Raftery

Hawaii Five-0 doesn’t waste any time getting into high gear when it kicks off its fourth season in a new timeslot this Friday (9/8c, CBS). There’s no daring underwater prison break like in the Season 3 premiere, but the episode still manages to set in motion events whose ripple effects will be felt throughout the season. And not all of the major players make it out of the premiere unscathed. Will Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) finally get the answers he’s looking for from Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos)? Will Kono (Grace Park) be brought back into the fold? And who, or what, poses the biggest threat to the team this season?

TVGuide.com turned to O’Loughlin and executive producer Peter Lenkov to get answers to eight burning questions ahead of Season 4:

The season premiere kicks off with McGarrett helping Wo Fat escape, and then the fallout that ensues is fairly disastrous. What’s his motivation for doing that?
He wants answers about his mother. And as far as he’s concerned his mother’s been dead for 20 years. There’s something going on with Wo Fat and Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti) and he can’t get to the bottom of it, and so he goes to see him and we know what happens. … For McGarrett now, in a way, if he just let Wo Fat get killed, it’d be a sort of thorn out of his side, and it would be something he doesn’t have to worry about anymore. But there’s so many unanswered questions. There’s still unanswered questions about his father. He doesn’t feel comfortable with the excuse that he got. There’s still things that don’t add up. There’s still things that need to be answered for. He truly believes that Wo Fat has information that he’s not giving over that can give him answers about his own life and his own existence and his own parents. And I think that until he gets those answers, he’s going to move in and out of existential crisis forever. And so, on a personal level, I don’t think he’s going to let anything happen to Wo Fat.

Will McGarrett finally get answers about his mother’s relationship to Wo Fat? And will he be satisfied (when?) he does?
McGarrett is at the tipping point with Doris and the secrets of her past. With her unwillingness to give him the answers he needs, McGarrett is going to have to take matters into his own hands. As the season unfolds, McGarrett is going to get some of those answers. … But this road to uncovering the truth about his relationship to Wo Fat and how it all relates to his mother, Doris, has been long — he still has some miles to go before getting there.
O’Loughlin: The great sort of quandary for him is that he can’t get past why Doris would have let Wo Fat escape that night back in the third season, in the house. It’s not beyond imagination that they could be half-brothers. That’s kind of eating him up. He’s obsessed. … He’s so driven by this. If he thinks he can get an answer about something that can help solve some of that stuff and help fill some of the black holes that kind of leave him feeling so empty every day, he’s going to do it no matter what.

Will Doris be back this season? Should McGarrett trust her?
We will hopefully see Doris again this season, but I can’t yet reveal exactly how.  When McGarrett and Doris meet again, he’ll be much closer to the truth — and it will be a truth she can no longer deny.
I don’t think he can trust her at all. And imagine your own mother looking you in the eye and not believing anything she said. I mean, it would be the most devastating feeling. And I think in those moments when he puts her on the ship and she goes on the slow boat to China and there’s a moment there where he looks at her and he’s so torn. It’s like, I want to believe what you’re saying. I want to support you. I want to make you listen to me. But I’m kind of powerless, and my gut is telling me not to believe anything. So it’s a very tortured predicament for anybody. But I don’t really think he can believe anything she says.

Catherine (Michelle Borth) finds herself in a sticky situation in the premiere. How does her relationship with McGarrett evolve over the course of this season?
McGarrett and Catherine’s relationship will been faced with many challenges at the top of the season. Big changes are coming, and that can’t help but affect their relationship.  I think anyone McGarrett cares about unfortunately could be a liability to him. He’d sacrifice himself in a moment for someone he cares about.  There may not be anyone he cares for as much as Catherine.
O’Loughlin: Catherine Rollins is becoming more of a prominent member on the team. We’re really feeling her presence, and she’s evidently important to McGarrett. He’s growing more and more fond of her and they’re more and more comfortable with each other. It’s essentially a long-term relationship now. … Every episode, the relationship is progressing. It’s not necessarily progressing towards marriage and kids, but it’s progressing. The more time we spend with each other,the more important we become to each other. The more important she becomes to him. We see what sort of a priority she is to him in this episode. But what is your relationship worth? Is what you’re getting out of the relationship worth the toll that it’s taking? How much of a liability is she going to be to McGarrett? Kono’s like a sister. It’s a very different situation. But Catherine Rollins becoming more involved with Five-0 on a procedural level, that’s dangerous ground.

In the premiere, McGarrett immediately gets off to a rocky start with Capt. Grover (new cast member Chi McBride). Tell us about the new character. What’s his relationship with McGarrett like?
McGarrett’s actions [in the premiere] will have consequences. Few people would take well to your colleague turning a gun on you your first day. A bad first impression is always hard to overcome, but when it’s holding someone at gunpoint? Nearly impossible.  We will learn very quickly Grover isn’t impressed by McGarrett’s methods or his so-called “immunity and means.” However, with Grover as our new head of SWAT and McGarrett head of Five-0, these two will never be apart for long. Over the season, we’ll see if these two can learn to trust each other and work together.
O’Loughlin: He’s kind of a badass. He comes in, he’s the new head of the SWAT team. I use him and his resources. I break the law, and he’s not going to stand for that s—. There’s no way. It’s a fiery, combative relationship. … But it’s good. My suspicion is that these characters are going to have more in common than they think, or that they’d like to think and that we would expect. But they’re both strong, they’re both leaders, they’re both alpha. They’re both pigheaded. So I think it’s going to be a very interesting relationship.

What sort of challenges will Danny (Scott Caan) face this season?
We’ll get to see a bit more into Danny’s family this season when his mother (to be played by Melanie Griffith) comes to visit, perhaps revealing some deeper reasons for why he is the way he is.  Danny’s also finally adjusted into his joint custody of his daughter, Grace, but it makes him realize that any serious romantic relationships he has (including Gabby) no longer just affect him. He has to realize how they might affect Grace as well. It gives him and Gabby some tough choices to make.

What is Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) journey this year?
This season, we get to see Chin finally having just picked up the pieces after the loss of his wife Malia last season, trying to make a slow go of it with Leilani, the nurse he survived his prison break with. We’ll also get a chance to revisit some of Chin’s early days in his police career and see that sometimes, the choices that we make, even for the right reasons, can have unintended consequences. At his core, Chin Ho’s always had a powerful connection to his family. He ruined his reputation and got kicked off the force just to protect his uncle. While the whole team feels Kono’s absence, it hits Chin the hardest. His drive at the top of the season is to make it safe for her and Adam to return.

How will Kono remain connected to the story since she’s overseas?
Kono will have her own circumstances to deal with while overseas, but she is an essential part of our team. We’ll being keep tabs on her abroad. Unfortunately, the danger to Kono and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in Hawaii is still very real, so returning is not an option. However, it appears that “danger” is coming for them now and no place may be safe. They’ll be forced to choose their fate — fight or flight.

What will McGarrett and Danny’s relationship be like in Season 4?
They’re doing pretty good. Danny doesn’t have any major qualms at the moment. I think he’s pretty settled and pretty okay. He’s not itching to get out of there too badly at the moment. There’s not too much drama with Grace. There’s always one of us shrouded in drama, and the other one’s there kind of backing the other one up. But we’ll always quibble. Wouldn’t be McDano if we didn’t.

(Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.)

Waikiki welcomes Hawaii Five-0 at Sunset on the Beach 4

September 27th, 2013 by

Waikiki Beach was once again jammed packed with fans as Hawaii Five-0 premiered the first episode Season 4 at Sunset on the Beach. This year, there was a mix of rabid Hawaii Five-0 and teenage Jonas Brothers fans as the Jonas Brothers performed a free concert following the airing of the premiere episode. Nick Jonas is slated for a role in a future episode.

Hawaii Five-0 stars walked to red carpet and greeted fans as they have in past years, though notably absent were Scott Caan and Grace Park. CBS Entertainment president, Nina Tassler, was blown away by the fan support she witnessed at Sunset on the Beach. Hopefully, that means that Hawaii Five-0 will be around for years to come.

From Hawaii News Now

All photos from Hawaii News Now

Alex O'Loughlin

Daniel Dae Kim

Tannya Joaquin (left) & Keahi Tucker (right) interview Daniel Dae Kim

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It was another year and another Sunset On the Beach for “Hawaii Five-O,” as the CBS drama kicked off its fourth season in grand style.

Thousands of fans packed Waikiki Beach to greet the stars. But there also were more teenage girls in the audience who came for a free concert by the Jonas Brothers.

The brothers were performing because Nick Jonas has a recurring role on the show.

“This role is really fun,” said Jonas. ”When they came to me I was more than happy to be a part of it. It’s going to be interesting for people to see me in this light.”

The fans were still as enthusiastic for stars Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim, who walked the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

The two said they enjoy Sunset on the Beach, and have grown to love the event as well as Hawaii itself.

“This makes it a communal experience, like we don’t have a chance to have,” said Kim. “We get to say thanks to the fans, we get to watch it on the big screen with the fans. It’s special.”

“I’m never not amazed at what I see when I come down here, and the commitment from fans, said O’Loughlin. ”Without fans and without the people who are willing to show up, we don’t have a show and i don’t have a job.”

He also said he feels Hawaii is home. “I was talking to my agent, and I was like, you know, I don’t ever want to give up my place here,” said O’Loughlin. “I don’t want to move my kids to L.A. I love it here. I love it here for the family. I love it.”

CBS executives also turned out for the event. “Hawaii Five-O is not only a beloved show for the network,” said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. “We can see how much the fans love it here. I’ve never seen support like this. It’s extraordinary.”

“We know the history and the legacy of the show, and obviously the impact that it’s had on the people of this island, and it’s been great to be a part of this new version of it,” said Nick Jonas.

The show is now syndicated and can be seen in 200 countries. “We come to find out at an event like this that it’s also loved around the world,” said Honolulu Film Commissioner Walena Constantinau. “People from all over the world have come here to celebrate with the people of Hawaii, this first episode.”

The episode was shown to the fans on a big screen, a day ahead of the television premiere. After the episode was shown, the Jonas Brothers took to the stage for a 20-minute set performed before screaming fans.

The show, which is moving to Friday nights this fall, premieres on television this Friday.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 opener wows the crowd in Waikiki

September 27th, 2013 by

Executive Producers Peter Lenkov and Alex Kurtzman, Sunset on the Beach, Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 premiere. Photo: Undercover Special Agent Beach Bum

Stars, studio executives and fans alike were smiling from ear to ear last night for the highly anticipated premiere of “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi”, the Sunset on the Beach Season 4 premiere of Hawaii Five-0.  I was smiling ear to ear as well, given another privilege to cover the red carpet event for your favorite Hawaii Five-0 blog!

Executive producers Peter Lenkov and Alex Kurtzman were asked about what the new season would bring.

“We’ll have bigger stunts and expand the family,” Alex started.

Peter added that they’ll ”tell some good stories…and bring in some secret weapons like Chi McBride.”

I asked Peter what his proudest achievement was, three years since the premiere of season 1.  He took a look at the crowd and said, “Seeing familiar faces, these are people that have been with us from the beginning!”

Having established the series into the fourth season, I was curious to know if die hard fans of the old series have warmed up to the new one.  I asked Peter what kind of feedback his father gives him on episodes of the new series.

“I’m his son, he’s gonna love his son no matter what,” Peter said.    “But he’s a critic also, he knows the original, so he’ll call me on stuff that he feels isn’t honest, and he’s really the guy I at the end of the day I want…, ’cause he’s the representative of the original fans, I want him to like it. So I keep him in mind when I work on a script because not only want to please him, but to honor the legacy, [creators] Leonard Freeman, Rose Freeman.  We just really want to do a good show.”

I asked if they felt they shook off critical comparisons to the original series by this point, “We’ll never shake that off,” Alex said with a smile.

Another star that I had the opportunity to talk to was the gracious and gorgeous Michelle Borth.  If you didn’t know, Michelle did 100% of her stunts…until recently.  She hurt her neck pretty badly and said,  “It comes with the territory, I call it an  occupational hazard.  I’ve been adamant about doing my own stunts, I do all of them. I don’t know if I’m going to do all of it anymore…I’m gonna let  the professionals do it, but I’ll do as much as I can.”

Michelle Borth at Sunset On The Beach, Hawaii FIve-0 Season 4 premiere. Photo: Officer 808

Asked about how she stays in shape for the stunts, Michelle said, “They make me do these scenes that kick my ass!  I don’t have a choice, I have to!   If the show wasn’t so action packed, I wouldn’t be as regimented as I am.  Because [the show] is, if I don’t workout, I’ll injure myself.”

After the red carpet, everyone settled in for the program, where city and state officials thanked the cast and crew for their contribution to Hawaii.  CBS executives thanked the fans of Hawaii and at large for their continued support of the show, Peter and Alex introduced the cast.  Finally the lights went out…

So what happened in the episode?  Wait till tonight and you’ll see.  You won’t be disappointed!  If you were there, what was your favorite moment of the night?  But remember don’t give away the episode!



I’ll jot some personal notes here… 

Alex O’Loughlin, interviewed by Tannya Joaquin and Keahi Tucker. Photo: Undercover Special Agent Madjack

Disappointment:   Unfortunately, because of the timing and my position in the media line, I was not able to speak to Daniel Dae Kim or Alex O’Loughlin this year.  That was disappointing since I had some great questions for Daniel about the Kelly family dynamic and his unluckiness in love.  I wanted to ask Alex what kept him focused this year, in the wake of his personal troubles midway through season 2.

Fanboy moment:  I did however, have the pleasure of meeting the lovely Brooke Anderson, who is as sweet and charming in person as she is on television.  Brooke co-hosted the event along with Billy V.

“So this is what it’s like” moment:  As I walked down the red carpet to set up my camera in the media line, I saw many familiar faces along the fence line, many of whom had been there since the wee hours of the morning.  My extended “internet ohana” of show fans and blog followers welcomed me with cheers.  Nowhere near as loud as cheers for Alex, and no one is going to scream for me to take my shirt off, but I’ll take it ;).   I’ve gotten to know a lot of you over the past few years, and your excitement drives me even more.   I thank you all for supporting this blog!

Your guide to Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Sunset on the Beach

September 25th, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin meets fans at SOTB3

Lucky fans meet Alex O’Loughlin at the roadside barricade during last year’s Sunset on the Beach.
(Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now)

We find it hard to believe we’re only a day away from Hawaii Five-0′s fourth Sunset on the Beach premiere! Thursday evening will find the cast and crew welcoming local residents and lucky visitors to the traditional Queen’s Beach venue for the much-anticipated red-carpet extravaganza and season premiere viewing.

Those of us unable to join the festivities on that short stretch of Waikiki waterfront can still share the experience vicariously through that wonder of the modern-day internet, live-streaming video. Hawaii News Now, the news arm of local CBS affiliate KGMB, will be providing live coverage of the Five-0 red carpet, complete with interviews with the exec producers and the cast.

Given that Sunset on the Beach is an outdoor event and is held on one of Oahu’s most famous beaches — not to mention, busiest thoroughfares — the evening’s schedule will probably  have some degree of fluidity.  According to the CBS press release, the red carpet will open at 4:30 pm to allow journalists and TV crews to find their spots and get set up, and the official Red Carpet doesn’t open until 6:00 pm.  The producers, cast, and honored guests will have an hour to talk to the press and to meet fans before the stage-based part of the program kicks off at 7:00 pm.  Once the premiere showing of “Aloha kekahi I kekahi” has ended, the Jonas Brothers will take the stage for their concert.


Converting Hawaiian time to your local time-zone

Bear in mind, the announced times are in HST — Hawaii Standard Time.  That means if you’re on the U.S.  West Coast, you’ll need to add three hours to the announced times; six hours if you’re out East.   To avoid the stress and headache of manually converting HST times into your time-zone equivalent, we’re pleased to offer this handy time-zone conversion and event time announcer. You just have to plug in your nearest location city on the “converted time” side of the table.


Who’s going to be there?

Executive  Producer Peter Lenkov is expected to attend, along with the cast — Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Borth, Masi Oka, and Taylor Wily, who will be joined by Mark Dacascos and Chi McBride, among others.  Teilor Grubbs, Dennis Chun, and Al Harrington have appeared at previous SOTB premieres and will most likely attend.  The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe, and Nick, will also be present.

Officer 808 himself, from your favorite Hawaii Five-0 blog will be there on the Red Carpet to field questions as well!



4:30 pm — Red Carpet opens.  Start looking for arriving guests of honor, cast-members, and the occasional executive producer.

6:00 pm — Red Carpet begins. Expect press photo ops, interviews, the occasional actor’s mad dash to the barricades to greet fans.

7:00 pm — Focus shifts to the stage as the guests of honor and the cast are introduced and speeches made. Next up, the Premiere!  At this point the live streams will end.  We ask that anyone who is lucky enough to attend, not to share any video or photos from the episode, thereby spoiling any surprises for the rest of the world.

Immediately following the 4.01 Premiere — The Jonas Brothers take to the stage for their first-ever concert in Hawaii!


SOTB2013 - HNN anchors with H50's Lenkov, O'Loughlin and Orci

HNN’s evening news anchors interview Five-0 lead Alex O’Loughlin and exec producers at Season 3′s Sunset on the Beach premiere.  (Left to Right: News anchor Keahi Tucker; exec producer Peter Lenkov; Alex O’Loughlin; exec producer Roberto Orci; news anchor Tannya Boyd Joachin)
Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now


Watching Sunset on the Beach through Hawaii News Now

Hawaii News Now’s live coverage will start at 5:00 pm and will run through 7:00 pm, covering the Red Carpet portion of the evening. The HNN evening news hours at 9:00 and 10:00 pm will most likely include coverage recaps and interview segments, along with coverage of the Jonas Brothers concert.  Local radio and television personality Billy V will serve as event Master of Ceremonies and will be joined by  ET’s Brooke Anderson.

Watching the Hawaii News Now coverage is a fairly simple process — you go to the HNN website and follow the LIVE STREAM link on the gray menu bar under either the HOME or NEWS tabs. However, you must have both ADOBE FLASH and MICROSOFT SILVERLIGHT installed on your computer to be able to watch the live stream.  The HNN Live Stream page provides download links for both plug-ins. Should the video freeze, refreshing your browser will usually restore the  feed.  Don’t be alarmed when the video is replaced by a dark screen or static banner during commercial breaks; that’s normal HNN live stream procedure. The picture should return to SOTB coverage once the commercials are done. If not, simply refresh your browser.

HNN’s most recent update on their SOTB coverage gives details on the guest list, the program, and a handy list of social media resources. The HNN website also offers a page dedicated wholly to Hawaii Five-0 coverage in the form of an article and video archive.


Watching Sunset on the Beach through Ustream

Fan-generated live-streaming video can sometimes be found through the Ustream website, and user “Long Legs O’Loughlin” is already conducting tests for their event coverage.  As Ustream does require you to sign up for membership, it’s best to explore the site a day or so ahead of time. Your Facebook or Twitter accounts can be used for login purposes.  Ustream offers a basic search function which brings up a selection of Five-0 videos, including several from last year’s SOTB event. As with the HNN Live Stream, Ustream requires Adobe Flash. This and other requirements are detailed in Ustream’s basic how-to viewer’s guide.


If you’re on Twitter:

Hashtags to follow and use: #H50 #SOTBH504

Key #H50 twitter accounts to follow:



Our Great Leader Oficer 808 will try to tweet as well, if not juggling camera equipment and notepad:

Last-minute Mega Buzz tease for Five-0 premiere! (SPOILER!)

September 25th, 2013 by
Steve swabs blood off the cell bars

Steve the Science Guy in action. When Wo Fat plays his usual cryptic stalling game about his relationship with Doris McGarrett, Steve decides to get his own answers.
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Courtesy of TV Guide’s Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams, a bit of last-minute Five-0 premiere spoilerage!

Got any more teases about the Hawaii Five-0 premiere? — Lindsay
ADAM: Look for McGarrett to be very proactive in his efforts to find out exactly what Wo Fat’s connection is to his mother. Since he can’t get a straight answer from anyone in the know, he begins investigating his own hypothesis. Meanwhile, fans worried about Kono’s absence from the team will understand very quickly how she will remain integral to the story. (Hint: It involves serious danger.) And speaking of danger, the Five-0 team will lose something very dear to them.

Just my take on it, but if the “something very dear to them” isn’t Danny’s Camaro, I’ll eat my keyboard! (Well, okay, I may just gnaw on one corner of it. It’s the thought that counts).

Read the full Mega Buzz article at the TV Guide website.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0: Season 4 Premiere!

September 25th, 2013 by

After a long summer without our favourite foursome, the Season 4 premiere of Hawaii Five-0 is just about upon us!

Episode 4.01, “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi” ( We Need Each Other), starts where the finale left off, so let’s recap what happened to the Five-0 team.

Steve McGarrett – when last we saw him, Steve was confronting Wo Fat about why Doris McGarrett visited the evil-doer in prison. In the season ending cliffhanger, armed commandos shot their way into the prison in an attempt to kill Wo Fat, or so he said. McGarrett must decide whether to team up with his arch nemesis to get him out of the prison alive, or stand back while the commandos do what they came to do.

Danny Williams – after suffering heart break (seeing ex wife Rachael wanting to leave Hawaii with daughter Grace) after heart break (seeing girlfriend Gaby deciding to be in Morocco rather than with Danny in Hawaii), I really hope he can find some happiness this season. The season ending episode teased that happiness may be possible when Gaby reunites with Danny.

Kono Kalakaua – Kono decided to join boyfriend, Adam Noshimori, on the run from the Yakuza. Fans were left fearing that Kono’s character was being written out of the show. Fear not,  said show runner, Peter Lenokov. Kono will be back for Season 4, although in a story line that may be separate from the Five-0 team.

We have two big name guest stars in the premiere episode. Chi McBride’s character will reportedly butt heads with McGarrett as SWAT Captain Lou Glover. Henry Ian Cusak, of “Lost” fame, plays this episode’s bad guy du jour.


Now, here is what we know about the first episode of season 4. (WARNING!! Spoilers ahead! You have been warned!)

McGarrett and WoFat fight team up to escape the prison.

McGarrett gets a sample of WoFat’s blood to, presumably, do a DNA test on it.

The Five-0 headquarters is attacked by commandos. Chin is trapped inside.

McGarrett must rescue Catherine after she is kidnapped.

Danny’s Camaro meets an unfortunate fate.

McGarrett is shirtless!!!!


From CBS


Chi McBride Guest Stars as SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a Character That First Appeared in an Episode of the Original “Hawaii Five-0″ Series, and Henry Ian Cusick Guest Stars as a Member of a Terrorist Organization

“Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi*” – After McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam’s secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own in order to find a kidnapped Catherine, on the fourth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, on a new night, Friday, Sept. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Chi McBride guest stars as SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a character that first appeared in an episode of the original “Hawaii Five-0” series.  Henry Ian Cusick guest stars as a member of a terrorist organization.

(*Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi is Hawaiian for “We Need Each Other”)


Alex O’Loughlin     (Steve McGarrett)

Scott Caan     (Danny “Danno” Williams)

Daniel Dae Kim     (Chin Ho Kelly)

Grace Park     (Kono Kalakaua)

Masi Oka     (Dr. Max Bergman)

Michelle Borth     (Catherine Rollins)


Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Mark Dacascos     (Wo Fat)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)


Luis Carazo     (Ricardo Cosi)

Henry Ian Cusick     (Ernesto)

Luis R. Espinoza     (Juan)

Eddie Fernandez     (O’ahu Water and Power Worker #4)

Vancamp Popese     (Tomas)

Martha Higareda     (Flora)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Charlie Compuesto     (Alejandro)

Shawn Thomsen     (HPD Recruit Pua Kai)

Nestor Serrano     (El Condor)

Brian Kasai     (Security Guard)

Commanding Officer     (Doug Thurston)

WRITTEN BY:     Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer