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Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Pe’epe’e Kānaka”

April 24th, 2014 by
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Photo: CBS

This week’s Hawaii Five-0 raises an interesting question – “How well do you know your neighbours?”

Think about it- whenever an unimaginable tragedy strikes, the media is quick to interview those in close proximity to the perpetrator. Those interviews usually reveal a common theme about an unassuming suspect – a nice quiet neighbour who never made a fuss.

In today’s world of gated communities, six foot high privacy fences, and a societal “fear of strangers”, could you, with any kind of certainty, say that those who live close to you aren’t up to something untoward?

On a more fun note, this is Hawaii Five-0 stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente’s (“The Crow, “24″) second outing as a director.  That’s sure to mean some fun action sequences!

From CBS

THE INVESTIGATION OF A MURDERED POOL CLEANER LEADS FIVE-0 TO UNCOVER A POSSIBLE TERRORIST CELL OF RADICALIZED STUDENTS WHO ARE PLOTTING AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 25

“*Pe’epe’e Kānaka” – The investigation of a murdered pool cleaner leads Five-0 to uncover a possible terrorist cell of radicalized students who are plotting an attack on U.S. soil, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*“Pe’epe’e Kānaka” is Hawaiian for “Those Among Us”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)

 

GUEST CAST:

Shawn Thomsen     (Officer Pua Kai)

Sam Upton     (Nico Kane)

Sasha Pieterse      (Sawn Hatfield)

Salman Bokhari     (Muhammed Nazaria)

Eden Riegel     (FBI Analyst Katie Halinan)

Jorge Alfredo Martinez     (Uday Jahani)

Ahmad Tadjvar     (Rahim Ahad)

Bryan Anderson     (Kirk Emerson)

 

WRITTEN BY: John Dove

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Cadiente

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Finale Spoiler!

April 16th, 2014 by
Grover and McGarrett ep 416

Grover and McGarrett ep 416

 

It’s hard to believe that the end of Season 4 is only three episodes away and it looks like trouble for one of the newest cast additions.

TV Guide teases -

“I need some Hawaii Five-0 scoop! — Helen
The usually straight-laced Grover will steal from McGarrett’s playbook when his daughter is kidnapped in the season finale. “As renegade and out of control as [Grover] thought McGarrett was in the [season premiere], he goes even further in this one,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “He doesn’t have a free pass like Five-0 does, so there’s going to be consequences. [But] sometimes you have to turn the badge around to get the job done.” Fortunately, I hear the consequences have a silver lining that will play out next season.”

What do you think about the addition of Chi McBride’s “Lou Grover” character? Yea, Nay, or We’ll see?

 

Initial Friday ratings show overall Spring Fever slump

April 14th, 2014 by
Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) share a harrowing experience when trapped in a collapsed building (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) share a harrowing experience when trapped in a collapsed building
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Apparently not even the prospect of Steve and Danny trapped together in a collapsed building, complete with bromantic banter and man-pain, was enough of an enticement to keep Hawaii Five-0 viewers at home and in front of their TVs for “Ku I Ka Pili Koko (Blood Brothers).” Ratings were down across all the major networks for most of the Friday night Primetime lineup, which is not unexpected at this time of year. Spring is most definitely here, bringing with it all sorts of outdoor diversions and temptations to DVR.

Five-o brought in a 1.3 rating and 4 share in the 18-49 demo, slipping by a tenth from the previous week. Total live and same-day viewership was 9.09 million. Five-0 held onto more ratings ground than the competition; NBC’s Grimm was off by two-tenths of a point, and  even ABC’s usual ratings power-house, Shark Tank, slipped by four-tenths compared to last week. Overall, CBS won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC for ratings and demo share.

Ratings courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 11, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM FOX Kitchen Nightmares -P 1.2 5 3.02
ABC Last Man Standing 1.1 5 5.57
CBS Unforgettable 1.0 4 7.66
NBC 108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers 0.7 3 3.91
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.4 2 1.54
8:30 PM ABC The Neighbors 0.8 3 3.87
CW Whose Line Is it Anyway -R 0.5 2 1.49
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank 1.6 6 6.49
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.3 4 9.09
NBC Grimm 1.2 4 4.84
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.1 4 2.84
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.3 1 1.08
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 10.97
ABC 20/ 20 1.4 5 5.66
NBC Hannibal 0.8 3 2.41

Hawaii Five-0′s “go-to” reporter

April 14th, 2014 by

If you’ve watched the new inception of Hawaii Five-0 from the start, during a scene near the end of Friday’s episode you may have found yourself thinking, “That reporter sure looks familiar.”  And you would be correct.  Local freelance reporter, writer, and public relations director, Diane Ako, has made a hobby of cameos on the Oahu-based show, with at least three appearances that I’m aware of.

Diane Ako in  “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

Diane Ako in “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

After Diane’s first experience in the show’s maiden season, she wrote a short blog post about the day in which she claimed that the show’s star, Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) was “every bit as hunky as all the gossip columns say.”  Of course, fans of the show will have no problem believing that.

Diane’s initial appearance was with Alex and Scott Caan, and she had nothing but compliments for both actors.  You can check out the original blog from 2010 here, to read Ms. Ako memories about her first day on the set in Season 1.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ku I Ka Pili Koko”

April 10th, 2014 by
Blood Brothers - McGarrett and Danno

Blood Brothers – McGarrett and Danno

 

Friday’s episode is one that fans having been looking forward to all season. Hawaii Five-0 has been lacking some of its epic bromance as Scott Caan has seen less screen time this season and his absence has left fans clamoring for more McGarrett-Danno time. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, teased, “Prediction: Fan favorite. McDanno fans will be MORE than satisfied.” (via Twitter.)

I predict lots of heart to heart between the two friends as they face possible death. Get your tissues ready.

It’s interesting to note that Xzbit is listed as recurring cast, reprising his role as Jason (JC) Dekker. He originally appeared in the adorable “3 Men and a Baby” episode 4.07. His character is now in jail and has information for the Five-0 team.

From CBS

FIVE-0 IS SET UP WHEN A BAD TIP LEADS THEM TO AN ABANDONED BUILDING THAT IS RIGGED TO EXPLODE WITH MCGARRETT AND DANNY TRAPPED INSIDE, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Xzibit Guest Stars as a Prison Informant

“*Ku I Ka Pili Koko” – Five-0 is set up when a bad tip leads them to an abandoned building that is rigged to explode with McGarrett and Danny trapped inside, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Xzibit guest stars as a prison informant.

(*“Ku I Ka Pili Koko” is Hawaiian for “Blood Brothers”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Xzibit     (JC Dekker)

 

GUEST CAST:

Byron Mann     (Fire Captain Hank Iona)

Terry Chin     (Kekoa Hale)

David Gautreaux     (James Cobb)

Joseph Kingsley     (Marcus Dekker)

Diane Ako     (News Reporter)

 

STORY BY: David Wolkove

TELEPLAY BY: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY: Maja Vrvilo

Hawaii Five-0 leaves door open for Michelle Borth’s return

April 8th, 2014 by

Hot off the press – some possible good news for fans of Steve McGarrett’s love interest, Lt. Catherine Rollins comes to us from TV Guide.  In times when death seems to be the only way out for television characters, we find out that not only does the character (played by Michelle Borth) not die, we may see her return.  Borth stepped up her role in Season 4 when Grace Park (Kono) took some time off from the series.  Die-hard fans of the McGarrett-Rollins couple nicknamed “McRoll,” now have some hope that the characters may reunite at a later date.

Michelle Borth and Alex O'Loughlin - credit: Peter Lenkov

Michelle Borth and Alex O’Loughlin – credit: Peter Lenkov

 

From TV Guide Mega Buzz

Is Catherine going to die on Hawaii Five-0— Justin
The fact that Michelle Borth’s exit from the show coincides with Steve and Catherine’s dangerous mission in the Middle East does seem ominous, right? Fortunately, I have good news! “She doesn’t die,” executive producer Peter Lenkov tells us exclusively. “She goes out spectacularly. She goes out a hero, and the door’s open for her to come back. Hopefully we’ll see her again at some point.” Relieved?

You can find more buzz about other shows here.

 

Initial overnight ratings for Fan-built Five-0

April 7th, 2014 by
Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) brings Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) up to speed. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) brings Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) up to speed.
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 fans got to see the fruits of their viewer-participation labors when the “Fan-built Five-0″ episode, “Ho’i Hou (Reunited),” aired this past Friday. In addition to the story elements voted on by viewers — Chin Ho’s High School Reunion as scene of the crime;  a macadamia nut tycoon as victim; a stiletto-heeled shoe as murder weapon; a struggling illusionist as suspect; a model rocket as evidence; a take-down in a giant maze — the writers treated us to a new chapter in the Champ Box Mystery when Steve and Danny flew to Cambodia to check out the coded  grave-site coordinates Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) found on John McGarrett’s battered old toolbox.

“Ho’i Hou” brought in a 1.3 rating and 5 share in the 18-49 demo, and won the hour in viewership — 9.52 million.  The slight drop in both total viewers and ratings compared to the last original episode, which aired on March 14th, is in all likelihood the result of the two-week “March Madness” hiatus combined with good old Spring fever; with warmer weather and more hours of evening sunlight, some viewers are probably enjoying themselves outdoors while their DVRs catch Five-0 for them.  Five-0′s biggest competitors were also down from previous weeks.

Ratings tables courtesy of Zap2it.com’s TV by the Numbers.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 4, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing 1.3/5 6.17
NBC Dateline 1.2/4 6.15
CBS Unforgettable – Season Premiere 1.0/4 7.50
FOX Kitchen Nightmares – R 0.7/3 1.93
CW Whose Line is it Anyway 0.4/2 1.46
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 0.9/3 3.94
CW Whose Line is it Anyway – R 0.4/1 1.37
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 1.9/6 7.19
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.3/5 9.52
NBC Grimm 1.3/5 4.88
FOX Raising Hope 0.6/2 1.61
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.3/1 0.77
9:30 FOX Raising Hope – Series Finale 0.6/2 1.55
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/5 11.40
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 6.33
NBC Hannibal 0.8/3 2.32

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ho’i Hou”

April 3rd, 2014 by
Every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man

Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man (photo courtesy of CBS)

Hawaii Five-0 fans are known for having strong opinions on the direction they want their favourite show to go, often sharing those views on social media. In a ground breaking move, fans have spent most of this season crafting their very own episode by voting on various elements of the show. Check out our recap here.

How do you feel about this kind of interactive television? If CBS does something like this next year, what would you like to see them do?

Watch below as the cast talk about the making of this fan built episode.

 

Beach bums may recognize guest star Krista Allen from her role as Jenna Avid on Baywatch. Watch for her at Chin’s high school reunion – former flame, perhaps? Sorry folks, doesn’t look like she will be re-enacting running down the beach in slow motion while wearing a skimpy red Baywatch bathing suit.

Another Lost actor is back on the island. Mackenzie Astin appeared in only one episode as a pivotal character from Kate’s past. Seems like once an actor works in Hawaii, the island isn’t done with them!

From CBS

YOU’VE WORKED ON THIS EPISODE ALL SEASON! NOW FAN-BUILT “FIVE-0” IS HERE! FIVE-0 INVESTIGATES WHEN THE DAUGHTER OF A MACADAMIA NUT TYCOON IS MURDERED WITH A STILETTO HEEL DURING CHIN’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 4

“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Chose From a Menu of Key Story and Production Elements for This Special Episode

Jorge Garcia Returns and Rob Corddry Guest Stars as the Fan-Voted Struggling Illusionist

“Ho’i Hou” – Five-0 investigates when the daughter of a macadamia nut tycoon is murdered with a stiletto heel during Chin’s high school reunion, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Jorge Garcia returns and Rob Corddry guest stars as the fan-voted struggling illusionist.

HAWAII FIVE-0 viewers spent this season voting on key story and production elements for this special episode, including wardrobe, music and even the episode’s title.

(“Ho’i Hou” is Hawaiian for “Reunited”)

SERIES REGULARS:

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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

 

RECURRING CAST:

Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

 

GUEST CAST:

Cecilia Brown     (Amanda Santiago)

Rob Corddry     (Tony Gibson)

Peter Shinkoda     (Alan Kim)

Krista Allen     (Nani Kahanu)

Mackenzie Astin     (Bradley Richmond)

Samantha Sloyan     (Sarah Richmond)

James Brennan     (CIA Agent Sam Connors)

Mary Anne McGarry     (Nina Johnson)

Bulldog     (AV Club Buddy)

Benjamin C. Lloyd     (HPD Uniformed Cop)

 

WRITTEN BY:     Christina M. Kim

DIRECTED BY:     Sylvain White

Five-0 fans finally have their Fan Built episode

April 1st, 2014 by
Tune in on April 4th to see how it all comes together!
(Image courtesy of CBS.com)

Procedural shows come with a built-in set of format requirements: present a case, follow the clues, and solve the case. In the case of shows with a strong action-adventure component, those elements must come with a generous helping of, well, action, which often translates into explosions, car chases, gunfights, and skin-of-the-teeth escapes. Finding new angles on those traditional action staples requires an ever-greater degree of creativity, novelty, and timeliness. Hawaii Five-0′s production and writing staff came up with an innovative and exciting way to stretch their storytelling muscles and step outside the usual story development confines: the Fan-built Five-0 episode.

Five-0 launched its viewer-participation campaign last October with a bold website announcement: “We’ll shoot HAWAII FIVE-O your way! You pick the elements, then later this season watch the episode you created!”

In some ways, the “Fan-built” campaign was like Season 3′s “you pick the killer” promotion for “Kapu,” on steroids;  but instead of  voting for their choice in a single category, viewers had the chance to vote on key story elements, props and cast wardrobe, featured musical artists, and the name of the episode.

Of the four, the story element vote was the most critical, as it established the framework on which the writers would build their story. Phase One offered six story element categories and each category consisted of seven options, as shown below. The winning option in each category is highlighted in blue.

1) Scene of the Crime
- Chin Ho’s High School Reunion
- Volcano
- Skydiving Lesson
- Motocross Race
- Luau
- Helicopter Tour
- Yoga Retreat
2) The Victim
- Ancient Hawaiian Healer
- Pro Golfer
- Celebrity Matchmaker
- Cabana Boy
- Astronaut
- Sumo Wrestler
- Macadamia Nut Tycoon
3) The Murder Weapon
- Five Inch Stiletto
- Flame Thrower
- Poisoned Jacuzzi
- Snow Shovel
- Poisonous Toad
- Tiki Torch
- Spear Gun
4) The Evidence
- Body Drained of Blood
- Jelly Fish
- Kitty Litter
- Toy Rocket
- A Missing Eyeball
- Sumarian Tiger
- A Bag of Teeth
5) The Suspect
- Hula Dancer
- Spring Breaker
- Synchronized Swimmer
- Aging Rockstar
- Personal Chef
- Race Car Driver
- Struggling Illusionist
6) The Takedown
- Sniper Hunter Robot
- Rappelling
- Scuba Diving
- ATV Chase
- Giant Maze
- Base Jumping
- Spelunking

 

The struggling illusionist, at Chin Ho Kelly’s high-school reunion, with the five-inch Stiletto; sounds like something out of a game of Clue, doesn’t it? Assembling an exciting and coherent story from this list of seemingly random elements might seem like a daunting prospect, but it really wasn’t, as the Five-0 writing team came up with the list of options to begin with. That’s not to say they didn’t have their work cut out for them, as they had no way of guessing how fans would vote. Ideally, your story elements are going to introduce the audience to new people, places, and aspects of Hawaiian culture as the plot unfolds, and some of the options were better at this than others.

 

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of '89 (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia), class of ’89
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Scene of the Crime — Chin Ho’s High School Reunion

Chin Ho’s high school reunion seems to be a great way to include Jorge Garcia’s Jerry Ortega in the story. Chin and Jerry were classmates and friends at Kukui High and Jerry, with his interest in things clandestine and conspiratorial, probably knows more than a few tales of scandal and intrigue involving their classmates.  Chin’s graduating class could very easily run the gamut from local society’s  mighty to the might-have-beens, and Steve having attended the same school, may know a few of them himself.

The Victim — Macadamia Nut Tycoon

As victims go, a macadamia nut tycoon can be played in a variety of ways, ranging from the buttoned-down Wall Street sort , the laid-back local, or all sorts in between.  Macadamia nuts are big business  in Hawaii, where they can be found enrobed in rick milk chocolate, dusted with cinnamon, crusted with Maui onion and garlic, dipped in caramel, rolled in cayenne pepper, or squeezed into an assortment of oils. Mmmm….but I digress.

 

Doctor Who's favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels (Photo courtesy of The BBC)

Doctor Who’s favorite time-traveling femme fatale, Doctor River Song (Alex Kingston) and her killer heels
(Photo courtesy of Doctor Who/The BBC)

The Murder Weapon — Five-inch Stiletto

While not something that screams “Hawaii,” the five-inch stiletto can be played at least two ways — the serious, and seriously lethal, stabbing knife, or the somewhat more frivolous stiletto-heeled shoe. Before you scoff, fans of Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary Special, “Day of the Doctor,” will be happy to point out that River Song’s towering red stiletto-heeled shoes have found a place of honor in the U.N.I.T. Black Archive, Top Secret repository of the most dangerous weapons on Earth.

As the second round of voting would show, the writers went outside the box and opted for a pair of truly killer heels. Not so frivolous a choice after all!

 

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) find an unexpected payload in a model rocket
(Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)

The Evidence — Toy Rocket

The idea of a toy rocket can be taken in several directions including the vintage toy spaceship, the model-kit version of some well-loved sci-fi starship from seventies TV,  or perhaps the scale model of NASA’s crowning achievement, the Apollo / SaturnV moon rocket. One thing they all have in common is internal space that can be used as a hiding place for small objects, as the teaser publicity photo shows.

 

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Actor and comedian Rob Corddry plays struggling illusionist Tony Gibson
(Photo courtesy of EW.com)

The Suspect — Struggling Illusionist

Sleight of hand and misdirection are the stock in trade of the magician or illusionist, and both are skills that would come in handy for someone out to commit murder. Evidence could almost literally disappear in a puff of smoke. Witnesses could have their attention focused elsewhere at a key moment. In this role we’ll have comic actor Rob Corddry going up against our team.

 

The Dole Plantation's Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, Oahu (Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu
(Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation / Oahu Concierge)

The Takedown — Giant Maze

Mention a giant maze in Hawaii, and the Dole Plantation maze in Wahiawa, O’ahu will immediately come to mind.  Billed as “the World’s Largest Maze,”  the Pineapple Garden Maze covers three acres of land and consists of two and a half miles of  pathways.  Hidden within the serpentine recesses of the maze are stencil stations; your mission is to find all the stations as quickly as possible and use each stencil to fill in a box on the card you’re given at the entrance.

Staging a climactic killer takedown in the Dole maze gives the writers and the director opportunities for exciting and spectacular, if challenging, camera and stunt work. Just imagine the camera swooping over, along, and through the sharp turns and dog-leg paths as Five-0 chases the suspect!

 

Phase 2's Wardrobe Winners -- "Dark Angel" for Kono, a "Dark and Devilish" killer heel, and "Lava Rock" for Chin Ho (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2′s Wardrobe Winners — “Dark Angel” for Kono, a “Dark and Devilish” killer heel, and “Lava Rock” for Chin Ho
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 2: Prop and Wardrobe Vote — Jan10-17, 2014

The Prop and Wardrobe Vote gave fans the chance to vote on wardrobe for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), and to vote for their choice in killer heels.

When fashionistas rave about shoes to die for, they’re generally not contemplating death by footwear. For Five-0 viewers, however, that’s just what they were voting on — their favorite pair of perilous pumps. As with Chin and Kono’s outfits, sleek lines and dark colors took first place in the form of a “Dark and Devilish” strappy peep-toe number.

Chin Ho’s reunion wardrobe was decided by viewers, with the clean and classic black suit and white shirt — “Lava Rock,” as the outfit was named — beating the other four alternates.

For Kono, the wardrobe choices were more casual and work-oriented, with a sheer black long-sleeve blouse — “Dark Angel” — taking first place.

 

Phase 3's music candidates -- Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim (Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3′s music candidates — The Black Keys, The Green, Switchfoot, and Johnnyswim
(Photos courtesy of CBS)

Phase 3: Music Vote — Feb 14-21, 2014

Phase 3 of the voting campaign allowed viewers to pick their favorite artist for inclusion in the episode’s soundtrack. Most often, popular artists and songs are featured in what has become a Hawaii Five-0 signature — a montage of beautiful people swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding and generally enjoying themselves at the beach and in the crystal-clear tropical waters.

Viewers were given four candidates for inclusion in the Fan-built episode: The Black Keys album “El Camino;” The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13;” Switchfoot’s “Fading West;” and the Johnnyswim album “Heart Beats.” Sample tracks were provided for all four artists, with “Good One” from The Green’s “Hawai’i ’13″ coming in as the fan favorite.

 

 

Phase 4: Episode Title Vote — Mar 7-14, 2014

Phase 4 of the Fan-built Five-0 project allowed viewers to pick the name of the season’s eighteenth episode. The five options were:

- Po’ina ‘Ole (Never Forgotten)
- Ho’i Hou (Reunited)
- Pa’a i ke au (Stuck in Time)
- He ha’ina ‘ino (Deadly Confession)
- Hua’a ‘ia (Unearthed)

Since viewers picked “Ho’i Hou (Reunited)” as their favorite for the title of Hawaii Five-0′s very first Fan-Built Five-0, we can only hope to see Chin Ho and Jerry perform the classic duet made famous by Peaches and Herb.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this history-making chapter of television history on Friday, April 4th!

 

 

Hawaii Five-0′s own shrimp truck king

March 26th, 2014 by
Taylor WIly welcomes one and all with a shaka and a plate of mouth-watering, garlicky heaven (Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Taylor Wily welcomes one and all with a shaka and a plate of mouth-watering, garlicky heaven
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

When Hawaii Five-0 fans visit O’ahu, they usually bring a show-influenced “To Do” list with them. In addition to all the familiar establishing-shot exteriors of famous landmarks, there’s a culinary side to that list: Liliha Bakery for Coco Puffs, the sinfully decadent chocolate and pastry treats introduced to Danny by Chin Ho Kelly; Leonard’s for Malasadas; and Rainbow Drive-in for Steve McGarrett’s favorite take-out treat, Loco Moco. To complete the tour of Five-0′s culinary Crown Jewels, however, a drive up to the North Shore and Hale’iwa is essential, for that is where you will find Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, and the creme de la creme of the highly competitive shrimp truck trade.

Ahhh, those shrimp trucks. Some swear by Giovanni’s; others make a beeline for Macky’s (star Alex O’Loughlin swears by them). Both offer variations on the theme of succulent jumbo shrimp, two scoops white rice, and green salad. My favorite is Macky’s O’Loughlin-recommended trademark garlic butter shrimp plate — a generous handful of the delectable creatures the size of young lobsters, all glistening with salty butter and chunks of golden, melt-in-your-mouth garlic. I lose all sense of decorum when faced with a plate of that buttery, garlicky glory. (Seriously, Shakespeare would write sonnets about these garlic butter shrimp plates!)

Five-0′s very own ambitious entrepreneur, Kamekona, started in shave ice before branching out into the shrimp truck trade, and his alter ego, Taylor Wily, recently followed his example, opening his own trademark Big T’s Shrimp Truck.

There’s no mistaking Big T’s truck, not with the colorful and eye-catching artwork and Taylor’s welcoming smile and ever-present shaka spanning the length of the vehicle, and setting up housekeeping in the covered parking lot of Hilo Hattie’s flagship store on Nimitz Highway puts Big T’s Shrimp Truck in the perfect location. Hilo Hattie offers an impressive selection of locally-made Aloha wear, tee-shirts, souvenirs, artwork, and foodstuffs, and as most of the store’s off-island clientele undoubtedly have seen Hawaii Five-0, finding Big T’s truck waiting for them outside the store is a win/win situation.

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Hilo Hattie and Big T’s Shrimp Truck — two great Island “tastes” that taste great together!
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Taylor’s new venture recently caught the attention of both the Star Advertiser’s Nadine Kam and The Tasty Island food blog’s Pomai.

While Taylor drops in whenever his schedule permits, Big T’s Shrimp Truck is manned full time by Wily’s cousin Les Kekahuna. Raised in Kahuku, home of O’ahu’s extensive shrimp aquaculture industry, Kekahuna grew up surrounded by folks dabbling in the shrimp plate trade. “Before Giovanni’s made it commercial, the locals were already doing it,” he told the Star Advertiser’s Kam.

Kam’s article goes on to list details of Big T’s hours, menu, and prices.

“Shrimp lovers will find Big T’s shrimp truck at home at the Hilo Hattie flagship store on Nimitz Highway from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, offering a range of plates from $8 minis, $12 full plates to $13 for the popular creamy scampi. Options include butter garlic, sweet and spicy, hot and spicy, or firecracker, ” said Kam.

The Tasty Island’s Pomai shares a memorable and vivid description of one of Big T’s more popular menu items, the shrimp scampi plate:

Succulent shrimp scampi on a bed of rice and cole slaw. Brok' da mout'! (Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

Succulent shrimp scampi on a bed of rice and cole slaw. Brok’ da mout’!
(Photo courtesy of The Tasty Island)

“Let’s try da’ Scampi…

Brah. Whoah Brah. Cuz’n braddah. Braddah Cuz. Whoah bully, MEAN! Mean, da’ Shrimp Scampi, bull, MEAN!

Seriously, WOW! That Scampi sauce is to DIE FOR! Braddah Wil, you nailed this! Chef Wil said his Shrimp Scampi sauce is the basic formulation of butter, white wine, garlic and Parmesan Cheese, plus of course a dash here and there of his “secret ingrediments”. Dude, I could like just as well pour this Scampi sauce into my bathtub and soak in it, it’s THAT ONO!

Let’s try da’ Cole Slaw…

Perfect, pretty much back-to-basics ‘Slaw, with the cabbage and carrots cut just right, having a nice balance of mayo’, vinegar and sugar (or whatever Chef Wil uses to that formula), along with the ever-important dash of fresh-cracked black.

Plus he drizzles the remnants of that prepared-to-order, AMAZING Shrimp Scampi sauce on da’ scoops of perfectly cooked white rice as well. Pro, baby, pro!

$12 may seem a bit steep for a daily plate lunch, however that’s the going rate at most shrimp trucks on the North Shore of Oahu, where the genre earned its popularity. Plus, keep in mind Kauai shrimp aren’t exactly cheap, running about $10/pound in Costco. And oh, I forgot to say, them Kauai shrimp are SU-weet! Oh man are they sweet, and so tender and flavorful. I swear, we’re so lucky in Hawaii to have such great locally-farmed seafood such as Kauai Shrimp, amongst more.”

With a recommendation like that, how can you resist?

…and now I’m craving one of those shrimp scampi plates like a joneser. Wonder if Big T can FedEx?