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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 “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


“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”)


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)



Taylor Wily     (Kamekona)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)



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

A Peek Behind the Scenes with Peter Lenkov

January 23rd, 2014 by

Last week, TV critics were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Five-0 writers’ room by executive producer, Peter Lenkov. There they learned the process of building each episode which includes 8 days of preproduction prep, 8 days of filming followed by several days of post production. Over 200 people from Hawaii and Los Angeles are involved in the process.

“Shooting a show in Hawaii, you need a lot more lead time,” he says. “The resources aren’t the same as you would have here in Los Angeles, so some stuff has to be shipped over.” (from Courier-Islander)


Peter Lenkov giving a tour at the  Television Critics Association Studio Day

On this day, Australia-born actor Alex O’Loughlin — who plays Hawaiian special forces Lt.-Cmdr. Steve McGarrett — crashes the Skype call to wave and banter long distance with critics. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Canadian-American actress Grace Park also star on the series.

For more on the behind the scenes tour check out Courier-Islander

Officer 808 talks Hawaii Five-0 on the air with Mike Buck

October 1st, 2013 by
Alex O'Loughlin and Chi McBride have a stare-down

Photo: CBS

Check out my talk story session with radio talk show host Mike Buck from AM690 KHNR which aired yesterday morning.  We discuss “Aloha kekahi i kekahi” and Sunset on the Beach!  Unfortunately special guest Mark Dacascos was not able to call into the show, but promised to do so in the future.

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, September 30, 2013 for “Aloha kekahi i kekahi”

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

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!

Lucky fan catches live Hawaii Five-0 filming near airport

July 22nd, 2013 by

Undercover Special Agent Madjack caught the Hawaii Five-0 team in action near the airport the other week.  Check out the pics!

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 DVD and BluRay release dates announced

June 25th, 2013 by
H50 Season 3 DVD box art

Catch the Season 3 DVD wave on September 24th!
(DVD set cover art courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment)

CBS Home Entertainment has announced the release dates for DVD and BluRay versions of Hawaii Five-0′s Season 3 box sets.

As reported by David Lambert of tvshowsondvd.com, both DVD and BluRay sets will be released on September 24th.

“CBS Home Entertainment has today announced that Hawaii Five-0 – The 3rd Season is coming to DVD ($64.99 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc ($72.99 SRP) on September 24th. Bonus material for these sets will consist of Audio Commentary Tracks on selected episodes (by the likes of Peter Weller, Glen Olson, Rod Baker, Joe Halpin, Peter Lenkov, Alex O’Loughlin, and Grace Park), Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, Alternate Endings for Kapu (Forbidden), and Featurettes called “Short Lines,” “Aloha Action!,” “Script to Screen” and “Hawaii Five-Over The Whole Wide World.” Additionally, the Blu-ray version will have some Easter Eggs hidden on it.”

Amazon.com is currently listing the DVD set at a pre-order price of $45.49, with the BluRay set available for pre-order at $65.69.

H50 Season 3 BluRay cover art

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 BluRay set surfs into your living room on September 24th.
(BluRay cover art courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment)

Peter Lenkov holds Master Class at Banff World Media Festival

June 25th, 2013 by
Peter Lenkov chats with Michael Schneider of TV Guide

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov chats with TV Guide’s Michael Schneider during his Master Session at the Banff World Media Festival.
(Photo courtesy of CBS and the Banff World Media Festival)

Hawaii Five-0′s Peter Lenkov was a featured speaker at the recent Banff World Media Festival. His fifty-minute Master Class session is presented below in the form of a  Youtube video. Conducted by Michael Schneider of TV Guide, the interview-style session covers topics ranging from Lenkov’s formative years in Montreal, his early days in Hollywood, and his highly successful and popular reboot of CBS’s iconic Hawaii Five-0.

Lenkov largely attributes the show’s success to the cast and the job they’ve done with their characters, going on to say that viewers come back week after week because they like these characters.  It is also interesting to note that Lenkov views the relationship and dynamic between McGarrett and Danno as “the engine” that drives the show, and that Scott Caan’s eleventh-hour casting as Danny Williams proved to be “lightning in a bottle.” Schneider adds that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park bring “geek cred” to the show thanks to their roles on LOST and Battlestar Galactica.

The official Festival introductory text for Lenkov’s session has this to say:

“Ho’olu komo la kaua (please join us) in welcoming Hawaii Five-0′s showrunner Peter Lenkov as he discusses his successful reboot of this iconic series that acts as an anchor to CBS’ Monday night line-up.

In this interview, he will take an in-depth look at what it takes to create a show with global appeal and to maintain its success in a very competitive television landscape.

He will also discuss how marketing a show and bringing the storytelling to the second screen is an important element in building awareness and engaging audiences. His vast producing career also includes executive producing another hugely popularly CBS global franchise series CSI: NY.”

Hawaii Five-0: Master Class with Peter Lenkov at BANFF 2013
(Duration: 50:51 minutes)
Published on Jun 15, 2013

Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim shares favorite scenes of Season 3

May 6th, 2013 by

As part of their season-end promotion, CBS asked Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim to pick his three favorite scenes of the past season. Kim’s choices, and his thoughts on each, are linked below at the CBS website.

Danny (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) talk about Malia

A grieving Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) tells Danny (Scott Caan) about the first time he met Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) on the beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
(Image courtesy of CBS)


Telling Danno About the First Time He Met Malia

“This was a favorite because it was a totally unguarded moment between two characters. Most of the time, we see team members’ interactions centered around a case, but here Chin got a chance to open up to Danny about something deeply personal. It was nice to see his vulnerable side, as well as Danno’s.”

Link to video — http://www.cbs.com/shows/season-rewind/stars-favorite-moments/video/daniel/10


Final Fight With Kaleo

“This was a standout to me mainly because I so enjoy working with Jason and Will. They are both such talented, generous actors and there was such a natural rapport with both of them. It’s a very rare thing when Asian American actors are able to share the screen together in a non-stereotypical way, and I’m proud of 5-0 for creating those opportunities week after week.”

Link to video — http://www.cbs.com/shows/season-rewind/stars-favorite-moments/video/daniel/11


Malia’s Death

“These scenes were meaningful to me because they represented such deep, unmitigated loss. For an actor, they can be some of the most difficult, yet rewarding scenes to play. Taking something as intensely personal as the loss of a loved one and allowing it to be shared with millions of viewers is part of what makes TV so powerful as a storytelling medium.”

Link to video — http://www.cbs.com/shows/season-rewind/stars-favorite-moments/video/daniel/12