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Hawaii Five-0 season 5 premieres in Waikiki!

September 17th, 2014 by

The wave of excitement for the new season of Hawaii Five-0 hadn’t lost any energy over the summer as thousands packed Waikiki Beach for a glimpse of the stars and a preview of the season 5 premiere.  The crowd cheered the stars as they made their way down the red carpet in advance of watching the episode a full two weeks ahead of the rest of the country.  Once again, I was fortunate enough to cover the event for the Hawaii Five-0 Undercover blog, and went toe to toe with the actors to ask the about the upcoming season.

Excitement was high amongst the cast and crew.  They were in the middle of filming their 100th episode, a huge milestone for any show.

Show runner Peter Lenkov and executive producer Alex Kurtzman were especially excited.

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov.

Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov.

So Peter, Alex, you’re filming your hundredth episode.  Are you ready for a hundred more?
Alex K: ABSOLUTELY!
Peter: Maybe he is!
Alex K: It’s the greatest thing ever, we’re so grateful for the fans and Hawaii, and I’m grateful to Peter, ’cause he’s been killing it for 100 episodes.
Peter: You know how hard we work, we’re so passionate about this, it’s a big deal for us to get to a 100 episodes.  Just the fact that people followed us and started watching the show again knowing the original lasted for 12 years…just look at this, it’s humbling.

You’ve done the “pick the culprit” episode, the fan written episode, and cross overs, how are you going to keep it fresh this year?
Peter:  We have one that connects to the original Five-0 that’s going to blow everyone away, we can’t tell you more, but it’s going to be spectacular!
Amy Bakari:  Is it like the “Hookman” episode?
Peter:  ”Hookman” is old news for us, this is going to be bigger!

One of the many ways that Lenkov, Kurtzman, and the writers keep Five-0 rooted in Hawaiian lifestyle and culture is the prominence of locals in the shows.   Whether a guest role or recurring regular, Hawaii has no shortage of talent.  I spoke to a few of them, all of whom were thankful of the opportunity of being part of something as big as Five-0.

Shawn Garnett plays “Flippa”, Kamekona’s cousin.   Shawn is a fan favorite, since he frequently responds to them on twitter.  ”That’s the biggest thing for me,” Shawn told me.  ”The twitter followers, they come to check me out at the show!”  Shawn is a talented musician, already out with an EP on itunes, and performs regularly at MonkeyPod Kitchen at Ko’olina.

Another local entertainment veteran, Al Harrington (“Mamo”) was there on the red carpet.  Every time Mamo comes back, he introduces a gem of knowledge of Hawaiian culture.   I asked Al what can we expect from the one episode he’s filmed so far for the season.

Al:  We’re going to talk about the development of the waves, and how we learn to surf them, and how the kids learn to surf them.  I had this time to work a scene with Grace Park.  What a joy it was to work with her.  I think she surfs her own scenes! (Editors note: Grace does not surf.)

Filming the hundredth episode saw the return of some familiar faces from the past.  Character actor William Sadler who plays John McGarrett, was in town to film the episode.  Peter referred to him as the “hardest working dead guy” in Hawaii.

Veteran actor William Sadler portrays John McGarrett,

Veteran actor William Sadler portrays John McGarrett,

So you’re here filming the 100th episode?
Bill:  Yes! Papa John’s back in the house!

You’re in the first episode and the 100th episode, you see all the fans here, how does that make you feel?  
Bill:  I never get jaded… you start to get jaded, but then you look at these  faces [in the crowd] …they’re not jaded.  This is a big deal for them.

Are there any McGarrett family secrets that you can divulge?
Bill:  For someone who’s dead, I come back an awful lot…like a bad penny.  I’m very well preserved!  I had a fun time filming this episode.  I got to work with a lot of children….and that’s all I can tell you!

Working on the hundredth episode certainly wasn’t lost on local veteran actor Dennis Chun, who plays Duke Lukela.
What’s new Dennis?
Dennis:  Just trying to be Duke and trying to keep Hawaii safe.

This is the 100th episode you’re currently filming, how big is it for you?
We had a very special evening last night with.  We discussed how fortunate we were that twice, Hawaii Five-0 hit one hundred episodes. and that there’s a magic in the franchise, with Leonard Freeman as the creator, that is carried on by the people today.  I think about Dad [Kam Fong Chun on the original Five-0] and how hard he worked, and here we are again!

Local actor Dennis Chun

Local actor Dennis Chun

How long was your father in?
Dennis:  The first 10 seasons.

Well, you’re catching up!
Dennis:  I got a loooong way to go!

Although this is my fourth year covering the event, this was actually the first time that I got to speak to the beautiful, and talented Grace Park.  Little did I know that she has a great sense of humor!  With Hawaii Five-0 losing Michelle Borth as a regular, the amount of  femme-fighting-power significantly decreased.  I asked Grace what she thought about women not having any staying power on the show.

Grace: I know!  How do we keep them on the show, that’s what I’m trying to do!!  It’s not like we plan on it.  We always want to have more women!  When we knew we were going to add one more to the main four, we could go man or woman, and we wanted a woman.

She went on to say that there were a slew of factors that determine who stays and who goes – including the writing, the network, and fan response.

Grace: [when a new actor/actress comes on board] they do their best, they’re always lovely, and we love them, [but] there are so many things that are out of your control.  So I started to think, are we going to try [to bring another female] anymore , or are we gun-shy? But we definitely want to make sure we have some women on the show.

Grace Park at Sunset on the Beach

Grace Park at Sunset on the Beach

Grace’s character Kono, may have finally found true love, albeit with Adam Noshimuri, heir apparent of a notorious Yakuza crime family, played by Ian Anthony Dale.  Kono’s cousin Chin hasn’t had any luck in love.  Will Kono and Adam fare better?

Ian:  You’ll get to see a little sneak peek tonight.  At the middle of season 4, Kono finds Adam and brings him home and things seem happily ever after.  This season starts out the same, but Adam’s past, its a very dark past, he’s got some bad history.  I think it’s gonna creep up on him.  This show’s about drama, and we can’t have drama without conflict, I imagine.

In the fourth season of Hawaii Five-0 Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) was cast as conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega. Garcia fit in so well with the cast, and was so popular with the fans that he’s been brought back in season 5 to reprise his role.

Jorge Garcia ('Lost') plays Jerry Ortega on Five-0

Jorge Garcia (‘Lost’) plays Jerry Ortega on Five-0

So the Island isn’t done with you after all?
Jorge:
 Every time I’ve come back as a guest on the show I had this feeling like I was coming home, so now it’s so nice to be a part and settle in with everybody.

Do you feel like kama’aina [local] by now?
Totally.  I still have my old IDs, so I’m gonna start working on getting my kama’aina discounts!

With Hawaii Five-0 being in Hawaii and Lost being on a tropical island, do you have a hard time shaking the Hurley vibe or have you hit your stride with Jerry?
Well Jerry’s got a little bit of Hurley in him I guess,  but in a way that Hurley has a bit of me in him.  But Jerry’s definitely got his own little thing going  and what he gets really into, and he gets excited about is kind of another side of me.

Jorge added at the end that although it wasn’t up to him, he’d love to see more “Lost” cast members reunited on Five-0.  I have a feeling the viewers agree!

Alex O’Loughlin was the last to walk down the red carpet, and it was hard to be heard over the screaming women around me. (They may have been shouting my name, but I can’t be certain.)  O’Loughlin has to be one of the hardest working guys in Hawaii – sometimes filming six straight days, attending charity functions (such as the recent Hawaii ALS walk) on weekends, plus his roles as father and husband.

Alex O'Loughlin - Sunset on the Beach 2014

Alex O’Loughlin – Sunset on the Beach 2014

Alex, how do you manage your work life balance with everything you’ve got going?
Alex:  It’s very difficult playing the lead in a huge show and having any sort of life, because when you sign that contract you forfeit any sort of life.  It’s very difficult, and that’s  my greatest battle, to maintain balance, but my children and my wife are my priority at all times.  Its hard man, to have both, but I’m grateful we’ve been able to sort it out and make it to 100!

Before Alex walked on, I let him know that the “H50 ALS Warrirors” helped to raise $4400 on behalf of Hawaii
Five-0 fans worldwide.  He smiled broadly and said, “That makes me very happy, man.  Send them my Aloha.”

After the red carpet was rolled up, the Peter andAlex K acknowledged the writers, directors and crew of the show, who works hard making each episode happen.  Daniel Dae Kim took the microphone for a few minutes to explain the statistics of how rare it is for a show to reach 100 episodes.  Last, Alex thanked the locals for allowing Five-0 to use their houses and neighborhoods for the show.

The lights finally went dim and the show started.  All I can say is that everyone will be happy with the episode, laughs police chases and a spectacular end sequences that’ll make you look at Waikiki in a different way.

Well Hawaii Five-0, congrats on making 100 episodes, here’s to 100 more!

 

 

A Guide to Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach 5

September 12th, 2014 by
Alex O'Loughlin at Sunset on the Beach Season 3 - Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Alex O’Loughlin at Sunset on the Beach Season 3 – Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

 

It will be a double your pleasure celebration on Waikiki Beach this weekend. Sunset on the Beach has become an annual tradition to launch the season premiere of Hawaii Five-0. This year, the cast and crew will also be celebrating the 100th episode – an impressive milestone for any show. For the first time since Season 2, Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are all expected to be walking the red carpet! They will be joined by executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci as well as fellow cast mates Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Dennis Chun, Shawn Garnett, Teilor Grubbs, Al Harrington and William Sadler.

Itinerary (listed in Hawaii Standard Time)

6:00pm – Red Carpet on the Beach – Expect photo ops, press interviews and maybe, just maybe, a chance for a brief interaction with your favourite Hawaii Five-0 star.

7:00pm – Premiere Screening - Lucky attendees will get a the first look at the season 5 premiere – a whole two weeks before it airs on CBS!

Immediately following the Premiere – A live stage performance by Bush.

(You can use this time conversion tool to determine when the festivities begin in your local timezone)

Online Streaming

For those not lucky enough to be able to attend in person, you can stream coverage of the Red Carpet courtesy of Honolulu Star Advertiser. We will provide a link when one becomes available. Note – the streaming will not be behind the Star Advertiser paywall – it will be provided for free.

If you’re on Twitter:

Hashtags to follow and use: #H50 #SOTBH504 #SOTB

The Honolulu Pulse is running a live blog.

Also, give @honolulupulse, @CrankyDad, @erinsmith808, @StarTGIF and @StarChristie a follow. They will be live tweeting from the red carpet!

#H50 twitter accounts to follow:

@PLenkov  @danieldaekim  @masioka  @jorgegarcia

You can also access all Star Advertiser premium content for 14 days at the low price of $1.99!

Hawaii Five-0 Fanbook update!

August 26th, 2014 by

If you’ve been following this story you know that Undercover Agent Zoe will have a chance to visit the set of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 this September!  Not just content to enjoy the experience for herself, Zoe wanted to include others by collecting fan offerings for Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Scott Caan et al, to compile in a book which will be presented to the cast when she arrives in Hawaii.

If you haven’t already sent your submission, we’re afraid it’s too late to do so now.  Zoe is providing us with an “in the final stretch” update below.  Any questions you have, may be sent to her at H50fanbook@gmx.com.

We can’t wait to see the final product!

Photo: CBS

Photo: CBS

 


 

From Undercover Agent Zoe

Final update for you…

Thank you everyone who has put their time into this – in the last 48 hours alone I had around 60 new submissions. I have tried my best to respond to everyone so you know I have received your entries. I’m in to the 100s now for separate entries so there is a chance some may have slipped through my reply list.

I will be editing the book towards the end of this week before sending it off to get printed. When I return from Hawaii (after 25th September) I will make the book available for download – the reason I am waiting until after the trip is so the cast and crew do not see the final book online beforehand.

I have also had a number of people approach me to ask whether they are able to purchase a hard copy of the book. I am looking into the best way of doing this and will email everyone who has participated once a solution is decided on.

I’d also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Terry and Jason because without their support this would not have been possible. Mahalo Guys!!

Final week for Hawaii Five-0 Worldwide Fanbook submissions

August 19th, 2014 by
Photo:  CBS

Photo: CBS

 

From Undercover Agent Zoe

Week 2 updates below:

ONE WEEK TO GO, HAWAII FIVE-0 FANS!
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN!
If you want to do anything for the book please please please email them in now! I have tons of stuff for Alex, but I know there are lots of Daniel Dae Kim, Grace and Scott fans out there (plus others!!!)
It doesn’t have to be fancy or an essay – just a simple thank you plus a picture of your favorite character or scene will be just as perfect.
Email only please, guys – I can’t track entries on Twitter or in the comments on the website.
Get thinking, get creative, tell the cast and crew your opinions!!   :)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Week 1 Updates:

Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to submit something to the fanbook. I have now responded to everyone whose email I have received. If you haven’t had a response then it means I haven’t received the email so please let us know if you think I have missed you!

We still need everyone’s input to make this a rounded experience for all of the cast and crew. I would also really like to hear from local fans in Hawaii as well – especially if you have been part of any of the events that the 5-0 team have done (such as the fan breakfast, charity events etc) please please get in touch!

If there are any artists out there that have done drawings of the cast I would really like to be able to include these in the book – with permission, of course.
Fansites – I would like to include pages for you as well, as you are the fans sources of information – please get in touch with anything you would like to include.

There are 2 weeks until the deadline! Monday 25th August.

Questions? Queries? Requests? Please email me at H50fanbook@gmx.com

____________________________________________________________________________________

Friend of the blog, Undercover Agent Zoe approached us a few weeks ago with a brilliant idea.  She told us she’d be on the set of Hawaii Five-0 to watch filming in September, and mentioned that she wished she could share the experience with everyone.  She came up with an idea that allows fans to leave a thankful and lasting impression on the cast and crew of our favorite show.  I’ll let Zoe explain it all in her own words!

Please note, Zoe is handling ALL communications, not 50undercover.com.  For all questions and submissions, contact her at the email address below.

Now, have fun!!


Hawaii Five-0, People's Choice Awards
Calling all H50 fans!

Many of you know that earlier in the year that CharityBuzz was auctioning off Hawaii Five-0 set visits to a few lucky winners. My wonderful husband bid and won one of these, so we are heading back to Hawaii to pop on to set! I feel incredibly fortunate, as I know so many fans would simply love the same opportunity.  This got me to thinking of how to share the experience with fans worldwide.

I thought it might be a nice opportunity for us fans to give something back to the cast and crew, so I thought of creating a Worldwide Fanbook that I can give to the cast and crew when the visit occurs. The premise behind the book is the celebration of 100 completed episodes. This should be a positive experience, and a show of appreciation. Focus on what you DO like about the show and showing your appreciation for that.   I will have the final edit on what is included in the printed book. I want to make this clear from the outset that anything inappropriate will not be included.  This is not the avenue to declare your dislike of a character, nor is it a suggestion box for your take on where the storyline should go (to cite a few examples).

 

So what I am looking for from you…

Name:

Nationality:

Twitter/Email Contact Info:

What can you include (not limited to):

  • Personal accounts of cast/crew meetings
  • Stories from SOTB / Fan Meet Ups / Fan Breakfast etc.
  • How cast/crew have inspired you
  • Personal message of THANKS J
  • Photographs
    • Personal pics with cast/crew
    • BTS Photos
    • Favourite Scenes (and why they are so!)
    • Collages
    • Memes/Quotes
    • Drawings
    • SOTB photos
    • 5-0 shrines (you get the idea…)
  • GET CREATIVE!

Email your entries/questions to H50FanBook@gmx.com no later than Monday 25th August.

I really do need everyone’s help to make this possible so please share this around and let’s create something special. Thank you!

-Undercover Agent Zoe

Update 8-11-12: Be a part of Hawaii Five-0 fan history!

August 11th, 2014 by

From Undercover Agent Zoe

Week 1 Updates:

Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to submit something to the fanbook. I have now responded to everyone whose email I have received. If you haven’t had a response then it means I haven’t received the email so please let us know if you think I have missed you!

We still need everyone’s input to make this a rounded experience for all of the cast and crew. I would also really like to hear from local fans in Hawaii as well – especially if you have been part of any of the events that the 5-0 team have done (such as the fan breakfast, charity events etc) please please get in touch!

If there are any artists out there that have done drawings of the cast I would really like to be able to include these in the book – with permission, of course.
Fansites – I would like to include pages for you as well, as you are the fans sources of information – please get in touch with anything you would like to include.

There are 2 weeks until the deadline! Monday 25th August.

Questions? Queries? Requests? Please email me at H50fanbook@gmx.com

____________________________________________________________________________________

Original post

Friend of the blog, Undercover Agent Zoe approached us a few weeks ago with a brilliant idea.  She told us she’d be on the set of Hawaii Five-0 to watch filming in September, and mentioned that she wished she could share the experience with everyone.  She came up with an idea that allows fans to leave a thankful and lasting impression on the cast and crew of our favorite show.  I’ll let Zoe explain it all in her own words! Please note, Zoe is handling ALL communications, not 50undercover.com.  For all questions and submissions, contact her at the email address below. Now, have fun!!


Hawaii Five-0, People's Choice Awards Calling all H50 fans! Many of you know that earlier in the year that CharityBuzz was auctioning off Hawaii Five-0 set visits to a few lucky winners. My wonderful husband bid and won one of these, so we are heading back to Hawaii to pop on to set! I feel incredibly fortunate, as I know so many fans would simply love the same opportunity.  This got me to thinking of how to share the experience with fans worldwide. I thought it might be a nice opportunity for us fans to give something back to the cast and crew, so I thought of creating a Worldwide Fanbook that I can give to the cast and crew when the visit occurs. The premise behind the book is the celebration of 100 completed episodes. This should be a positive experience, and a show of appreciation. Focus on what you DO like about the show and showing your appreciation for that.   I will have the final edit on what is included in the printed book. I want to make this clear from the outset that anything inappropriate will not be included.  This is not the avenue to declare your dislike of a character, nor is it a suggestion box for your take on where the storyline should go (to cite a few examples).   So what I am looking for from you… Name: Nationality: Twitter/Email Contact Info: What can you include (not limited to):

  • Personal accounts of cast/crew meetings
  • Stories from SOTB / Fan Meet Ups / Fan Breakfast etc.
  • How cast/crew have inspired you
  • Personal message of THANKS J
  • Photographs
    • Personal pics with cast/crew
    • BTS Photos
    • Favourite Scenes (and why they are so!)
    • Collages
    • Memes/Quotes
    • Drawings
    • SOTB photos
    • 5-0 shrines (you get the idea…)
  • GET CREATIVE!

Email your entries/questions to H50FanBook@gmx.com no later than Monday 25th August. I really do need everyone’s help to make this possible so please share this around and let’s create something special. Thank you! -Undercover Agent Zoe

Update 8-11-12: Be a part of Hawaii Five-0 fan history!

August 5th, 2014 by
Week 1 Updates:

Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to submit something to the fanbook. I have now responded to everyone whose email I have received. If you haven’t had a response then it means I haven’t received the email so please let us know if you think I have missed you!

We still need everyone’s input to make this a rounded experience for all of the cast and crew. I would also really like to hear from local fans in Hawaii as well – especially if you have been part of any of the events that the 5-0 team have done (such as the fan breakfast, charity events etc) please please get in touch!

If there are any artists out there that have done drawings of the cast I would really like to be able to include these in the book – with permission, of course.
Fansites – I would like to include pages for you as well, as you are the fans sources of information – please get in touch with anything you would like to include.

There are 2 weeks until the deadline! Monday 25th August.

Questions? Queries? Requests? Please email me at H50fanbook@gmx.com

____________________________________________________________________________________

Friend of the blog, Undercover Agent Zoe approached us a few weeks ago with a brilliant idea.  She told us she’d be on the set of Hawaii Five-0 to watch filming in September, and mentioned that she wished she could share the experience with everyone.  She came up with an idea that allows fans to leave a thankful and lasting impression on the cast and crew of our favorite show.  I’ll let Zoe explain it all in her own words!

Please note, Zoe is handling ALL communications, not 50undercover.com.  For all questions and submissions, contact her at the email address below.

Now, have fun!!


Hawaii Five-0, People's Choice Awards
Calling all H50 fans!

Many of you know that earlier in the year that CharityBuzz was auctioning off Hawaii Five-0 set visits to a few lucky winners. My wonderful husband bid and won one of these, so we are heading back to Hawaii to pop on to set! I feel incredibly fortunate, as I know so many fans would simply love the same opportunity.  This got me to thinking of how to share the experience with fans worldwide.

I thought it might be a nice opportunity for us fans to give something back to the cast and crew, so I thought of creating a Worldwide Fanbook that I can give to the cast and crew when the visit occurs. The premise behind the book is the celebration of 100 completed episodes. This should be a positive experience, and a show of appreciation. Focus on what you DO like about the show and showing your appreciation for that.   I will have the final edit on what is included in the printed book. I want to make this clear from the outset that anything inappropriate will not be included.  This is not the avenue to declare your dislike of a character, nor is it a suggestion box for your take on where the storyline should go (to cite a few examples).

 

So what I am looking for from you…

Name:

Nationality:

Twitter/Email Contact Info:

What can you include (not limited to):

  • Personal accounts of cast/crew meetings
  • Stories from SOTB / Fan Meet Ups / Fan Breakfast etc.
  • How cast/crew have inspired you
  • Personal message of THANKS J
  • Photographs
    • Personal pics with cast/crew
    • BTS Photos
    • Favourite Scenes (and why they are so!)
    • Collages
    • Memes/Quotes
    • Drawings
    • SOTB photos
    • 5-0 shrines (you get the idea…)
  • GET CREATIVE!

Email your entries/questions to H50FanBook@gmx.com no later than Monday 25th August.

I really do need everyone’s help to make this possible so please share this around and let’s create something special. Thank you!

-Undercover Agent Zoe

H50 Summer Scanner – August 2, 2014

August 2nd, 2014 by

 

I had the great pleasure of attending San Diego Comic Con on behalf of Hawaii Five-0 Undercover this past weekend. SDCC, as it is commonly know, is a mecca for all things entertainment – from TV and movies, to comics and video games. At this year’s SDCC, CBS had a much smaller presence than past years. Hawaii Five-0 has not been featured there since it’s first season, however executive producing duo, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman did attend to promote their new show, Scorpion.

Peter Lenkov with Bob Orci Photo: CBS

Peter Lenkov with Bob Orci
Photo: CBS

Scorpion features super geniuses brought together to fight terrorists and other miscreants. The team will be headed up by Robert Patrick of True Blood, as well as the short lived Hawaii-filmed, The Last Resort. Since Scorpion will also air on CBS, Orci and Kurtzman were asked about a crossover with Hawaii Five-0.

“Oh wow, I hadn’t even thought of that! I think it’s a great idea,”  Kurtzman told Nerdist.  Orci emphatically jumped in, “Why not? Done!”

Scorpion premieres Sept. 22, 2-14. Check out the preview released at SDCC below.

 

Alex Kurtzman will also be directing a major motion picture for Universal. Kurtzman has paired up with Chris Morgan to create a “cinematic universe” centered around The Mummy reboot. Orci and Kurtzman worked on the script for the new film along with Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman is also set to direct the Spiderman spin-off Venom while Orci will be sitting in the directors chair for Star Trek 3. The Mummy is set to be released April 22, 2016. With all the future projects this duo has going on, you can bet they will be staples at SDCC for years to come.

Peter Lenkov with Alex Kurtzman Photo credit: 50undercover.com

Peter Lenkov with Alex Kurtzman
Photo credit: 50undercover.com

Side note – Fans of Kono and Adam will be please to know that Ian Anthony Dale tweeted this week that he is back in Hawaii filming Hawaii Five-0. Dale will be appearing in episode 3 this season. No word (yet) on if he will be seen later in the season.

Ian Anthony Dale posted this photo on Instagram

Ian Anthony Dale posted this photo on Instagram

Hawaii Five-0 helps repair the state’s aging film studio

July 28th, 2014 by

In 2012 when developer Marshal Hung purchased the Honolulu Advertiser building to turn it into luxury condos, the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew found themselves booted right out of their home of three years.  CBS’ search for a new location revealed few properties offering the space needed to film a major network production on the island of Oahu.

When the show landed at the same soundstage where Jack Lord and the original Hawaii Five-O called home, it sounded like a nice bit of synchronicity, but few fans were aware of the state of disrepair of the property.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Mike Gordon reports on just what the network has done, not only for Hawaii Five-0, but for the state of Hawaii and any future residents of the studios at Diamond Head. Reading the story, it’s difficult to believe that employees of ABC’s Lost and Last Resort worked in these conditions.  We’re glad to see that CBS is willing to put out the money necessary to make the complex a better home for stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, and Daniel Dae Kim, as well as the many behind-the-scenes employees who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making Hawaii Five-0 a success.

KITV

Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head Photo: KITV

From Mike Gordon (@crankydad on Twitter)

When the state film office asked lawmakers in 2012 for money to repair the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the request came with a stark admonishment: In its condition at the time, the facility was “an embarrassment to Hawaii’s film industry and a liability to the state.”

The air-conditioning system in the primary soundstage often stopped working, the large barn doors on a building that houses a tank for underwater filming were too dangerous to move, and several buildings needed to be removed because of termite damage, carpenter ants in electrical systems and rats.

But just as it does every Friday night in prime time, the CBS crime drama “Hawaii Five-0″ rescued the state once again.

Since moving into the facility in May 2013, “Five-0″ has spent more than $709,000 on repairs and improvements that the state applied toward the show’s monthly rent, said state film Commissioner Donne Dawson.  ”Five-0,” which just started shooting its fifth season, is charged $50,000 a month for use of the 7.5-acre complex on 18th Avenue below Kapiolani Community College, she said. Dawson called the show “a brilliant partner.”

“We’re making progress and we’re making good progress,” she said. “Considering the lack of resources to do everything we want to, we are making do with the resources we have.”

The film office estimated two years ago that the Diamond Head facility needed $10.4 million in renovations. Lawmakers gave film officials about half that, including money budgeted for planning and design, Dawson said.

“Five-0″ moved into the state facility during the hiatus between its third and fourth seasons because its original production headquarters — the old Hono­lulu Advertiser building — was sold to a developer.

The show paid $216,000 for new air-conditioning chillers on the Diamond Head studio’s 16,500-square-foot soundstage, replacing a system that was two decades old. It was a critical fix, Dawson said.  ”You need to have a strong, functioning, efficient air-conditioning system to keep your set cool,” she said. “Your set is going to be very hot with lights and equipment and lots of warm bodies.”

The show also spent $137,000 to air-condition a sweltering building once used as a stage by the original “Five-0,” then spent another $105,000 to insulate the 12,000-square-foot building, Dawson said. The stage, which still sports a “Hawaii Five-0″ sign from the original series, is now home to several permanent sets: the crime lab, Max’s morgue and Steve McGarrett’s home.

The series also was credited for the cost of insulating the water tank building — about $115,000. The building was built in 1999 by the producers of “Baywatch: Hawaii.” Other improvements included $103,000 for a new building for costumes and $33,000 worth of electrical upgrades.

For it’s part, the state replaced the barn doors with a safer alternative and completed some repaving. But its next big project — replacing the wood buildings that date back to 1976 — may have to wait until “Five-0″ calls it quits because there isn’t enough time between seasons to complete the project, Dawson said after meeting with “Five-0″ production members last week.

Dawson wants to see a second soundstage on the property, and her office might ask the Legislature for money when it meets next year. She wouldn’t discuss size, location or cost, but said a project like that would have to wait until the Diamond Head property was not in use.

CBS said in a statement that it was happy with the working relationship it has with state film officials. Filming in Hawaii is important to the authenticity and legacy of the series, the network said, noting that it was committed to future improvements. That’s good news for the Diamond Head facility, the only state-owned film studio in Hawaii.

“It is an aging facility that is under heavy use on a daily basis, and things break down unexpectedly and we have to address those things as they come,” Dawson said.

And if “Five-0″ doesn’t receive a sixth season?  ”If they leave, when they leave, we will have a much better, safer, more efficient and user-friendly facility for future productions,” Dawson said. “Given that, we owe a lot to ‘Five-0.’”

AND that’s a wrap …

Grace Park nerds out over Battlestar Galactica and Comic Con for THR Preview issue

July 26th, 2014 by

Hawaii Five-0 star (and possibly closet nerd) Grace Park hams it up with former Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff for a special The Hollywood Reporter preview issue.  But it’s no ordinary issue- they’re decked out in full Star Wars rebellion regalia in this awesome sci-fi mashup.  Are they being recognized for blowing up the Death Star or a Cylon Base Star?  We don’t know exactly, but this candid behind the scenes interview shows us a little more insight from a sci-fi actor’s point of view of the world of convention lurking.

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Grace park and Katee Sackhoff credit THR

Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Blessing video and recap

July 8th, 2014 by
Alex O'Loughliin Hawaii News Now

Alex O’Loughlin Photo credit Hawaii News Now

In what has become an annual tradition, a Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kauila Kawelo Barber, Hawaii Five-0′s Hawaiian Language and Protocol Advisor, to kick off Season 5 . Getting a show to a fifth season is difficult so perhaps the blessing is working. Present were Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Jorge Garcia, and Peter Lenkov, as well as extras and crew.

Grace Park had this to say about the blessing, “There’s a beauty to the commencement of something and to come together and to recognize not only that point, but to have a vision of the entire time. You don’t know what it will look like, but you feel there is a hope and some reflection.”

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo:  Hawaii News Now

Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo: Hawaii News Now

Fans immediately noticed the substantial facial hair that adorned Alex O’Loughlin’s face at the ceremony. He said that many people have been offering their opinions on it – not all of them positive. Shortly after the blessing, O’Loughlin was seen sporting a mustache as he began his transformation into Steve McGarrett.

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya - Hawaii News Now

Alex discussing his beard with Tannya.
Photo: Hawaii News Now

Many hints were dropped about Season 5 including an extended 25 episode season!

Other spoilers include:

  • The island of Oahu will be  turning into a ghost town with the disappearance of a million people in the season premiere
  • The return of Carol Burnett, Larry Manetti and Frankie Valli in episode 8
  • A possible appearance of golfer Michelle Wie
  • A new female cast member joining the medical examiner’s office as an assist to the quirky Max Bergman
  • Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim ,  Photo:  Hawaii News Now

    Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim , Photo: Hawaii News Now

     

    Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on Sept. 26, 2014.