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Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Hōkū Welowelo”

March 6th, 2014 by

Melanie Griffith appears as the mother of Danno Williams for the second of a three episode story arc. This week, she’s packing some heat when she joins Grover on a ride along. Danny is always worried that McGarrett will get him shot, will he have to worry about his mom too? Looks like she is ready to jump into the line of fire.

Danny’s mom isn’t the only one taking down the bad guys. Jorge Garcia joins in the fun by tasing a suspect. What kind of conspiracy theories will he come up with relating to a downed satellite and national security? I love the addition of his character to the show and noticed that the press release for this episode now shows Jorge as “recurring.” Could this mean he returns next year assuming there is a fifth season of Hawaii Five-0?

Looks like the episode is a wee bit longer than usual – instead of ending on the hour, it will end 1 minute later. What do you think that means? An extended preview for next week or setting the scene for the finale perhaps? Only 6 episodes left, yet there has been very little mention of McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat this season.

From CBS



Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia Return

“*Hōkū Welowelo” – Five-0 investigates a triple homicide connected to a downed top-secret Chinese satellite, while Grover takes Danny’s mother on a ride-along, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 7 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return.

(*Hōkū Welowelo”is Hawaiian for “Fire in the Sky”)


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)

Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)



Laura Grace D’Angeli     (Meg Spitz)

Billy Flynn     (Nick Spitz)

Elaine Tan     (Zi Chen)

Patrick St. Esprit     (Vice Admiral Graham Rhodes)

Douglas Nettel     (Iggy)

Michael Neumann     (Jake)

Boo Arnold     (Kevin Palmer)

Wendy Pearson     (Vicki)

Bear Woznick     (Captain)

Curtis J. Jackson     (D.O.D. Spook)


WRITTEN BY:     Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY:      Jeffrey Hunt

Grace Park to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame

February 13th, 2014 by


Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park is about to be honored by the Robert Chinn Foundation on May 31, 2014 in Seattle. The Asian Hall of Fame celebrates those of Asian Pacific descent whose achievements contribute to the American experience.

The Vancouver native shot to fame in 2003 when she played two leading roles on Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica (a reboot of the short lived 1970′s series). She earned a spot in the Top 100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History with her performance in the season 1 cliffhanger. Grace also earned a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in Television at the AZN Asian Excellence Awards.

Here’s what she had to say on what it means to be honored in the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame

“It is both an honour and surprise to be inducted in to the 2014 Asian Hall of Fame. Since I work and live under the pretense that no one sees it, and I remain totally anonymous, I suppose I will have to reconsider that if I allow myself to accept this honour. Until recently I was not aware of the Asian Hall of Fame, so not only will I explore what it means, but I will surely be telling my family that I finally made it, and never have to get a real job after all.”

Grace on why the Asian Hall of Fame is important for Asian Pacific Americans -

“The Asian Hall of Fame is important because there are many outstanding achievements and endeavours by Asian Pacific Americans, and the Asian Hall of Fame highlights these successes and the people along with them. It helps us to recognize our unique place in this world, many of us straddling two cultures, and the adaptations and tools we learned and often take for granted as a result. It is the amalgam of cultures and these experiences, plus inspiration and striving, that forge our story, and ultimately the American story.”

“As a process, we explore where we came from, how we express ourselves in, and move through this world, and who we are as individuals. It allows us to further question what it means about us as a collective, and what we want to do with that influence, using it as an opportunity to experience, impact, and connect.”

Of Korean heritage, the Canadian native comments on the way that her heritage has had an impact on her life and achievements.

“It is hard to know how my Korean heritage has impacted my life and achievements without thinking about my parents. To be honest I don’t know where the heritage ends and my parents begin. To me my parents represent Korea. A Korea trapped in the 1970’s,but Korea nonetheless. The tireless work ethic, community mindedness, striving ambition, restrained expression, and societal hierarchy and pressures, are not unique just to the Korean heritage. They did however, shape me.”

“There is a liberty that exists with the ability to float between two cultural worlds. It allows one to be more aware of oneself, as apart from society, as well as feeling one can choose which rules to play by. Perhaps this influenced me to strive for what I wanted, and even if I were to obtain it, I always had the other society’s perspective to bring it into balance.”

Grace joins fellow Hawaii Five-0 alum Apolo Ono who was inducted in 2007.

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Nā hala a ka makua”

January 30th, 2014 by

The makings of a memorable cargument

The McGarrett – Danno bromance is back this week in a big way!

Fan have noticed that the dynamic duo have had fewer “bromantic” moments in Season 4, mostly due to the seemingly diminished screen time of Scott Caan. Tonight, however, we can look forward to some epic cargument moments as Steve and Danny spend much of the episode handcuffed together. They are forced to drive around the island by an escaped convict played by Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs fame. Madsen’s character threatens little Gracie, which is sure to get Danny’s hackles up.

Grace gets herself into some trouble as she punches out  another student. Remember when Danny punched out McGarrett in the pilot? Apparently the Williams apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Peter Weller is back behind the camera. He has quickly become one of my favourite directors this season.

Watch a new preview clip HERE

From CBS


         “*Nā hala a ka makua” – McGarrett and Danny are kidnapped by an escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence.  Meanwhile, Danny must deal with Grace after she punches someone at school, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 31 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Nā hala a ka makua is Hawaiian for “Sins of the Father”)


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)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)



Michael Madsen     (Roy Parrish)

Keiko Elizabeth      (Principal Ann Fiske)

Matthew Glave      (Lead FBI Agent Kohl/Julian Lynch)

Lyndon Smith      (Lauren Parrish)

Geoff Heise     (Judge)

Alan Y. Okamoto      (Defense Attorney)

Jackie Tufa-Marques      (School Secretary)

Chris Gritti     (Impala Driver)


WRITTEN BY:     David Wolkove

DIRECTED BY:    Peter Weller

Is Kono losing a loved one? (spoiler)

January 21st, 2014 by

In case you missed the news when it came out last May, Ian Anthony Dale who plays Kono Kalakaua’s love interest on “Hawaii Five-0,” was cast in TNT’s new series, “Murder in the First.”   Created by Steven Bochco, the police drama starring Taye Diggs begins filming next month.

While this is good news for the talented Dale, it won’t be welcomed by fans of the passionate Five-0 couple who only recently were reunited on the series.


Adam Noshimuri reunites with love Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0

From Michael Ausiello

Question: Haven’t seen any AA scoop for Hawaii Five-0 in a while, and would love to get some! –Clarlee
Ausiello: Though Grace Park’s Kono is back in Hawaii (or Vancouver-as-Hawaii) and set to rejoin the team, Ian Anthony Dale’s days as Adam are likely numbered. “I love Adam and I love the actor, but he has a show [TNT's upcoming Murder in the First],” exec producer Peter M. Lenkov explains. “We’re trying to make arrangements for him to come back. We’re trying to get him back for an episode.”

You can see the entire column here at TV Line and if you’d like to learn more about Ian’s new show, you can check out Zap2it

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Hana lokomaika’” with preview clip

January 16th, 2014 by

It’s reunion week on Hawaii Five-0 as one of the notable guest stars has worked with members of the cast before.



Robert Knepper (seen questioning Chin in the above clip) also appeared as Stanley Nawalicki in last summer’s movie R.I.P.D. which was based on a comic by none other that Hawaii Five-0 Executive Director, Peter Lenkov. Lenkov also co-wrote Friday’s episode. He also had a recurring role on the scf-fi hit Heroes along side Masi Oka (aka Dr. Max Bergman). Knepper is probably best known for his role as bad guy Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell from Prison Break.

Papa McGarrett (William Sadler) is back this week. Watch for him in the flashback clips with Chin Ho as we learn more about Chin’s past.

From CBS


         “*Hana lokomaika’i” – Internal Affairs questions Chin about his father’s murder 15 years earlier and how his then-new relationship with Malia and her family might have hurt the investigation, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Hana lokomaika’i is Hawaiian for “The Favor”)



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)



Reiko Aylesworth     (Malia Waincroft)

William Sadler     (John McGarrett)



Robert Knepper     (IA Detective Rex Coughlin)

Brian Thompson     (IA Detective Nicholas Cruz)

Christopher Sean    (Gabriel Waincroft)

Kelly R. Thomas     (DEA Agent Branch)

Danny Akau     (Ronald Palau)

Jae Je     (Teddy Luna)

Una Wilding     (Hanna Koi)

Gary Ala     (Kam Tong Kelly)

Michael Hasegawa     (Store Owner)

Kyler Sakamoto     (Son)

David Asing     (Gangbanger #1)

Neil Andres     (Gangbanger #2)

Sumitoshi Sakamoto     (Buddhist Monk)


STORY BY:     Peter M. Tassler

TELEPLAY BY:     Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz

DIRECTED BY:     Sylvain White

Daniel Dae Kim teases a favorite Five-0 storyline *updated*

January 15th, 2014 by

“413 Playback” from Peter Lenkov via Twitter


Get ready Chin Ho fans!

Friday’s Hawaii Five-0 episode will be Chin-centrique as we learn more about his back story, his father’s murder and about his early relationship with Malia. While Chin is being questioned by Internal Affairs, we will get to see a flashback which will include a teenage Kono. I wonder if the ageless Grace Park will be playing the young Kono.

Daniel Dae Kim will be tweeting about why this episode is one of his favourites.



He will also be appearing on CBS This Morning and Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday. Check your local listings for specific times.


As promised, Daniel Dae Kim tweeted his first and second reason why tomorrow Hawaii Five-0 episode is one of his favourites.


Daniel Dae Kim with Robert Knepper and Brian Thompson
Photo courtesy of Daniel Dae kim via Twitter


You can follow  Daniel on Twitter at twitter.com/danieldaekim.

Here is a sneak peek of Friday’s episode.

Hawaii Five-0 fans, your votes are needed!

January 12th, 2014 by

CBS has issued a new press release for the next phase of the “Fan Built Five-0″ chapter.  This is the second year in a row that the show starring Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan, has aired an interactive episode.  This season’s effort, however, is allowing viewers even more opportunities to put their imprint on the show. The clock is ticking, and there are important people waiting for you to cast your vote, so let’s go!

The Five-0 crew awaits your vote.


“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Can Choose Wardrobe, Props, Title and Music on CBS.com
For a Special Episode to be Broadcast Later This Season

CBS announced  that the Fan Built “Five-0” initiative, where HAWAII FIVE-0 producers invite viewers to help build an episode to be broadcast later this season, has added additional key elements on CBS.com for fans to vote.

Starting January 10, viewers will be able to select wardrobe and props by voting on http://www.cbs.com/H50vote.  In upcoming weeks, viewers will be able to select featured music and the episode’s title.  Previously, viewers have voted on Scene of the Crime (winning element: Chin Ho’s High School Reunion), The Victim (winning element: Macadamia Nut Tycoon), The Murder Weapon (winning element: Five-Inch Stiletto), The Evidence (winning element: Toy Rocket), The Suspect (winning element: Struggling Illusionist) and The Takedown (winning element: Giant Maze).

From Jan. 10 – Jan. 17, viewers will be able to vote on wardrobe choices for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), as well as which five-inch stiletto will be used as the murder weapon.

From Feb. 14 – Feb. 21, viewers can vote on the band whose music they want to hear featured in the episode.  Names of participating bands will be announced at a later date.

From March 7 – March 14, fans will choose the episode title from the following choices:

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

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “O Kēlā Me Kēia Manawa” with extended preview

January 9th, 2014 by


Since the beginning of Season 4, Grace Park has had much less screen time than in previous seasons, causing some fans to speculate that she may be being written out of the show. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, tried to reassure fans that Park would be returning mid-season. This Friday, we see Kono’s homecoming, much to the delight of the Hawaii Five-0 fans.

Another notable returnee is director Peter Weller (of Robocop fame.) You may remember him from  the Season 3  episode when Weller played the heinous “Hookman.”

Below is an extended preview of Friday’s show.

From CBS




“*O kēlā me kēia manawa” – McGarrett helps Grover investigate his friend’s disappearance after he apparently commits murder.  Meanwhile, Kono continues her search for Adam, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*O kēlā me kēia manawa is Hawaiian for “Now and Then”)



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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)

Ian Anthony Dale     (Adam Noshimuri)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)

Shawn Mokuahi Garnett     (Flippa)



Karl Makinen     (Jack Anderson)

Zeus Kang     (Gus Yamada)

Eugene Shaw     (Dennis Koga)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Laurie Fortier     (Bridgette Anderson)

Spencer Churchill     (Justin Anderson)

Michael Ray Clark     (Adrian Poe)

Nick Hoffa     (Alex Roberts)

Zay Harding     (Matt Haley)

Jennifer Fairbank     (Bartender)

Mahealani Richardson     (News Reporter)

Nicholas Yee     (CSU Tech)

Mark Malalis     (Paramedic #1)

Joanna Georgiev     (Girl)

Ekona Ravey     (Boyfriend)


WRITTEN BY:     John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Peter Weller

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Pukana” with preview clip!

December 19th, 2013 by

After last week’s solemn Pearl Harbor episode, I am hoping for some levity in the midst of murder and mayhem on Hawaii Five-0 this week. Of course, Max and Kamekona will bring the chuckles.


Two over sized elves on the shelf will bring the comic relief


The gang is all together for this Christmas episode but you can bet that not all is well for the Five-0 team. Chin finds himself in peril once again just as his romance with with Leilani starts to heat up. That guy just doesn’t have any luck.


Looks like trouble for Chin


The Hawaii Five-0 writers once again tease about the contents of a mysterious box, in this case, a safe. Other boxes of note – the CHAMP box (contents included clues to Doris McGarrett’s non-murder) and the box with a HEAD!

Which leaves the question….




From CBS


Heather Dubrow (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) Guest Stars

“*Pukana” – Chin’s life is put in danger when a murder investigation reveals that the person behind the crime may be a serial killer.  Meanwhile, Danny and Grace find a mysterious puzzle box washed up on the shores of Oahu, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Heather Dubrow (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) guest stars.

(*Pukana is Hawaiian for “Keepsake”)



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)

Chi McBride     (Captain Lou Grover)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Paige Hurd     (Samantha Grover)

Brian Yang     (Charlie Fong)

Lindsay Price     (Leilani)



James Urbaniak     (Gary Nathan)

Shiro Kawai     (Mitsue Tanaka)

Monique Curnen     (FBI Special Agent Rebecca Conway)

Heather Dubrow     (Emily)

Melanie Melnar     (Tamara’s Mom)

Scott Subiono     (Tim Sapoli)


WRITTEN BY:     Bill Hayes

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

TV Fanatic gets scoop on Pearl Harbor episode and Grace Park’s return

December 13th, 2013 by

Executive producer Peter Lenkov and Co-Executive producer, Ken Solarz tell TV Fanatic how it was to craft tonight’s Pearl Harbor episode. Not only was the attack on Pearl Harbor re-created for the small screen but also the controversial use of internment camps for the Japanese that lived in Hawaii during that time.

Lenkov also teased about what to expect in the New Year: Grace Park’s return to set, Catherine’s backstory, the three episode arc with Danno’s parents (played by Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger) and more bromance from McGarrett and Danno!

Excerpts from: Hawaii Five-0 Scoop: Pearl Harbor, Grace Park’s Return & More!
by Jim Halterman

 Executive Peter Lenkov and Co-Executive Producer Ken Solarz wrote the episode and talked to me about it earlier this week.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

TV Fanatic: For being such a hardcore cop show in some ways, then I watch an episode like this and see that you guys are so sentimental over there.

Peter Lenkov: [laughs] Well, you know, we wear our hearts on our sleeves. It comes with age.

TVF: Tell me about the opening of the episode because it was quite epic. I felt like I was watching a movie!

PL: I think, like you said, for a high-octane show we’re very sentimental. I think what we wanted to do was really come out of the gate with a bang. We wanted to tell the story. We thought if we could recreate the moment of the attack of Pearl Harbor that would probably be our biggest stunt or action sequence to date.

Part of that was us being selfish as writers wanting to write something big, wanting to recreate Pearl Harbor for the small screen, and challenging our cast and our crew doing something we’ve never done before. Also, it’s in context with the story telling because it was a great way to get into the story and sort of ease the audience into the device of the story, which was going to be flashbacks.

TVF: Since you’ve been doing this show for several years now, have you found that Pearl harbor is still very present with many people that live there in Hawaii?

Ken Solarz: Absolutely. Case in point, when we were shooting there – we have a wonderful crew down there, everybody from actors to crew people – there was this reverential silence because we were actually on the spot where the attack took place. We were recreating that. When you go there,you feel the pull of history. You feel the weight of what happened there. I think that everyone in Hawaii does to some extent, especially if you’re there and you’re on hallowed ground recreating this attack. It’s really quite memorable.

PL: Just to go back, after four years of doing this show I’m always getting calls from people asking me where to stay, where to eat, and they always bring up when they’re going to Oahu making a trip to, making a pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor. I think it is still relevant. I think we’re real history buffs here, but I think everybody knows the importance of that place and we’re hoping they also learn something in our episode that you’re not going to learn when you go to Pearl Harbor.

TVF: Tell me about the research you guys did, because there were things I learned that I didn’t know.

KS: We did quite extensive research. Peter had this thought when he created the show, when he was immersing himself in all things Hawaii. Peter brought up the fact that there were internment camps there…that’s pretty fertile ground for us so we just started digging into it and there are a lot of survivors of those camps still around. You can find oral history, you can find documentation, there’s lots to read on it, but we thought that it would fit into our show because of what Hawaii’s been through specific to Hawaii. That’s what made it attractive to us.

TVF: Did you guys actually get some of the actual veterans there for that scene at Pearl Harbor? I kept thinking that a lot of the older faces we saw were probably real veterans.

PL: Yes. In fact, one of them is the father of one of our CBS executives. We put him in just really to honor these guys. That’s really what it is, I mean, we have a very close relationship with the military and every now and then when we see them we do one or two episodes that are really a valentine to the military and pay tribute to the military. This is just one of those episodes.

TVF: What’s coming in the New Year on the show?

PL: Well, we’re just starting to shoot a three-episode part for Melanie Griffith who plays Danny’s mother. Tom Berenger is going to play his father in the last episode, so we’re excited about that. Three really fun episodes for Scott and his mom to play around.

We have a great episode every year where really we cement the blood brother aspect or the bromance between McGarrett and Danny. Last year was them stuck on a raft and the year before was the bomb. We always do one of these episodes, we just do one of these episodes that put Danny and McGarrett together for most of the episode and put them in some kind of jeopardy to show that they are true blood brothers.

We’re getting to find out a little bit of Catherine’s back story, Grace is back in the picture full time starting in the New Year, Kono is back full-time. She’s back from searching for Adam. So it’s the family back together. Grover is going to be a bigger part of our family [Chi McBride was recently made a series regular], there’s still going to be that animosity, but they’re going to learn to love each other, these two guys. They both have a very similar experience and they’re going to bond over that. Then we’re going to get this big revelation from McGarrett. There’s going to be a lot of great character stuff and I actually think some of our better stories are coming up.