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Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ka Hana Malū”

November 19th, 2014 by

Aunt Deb makes an emotional return in Friday’s episode and she’s not alone! Her soon to be husband (played by Frankie Valli) may not be what he seems and that has McGarrett worried in this sneak peek.

Here’s an extra sneak peek at the crime of the week.


From CBS


“Ka Hana Malū” – While the team investigates a couple’s murder in which their sons are the prime suspects, McGarrett is shocked when Aunt Deb returns to the island with her new fiancé, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 21 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Entertainment legends Carol Burnett and Frankie Valli guest star.

(*Ka Hana Malū is Hawaiian for “Inside Job”)


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)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)


Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Shawn Garnett (Flippa)
Carol Burnett (Deb McGarrett)
Larry Manetti (Nicky “The Kid” Demarco)


Frankie Valli (Leonard Cassano)
Charlie Carver (Travis Kealoha)
Nathan Kress (Jake Kealoha)
John Billingsley (Eugene Goodman)
Wilke Itzin (Tai Gable)
Josie Davis (Patti Gable)
Lauren Teruya (Teenager Girl)
Alexander Rogers (Teenage Boy)
Mark Ah Sing (Technician)
Devon Kono (Piano Player)

WRITTEN BY: Moira Kirland

DIRECTED BY: Jerry Levine

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Inā Paha” The 100th Episode

November 5th, 2014 by



This is it! The much anticipated 100th episode is finally here! Fans have been treated to teasers from executive producer, Peter Lenkov, for months and now we are getting our first sneak peek at what we can expect this week.


Looks like McGarrett may be experiencing some of the flash-sideways made famous by Lost. Some familiar faces will be returning this week in the forms of Papa McGarrett, Sang Min, Victor Hesse and Jenna Kaye. Based on the sneak peek above, will they only be seen in flashbacks or can we expect something new?

Keep you eyes out for Bush front man Gavin Rossdale. You may remember that Bush rocked Waikiki for Sunset Set on the Beach this year.

For those on Twitter, Mark Dacasco (Wo Fat) will be live tweeting the episode. Follow the #H50 hastag and @Mark_Dacascos during the East Coast airing.

If you haven’t already done so, you may want to rewatch the Season 1 premiere to refresh your memory and to prep for this Friday night!

From CBS

William Sadler Returns as McGarrett’s Father and Musician Gavin Rossdale Guest Stars as the Nefarious Johnny Moreau

“Inā Paha” – When McGarrett is kidnapped by Wo Fat, he experiences what would have happened to the team if they had taken a very different path, on the 100th episode of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. William Sadler returns as McGarrett’s father, and musician Gavin Rossdale guest stars as the nefarious Johnny Moreau.

(*Inā Paha is Hawaiian for “If Perhaps”)


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)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)


Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Mark Dacasco (Wo Fat)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)
Will Yun Lee (Sang Min)
William Sadler (John McGarrett)
James Marsters (Victor Hesse)
Larisa Oleynik (Jenna Kaye)


Gavin Rossdale (Johnny Moreau)
Tracy Ifeachor (Eris)
Nicolai Makana Perez (Young Steve)
Pomai Lopez (Nurse M. Sanborn)
Olena Heu (Reporter)
Al Furuto (Manager)

WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer Peter Lenkov


Up Next On Hawaii Five-0 “Ho’oilina”

October 22nd, 2014 by


Be prepared for your heart strings to be tugged as you watch one of this week’s previews.

Expect plenty of flashbacks as William Sadler returns as Papa McG. We will even get a glimpse at a 6 year old McGarrett *awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww*.

And….. Is McGarrett getting his flirt on with the new deputy prosecutor?

“Ho’oilina” – On the fourth anniversary of his father’s death, McGarrett meets a woman who helps him reopen the last unsolved case his father worked on before his death, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 24 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

(*Ho’oilina is Hawaiian for “Legacy”)


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)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)


Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa)
William Sadler (John McGarrett)
Amanda Setton (Dr. Mindy Shaw)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)


Greg Ellis (Thomas Farrow)
Mirrah Foulkes (Ellie Clayton)
Martin Copping (Paul Clayton)
Nick Searcy (Ned Burrows)
Chanel Marriott (Young Ellie Clayton)
Walter Wong (Tony Malua)
Steven Bauer (Jimmy Sykes)
David Abrams (Bouncer)
JR Lemon (Jordan Lewis)
Nicolai Makana Perez (6 Year Old McGarrett)

WRITTEN BY: Eric Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Bryan Spicer

Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Kanalu Hope Loa”

October 9th, 2014 by


Hurray! Charlie is back! I am still gutted that he and Kono didn’t hook up but if anything ever happened to Adam….

Also, for Kono fans, we will see her as she was in the pilot – undercover and surfing in a bikini.

Enjoy this preview!


“Kanalu Hope Loa” – Five-0 investigates when three female thieves unknowingly steal something during a tour bus robbery that makes them a serious target. Meanwhile, Danny searches for his brother’s hidden millions in order to exchange it for his life, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 10 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

(*Kanalu Hope Loa is Hawaiian for “The Last Break”)


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)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)


Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Brian Yang (Charlie Fong)
Anthony Ruivivar (Marco Reyes)
Al HarringtonAmanda Setton (Mamo Kahike)(Dr. Mindy Shaw)


Sumire (Keilani Makua)
Sonya Chang (Alana Duncan)
Allie Gonino (Lea Nohoa)
Erica Piccininni (Monica Wagner/Vanessa Hansen)
Zurich Solomon (Agent Eric Keane)
Amy Hill (Tour Guide)
Greg Ellis (Thomas Farrow)

WRITTEN BY: Sarah Boyd


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ka Makuakāne”

October 1st, 2014 by


Will there ever be an end to the former Lost stars appearing in Hawaii Five-0? We hope not! This week, William Mapother, the creepy Ethan Rom of The Others from Lost, is reunited with Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia.

“Ka Makuakāne” – Five-0 investigates when the young daughter of a Navy Seal currently on a top-secret mission is kidnapped. Meanwhile, with his brother’s life on the line, Danny must locate the $18.5 million he owes his captors, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 3 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(*Ka Makuakāne is Hawaiian for “Family Man”)


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)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)


Anthony Ruivivar (Marco Reyes)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)


Patrick St. Esprit (Vice Admiral Rhodes)
Marina Fonseca (Sophie Larkin)
Anne Leighton (Angela Larkin)
Ryan Hynd (David Larkin)
Cuyle Carvin (Lieutenant Jeff Larkin)
Jeffrey W. James (Captain Sean Adams)
Ocean Riley (Maggie Porter)
William Mapother (Eric Porter)
Natasha Henstridge (Caroline Porter)
Brian White (Jason Hollier)
Julius Ledda (Husband)
Gareth Williams (Alan Pollard)
Angela Gonzalo (Wife)
Shelsea Apana (Director)
Pamela Kimura (Teacher)
Sharon Zimmer (Real Estate Agent)
Matthew Lund (Browser)

WRITTEN BY: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY: Sylvain White

Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 is just about here!

September 25th, 2014 by


The weather here is getting colder but the weather in Hawaii is hot hot hot! Season 5 of Hawaii Five-0 kicks off on Friday Sept. 26.

Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, teased Entertainment Weekly with some tidbits about the upcoming season.

EW. Will there be more flashback episodes this season?
PL. Yes. We’re doing a big Kono-centric episode that’s going to feature her connection with her mother, her love and affection for the ocean and where she learned to surf. There are a very Kono-centric story lines, but there’s one episode in particular that’s really Kono heavy. It’s a Kono origin story, in a way. There are also some unique flashbacks in the 100th episode, which tie into the current story.

EW. Any chance to see Tony Archer (James Caan) again?
PL.We’ve been trying, how’s that?

EW. Is Danny’s brother Matt Williams (Dane Cook) still on the run from the FBI when he returns this season?
PL. Yes. That’s a very complicated question, but yes.

There will be much conflict for members of the Five-0 team as the past comes back to haunt many of them. Not only will McGarrett have to answer for his run in with the CIA but he will struggle with Catherine’s departure and with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Exploring how PTSD effects McG is what I am most looking forward to this season. No doubt Alex O’Loughlin will bring his A-game for those scenes. I hope it is a continual arc that progresses throughout the year.

There is no new relationship for McGarrett in the near future but Danno may finally be getting some more female attention. Does this mean his current squeeze is on the way out?

Some past characters may be returning this season according to Lenkov. Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) and Danny’s brother (Dane Cook) and Chin Ho’s brother-in-law, Malia’s brother, Gabriel (Christopher Sean) will be continuing in story lines that were left open in past seasons.

You can read the rest of the Q & A with Lenkiv at Entertainment Weekly.


For fans that are on Instagram and Twitter, Daniel Dae Kim with be doing a live Q&A at 8pm on Friday before the premiere. Use #ELovesTV to ask him anything.

Meanwhile, enjoy this trailer for the first episode!


A First Look at Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Premiere

September 18th, 2014 by

Some lucky fans got to see the full season premiere at Sunset on the Beach last week but now the rest of the world is getting a sneak peek!

McGarrett and Danno are in therapy. Together. It’s like a cargument without the car – perhaps a psych-ument?

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the clip.


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?
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?
 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!

ALS Hawaii Walk takes place on September 6, 2014

August 31st, 2014 by


Photo: Margaret Gardiner

Photo: Margaret Gardiner

We’re in the homestretch for accepting donations for the Walk to Defeat ALS taking place in Honolulu this coming weekend!  After years of relative obscurity the disease (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has recently been thrust into the spotlight after an extremely successful campaign, The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, caught on like wildfire.  And although some have criticized the overtly public way people are making their donations known, I say, if it works, who cares?  If celebrities weren’t making videos of themselves taking the challenge, frankly most of us would never have heard of this campaign and this very worthy charity wouldn’t be breaking previous fund raising records.

But if you don’t care to dump a bucket of ice water on yourself and are still interested in donating, we’ve got an extremely easy way for you to do so.  And if you enjoy watching CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, all the better. Fans of the Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin know that he’s been involved in charitable work since his first American television show, Moonlight was on the air,  so his jumping in to help the ALS Ohana is no suprise, but this time the cause is a bit more personal.

To find out more about ALS and what Hawaii Five-0 and Alex O’Loughlin’s connection to it is, please read our previous blogs (one is below) and if you haven’t already donated, we ask that you give anything you can to help the people stricken by this deadly disease.  Just click on this link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Donate Now” next to one of the existing team members.  Even donations of $10 will add up!

Fans of Hawaii Five-0 and Alex O’Loughlin have been raising money under the name of H50 ALS Warriors and as of this writing we’ve reached a total of $3645.00!   That’s an impressive sum, but maybe, just maybe we can reach even a little higher in the final days.

If you’re concerned about the use of your dollars, we can tell you is that the ALS Golden West Chapter has received outstanding ratings from the charity rating groups, meaning more of your money actually reaches the people in need with less going to running the organization  compared with other charities.  With that said, if you have already pitched in, we hope you do so now!

Mahalo nui!



August 11, 2014

In less than one month, the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association will hold its “Hawaii Walk” in Honolulu.  If you read our previous blog about the fund-raiser, you know that Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin has a personal connection to the disease.  The mother of his wife, Malia, died in 2011 after a long, debilitating struggle with ALS, and I found that just reading of her experiences was an extremely emotional undertaking.  Violet Jones-Medusky, known as “Vi,” was a woman who lived her life to the fullest until stricken down by the disease, and now O’Loughlin and the Jones family are raising funds to help others who find themselves in the same predicament.

Vi with grandson Spike Photo: Violet's Web blogsite

Because I wanted to use Vi’s own words to touch people and inspire them want to take up this cause, I reached out to Vi’s son Daniel Jones (a professional surfer,) and his wife, Natalie to get their permission.  Both of them were thrilled to have Hawaii Five-0 fans join the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Natalie was one of the primary care-givers throughout Jones-Medusky’s journey and helped her write the blog that touched me and others so much.  Even though Violet is no longer here, Natalie continues the fight  as one of the directors of  ALS Ohana, an organization committed to helping those suffering with the deadly affliction. Other than Vi’s own valiant spirit, what impressed me most was the amazing support system she had in her friends and family.  Not everyone is as fortunate in that respect.

Daniel Jones with then-fiancee Natalie Fonda Photo from Violet's Web

One of Vi’s more poignant blog posts was in June of 2010, less than a year before she passed away.  She talks of being with her husband Jan when receiving the diagnosis, and then having to tell her children.  Even reading it now, makes my heart ache.

After hearing the sad news, both Jan and I cried and cried for awhile. Jan put together a nice binder of information about ALS for each of our 3 children. I met with Daniel in person on Mother’s Day at Magic Island over looking our favorite surf spot Ala Moana Bowls. This was one of the saddest thing I’ve had to do. We cried and cried together with hardly any spoken words. There was no need for words. Jan called the other two children who lived abroad telling them the sad news and sending them a copy of the binder of ALS materials.I spoke to each child to see how they were doing emotionally.(As a mom and nurse, I wanted to make sure they were understanding what this disease was about and how it would affect their/our lives.  Jan and I made a Ben Franklin Truth chart of all the things we wanted to do and what I wanted to do before the big HURRAH. The first 3 years, I continued to work on an on-call bases and traveled with the kids thru Europe on the surf tour and meeting up with Jan to spend time and travel witb him. I spent 18 months studying for my Masters in nursing with my nursing friends which we all finished in flying colors. The last 5 years we have spent many months in Bali near our son Mikala, watching our grandchild grow and surfing. (Jan’s favorite place to surf). I continued to swim and surf until I no longer could. The passion of running turned into walking, then with a cane and then with a walker and finally a wheel chair pushed by my friends. (We did the Haleakala Run to the Sun Race the last 5 years as a relay). The list goes on and we’ve checked them off. Family is the top of my list.

You can read more from Violet’s Web.

Some swim therapy for Vi. Photo: Violet's Web blogsite

As I mentioned in the previous blog, because fewer people are afflicted with this illness (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,) than with cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, pharmaceutical companies don’t channel as much money into finding a cure, and there aren’t as many local resources for ALS patients to turn to. That means that fund-raising efforts are exceedingly important in assisting patients.

If you have some serious cash to donate, you can bid on a wonderful package being auctioned off by ALS Ohana that includes a luxury hotel stay, VIP access to the Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 premiere at Sunset On the Beach, plus and an opportunity to meet the man behind Steve McGarrett, Alex O’Loughlin.

Fred Fisher with Alex O'Loughlin Photo: @alsagoldenwest

50undercover.com and the other fan sites involved in this campaign can’t offer an opportunity like that.  All we can promise is the gratitude of the O’Loughlin and Jones’ families, as well as those of the Hawaii residents who are doing their best to hold off the ravages of ALS.

If reading Vi’s narrative made you grateful for the blessings in your life, we invite you to join the H50 ALS Warriors.  If you want to raise funds, you can become a “virtual walker” by clicking the “Join Team” button near the bottom of the page.  If you’d simply like to give money, click on “Donate Now” next to one of the existing team member’s names.  Even a small donation is welcome but if you just can’t afford anything, please share the link with others who might be able to help. Team captain Eric Uyeda is a long-time Hawaii Five-0 employee who is the most charitable person I know, doing charity walks throughout the year.  I can’t speak for other Five-0 fans, but I’d like to thank Eric for being our on boots on the ground representative in the Walk to defeat ALS on September 6th.



 When: September 6, 2014 Check-in 7:30 AM  Walk begins 9 AM

Where: Honolulu’s Kapiolani Regional Park

Distance: 2 miles