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Hawaii Five-0 is searching for locations

April 18th, 2014 by

We occasionally see a comment on social media from someone living on Oahu who has received “the note” on their front door.  ”The note” being the correspondence left behind after a location scout from Hawaii Five-0 spied a home they might want to film in, only to find the residents aren’t home.  And we’re always a bit surprised when someone says “not interested.”  After all, who wouldn’t want to the opportunity to meet Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Scott Caan, and have their home featured on a television show with a world-wide audience? But after reading this article from the Star Advertiser, their reticence to disrupt their lives is a bit more understandable.



From Mike Gordon – Honolulu Star Advertiser

The actors are on vacation, production crew members have joined other local film and TV projects, and the Diamond Head soundstage is buttoned up.

But even though “Hawaii Five-0″ is on hiatus until July, with the final episodes of the current season still to air on CBS, location manager Timmy Chinn is already scouting for next season.

It’s the never-ending cycle of a successful TV series, Chinn said. And he could use your help (again).

He needs more locations: more houses, more restaurants, more storefronts, more warehouses. He’s got a list.

“I would like to find more upscale mansions,” he said. “We want something on the beach. A school, too. I’m looking for a school. We’re looking for a very nice conference room up in the air, like a penthouse conference room with a view.”

Finding a mansion isn’t the hard part, he said. The hard part is finding a doorbell. Or a door to knock on.

But once he reaches the owner, it’s not uncommon to discover that the house has an agent.

Dozens of homes are so sought-after that their owners are represented by management companies, Chinn said.

This season, “Five-0″ shot more in Kahala, Kaimuki and Palolo because the production headquarters moved from the old Hono­lulu Advertiser building at the start of Kapiolani Boulevard to the state film studio at Diamond Head. It didn’t pose many problems.

“We forget we are in Hawaii,” Chinn said. “We moved maybe three or four miles. It’s opened up new neighborhoods to us.”

The show used big exteriors this season as well. It opened with a helicopter taking off from inside Aloha Stadium and will finish with an episode that required the closure of Kala­kaua Avenue in Wai­kiki, from the point where Kuhio Avenue branches off of Kala­kaua up to Lewers Street. On a Sunday morning. For three hours.

The show uses hundreds of locations each season, including 60 to 70 houses.

“Five-0″ sets up one day, shoots one or two scenes the next day and then cleans up. It can be traumatic for the homeowner, Chinn said.

“We are a huge show,” he said.

“We are in your living room. We are in your kitchen. There are people all over the house. But when they yell cut, we’re gone. They yell cut, and we pack up everything and we are out in half an hour and you’re going, ‘What just happened?’”

And all that for about a minute or two of actual screen time.

Some locations, especially homes, become recurring sets that are used several times a season.

While the first time is usually exciting for the owners, the experience can become tiresome, and the onus is on “Five-0″ to keep the property owner happy, Chinn said.

“Over time you get to know us,” he said. “You know my face. You know the set decoration guys. But then we are gone.”

Chinn decided he could improve the relationship. He wants to not just give property owners a place at a Sunset on the Beach premiere or at the season wrap party, but to also invite them to hang out with his production team during the events.

“You want to get them more involved personally,” he said. “I imagine making them part of the ‘Hawaii Five-0′ family. If your house is part of the show, you are part of the crew.”

Email your location suggestion to Five.o.locations@gmail.com.

AND that’s a wrap …

Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Finale Spoiler!

April 16th, 2014 by
Grover and McGarrett ep 416

Grover and McGarrett ep 416


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

TV Guide teases -

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

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


Hawaii Five-0′s “go-to” reporter

April 14th, 2014 by

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

Diane Ako in  “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

Diane Ako in “Ku I Ka Pili Koko.”

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

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

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

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

Blood Brothers – McGarrett and Danno


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

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

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

From CBS


Xzibit Guest Stars as a Prison Informant

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

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


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)



Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Lili Simmons     (Amber Vitale)

Xzibit     (JC Dekker)



Byron Mann     (Fire Captain Hank Iona)

Terry Chin     (Kekoa Hale)

David Gautreaux     (James Cobb)

Joseph Kingsley     (Marcus Dekker)

Diane Ako     (News Reporter)


STORY BY: David Wolkove

TELEPLAY BY: Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTED BY: Maja Vrvilo

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

April 8th, 2014 by

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

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

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


From TV Guide Mega Buzz

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

You can find more buzz about other shows here.


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

Newest Hawaii Five-0 Star Reunites with Lost Cast

March 20th, 2014 by

Malcolm David Kelley, Henry Ian Cusick, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse at Paleyfest Lost 10 year Reunion Panel
Photo courtesy of Michael Kovac for Paley Center for Media -

Ten years have passed since the ground breaking show Lost took to the air waves in 2004. Since the show ended, fans have had many questions about the show, it’s ending including “WERE THEY ALL DEAD THE WHOLE TIME?!?!” Filmed in Hawaii, many Lost stars have also found themselves returning to the island to appear in Hawaii Five-0. Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia are both regular cast members. Terry O’Quinn, Henry Ian Cusak and Reiko Ayelsworth are notable Lost alums who have also appeared on Hawaii Five-0.

A 10 year Lost reunion was hosted at PaleyFest, where Garcia and Cusak, along with other cast members and the show creators fielded questions from the crowd.

Daniel Dae Kim tweeted his regrets on not being able to attend the reunion, saying “Sorry to all the #LOST fans out there that I couldn’t make it to #PaleyFest. I’m there in spirit!”

Newest Hawaii Five-0 regular cast member, Jorge Garcia, admitted to relieving the Lost set of a few items. “Maybe Hurley’s two paintings from the mental institution, or something that looks very similar to them, hangs in my bedroom,” he revealed. Perhaps someone should warn set security about the new guy.

To see the entire Lost panel and to catch up with some of your favourite Lost stars, watch the video below.


Up Next on Hawaii Five-0 “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili”

March 13th, 2014 by

Don’t miss the first few minutes of this week’s episode! Two words – Shirtless McGarrett. You’re welcome.

We can look forward to meeting Danny’s father (Tom Berenger) who comes to Hawaii to make amends with his wife, Melanie Griffith. This will end the planned three story arc involving Danny’s mother.

Remember the young lady that McGarrett rescued in the pilot? She was a trafficking victim being held captive in a closet by a bad guy who shot Danny.  Allison Chu played Chen Chi in the pilot but look for her as Amy Nguyen in this episode.

There is another “Lost” star returning to the island.  Although uncredited in the series, Francois Chau played the creepy Dharma doctor, Pierre Chang, in the Dharma Initiative instructional videos. He then had a more regular role in Season 5 with a connection to many of the main characters.   Lostie Jorge Garcia who has a reoccurring role on Hawaii Five-0, returns with more conspiracy theories…and more hugs for McGarrett.

BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater in the Twilight series) and Moani Hara (Miss Hawaii USA 2014) also appear this week.


3hotguys417From CBS

“*Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” – Five-0 aims to uncovers the sordid truth when a girl is taken from her home and her father is shot in the process.  Meanwhile, Danny tries to get his parents back together and Jerry deciphers a code he found on the bottom of McGarrett’s champ box, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Melanie Griffith and Jorge Garcia return and Tom Berenger guest stars.

(*“Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” is Hawaiian for “Beneath the Surface”)


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)



Melanie Griffith     (Clara Williams)

Jorge Garcia     (Jerry Ortega)

Teilor Grubbs     (Grace Williams)

Dennis Chun     (Sgt. Duke Lukela)



Conor Leslie     (Kelly Donovan)

Tom Berenger     (Eddie Williams)

Moani Hara     (Jenny)

James Brennan     (Sam)

Booboo Stewart     (Tommy Fa’aloa)

Francois Chau     (Gary ‘Aikapu)

Erwin Castillo     (Delivery Man)

Allison Chu     (Amy Nguyen)

Noshir Dalal     (Jay Cooper)

Keoni Kramer     (Car Owner)


STORY BY:     Bill Haynes

TELEPLAY BY:  Bill Haynes and John Dove

DIRECTED BY:     Bryan Spicer

Honolulu school honours Alex O’Loughlin

March 7th, 2014 by


Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

It’s safe to say that Hawaii Five-0′s Alex O’Loughlin has a symbiotic relationship with the islands. The actor has found success and family while living on Oahu, and local charities have benefited from his generosity as the star of the CBS show continues to use his remarkable star power to help out in his adopted home of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Waldorf School is hosting a benefit honouring O’Loughlin on Saturday March 15th, 2014.

Individual tickets for the “Taste and Treasure” event will set you back $200. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation please visit the school website.

The Honolulu Waldorf School follows a curriculum based on a child’s developmental stage by using art and academics. The school was established in 1961.


Taste and Treasures 2014

Taste and Treasures 2014



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.

Enjoy these two sneak peeks at this Friday’s episode!

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