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.
Behind the Scenes Undercover Agent Zoe 18th September 2014
When my husband bid on and won the CharityBuzz auction in April, I had no idea what to expect when it came to visiting the set of Hawaii Five-0. I had been arranging the visit with Jess from the Production Office, and the day we arrived in Hawaii, she confirmed that we would be visiting the Diamond Head Studios on Thursday afternoon.
We had been told beforehand that there were no guarantees that we would be able to meet the cast, it would depend on the filming schedule for the day. As part of the auction I had already received some H50 signed goodies and I was just excited to be able to visit the studio itself!
On Thursday afternoon, myself, my husband and our 3 year old daughter rode a taxi from the Hilton Hawaiian Village over to the Diamond Head Studios. Jess met us at the gates of the studios and gave us a tour of the production offices and allowed for us to help ourselves to drinks and snacks from the kitchen. She also gave us a copy of the call sheet for the day so that we could follow along with filming. She informed us that usually they wouldn’t allow children on set during filming and that one of us may have to take our daughter off set once filming began. My husband immediately volunteered as this visit had been arranged as part of my birthday present; I couldn’t help but feel a tiny bit disappointed that we wouldn’t all be able to enjoy the full experience. Jess was amazing though, she arranged for all of us to be able to stay on set as long as our daughter was quiet. Those of you who have kids will know how hard it is to get a three year old to do anything you want them to!
Jess explained that the cast and crew were running late as they were filming exterior scenes downtown at I’olani Palace, and had been delayed due to the rain showers we had earlier in the day. This meant that we were able to take a tour of the sound stages before the crew arrived to set up for the scene. First, Jess took us past the rendition room ‘blue box’. Next, she took us onto the main sound stage which was the interior for the Five-0 Headquarters.
The set itself is amazing- each individual office is one self-contained set. Kono’s office has both her bike and surfboard in it! Whilst we were exploring the set we got to meet the lovely Marc and Una (McGarrett and Kono’s stand ins) who had arrived to begin set up for the scene. Both were really lovely and engaging to chat with! Marc let us in on a little fact- the Magic Table is actually just a flat screen TV set into a table (hubby was gutted at this fact!) .
We left the HQ sound stage just as the production trucks were beginning to roll in from the last shoot. We walked past the cast trailers to walk up to the original Five-0 sound stage. Jess explained that they used this stage for the interior shots of the McGarrett house, the crime lab, Max’s office and the mortuary. The mortuary wall only has one working gurney/freezer drawer so whenever they have to pull a body out it will always be in the same one!
Jess explained that a typical episode will take 7 days to prep and 8 days to shoot. Because they have 25 episodes this season but no extra working time, they have to prep the following episode whilst they are shooting the previous one. We also chatted about how the premiere went at Sunset on the Beach. She explained that when they had seen the premiere they realized they still had some more editing to do before it aired on the network.
We went back down to the main sound stage, where we could sit and watch the crew setting up. The scene they were filming would involve Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park and Chi McBride discussing evidence around the Magic Table. The crew started to bring in all of the cameras and rigs for the scene set up – they were actually taking down walls inside the set to get everything in – everything is movable. Jess came back in and explained that she had been told by Alex’s assistant that he was ill today so it was unlikely that we would be able to meet him. We got talking to Max who is responsible for character props – he let us play with THE Five-0 badge! The actual Five-0 badges are really heavy shields. Max explained that they were exact replicas of real badges which is why they weighed so much. Our daughter was quite taken with the badge and Max and she happily chatted away with him about ‘making a show’. Something somewhere had clicked for her, so much so that Max asked her to be his assistant! He had Captain Grover’s watch, and explained that when Chi came on set, she would need to give him the watch and his Five-0 badge. When Chi came on set he was brilliant with her, pretending to play swapsies with her over the watches. Chi was gracious with his time before rehearsals began, allowing photos with all three of us, before taking some time to chat with us about our trip. I cannot speak highly enough of Max and Chi, they were absolutely amazing with our daughter; she thought it was the most amazing thing in the world!
We were allowed to remain on set whilst watching the read through with the cast before being introduced to the episode director, Jerry Levine and taking our seats with him in the Video Gallery. We were given directors chairs behind the monitors and headsets to listen to what was happening on set, even our daughter got her own chair and headset. They ran through a couple of rehearsal takes before catering arrived with pizza and snacks, this made our daughter’s day as she happily sat in her chair, silent as a mouse, munching on her cheese pizza! Whilst she was enjoying her pizza we were thrilled to get the opportunity to chat with Alex himself. Despite being unwell (he did sound full up of cold!) he came over to speak to us and apologized for not shaking hands or giving hugs as he had the ‘lergy’ (his own words!).
Alex chatted with my husband first, picking up first on his accent and asking whereabouts in the UK we had traveled from. My husband told him that the three of us had traveled from London to be able to take part in the set visit for my birthday. Alex turned to me and said, ‘your face is familiar…’ I will tell you quite unashamedly that controlling my grin at this point was completely beyond my control and I didn’t care that I must have looked like a Cheshire cat! I had obviously forgotten how to speak as my husband told him that we had met before. Once I had managed to form words into sentences I explained that we had traveled over last year so I could attend the self-defense seminar, the penny seemed to drop at that point for Alex, as we explained that I had darker hair at the time. He asked me whether he knew at the time that I had traveled from London, he even apologized for not realizing sooner as his schedule has been so busy since then. Seriously, does this man even realize how many people he must meet in one week let alone nine months ago?! Whether he remembered or not, the fact that he said it just goes to show what a genuinely nice guy he really is. He even took the time to chat with our little girl, who pretty much just stared at him wide eyed with a piece of pizza hanging out of her mouth, pretty much how mummy would’ve looked if I could have gotten away with it! Before they called time on the break, Alex made sure we were being looked after before heading back onto set. Whilst I can’t reveal anything about the episode they were filming out of respect for the production team, ladies, I can tell you that the McG blue shirt is back.
They did several takes of the scene before breaking again to reset to shoot the scene from a different angle which would be their last take of the day. Unfortunately, this signaled the end of our visit. Initially we had only been scheduled to be there for an hour but by the time we left it had been closer to three. Everyone had been incredibly gracious with their time and allowing us to stay on set. Before we left the set for the day, we were introduced to Grace Park. She is an incredibly lovely lady to speak to; she was shocked when she learned how far we had traveled. She asked if we had enjoyed our visit and wished us a good rest of vacation. Time with Grace was short as she was heading back onto set, so no photos but I am thrilled to have been able to meet her.
So, many of you would like to know what happened with the Fanbook. Because of the nature of the visit being during filming, it wasn’t appropriate to give it to the cast directly. Also, I couldn’t give it to Peter either as he had already returned to the mainland the previous day. So the book is in Jess’ capable hands – she is the assistant to Jeff Downer, Bryan Spicer & Peter Lenkov – with the promise that it will be passed on.
We had an amazing time on set, everyone in the cast and crew made us feel so incredibly welcome. Not that anyone would ever doubt it, but they really have put together an amazing team. CBS should be very proud of everyone involved in this series.
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!
FIVE-0 INVESTIGATES WHEN THREE FEMALE THIEVES UNKNOWINGLY STEAL SOMETHING DURING A TOUR BUS ROBBERY THAT MAKES THEM A SERIOUS TARGET, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, OCT. 10
“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”)
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.
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.
My fan girl heart is squeeing at this announcement! Will Yun Lee, aka Sang Min, is continuing his run on cable tv in kick ass roles. Fresh off his appearance in HBO’s True Blood, Yee has been cast as a villain in Cinemax’s special ops action series Strike Back. The details of his role are being kept under wraps but fans can be assured that his role will include lots of action.
Did you know Lee was also name one People’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2013?
Strike Back follows a team of British special operations soldiers who undertake high risk missions around the world. It will air on Cinemax sometime in 2015.
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.
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,
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
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’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
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, 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!
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 toolto determine when the festivities begin in your local timezone)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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