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.
Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) catches up with Aunt Deb McGarrett (Carol Burnett) before his Thanksgiving plans take a turn into the typical Five-0 danger zone. (Photo courtesy of Norman Shapiro/CBS)
One of my favourite guest stars from Season 4 is coming back and she’s not alone! Carol Burnett will be returning as McGarrett’s Aunt Deb. You may remember the touching scene where she announced to him that she was to undergo cancer treatment. While receiving chemo, she will meet a man to be played by the legendary Jersey Boy, Franky Valli. The two have a whirlwind romance which will result in her wedding in Hawaii. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like her cancer treatment will be success. “They’re going to have this whirlwind romance, and they’re coming to Hawaii to get married because they realize both of them don’t have much time left,” Peter Lenkov told TV Guide. Be prepared to have your heart strings pulled.
Photographer: Ross D. Hamamura – RDHphoto.net RDHphoto
Alex O’Loughlin once again used his star-power for good. On August 16, he attended the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii’s annual Walk in the Country event. In typical Alex style, he gracious posed with lucky fans at the fundraising luau. You can see more photos from Honolulu Magazine on our Facebook page!
Upon completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this past weekend, executive producer Peter Lenkov threw down the gauntlet to his cast. And in true Five-0 fashion, stars Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, and Jorge Garcia came through for fans, and for the charity. The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the internet by storm as a fundraiser and awareness generator to help combat ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gerig’s disease. People are dared to dump ice water on their heads as well as donate money to this great cause. So far, the campaign has raised $4 million in two weeks! Visit http://www.alsa.org to donate.
Note: After gamely dumping the freezing slush on themselves, the three actors chose to call out just one person; CBS President and CEO, Les Moonves. We’re happy to report that Moonves took the challenge not long after, and we’re hoping made a hefty donation to the extremely worthy cause.
Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, clarified the reports that McGarrett will be getting a new love interest in Season 5. Lenkov told TVLine,“Everybody’s selling it as a love interest, but really it’s a friendship.” Friends with benefits, perhaps? He also provided more details about the 100th episode, saying “There really will be no more questions, as to, ‘Are [Steve and Wo fat] related?’ and ‘What is Wo Fat’s relationship with Steve’s mother?’ … That’s all going to come to a head and be resolved.”
Bush from their official website
Mike Gordon of the Star Advertiser announced some big entertainment news for this year’s SOTB. Those attending the Season 5 premiere at Sunset On the Beach are in for quite a treat! The post-grunge rock band, Bush, will be entertaining the beach goers live on stage! I saw them in concert in my *ahem* younger years, and you’re in for a loud, rockin’ time!
Mike also noted that all of the main cast members will be attending the premiere, making it the first time since Season 2 that Scott Caan and Grace Park appear. No doubt the fans who line the red carpet will show their enthusiasm to the shows stars .
Ming-Na Wen and Daniel Dae Kim at the OCA Awards. Photo credit Ming-Na Wen via Whosay
Daniel Dae Kim was honoured by the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates this week along with actress Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Both received the Pioneer Award OCA is “dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.” (from their website)
DDK posing for a selfie with Tony Waller Posted by @1solesearcher on Instagram
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 blogsite
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.
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.
ALSA Golden West CEO 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
To many fans of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin, his wife Malia Jones has remained a bit of a mystery. It should come as no surprise that O’Loughlin, who is notoriously private about his personal life, would marry someone with the same values.
HILuxury Magazine has landed not only an interview with the gorgeous local girl, but has published some beautiful images of Jones in their August/September issue, and we’d like to share some excerpts with you.
From HILuxury Magazine
Being raised in a family of surfers and then moving on to modeling swimwear, it was a natural progression to designing a line of swim and vacation wear.
“My childhood was rowdy,” she recalls. “I was the tomboy big sister—just cruise and surf with the boys. I didn’t even wear a swimsuit until I was probably 14. Before that I was wearing big, baggy boy’s shorts and T-shirts, and surfing. Then, one day I got a Brazilian bikini.”
On designing her own fashion line;
“This has always been something I’ve wanted to do, and I’ve done it for different companies—I’ve designed my own line within companies and had creative input for other companies, so I’ve done this for everyone else. Now that I’m in one place, I can actually sit down and do it for myself, and it’s exciting,” says Jones. “These swimsuits need to be more timeless, so that you can always have that swimsuit that you love, that you know you look good in, that you feel your best in, that you can layer from the pool to the beach whether you’re in Hawai‘i or somewhere else.”
Ray experience at Dolphin Queat Photo: HILuxury
The former champion surfer tells the interviewer that she stills wears a swimsuit every day;
…she wore one to our HILuxury photoshoot paired with a simple black T-shirt, pareo and slippers, and while she still surfs and makes it a point to get in the ocean regularly, she now takes great pride in seeing the tradition continue with her children. Spike already has his own little surf-board, and enjoys riding the waves.
Malia Jones, wife of Alex O’Loughlin Photo: HILuxury
Touching on a bit her personal life with the actor who plays Steve McGarrett on the rebooted Hawaii Five-0;
Home now for the 37-year-old is in Diamond Head, where she lives with O’Loughlin and their growing family (they have three children between them, including their 1-1/2-year-old son, Lion). The couple met through mutual friends, and it didn’t take long to realize they could have a future together.
“Maybe we did everything backwards because we have the family, it’s not like people who date and then get married (and wonder what it will be like),” says Jones. “For us, every day is full-on, from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep.
“The wedding was more of a ceremony for our family than just us.”
Reading her philosophy of life gives some insight into how the life of a Hawaii girl fits so well with that of an Aussie guy;
“I feel like now less is more,” she explains. “Less is more in exercise. Less is more in clothes. Less is more in life. Less stress. Keeping everything super simple and still enjoyable.”
To view the complete article and photographs, go to HILuxury.
Fans of Hawaii Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin are used to seeing him lend his presence to raise money for a good cause. Whether it’s to spur organ donation, clean the coastline, or fight cancer, O’Loughlin has always generously donated his time and efforts to them.
Photo Credit: Kokua For The Philippines.
The CBS star’s latest cause however, has an extremely personal connection. A recent Twitter post by the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association (@alsagoldenwest) alerted us to the fact that O’Loughlin would be joining the group in September to promote their “Walk to defeat ALS.”
Alex with ALS Golden West CEO Fred Fisher Photo: @alsagoldenwest on Twitter
Although we here at 50undercover.com were initially unaware of his personal connection with the cause, we have some friends who knew the circumstances leading to this partnership. Through them, we discovered that the mother of Alex’s wife, Malia, was a victim of ALS, and so this charity has particular meaning to their family. Violet Jones-Medusky was a triathelete, and in a rather cruel irony, ALS often attacks people who are in exceptionally good shape. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis affects the motor neurons that normally send signals to your voluntary muscles. Without those signals, the muscles weaken, atrophy, and eventually stop functioning. The sufferer becomes paralyzed and is unable to breathe or swallow on their own.
As I looked into this story, I discovered that Vi Jones-Medusky was quite an extraordinary woman. An avid athlete, Jones-Medusky conquered triathlons, marathons, and even “Ultra-marathons”, including the “Haleakala Run to the Sun,” a grueling 36 mile trek up 10,000 feet up Maui’s famous crater. What impressed me most about this woman wasn’t her athleticism, but her love for life in spite of the hand she was dealt. Even as her muscles ceased to work and her quality of life deteriorated, the photos always depict a woman with a warm, genuine smile on her face.
A nurse by profession, Vi knew what she faced once she received her diagnosis. Determined to fight as long as possible, she continued to run, and when she could no longer complete an entire race, she joined relay teams where less endurance was required. And so it went until she had to rely on a wheelchair for mobility. Rather than feeling sorry for herself, Jones-Medusky became a tireless advocate for others suffering from ALS, offering them support and cheer while maintaining a blog chronicling her own fight. Her posts allow you into the mind of this incredible woman who always made the best of her situation, who not only celebrated family and love, but celebrated her life, as difficult as it was. “The transition of beach to sea was alot smoother,” Vi stated in her blog. ”I think my friends are getting the hang of it !!! So everyone got a turn holding and helping me to do my exercises for my legs and arms. Thank you again to all of my friends and see you next week as I love swimming with you!”
From “Violet’s Web”
Most ALS patients live between three and five years after diagnosis, but Vi managed seven, all the while surrounded by her loving, supportive family. Violet Jones-Medusky passed away on March 29, 2011 at the age of 59, but her spirit lives on. Her friends and family continue to raise funds to beat this horrific disease because as Vi told Midweek, “ALS is an orphan disease, because compared to diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes, drug companies put all their money into these diagnoses, because so few people have ALS that it’s not popular. Therefore, research money (for ALS) usually comes from family and friends of victims.”
Vi with daughter Malia From Violet’s blogsite
And that, my friends, is why we’re asking you to support the fight to defeat ALS. Join Hawaii Five-0’s Alex O’Loughlin, join long-time Hawaii Five-0 crew member Eric Uyeda and his “H50 ALS Warriors,” in keeping Vi’s fight alive. Please check out her old blog posts and photos at “Violets’ Web,” and then come back to the link and donate what you can. No amount is too small. Alex will appreciate your support, but even more importantly, so will the people battling this disease.
When: September 6, 2014 Check-in 7:30 AM Walk begins 9 AM
The name of Hawaii Five-0’s newest cast member has been revealed in a TV Guide exclusive. Much in demand actress Amanda Setton has been cast to play trainee to medical examiner Max Bergman (Masi Oka.) The exotic beauty was most recently seen on the Robin Williams’ comedy The Crazy Ones, and prior to that, played pushy office assistant, Shauna Dicanio on Fox’s The Mindy Project.
Earlier this month TV Guide reported Season 5 would bring a new love interest to Five-0 boss Steve McGarrett, and since Max already has a girlfriend (played by Willis-Moore offspring Rumer Willis,) could it be that Setton’s character Dr. Mindy Shaw, will fill the slot left by Michelle Borth? Many fans were upset at the announcement that Borth’s Catherine Rollins was being written off the show, so any new love interest will be met with much skepticism from many, particularly after we witnessed a heart-broken McGarrett in tears upon hearing Cath was staying in Afghanistan.
Alex O’Loughlin in “Makani ‘Olu a Holo Malie”
We here at 50undercover wish Amanda the best of luck, both in her role and in her reception from the fans. Unfortunately, female actors cast on the show (other than original member, Grace Park) haven’t always been met with wholesale acceptance from some on social media. Let’s make this a positive experience and show Amanda the aloha spirit!
In what has become an annual tradition, a Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kauila Kawelo Barber, Hawaii Five-0′s Hawaiian Language and Protocol Advisor, to kick off Season 5 . Getting a show to a fifth season is difficult so perhaps the blessing is working. Present were Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Dennis Chun, Jorge Garcia, and Peter Lenkov, as well as extras and crew.
Grace Park had this to say about the blessing, “There’s a beauty to the commencement of something and to come together and to recognize not only that point, but to have a vision of the entire time. You don’t know what it will look like, but you feel there is a hope and some reflection.”
Grace Park with Tannya Joaquin. Photo: Hawaii News Now
Fans immediately noticed the substantial facial hair that adorned Alex O’Loughlin’s face at the ceremony. He said that many people have been offering their opinions on it – not all of them positive. Shortly after the blessing, O’Loughlin was seen sporting a mustache as he began his transformation into Steve McGarrett.
Alex discussing his beard with Tannya. Photo: Hawaii News Now
Many hints were dropped about Season 5 including an extended 25 episode season!
Other spoilers include:
The island of Oahu will be turning into a ghost town with the disappearance of a million people in the season premiere
The return of Carol Burnett, Larry Manetti and Frankie Valli in episode 8
A possible appearance of golfer Michelle Wie
A new female cast member joining the medical examiner’s office as an assist to the quirky Max Bergman
Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim , Photo: Hawaii News Now
There is some big news coming from the Hawaii Five-0 camp as the cast and crew get ready to start filming Season 5 next week!
Steve finds out that Catherine is staying in Afghanistan.
TV Guide is reporting that Steve McGarrett will be getting a new love interest this year. His former flame, Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth,) was last seen riding off into the Afgan sunset leaving a big hole in McGarrett’s heart. The new lady is somehow connected to the senior McGarrett and when she visits his gravesite on the anniversary of his death, she’ll meet our favourite Navy SEAL. Will sparks fly? Judging from reaction on social media, not all fans like the idea of the Five-0 leader rebounding from heartbreak so quickly. What do you think? Yea or Nay?
See that guy the second from the left? Recognize him? That’s Victor Hesse, the man who killed Steve McGarrett’s father. Hesse went on to meet an untimely end at the hands of Wo Fat in Season 2. Or did he? Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, released the following teaser tweet.
@Jm_Live is the Twitter handle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran, James Marsters, the actor who played Hesse. Although he killed McGarrett’s father, he later saved Steve’s life. Looks like the complicated character is coming back to the island! It is not clear if he survived his jail house shanking at the hands of Wo Fat or if he will appear in flashbacks. As the kind of villain you love to hate, we’re hoping Hesse has lived to see another day.
Teilor Grubbs with Ian Anthony Dale
In other news, Ian Anthony Dale is keeping himself busy this summer. He will be joining the Hart of Dixie Season 4 cast as a rich, charming doctor that men would like to be and women would like to be with (not too much of a stretch for Dale.) This casting could mean he will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 in the near future. Sorry, Adam fans, he may be scarce in Season 5. The Heart of Dixie can be seen on the CW network.