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'Five-O' actress Park recalls gift of aloha

By Ben Wood

LAST UPDATED: 6:00 a.m. HST, Sep 19, 2010

ALOOOHA: In an interview shown by Hawaii News Now prior to the Sunset on the Beach red-carpet premiere of "Hawaii Five-0" Monday, Grace Park said she found out about "Aloha Spirit" when she visited Hawaii during her college days. Grace, who portrays Kono in the show, said they didn't have much money and slept in the bed of a pickup truck parked at a house without getting permission. But the truck's owner found out what was going on and came out of his residence. Grace thought they were in big trouble, but instead of chewing them out or worse, he provided them with blankets. That's showing Aloha with capital "A." I'd like to know more of gorgeous Grace's adventures during that visit ... Following the premiere, an after-party with the stars took place at Nobu Waikiki in the Parc Hotel. Owner-chef Nobu Matsuhisa was there. The CBS network premiere of "Five-0" is Monday at 9 p.m. on KGMB ...

THE NEW "Hawaii Five-0" has college bands across the country high-stepping it to the show's theme song, competing in "CBS's Hawaii Five-0 Marching Band Mania" contest for a prize of $25,000 toward their school's band program and the opportunity to have their winning video performance broadcast during a break in the Oct. 11 episode. The contest requires bands to submit a video of their "Five-0" theme song performance by Sunday. From Monday through Oct. 4, the public will have the opportunity to go to and have their votes count toward choosing the best performance. College bands from Hawaii, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, Miami, Arizona State, TCU, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Northwestern, Yale and many more have entered. Go Hawaii! ...

IN LAST WEEK'S Wood Craft, an old photo and caption from the newspaper's archives was selected for a "Hawaii Five-0"-related story. The archives caption incorrectly identified Herman Wedemeyer as James MacArthur. Both MacArthur and Wedemeyer were regulars on the original "Hawaii Five-0," MacArthur portraying Danny "Danno" Williams and Wedemeyer playing Duke Lukela. I have known both Jimmy and the late Wedey, a marvelous athlete at Saint Louis and an All-American running back at St. Mary's in the 1940s, for decades and that made the mistake even more painful. Receiving 10 e-mails pointing out the error first thing last Friday morning added to the misery. But it was nice to know people are reading "Wood Craft" ...

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Before retiring as chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Ronald Moon was honored with the new $133 million Kapolei Judiciary Complex being named after him on Aug. 27. He celebrated with a quiet dinner that night at Bali by the Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Bali G.M. Alicia Antonio placed his group in the popular Sunset Room. Joining Moon, his wife Stella and their daughter Jan Dobbs was Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court, who flew in to present Moon with a national award from the Conference of Chief Justices. Others at the dinner were Administrative Director of the Courts Rick Keller and wife, Linda, Keller's deputy Walt Ozawa and his wife Gayle, and California attorney John Moriarity. Moon officially retired Aug. 31, four days shy of his 70th birthday. Sen. Dan Inouye, 86, at the official naming of the judicial center Sept. 7, said with a smile that age 70 is much too young to retire ...

CHEERS: The Halekulani kicks off "The Art of Cocktail" tonight with a cocktail party, of course, on the Hau Terrace at 6 and winds up the series of events Sunday with a Bloody Mary Brunch starting at 11 a.m., also on the Hau Terrace. Tonight's party involves sampling cocktails by imported worldly mixologists, appetizers, and jazz by pianist Jim Howard and singer-bassist Bruce Hamada. The master mixologists will conduct five seminars and classes on Saturday. Call 931-5040 for prices and reservations ... The Kaala Boys is the Halekulani's guest act for its monthly Last Friday event at the House Without a Key next Friday ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin on Honolulu streets in World War II, writes of people, places and things Fridays. E-mail him at

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