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BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

In Hawaiian, lokomaikaʻi means “good will, good disposition, generosity, grace; kind, humane, gracious, benevolent.” It’s a perfect description of “Hawaii Five-0” stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente.

"Hawaii Five-0" stunt coordinator and director Jeff Cadiente on location in Hong Kong during season four. (Courtesy Jeff Cadiente)

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“Hawaii Five-0″ stunt coordinator and director Jeff Cadiente on location in Hong Kong during season four.

Whenever I have the chance to chat with Cadiente, I always feel like I’m talking with a family member. He’s so down-to-earth about his successes and his career, always gracious and sincere. He never forgets to mention and praise his stunt team as being a big part of the reason why “Five-0” is being recognized again with Emmy Award nominations for their outstanding stunt work.

Cadiente often misses press events because of his shooting schedule. During last year’s Sunset on the Beach season four premiere, he was off shooting a car chase with Kono and Adam running from the Yakuza in Hong Kong, one of my choices for best season four stunts.

Even though Cadiente is not a red carpet regular, many viewers are familiar with his work, as he is a fan favorite on Twitter and Instagram. Cadiente is not afraid to share his pictures from the set, as well as images of his family and wife, fellow “Hawaii Five-0” stuntwoman Jacqueline Cryan.

One of the most popular videos shared by Cadiente was his on-set proposal to Cryan during the season four episode he directed. He worked with Alex O’Loughlin to surprise Cryan and posted the video for all of the fans to see:

He’s not only generous with fans — after I interviewed him during season three, he continued to be available for quotes and quick interviews when I had a question about stunts or his directing experience. That’s really the kind of guy Cadiente is; easy to work with and generous to everyone. Every guest actor I’ve interviewed said the same thing about him.

For a man of his level of expertise and professionalism who grew up in Hollywood, has worked in the industry since he was a teenager, and has seven Emmy nominations (four nominations as stunt coordinator for “24” in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and three for “Hawaii Five-0” in 2011, 2012 and 2014) under his belt, his positive nature is always a breath of fresh air. Not that he’s not proud of what’s happening for “Hawaii Five-0” or for being recognized, but for Cadiente, it seems as if it’s more about the show and his crew being recognized.

Emmy nominated stunt coordinator and director Jeff Cadiente with Alex OʻLoughlin on the "Hawaii Five-0" set. (Courtesy Jeff Cadiente)

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Cadiente and O’Loughlin on set.

“I’m happy for the show, I think it’s a good show and we don’t get a whole lot of award recognition, so it’s nice to get two nods for this season,” said Cadiente (the second nomination was for outstanding special and visual effects).

Cadiente’s nomination is a little different, as he is being recognized for outstanding stunt coordination for a drama series this year, rather than just for one specific episode. In 2011 he was nominated for stunt coordination on “Ua Hiki Mai Kapa Lena Pau” (“Until the End is Near”) and in 2012 for stunt coordination on “Ka Meʻe” (“The Hero”).

This year’s Emmy nod is definitely a great honor not only for Cadiente, but for his entire stunt crew. Cadiente has two Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble from 2008 and 2010 for “24,” but this Emmy nod seems even more special him.

“I couldn’t do this without my crew, so I like to give them props for their work whenever I can,” he said. “Unfortunately only the stunt coordinator gets recognized, but if you’re only as good as your team, I have a great team and it shows that their work is being recognized with this nomination.”

In the past, Cadiente usually chose one episode to submit to the Emmys, but this was the first year he had to submit a body of work from the season.

“I didn’t want to bombard them with a bunch of eye candy in my submission reel, so I picked the 10 best stunts, kept it short and sweet, and it must have paid off,” he said.

Jeff Cadiente's pick for one of the best stunts of season four: the helicopter stunt from “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi (Love One Another).” (Courtesy CBS)

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Cadiente’s pick for one of the best stunts of season four: the helicopter stunt from “Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi (Love One Another).”

I asked him what his best stunts were of season four, and he was quick to choose the car chase and crash along with the helicopter stunt at Aloha Stadium in the season opener, and the car driving under the truck in the clown car chase through Waikiki in the season four finale.

“That was actually a big stunt,” he said. “I’m not sure if people understood how intricate and dangerous that was because it was a comedic scene; it was supposed to be funny, and funny stunts really go unnoticed because you’re laughing.

“But that was a dangerous stunt. That was about as dangerous as we’ve gotten in the last few years.”

Cadiente was also able to step up as director for one episode during season four.

“There’s a little bit of stigma of being a stunt coordinator that you can only direct action, which is why I liked the episode,” he said. “It wasn’t a big episode for action, except the foot chase and one shoot out, but I liked that — I like telling stories and having to deal with a touchy subject, like religion and extremism — which is a really scary subject.

“Don’t get me wrong, I like action, but I liked being able to deal with the acting and the emotional storyline. I loved that episode. It had a little bit of everything in it, a little bit of action, it had drama, it had really good acting, and there was humor, and then the emotional ending scene. I was really blessed to get a really good script.”

I asked Cadiente if he did anything during the hiatus besides having a “barefoot on the beach” wedding with Cryan.

“I wanted to take some time off to recharge my batteries after season four, but I did some stunt driving during a helicopter chase during the Oahu filming of ‘Jurassic Park’ and did some action and car stunts in a music video with rapper Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover from ‘Community’).

He hopes to be able to attend the Emmy ceremonies this year, but it depends on the 25-episode “Five-0” shooting schedule. Cadiente said he will need to shoot every Saturday this year.

“I think the Emmys are kind of comical, because I consider myself the Susan Lucci of the stunt world, because I’ve been nominated so many times and still no wins,” he said.

I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing Cadiente pōmaikaʻi at the Emmys and for season five. Good luck to you and your team.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

After the lovely season five blessing on July 8, I was sad to hear so many negative comments about the fact that Scott Caan missed the ceremony. It seems as if Caan’s daughter was born the day after “Hawaii Five-0” kicked off their fifth season. I’m sure we all can appreciate why he was not on set. Scott and Kacy: ho’omaika’i ma ka hiki ‘ana mai o kāu kaikamahine; congratulations on the birth of your daughter.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com
PHOTOS BY CRAIG T. KOJIMA / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

With smiles, selfies and a Hawaiian blessing, the cast and crew of “Hawaii Five-0” started their fifth and longest season to date — a 25-episode marathon that began Tuesday with scenes in Waikiki and will last until April.

None of the principal actors worked Tuesday, but show stars Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Jorge Garcia joined executive producer Peter Lenkov (and a lot of wide-eyed extras) in the Honolulu Zoo parking lot for the show’s annual ceremony.

“I don’t think it’s old hat,” Kim said, wearing shorts, slippers and a maile lei, his hands shoved in his pockets. “I think a better way of describing this is comfortable. It’s been five years now and so it almost feels like a tradition. It’s nice on TV when you are around long enough to establish traditions.”

For much of its run, “Five-0” has shot more than the typical 22-episode season found on network television: 24 episodes in its debut season, 23 the next year, 24 after that and, last season, 22 episodes. It’s a long haul with 12- to 14-hour days a part of the routine.

O’Loughlin, wearing a thick, scruffy beard, said he has to ease into the season gradually.

“I don’t get jazzed up about the start any more because I know how long the road is ahead of us,” he said. “We are doing a lot of work. It’s a marathon. I am sort of at the top of the workload list and I have to keep myself healthy and strong. I’m very, very grateful and very excited to be back on the air for a fifth season but I’m planning … planning how I am going to do it.”

Lenkov said he couldn’t sleep the night before. He woke up at 3:40 a.m. for a blessing ceremony that started at 6 a.m.

“It’s always exciting,” Lenkov said. “It’s a new season. And this business is so fleeting. To be here for season five, it’s a thrill, it’s an honor, it’s a privilege and it’s always exciting.”

Lenkov promised fans action, character development and surprises.

“I’m not going to tell you specifically, but I will tell you this: In the premiere episode you’re going to see the island like you’ve never seen it before,” he said. “And it’s going to be abandoned. It’s going to look like a ghost town. Yes. A million people will have disappeared and we’ll wonder why.”

One of the fifth-season themes is resolution and Lenkov said he plans to revisit story arcs that were left hanging as well as bring back characters that were fan favorites. No, he isn’t naming names, but Carol Burnett, Larry Manetti and Frankie Valli will appear together in episode eight, he said.

And you might see Hawaii golfer Michelle Wie.

“We’re hoping,” Lenkov said. “It looks good. We would love to have her on the show and would love to do something golf related. It would be fun.”

Park liked the idea of a blessing, even if it was in a parking lot.

“Keeping real, right?” she said with a grin. “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.”

“Five-0,” which will celebrate its 100 episode this season, will premiere the fifth season at its annual Sunset on the Beach red carpet screening Sept. 13. Fans will get to watch the episode on the beach almost two weeks before the network’s Sept. 26 broadcast premiere.
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Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

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"Hawaii Five-0" Hawaiian language and protocol advisor, Kauila Kawelo Barber, blesses the cast and crew. (SA photo by Craig T. Kojima)

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“Hawaii Five-0″ Hawaiian language and protocol advisor, Kauila Kawelo Barber, blesses the cast and crew.

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It was a special treat for “Hawaii Five-0” fans worldwide as they watched the season five blessing unfold live via the Internet this week.

"Hawaii Five-0" star Alex O'Loughlin draped in maile for the season five blessing. (SA photo by Craig T. Kojima)

“Hawaii Five-0″ star Alex O’Loughlin draped in maile for the season five blessing.

I chatted with fans from all over the United States — 23 states, to be exact — and several foreign countries, including Canada, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, Argentina, Australia, and Indonesia.

Fans were thrilled to see Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Jorge Garcia, Dennis Chun, Al Harrington and Taylor Wily, along with executive producers Peter Lenkov and Brian Downer and other crew members.

The blessing was led by kumu hula and “Hawaii Five-0” Hawaiian language and protocol advisor Kauila Kawelo Barber. He spoke about the number five, ʻelima in Hawaiian, which is significant as “lima” also means “hand.” Barber explained how important their hands will be during their fifth season in producing a good show.

Barber followed traditional Hawaiian protocol by offering a pule kāhea (invocation prayer), and conducting a pī kai (salt water sanctification ritual) with kī leaves as he blessed the cast and crew.

Many fans noticed O’Loughlin, Kim, and Lenkov wore maile lei, which is also used in ka wehena o nā maile (the unraveling of sacred maile vines) in order to open a business or home, or even a new season of “Five-0,” according to Kahu Kalani Silva of the Hawaiʻi Cultural and Spiritual Services Center.

Park and Chun, however, wore orchid lei called the Christina, made with hundreds of orchid petals that are layered to look like feathers when worn. 
Both maile and Christina lei are often used in important ceremonies.

Dennis Chun wears a Christina lei and Peter Lenkov wears maile at the season five blessing. (SA photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Dennis Chun wears a Christina lei and Peter Lenkov wears maile at the season five blessing.

Since the blessing on Tuesday, the level of excitement amongst fans has only increased. Many are counting down the days to Sept. 13, when the show hosts its annual Hawaii premiere at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki. Behind the scenes video and pictures from the first two days of shooting have already flooded the Internet.

The additional news that “Hawaii Five-0” has been nominated for two Emmys — one to director and stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente and a second to special effects coordinator John Hartigan — has created even more of a buzz.

While many fans commented about O’Loughlin’s vacation beard and how Scott Caan was missing from the blessing, one question many asked was about the blessing itself. What it meant, and why for the fifth year in a row, “Hawaii Five-0” started their season with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

"Hawaii Five-0" stars Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, and Jorge Garcia. (SA photo by Craig T. Kojima)

“Hawaii Five-0″ stars Grace Park, Alex O’Loughlin, and Jorge Garcia.

For Hawaiians, starting any new project — like breaking ground on a building, opening a new business or moving into a new home — would only begin after a blessing by a kahu or spiritual advisor. The main reason is to purify the space (or project) of negativity, create harmony and balance for everyone involved, ask for protection and safety, and give thanks for being allowed to work within an atmosphere of kindness and respect.

Hawaiians also thank their akua and ‘aumakua (ancestral guardian spirits) for blessing them with aloha and supporting them in their kuleana (responsibility). Having a kahu conduct the blessing is a very pono, or correct, way to start any important and significant project.

“Hawaii Five-0” has definitely benefited from starting each season with a blessing. Many television shows don’t last very long. But to last five seasons with their 100th episode on the way, “Five-0” has definitely been more than blessed.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

Actress Amy Hill is in Hawaii this week to teach Acting Core Intensive, a two-day class offered this weekend at UH-Manoa. Hill, best known for her role as Sue, the owner of the Hukilau Café in “Fifty First Dates” (which was filmed in Hawaii), will guest star in the season five premiere of “Hawaii Five-0.”
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

"Hawaii Five-0 reenacts the 1941 December 7th attack in "Ho'onani makua kāne (Honor Thy Father)." (Courtesy CBS)

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“Hawaii Five-0″ reenacts the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in an episode nominated for an Emmy Award.

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

Three days into shooting its new season and CBS drama “Hawaii Five-0” is already having a week to remember. On Thursday the series was nominated for two Emmy Awards, one for stunts and the other visual effects.

Jeff Cadiente, the show’s stunt coordinator, was nominated for a body of work and a nine-person team led by John Hartigan, the “Five-0” special effects coordinator, was nominated for outstanding visual effects in a supporting role.

This is Cadiente’s third nomination for work on “Five-0.” He was nominated in 2011 and 2012.

Hartigan’s team worked on an episode that was special to the cast and crew — a look at the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the internment of Japanese citizens that followed. “Five-0” shot an explosive scene on Ford Island and then recreated a World War II internment camp in a Wahiawa field that was accurate right down to the size of the guard tower.

Executive producer Peter Lenkov said he was ecstatic.

“I’m going to throw out all humility and say we deserve the noms,” he said in an email. “We have the best crew working in TV, so it’s no surprise the voters recognize that too.”

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly on the show, also heaped praise on the production team.

“The Emmys don’t often nominate crime procedurals like ours for awards, so it’s an honor and a big thrill, especially since the nomination is for the episode that dealt with the Japanese internment, a subject that means a great deal to me,” he said via text message. “Those who follow me on social media though, already know I’ve been advocating award recognition for our stunt team for a while. I don’t think there’s another show on TV that does bigger stunts week in and week out than ‘Hawaii Five-0.’”

The competition is fierce in both categories.

The stunt category also includes “The Black List,” “Grimm” and “Revolution” from NBC and “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” from HBO.

The visual effects category also includes “Almost Human” and “Cosmos” from Fox, “Black Sails” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” from Starz, “Mob City” from TNT, “Vikings” from the History Channel and “The Walking Dead” from AMC.

The winners will be announced Aug. 25 on NBC.
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Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL  / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM"Hawaii Five-0" executive producer Peter Lenkov, right, with series regular Taylor Wily on the red carpet before the show's season four premiere in 2013.

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“Hawaii Five-0″ executive producer Peter Lenkov, right, with series regular Taylor Wily on the red carpet before the show’s season four premiere in 2013.

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

I’ve said it many times this year, but season four was the best season of “Hawaii Five-0” since the reboot premiered in 2010.

I know many fans love season one, but for me, the depth and maturity of the show came to a beautiful fruition this year. I spoke to executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov during a fan breakfast in March and he was totally gracious about my appreciation for their work on season four.

This week, “Five-0” fans were thrilled when Lenkov began to leak season five spoilers and announced plans for another Sunset on the Beach premiere in September. Fans will again be treated to a big screen glimpse of the season opener on Waikiki Beach, a red carpet reception line with the stars and live entertainment.

Fans were also abuzz this week over news of the return of several favorite actors, among them Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri), James Marsters (Victor Hesse) and William Sadler (John McGarrett). Both Marsters’ and Sadler’s characters are long dead, so most likely they are being brought back for flashback scenes.

Along with all that, fans are also gearing up for the start of season five filming on July 8.

Alex O'Loughlin flashes a smile while being interviewed on the red carpet. (Photo by Kat Wade, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

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Lenkov, left, with Alex O’Loughlin on the red carpet in 2012.

Yes, it’s still a few months until the Sept. 26 season premiere on CBS and we’re still in the midst of repeats from season four. Lenkov was kind enough to answer a few questions recently and share what he thought about the fourth season, his favorite episodes and to dish a bit about season five.

QUESTION: Season four was a blast. We had a fun time with the fan-built episode and enjoyed many wonderful performances. What episodes in season four did you have a special affinity for?

ANSWER: I know you mentioned it, but “Hoʻonani Makua Kāne” (“Honor Thy Father”) was a privilege to do this season. We’d been toying with a storyline about the Japanese internment in Hawaii ever since the first season and this just felt like the right year to do it.

Aside from amazing performances from our cast, our crew really got to shine, from the wardrobe, to the sets, to special and visuals effects, everyone on the crew rose to the challenge – and their incredible work is clear on the screen. The opening Pearl Harbor sequence is one of the best we’ve ever done.

Another favorite this season for me was “Kū I Ka Pili Koko” (“Blood Brothers”), the episode where McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) are trapped under a building. The core of the show has always been the relationships between our characters – they’re a family, they mean everything to each other – episodes like “Kū I Ka Pili Koko” give us a chance to explore the depths of those relationships, get past cases and the carguments and get to the heart of these characters.

McGarrett and Danny, when everything else is gone, they’re brothers.  It was an amazing episode to put together and our cast did a phenomenal job.

Fans love the new addition of SWAT Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) to the "Five-0" crew. (CBS)

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Chi McBride, right, was one of the new additions to the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” during season four.

Q: The addition of Chi McBride and Jorge Garcia to the cast has been very well received. What are your thoughts and reasons for introducing both Capt. Grover and Jerry Ortega to the island?

A: When we brought on both Chi and Jorge to the show, we knew we had found something special. We originally intended for Grover to be a foil in McGarrett’s life, a professional competitor. 

But when we got Chi and Alex together, we just saw this amazing chemistry in their interactions. We knew we had to build towards them being on the same team. Chi as Grover brings a strength and edge that’s a welcome addition to “Five-0.”

And with Jorge, we just had such a blast and fun with him, we knew we wanted more Jerry on the show. Jerry provides such a unique perspective to our world and an entryway into cases we might not have gone into before. Jerry adds another angle of worlds to explore.

Q: What was the most difficult episode to write and produce of season four?

A: “Hoʻonani Makua Kāne” (“Honor Thy Father”) might have been our most challenging episode of the season. Between all of the research and work we put in at the script level, and the work our cast and crew did to be authentic and true to the time period: it was definitely an all hands on deck situation to put it all together.

But as challenging as it was, I don’t think it could have come out better. A great achievement for our show.

JAMM AQUINO / 2013 Carole Hayashino, middle, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and Jane Kurahara, staff associate at JCCH, meet with executive producer Peter Lenkov during the shooting of a scene depicting the Honouliuli Japanese internment camp in “Hoʻonani Makua Kāne” (“Honor Thy Father”) filmed in October.

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Carole Hayashino, middle, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and Jane Kurahara, staff associate at JCCH, meet with executive producer Peter Lenkov during the shooting of a scene depicting the Honouliuli Japanese internment camp in “Hoʻonani Makua Kāne” (“Honor Thy Father”) filmed in October.

Q: With Wo-Fat on the loose, what plans do you have for the Shelburne story arc going forward? Can we expect to see the return of Doris?

A: In the world of “Five-0,” the Shelburne story arc is always going forward, especially now that we have both Doris (Christine Lahti) and Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) in the wind.

We just may not see where it’s going quite yet. But we will…

Q: Fans have enjoyed a fun roller coaster ride the last four seasons. How are you planning to deliver the same level of excitement in future seasons?

A: You know, we really strive each season to top ourselves. We don’t want to do the same things we’ve done and seen before. We just keep trying to raise the stakes for our characters – and when we do that well, it’s a hell of a ride.

Q: Is it hard to come up with fresh ideas? How does your writing staff continue to come up with action-packed episodes season after season?

A: It’s always a bit of a challenge to come back each year and come up with adventures for our team.

The great thing about hitting season five is that we just know our characters so well. We know all that they have been through and can build upon on that groundwork to push stories and characters forward. Where we’ve been gives us the path to know where we want to go.

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COMLENKOV WITH, FROM LEFT, ALEX O'LOUGHLIN, TAYLOR WILY, DANIEL DAE KIM AND AL HARRINGTON PRIOR TO A BLESSING THAT MARKED THE START OF SEASON FOUR.

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Lenkov with, from left, Alex O’Loughlin, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim and Al Harrington prior to a blessing that marked the start of season four.

Q: Any new season five writers or crew members that you’d like to tell us about?

A: We’re incredibly lucky to have the best crew in the business and they all feel as passionately about the show as I do. We’re lucky to have our crew ʻohana back for season five. 

On the writing side, we do have a few up-and-coming writers joining the fray. Sarah Byrd is joining us from the procedural world of “CSI:NY.” We’re bumping up our script coordinator for the last two seasons, Sue Palmer, up into the writing staff after doing a great job co-writing the Halloween episode, “Kūpouli ʻla” (“Broken”).

Kenny Kyle, who just recently won the Big Break Contest award at the Final Draft Screenwriters Choice Awards will be joining us.

Akeba Gaddis is an incredibly talented writer also joining the ranks as a staffer. If TV writing is something that interests any of your readers, I think our new writers show there’s no one way to break in.  

Q: To say fans are excited for season five is an understatement. Can you give us a few teasers?

A: We’re still breaking story for the season, but a couple places we know want to go this season are McGarrett dealing with Catherine’s (Michelle Borth) choice to track down Najib from “Makani ʻOlu a Holo Mālie” (“Fair Winds and Following Seas”) will be addressed in the early episodes.

We’re going to pick up on the whereabouts of Danny’s brother Matt (played by Dane Cook, who went on the run in season one). Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) may find Gabriel Waincroft’s (played by Christopher Sean) return to his life a bigger burden to bear than he expected.

And for Kono (Grace Park), we may be delving into her past in a way we’ve never seen before.

Q: With the addition of Grover to the team, how will the new dynamic play out on screen?

A: Grover’s just another great addition to the team – we got to see some of his budding relationships with the other members (spearfishing with Chin, Danny comforting him when his daughter was kidnapped) – but we really spent a lot of last season building up the relationship between McGarrett and Grover.

We’re looking forward to exploring his dynamic with the whole team.

Five-0 (from left to right: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim) investigates when a mysterious man targets select police officers for revenge and McGarrett is the next on his hit list. (Courtesy CBS)

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The team dynamic on “Hawaii Five-0″ is just one of the reasons why millions of fans keep tuning in to CBS each week.

Q: Any hints on Chin’s relationship?

A: Chin Ho’s still with Leilani (Lindsay Price), but they’re taking it slow, as you can imagine. Malia’s (Reiko Aylesworth) only been gone for two years.

He is moving on, as Malia would want him to, but making big decisions or commitments would be hard for anyone in that position. We may not see big movements in his relationship just yet.

Q: The banter is an integral part of the show for many fans. Do you think McGarrett will be able to handle a banter war on two fronts with Danno and Grover?

A: McGarrett’s the kinda guy that can handle banter on all fronts. I’d be more concerned for Danny being able to handle Grover’s banter. Grover’s a guy who can hold his own.

Q: What can we expect from Kono’s relationship with Adam this season?

A: We’ll be delving into Kono’s past, but also her present with Adam. Adam wants to move forward in the relationship, but Kono might be hesitant. She has an incredibly dangerous job, raising a family in that environment might give her pause. It’s a lot to take in for her.

Q: How many episodes do you plan for in season five? Any plans to involve the fans again?

A: We are slotted for 24 this year. We’ve loved having our fans involved in the process of making our show. We’re definitely thinking about how we can get our fans involved this season.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Alex O'Loughlin waved a double shaka for the fans at the Sunset on the Beach premiere of the fourth season of "Hawaii Five-0" this year. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

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ALEX O’LOUGHLIN, FLASHING A SHAKA, AND THE REST OF THE CAST FROM “HAWAII FIVE-0″ WILL RETURN TO WAIKIKI THIS SEPTEMBER FOR THE SHOW’S FIFTH SEASON PREMIERE AT SUNSET ON THE BEACH.

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

For the fifth year in a row, CBS will premiere the new season of “Hawaii Five-0” at its popular Sunset on the Beach red carpet party on Waikiki Beach, the network announced Wednesday.

CBS will screen the Sunset on the Beach season premiere on Sept. 13, which is nearly two weeks before the network debut on Sept. 26.

The event, which draws thousands of fans from around the world, has become a fall “Five-0” tradition. The network, and especially the show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov, consider it a way to thank fans.

“It allows me the privilege of sharing our premiere episode with our extended family on the most beautiful beach in the world,” Lenkov said. “So if you ask if I am excited — I am. More than words can describe. Mahalo.”

Fans await the stars' arrival to the red carpet in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012

THOUSANDS OF FANS SHOW UP FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE STARS FROM “HAWAII FIVE-0″ BEFORE 2012′S SUNSET ON THE BEACH SEASON PREMIERE SCREENING.

The event includes regular cast members and guest stars who arrive, usually after a full day of shooting, dressed in tuxedos and gowns and walk a red carpet along the shore.

This season will see a significant milestone in the rebooted version of “Five-0”: Its 100th episode. That episode is scheduled to be shot the same week as Sunset on the Beach, an event Lenkov called “the highlight of every season.”

“In an era when everyone’s attention is divided by a plethora of media choices, it’s humbling to have a show that’s about to celebrate its 100th episode,” Lenkov said.
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Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Actor Karl Makinen is the first to describe himself as a blue-collar actor — someone who has to work hard for every part they land. He’s made a name for himself as a perennial guest star, with appearances on popular television shows like “CSI,” “NCIS,” “The Unit,” “Prison Break,” “Without a Trace,” and “CSI: Miami.”

Actor Karl Makinen. (Courtesy KarlMakinen.com)

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KARL MAKINEN.

Makinen’s resume is long and the variety of roles he has played, from cops to bad guys, is impressive. The New York native is the son of a police officer, who didn’t understand his drive to be an actor until he landed a role on the first season of “NYPD Blue.”

Unfortunately, Makinen played a cop-killer in the episode, but the role helped his father accept that he had what it took to become a successful actor.

Lucky for us, he’s continued with his acting dream and played Jack Anderson in what was probably one of the best guest roles of season four on “Hawaii Five-0.”

Makinen’s character — a bar owner and family man who protected his patrons from local toughs and was an anonymous supporter of the local police — was expertly written by John Dove and smartly directed by Peter Weller.

Looking at the roles Makinen has played throughout his career, often regular guys who are pushed into a corner and forced to protect themselves or their children, you can understand how he was a perfect fit to play Jack Anderson.

Makinen played Anderson as a true good guy, yet someone whose life was a cover for being on the run from the FBI for 20 years. He accidentally killed a woman while trying to escape the police after a liquor store robbery. Even though we know he killed someone, it seemed like he never committed a crime after the robbery and had spent the last 20 years making his amends.

It was hard not to like Anderson and feel empathy for him. He had stayed straight, had a great wife and two small boys and ran a good business. He was friends with Grover (Chi McBride) and seemed to be a friend to all.

Much like the solid guy Makinen seems to be in real life.

I spoke to Makinen with Amy Bakari during the “Amy and Friends Show” on KPRP-AM 650, and he was as easy to talk to as it was to love him as Jack Anderson. Makinen shared a lot about his life and his acting, as well as his experiences on “Hawaii Five-0.”

“I hadn’t been to Hawaii, so that was pretty awesome. It was so beautiful,” he said. “Then to be able to go to a great place like that and to work on ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ which is a great show. And then not only that, as an actor who is ‘guest star guy,’ and most parts I get, are not necessary full with so many levels to play.

“Thanks to writer John Dove, my guest star is the best guest spot I’ve ever had, as far as a character that has that really has a full arc and so many levels to him. It was awesome to get the part. I was really excited.”

Actor Karl Makinen hugs actress Laurie Fortier in a bittersweet farewell scene in "O kēlā me kēia manawa.” (Courtesy CBS)

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MAKINEN IN A SCENE FROM “HAWAII FIVE-0.”

Makinen was thrilled to be able to sink his teeth into a meaty part.

“Luckily in my life, I don’t have any sort of major regret,” he said. “But you think about little regrets that you have in life and how they eat away at you. That’s why I love this character.

“He was trying so hard to live this other life, in order to make up for the one that he screwed up. And it took a horrible event for him to really face up to it and that was the only way he was going to move on. They just don’t do that on television. They don’t have this kind of guest spots for actors.

“So when I booked the part, I was so excited, because it meant a lot to me as an actor. I have to work hard for every part I get, and when I get a really great one like this I just really appreciate it and love to do it.”

I asked about working with Peter Weller on set, and Makinen talked about what a great experience it was to work with the popular “Hawaii Five-0” director and actor.

“Peter Weller is a character,” he said. “He’s a super intelligent guy. His brain is always jumping ahead to the next scene. He just let me do my work and guided me. He did a great job.”

Makinen also talked about his favorite parts to play.

“I always play bad guys or cops. I think I just have that look,” he said. “Cop parts for me are not as fun as the bad guy. When you play a bad guy, there are so many levels; it’s so much fun.

“Usually I play straight up bad guys, so my mom and dad sometimes ask if they are going to bring me back for another episode. And I have to say no, I’m the bad guy, I either die or go to jail.”

Well, sometimes on “Hawaii Five-0” the bad guys come back.

Actor Karl Makinen as Jack Anderson in a scene filmed at The Hideaway Bar in Waikīkī. (Courtesy CBS)

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MAKINEN IN A SCENE FILMED AT THE HIDEAWAY BAR IN WAIKIKI.

Makinen also spoke fondly of shooting at The Hideaway Bar in Waikiki.

“That was my last day of shooting and I had all those fight scenes,” he said. “I practiced for three hours and it was hot and humid. We didn’t get to the fight until about 11:30 at night, but after I met Peter Weller and Laurie Fortier, who played my wife, and we hung out there with the crew.

“That bar has such character. It’s a little dive bar in the midst of this big city. It was great.”

Makinen knows about bars with character as his most recent passion is running his two Los Angeles area restaurants.

“It’s a love of mine. I love food, and I love great people. I love entertaining guests,” he said. “It’s a gastropub called The Local Peasant. Local beer, local wine, local produce, local people, I try to hire local employees.

“It’s chef-driven, upscale pub food. It’s amazing. I love it.”

Follow Makinen via his website and check out his restaurant, The Local Peasant, when you are in Sherman Oaks or Woodland Hills.

Tell him Five-0 sent you.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

This weekend is a big one, with Friday’s repeat of “Ma lalo o ka ‘ili” (Beneath the surface) and Saturday’s special airing of “Kupuʻeu” (“Fallen Hero”).

If you haven’t seen Ian Anthony Dale’s latest project, the Steven Bochco summer drama series, “Murder in the First,” on TNT, it replays Saturday with a new episode Monday. Dale stars as Lt. Jim Koto, a Stanford graduate and head of the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide unit.
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BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Season four of “Hawaii Five-0” has been one of the strongest since its debut in 2010. Not only are the storylines better and characters more developed, but there have always been amazing action and stunt scenes in the forefront of the show.

Between the strong writing by Peter Lenkov and his team, great direction and a stunt team led by stunt coordinator and director Jeff Cadiente, “Five-0” has figured out the winning formula for a hit television show.

While I usually spend my summer reflecting on the past season, I can’t help but think about all the great action that propels not only the plot of the show, but also helps to further develop the relationships between main characters. The action in each episode also tends to reveal the thoughts and motives of secondary characters, who are often deeply involved with the week’s procedural or a particular character arc or storyline.

I had a much longer list of favorite action scenes this season, so I broke everything down into four main categories to highlight a few of my favorite explosions, car chases, fights and shootouts of the season.

BEST EXPLOSIONS

While “Hawaii Five-0” is no stranger to blowing things up, this season some of the explosions have made more of an impact on an episode’s storyline instead of just being a cool effect.

In the season premiere for season four, the destruction of Danno’s (Scott Caan) Camaro was a sad moment for fans, as most were very used to watching McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) driving Danno’s silver bullet as they worked a case.

The scene was even more action packed with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) engaging in a shoot out with El Condor (Nestor Serrano) and his crew (Henry Ian Cusick, Martha Higareda and Eddie Fernandez).

Another detonation that served as a major event within a storyline was the explosion and building collapse in “Kū I Ka Pili Koko” (“Blood Brothers”), which not only revealed more about McGarrett and Danno and their relationship, but also helped to explain Danno’s new love, Amber (Lili Simmons), as well as his fears about being a good father.

Wo Fat’s (Mark Dacascos) timely escape from a maximum security prison in the season finale “ʻO Ka Pili ʻOhana Ka ʻOi” (“Family Comes First”) was another explosion that really made an impact. Fans loved how it confirmed, as well as progressed, the mystery surrounding Wo Fat and McGarrett’s mother, Doris (Christine Lahti).

BEST CAR CHASES

“Hawaii Five-0” has some of the best car chases on television. Not only is Hawaii the best backdrop for scenic speed, but the fun twists McG tends to throw in always give the typical car chase scene its definitive “Five-0” flair.

Along with Kono (Grace Park) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) being chased in the streets of Hong Kong and Danno on the run from the HPD with McG while trying to shield Roy Parrish (Michael Madsen), car chases on the show this season have been cool and intense at the same time.

One car chase, interestingly enough, involved horses. In “Akanahe” (“Reluctant Partners”) McG and Grover (Chi McBride) chase bank robbers on horseback and start a cowboy-style shootout while trying to stop their suspects.

One car chase that encompassed all fans love about “Five-0” has to have been the clown car chase in the season finale. I loved watching McG and Danno race through Waikiki in a small, three-wheeled red scooter, snipping at each other like an old married couple — yet still being able to catch their man.

BEST FIGHTS AND FOOT CHASES

Of fights and foot chases, McG wins on his feet and Chin takes the belt for fights this season. Not that Danno didn’t get his licks in, but Chin and McG seemed to be the ones who took the lead in this category.

Chin had two great fight scenes with his ( brother-in-law Gabriel (Christopher Sean)) in “Hana Lokomaikaʻi” (“The Favor”).

Chin also fought a serial killer while being tied up and stabbed. This season was just another reminder of his fighting abilities on the show.

I would be remiss in mentioning the amazing fight scene between Cath (Michelle Borth) and Yakuza henchman Hideaki Kuroda (Brian Tee) in “Ua Nalohia” (“In Deep”). One of the longest fight scenes of the season, Cath definitely held her own in order to get information that could help Kono find Adam.

While McG is better known for his fighting ability, he had some amazing foot chases this season, with the coolest having to be when he chased a wannabe terrorist. He even jumped from the roof of one building to another at one point during the scene.

Another foot chase — that turned into a gunfight, a fistfight and then a very cool motorcycle stunt — saw McG and Danno chase bad guy Ellis Gregory (Will Oak Wild) at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Of course, our heroes succeed, engaging Gregory and his mates in a museum shootout and a bit of one-on-one combat. I love when they work together; McG shot Gregory’s tire out and Danno got him with a good right hook.

BEST GUNFIGHTS

What’s an episode of “Five-0” without a little gunplay? I’ll just mention the biggest scenes that made an impact this season.

When McG and Cath faced the Taliban in Afghanistan and McG was almost beheaded, viewers were on the edge of their seats. That was a more serious gunfight, both in the ambush of McG and Cath, as well as the gunfight when McG was rescued by his fellow SEALs.

Another great scene fans loved was the gunfight in in “Nā Hala a ka Makua” (Sins of the Father), as it coupled a fantastic car chase with a major shootout.

Things didn’t seem that serious when bullets started flying (there was time for a romantic argument in the middle of it) after Danno and McG took Roy Parrish to see a man who could clear his name. Unfortunately, it turned into a pretty nasty shootout and they had to be saved by the rest of Five-0, as well as Grover and his HPD SWAT team.

One of the best action scenes that gave fans a glimpse of what was to come in season four was the big car chase, gunfight and helicopter stunt that pitted McG against El Condor and his crew.

Fans loved the action and suspense of watching the Five-0 team engage in a major shootout, only to see their vehicle flip and McG chase the crew into Aloha Stadium where a getaway chopper waited. McG handily jumped aboard to fight El Condor and his henchmen, eventually tossing him out of the helicopter to his death.

BEST SCENE

I can’t leave one of the best action scenes of the season off my list. The reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 in “Hoʻonani Makua Kāne” (“Honor thy Father”) has been well documented on the Pulse.

The opening scene, including a view of what it was like on the ground with soldiers and sailors fighting back and their world exploding around them, seems to be so much more than just categorizing it as best of the season.

Hopefully, the accolades this episode deserves will help build the show’s reputation as a strong dramatic series. I’m sure the cast and crew are proud of the work they’ve done this season, as is evidenced in every episode they’ve produced.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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Thomsen as "HPD Officer Pua Kai" in a scene with Alex OʻLoughlin and Grace Park in “Peʻepeʻe Kānaka.” (Courtesy CBS)

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SHAWN THOMSEN, CENTER, AS HPD OFFICER PUA KAI IN A SCENE WITH ALEX O’LOUGHLIN, LEFT, AND GRACE PARK.

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Hawaii-born actor Shawn Thomsen is best known for his comedic talents, but he’s also a very passionate and community minded young man.

Many “Hawaii Five-0” fans know Thomsen as the spunky, super self-confident Pua Kai, who started off season four as an HPD Recruit in “Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi” (“Love One Another”) and returned as rookie HPD Officer Kai toward the end of the season in “Peʻepeʻe Kānaka” (“Those Among Us”). His blatant flirting with Kono (Grace Park) was endearing, and while Kai’s aggressive moves may have backfired for him, he still came off as sweet and charming. 



Hawaiʻi born and raised, actor Shawn Thomsen. (Courtesy Shawn Thomsen)

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SHAWN THOMSEN.

Thomsen seems to have set up the Pua Kai character in season three, when he played an unnamed security guard in “Pā‘ani” (The Game). In his scene, Thomsen informed Kono he was on his way to becoming a police officer.

“This was the set up for Pua Kai and his connection to Kono,” Thomsen said.

When he showed up in the following season opener guarding the perimeter of Five-0 headquarters, we saw how his dedication to security had been raised to a new level.

While we all loved how serious Kai was about his job — from his extensive research into the criminal mind as a security guard, to his firm hand as an HPD recruit — we also enjoyed Thomsen’s obvious comic nature, which delightfully flowed through his character.

Thomsen played Kai as a dedicated and serious character, yet we have to laugh at his over-exuberance. When Kai wouldn’t allow Kamekona (Taylor Wily) to get to his ʻohana who were being held hostage in “Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi” and helped McGarrett (Alex OʻLoughlin) and Kono find and process evidence in “Peʻepeʻe Kānaka,” I loved the humor generated by his appearances.

While his character could have come across as irritating and self-important, I saw him as someone I could not stay mad at for long. I was as charmed by Pua Kai as Kono seemed to have been.

Thomsen was gracious enough to talk about his experience on set and what it was like working with the cast and crew.

“The crew is amazing,” he said. “Everyone is so polite and happy and they make you feel really comfortable — and they are fast!

“Makeup/hair and costume is prepped, and when you are called to set, they set you up with props, and you are wired for sound — sometimes at the same time. They are so gentle. It’s a like cool breeze has passed through you. Everyone was just so amazing.”

Thomsen said he learned a lot from his scenes with Park.

“With Grace, both times we barely had time to go over lines beforehand and we only went through our lines as were learning how the scene was going to be shot, which was exciting.

“I learned a lot in the short time we had to work together and I am really grateful for those experiences. One thing that she said that I will always remember: ‘Try to hold on to the moment in the scene.’ It’s such great advice to give to anyone and you can’t really learn that in a book. You actually have to experience it.”

Hawaiʻi actor Shawn Thomsen as "HPD Recruit Pua Kai" and Taylor Wily as "Kamekona" in the season four opener. (Courtesy CBS)

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SHAWN THOMSEN, LEFT, IN A SCENE FROM “HAWAII FIVE-0″ WITH FELLOW HAWAII ACTOR TAYLOR WILY.

THOMSEN’S SCENE with Taylor Wily made him feel like he was working with an old friend.

“I admit I was really nervous about working on the scene with Taylor because I wasn’t sure if it was to be serious or comical,” he said. “There were some lines I wasn’t sure how to deliver, so I waited until I was called to set and met up with Taylor to see how to react off of how he delivered his lines.

“Taylor is a really cool and relaxed person, so it was kind of like hanging out with family, which set my nerves at ease. It took a while to get to our scene, so we kept running lines with each other so we wouldn’t have to do it cold when it came time to shoot. I had a lot of fun working with him.”

Thomsen said he was “super nervous” to shoot the ending of “Peʻepeʻe Kānaka.”

“The rest of the cast (Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim) was there and I had never worked with anyone other than Grace and Taylor,” he said. “I just sat the table with them for the scene at Tropics. But they are really great people. Alex was really nice when I met him. Grace is really fun to work with. I learned a lot just working with her in those scenes.”

Thomsen, who works for Xerox Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s business center, said he was surprised by the amount of fans who stopped to watch them film.

“Since I work at the Hilton, that was another reason why I was so nervous,” he said. “Some of the people who were watching were people I work with, and of course, one of them yelled, ‘Eh das Shawn!’ which brought on more nerves.

“On my break I noticed that the TVs inside the bar also had us on screen, and I felt even more pressure to try and at least keep up with the pros. When we did the run-through, I was just in awe of everyone at the table. There was this radiant glow exuding from each and every one of them, from the way their bodies were positioned, the way they delivered their lines, and how in-sync they were with each other.”

Thomsen is a very familiar face to Hawaii residents. Born and raised on Oahu, he is a graduate of Waipahu High School and Leeward Community College. While he was interested in acting “since small kid time,” he wasn’t involved in theatre until a friend from high school suggested he take a drama class.

“After that it just snowballed,” he said.

Hawaiʻi actor Sean Thomsen's first turn as Pua Kai the "Security Guard" in "Pāʻani." (Courtesy CBS)

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THOMSEN’S FIRST ROLE ON “HAWAII FIVE-0″ WAS AS A SECURITY GUARD.

SINCE COLLEGE, Thomsen has done his fair share of community theatre. His extensive resume includes Kumu Kahua’s “Moa A Mo’i – Chicken into King,” the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival’s “Timon” and “The Belles Stratagem” at The Actors Group.

“I also did some background work on “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” and “All For Melissa,” as well as a commercial for Helping Hands Hawaii,” he added.

Thomsen and his friends also started the improvisational theater group In Your Face Improv, and he helped organize the nonprofit Honolulu Broadway Babies, which “raises awareness for a continuing education program in Hawaii and fundraises for charities that help those who are developmentally challenged.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of HBB. As show director, Thomsen and crew will present “A.W.O.L. (Artist With Out Limits)” from Aug. 21-23 to celebrate.

“Our shows always feature new and rising local talent from children to adults,” Thomsen said. “We also have some well-known local talents such as Mandy Suganama from KUMU-FM’s ‘Mandy in the Morning Show.’

“What is so special about our shows are that we actually fly in artists who have been on Broadway. This year we are we will have Trisha Mae who played Gigi in ‘Miss Saigon’ and Mimi in ‘Rent’; Marc Dalio who played Chris in ‘Miss Saigon’ and Gaston and the Beast in ‘Beauty and the Beast’; Audri Dalio who played Kim in ‘Miss Saigon’ and Jasmine in ‘Aladdin’; and Kristian Lei, who played Kim in ‘Miss Saigon’ and Nala in ‘The Lion King.’”

Thomsen will also be busy this summer acting in Kumu Kahua Theatre’s remount of “Flowers of Hawaii” by Lee Cataluna, which opens July 24 and runs until Aug. 3.

You can follow Thomsen on Twitter and Instagram, and you can learn more about his HBB group on YouTube.

We hope to see more of Thomsen in future “Hawaii Five-0” episodes as well.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

If you need a refresher on Shawn Thomsen, catch a special repeat of the season four opener, “Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi” (“Love One Another”), on CBS Saturday.

CBS will also air “Pale ʻia” (“Buried Secrets”) and TNT will air “Ma Ke Kahakai” (“At the Shore”) on Wednesday.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Actor Christopher Sean playing Mexican drug cartel boss, Gabriel Waincroft. (Courtesy CBS)

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CHRISTOPHER SEAN AS MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL BOSS GABRIEL WAINCRAFT.

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

More often than not, the bad guy always gets what he deserves on “Hawaii Five-0.” Actor Christopher Sean is no exception to the rule, he did get a huge pat on the back from fans as well as veteran actor William Sadler, who guest-starred with him in this week’s rebroadcast of “Hana Lokomaikaʻi” (“The Favor”).

Sean, best known for co-starring in web drama “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” is a young actor with a bright future ahead of him. His portrayal of Bing Lee in the online series earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media. His turn on “Hawaii Five-0,” playing Chin Ho Kelly’s (Daniel Dae Kim) brother-in-law Gabriel Waincroft, was a big hit with fans, who saw him as a young innocent turned into a deadly drug lord via flashbacks into Chin Ho’s tragic past.

Little was known about Sean before he appeared on “Hawaii Five-0.” After the episode aired, he spoke to me and Amy Bakari on the “Amy and Friends Show” on KPRP-AM 650. Sean was very candid about his very detailed character arc, lessons he learned about acting while on set, as well as his experience working with Daniel Dae Kim.

Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Christopher Sean on the set of “Hana Lokomaikaʻi.” (Courtesy Christopher Sean)

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DANIEL DAE KIM AND CHRISTOPHER SEAN ON SET.

“Watching Daniel work, I thought, ‘I want to be you! I gotta be you in my life,’” said Sean.

“(For the fight scenes), we got out there we spent a couple of hours going back and forth, but Daniel is such a natural, he’s so talented, we both picked it up quickly, and we both just ran through it and we said, ‘Okay, I think we’re good,’” he said.

Sean grew up training in Tae Kwon Do, boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu, so the fight scenes came relatively easy for him, as did the complicated character arc he had to portray.

“The script was very well done, I knew what they wanted and I knew what was expected of me,” he said. “I felt very comfortable portraying this person. I’m at an in between age (where) I can look younger and then when I do grow a goatee, I look sort of dangerous and older.”

Sean played Gabriel as a young confused kid, just beginning to get involved in gang activities during the flashback scenes. Then he aged 15 years to play a Mexican drug lord for present-day scenes. In the flashbacks, we learn Sean’s character shoots and kills Chin’s father, Lt. Kam Tong Kelly (Gary Ala), in a botched robbery he was forced to complete in order to join a local gang. Chin and his partner at the time, Sgt. John McGarrett (William Sadler) investigate the murder, which was never solved.

“The director (Sylvain White) was extremely positive with his notes, he told me where to get bigger and where to focus,” Sean said. “I just took his notes and I incorporated everything.

“I did what he wanted, and working off Daniel was so easy, it just made it so comfortable.”

We saw a lot from Sean. He had to play innocence and then destroyed innocence. He also played evil and sadistic; a wide range of emotions.

“The writers (Peter Tassler, Peter Lenkov, Ken Solarz) really made my job easy. I just followed their direction.”

Fans loved Sean as Gabriel and flocked to compliment him online. Sadler, who called in during Sean’s interview, met him on set. While they had no scenes together, Sadler still had a lot to say about the young actor.

Actor William Sadler shared sage acting advice with Christopher Sean on the set of “Hana Lokomaikaʻi.” (Courtesy Christopher Sean)

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WILLIAM SADLER SHARES ACTING ADVICE WITH CHRISTOPHER SEAN ON THE “HAWAII FIVE-0″ SET.

“I didn’t have any scenes with him, (but) we talked for a bit in the make-up trailer,” Sadler said. “He is a terrific guy, he was really wonderful.

“But I have to say, he just rocked that character. I thought he did a great great job. Talk about a really nice character arc — he starts off in this one place as a scared kid and then he goes through a great transformation. It was really fun to watch.”

Sean took away a lot from meeting Sadler.

“There’s one thing that I’m never going to forget. William said that one of the techniques he uses as an actor is to show intelligence you have to be aware of everything around you— and to show the less intelligent characters, you just focus on one small spot. I’m going to incorporate that in everything now,” Sean said.

Sean, who is half-Japanese, grew up around the world as the son of a military father. Pulling off a local Hawaii boy look came naturally for him, and he was perfect playing a character viewers had heard about but never met. Malia (Reiko Aylesworth) had talked about her brother and we knew he was bad news, but until this episode we had no idea how ingrained he was in Chin’s past.

For Sean, this was a chance of a lifetime, and it looks like he not only learned a lot but also delivered an outstanding performance. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

REDUX SIDE NOTE

Congratulations to Daniel Dae Kim, who has joined the cast of “Insurgent,” the second film in the “Divergent” series.

This week TNT rebroadcasts of “E Mālama” (“To Protect”) and “Pōwā Ma Ka Moana” (“Pirate”).

“Pōwā Ma Ka Moana” is a special episode for many fans from Hawaii, as it was in this episode that Hawaiʻi actress Mary Beth San Juan played an extra. It has almost been a year since her death.

San Juan’s family shared their appreciation with actor Dennis Chun, who sent this message:

“Mary Beth’s family wanted to thank all the fans for remembering Mary Beth. The Five-0 ʻohana is a very special group whose love and aloha made a positive difference in her life.”
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Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

JAMM AQUINO / 2013DANIEL DAE KIM ON THE SET OF "HAWAII FIVE-O."

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DANIEL DAE KIM ON THE SET OF “HAWAII FIVE-O.”


BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

Daniel Dae Kim, one of the regulars on the CBS drama “Hawaii Five-0,” has joined the cast of the feature film “Insurgent,” his publicist confirmed Thursday.

Kim will start work on the film later this month in Atlanta but return to Hawaii in July when CBS begins shooting the fifth season of “Five-0.” He is scheduled to return to Atlanta for additional filming at mid-season, his publicist said.

“Insurgent” is the sequel to “Divergent,” the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular young adult series. It stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Kim will play Jack Kang.

The film is expected to be released on March 20, 2015.
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Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

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