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'Hawaii Five-0' stars promise even more thrills and drama

The hit series kicks off its third season at Sunset on the Beach

By Steven Mark

LAST UPDATED: 09:50 p.m. HST, Sep 23, 2012

“Hawaii Five-0” kicked off its third season tonight in true Hawaiian style — with the beauty and warmth of the ocean, sky, breezes and beach matching the spirit and exuberance of the fans and actors.

An enthusiastic, international crowd of thousands gathered on the beach at Waikiki to cheer on the stars and executives of the show, who in brief comments provided hints of a season that promises even more excitement and emotional drama than the first two.

In last season’s cliffhanger finale, each member of the crime-fighting team faced a crisis: Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) discovered that his mother was still alive after believing that she was dead for 20 years, Danny Williams (Scott Caan) was considering whether to leave the squad to be with his daughter, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) was racing to save his wife and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) was tied up and dumped overboard at sea.

O’Loughlin, whose fans were among the most vociferous in the crowd, said his character is “evolving” in his relationship with his mother, portrayed by Christine Lahti.

“We have a lot of issues,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff for all the characters to deal with on a personal and emotional level.”

O’Loughlin praised the writers and CBS for scripts that continue to “go back to character for us.” 

“It’s so easy for a show, especially one that becomes a hit, to just go straight to procedural and they just do their thing … and it’s the crime of the week. They don’t do that. They keep filling us with great new back stories and character stuff.”

An Aussie, O’Loughlin said it was great that so many Australians came out for Sunset on the Beach at Waikiki.

“I love hearing the accent. I’ve been away from home for a long time now,” he said, but he warned his female fans that “my lady (Malia) is here, she’s pretty ferocious now and she’s eight months pregnant.”

Kim, who spent part of the summer doing charity work for Malaysia and Singapore, said his character will face some “big decisions” this year.

“I think Chin Ho started in a place where he was searching for family, and now he’s found it,” he said, adding that it was good to take a break after the drama of last season. 

Michelle Borth, who has been “promoted” to a series regular this season, said she is excited to show off more martial-arts moves. She portrays Navy Lt. Catherine Rollins, the romantic and crime-fighting partner of McGarrett, but so far has been relegated mostly to bedroom and office scenes.

“For this season it’s a lot of fight scenes, a lot of taekwondo,” said Borth, who’s taken up surfing since moving to Hawaii. “You just feel like a female version of McGarrett. And then we have some insane elaborate setups, explosions, helicopters and cars, like out of a film. It’s bigger and bolder.” 

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Anonymous wrote:
I thought CBS cancelled the show? All the island sheep will be herded to Waikiki to view this subpar television fiasco. Doesn't come close to the quality of the original show but all the locals think its the best thing since microwaveable lau lau...
on September 23,2012 | 04:19PM
aomohoa wrote:
You do know you are ONLY speaking for your self. It's a great show and just as good as the original with better acting.
on September 23,2012 | 06:24PM
allie wrote:
true. It is a terrible show. I am disappointed that SA serves as a publicity flack for this show which reflects so badly on Hawaii and hawaiians.
on September 23,2012 | 04:25PM
HIBF4711 wrote:
Their mainland pigeon english is so funny. Everyone thinks local residents can't speak proper english at all. No wonder they think most Hawaii residents are intellectual midgets...
on September 23,2012 | 04:35PM
allie wrote:
my mom watches sometimes and says it just so horrible. She is amazed that hawaiians and "locals" allow it to so misrepresent them. Garbage show
on September 23,2012 | 04:38PM
Pocho wrote:
maybe we all should join hands with Egypt in saying the US should respect the Arabs and their religion.
on September 23,2012 | 04:52PM
aomohoa wrote:
Go home to your mother.
on September 23,2012 | 06:27PM
aomohoa wrote:
As usual you don;t know what you are talking about! Why do you care? Do always say terrible things about Hawaiians. You are a Hippocratic!
on September 23,2012 | 06:26PM
Wazdat wrote:
Be grateful that a show is even shooting in Hawaii. It employees many locals and really helps tourism. I dont like the writing, BUT it shows how beautiful the islands are and it is a POSITIVE thing for us. ALOHA
on September 23,2012 | 06:18PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
What is with these chronic whiners? If you don't like the show, close your yap and change the channel. Millions of viewers clearly do not share your view. I think somebody is in need of a good laxative.
on September 23,2012 | 10:29PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Hey Folks, calm down with the Critical Remarks about Hawaii 5-O. It may not be the best of the best, and it may have a Culture value rating of 0-0, but what program does. Those that are critical of the show and its plethora of Shortcomings, Study to become a Screenwriter and contribute your talents. O.K.? Be Nice, eh. LUCKY YOU LIVE HAWAII!!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!! YIPPEEE!!!
on September 23,2012 | 11:18PM
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