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When CBS released a promotional video for "Hawaii Five-0" a few weeks ago that featured the University of Southern California marching band, the University of Hawaii band — which has played the "Five-0" theme for the past 42 years — was feeling a little like the ugly stepchild.

Not anymore. The network has a second promotional video featuring the Hawaii band, and it rocks.

(Now, don’t confuse this with the video done locally by the UH band for use in the network’s $25,000 contest. This is the all-pro version.)

Shot largely during the UH football team’s Sept. 2 season opener against the Trojans, the new video includes snippets of various "Five-0" episodes, including Grace Park in a bikini and Alex O’Loughlin without a shirt. The marching band is covered from all angles. It was even shot by a hat cam on the band’s lead trumpet player, Culbert Shimada, a senior music education major from Roosevelt High School.

"Isn’t it awesome?" said Gwen Nakamura, assistant band director. She’s also in the video, captured by the hat cam.

"The kids love it," she said. "They’re overwhelmed."

See the video at

ALTHOUGH ONLY TWO episodes have aired, "Five-0" is revealing its version of contemporary Honolulu, where everyone is good-looking but not always nice. At least, that’s the opinion of Nancie Caraway, wife of Hawaii gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie.

A research fellow at the Globalization Research Center at UH, Caraway wasn’t happy with Park’s character false-cracking a surfer who had cut her off, which in the eyes of the law is assault.

"I love the show. It is beautiful-looking, but, my goodness, do we have to show people physically abusing people in the ocean?" Caraway said. "Especially women. I don’t know anyone who would do that. She just walked over to him and slugged him in the face. That was shocking."

LOCAL LINGO and culture continue to make guest appearances in "Five-0." After Scott Caan’s Danno happily discovered malasadas in last week’s episode, sales jumped the next day at Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop in Kailua, according to Non deMello, shop manager and co-owner.

The shop sold 100 dozen malasadas, and many customers cited the "Five-0" reference.

"I’m not sure how much was coincidence or something attributable to the show, but every time I hear the word ‘malasadas,’ it’s great," deMello said. "Now next week, if they can work sweet bread into the script, that would be great."

No word yet on consumer response to the other localism mentioned in the second episode: pakalolo.

LAURIE FOI, the local casting agent for ABC TV’s new Hawaii-based series "Off the Map," is recovering from a brain aneurysm, and the Hawaii Actors Network has set up a fund to help with hospital costs.

Foi, 59, was briefly in a coma after being stricken Sept. 22, said her daughter, Danyel Kilgore, who flew in from Arkansas.

Her mother got her start in the 1980s on "Magnum, P.I." and has been involved with numerous TV and film projects. Foi is partially paralyzed, but her doctors are hopeful she will recover, according to Kilgore. She can comprehend what’s being said and is beginning to speak.

"She is showing progression every day," her daughter said. "There are small miracles."

The Hawaii Actors Network is a social networking site with more than 2,800 members. Its online donation page can be found at

"We wanted to show our strength in numbers and help one of our own in need," said Teddy Wells, site founder.

Kilgore, a preschool teacher, was moved by the effort from people her mother has worked with for years.

"It really has been wonderful," she said. "In many ways it makes sense, but at the same time it is always touching when people reach out in time of tragedy."

And that’s a wrap.

Mike Gordon is the Star-Advertiser’s film and television writer. His "Outtakes" column appears Sundays. E-mail him at


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