The month of May is always a double-edged sword for “Hawaii Five-0” fans. While we can’t wait for the season finale to air, we also know May marks the end of new episodes for a few months.
Welcome to yet another summer hiatus. Full of repeats and anticipation for the season premiere. And after a fantastic season four, I have a feeling fans will be even more excited as we start to count down to September.
The “Five-0” cast and crew have about three months off before they return to work on season five. They wrapped at the end of March and typically start shooting again soon after the Fourth of July.
So far, it’s been a busy hiatus for several of the actors.
News of Alex O’Loughlin’s nuptials broke April 17, when pictures appeared on Instagram of O’Loughlin and Malia Jones in a white lace dress cutting a cake. Official news of their marriage came the following day. O’Loughlin and Jones had a son, Lion, in October 2012, and O’Loughlin called Jones his “wife” while being interviewed during Sunset on the Beach in 2013, so their wedding was not really a surprise. Many fans wished O’Loughlin and Jones much luck and love in their future together.
Other happy news came for Scott Caan and his girlfriend, Kacy Byxbee, who are expecting a baby in the next few months. Proud poppa James Caan spoke about the arrival of his grandchild at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award gala honoring Rob Reiner on April 28. Fans may have also seen photos of Caan and an obviously pregnant Byxbee holding hands in Los Angeles.
In my season four wrap-up in the Star-Advertiser, I hoped that fatherhood wouldn’t keep Caan in L.A. more than he was this season. Many fans noticed he was in several episodes, and yet almost absent in others. Caan is well-known for having his dog, Dot, with him on set, so I hope he brings new baby Caan with him to work as well. We love having Danno with the team, and not just mentioned or connected via technology.
Grace Park is being honored May 31 in Seattle by the National Asian Hall of Fame. Park was chosen because she exemplified the mission of the group, which is to “inspire the next generation to be successful (and) provide a positive and credible face instead of negative.”
She will be inducted along with Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, former U.S. Sec. of Commerce and Transportation Norman Mineta and former National Football League star Manu Tuiasosopo. Park plays a strong woman in the midst of a group of men and definitely represents a positive face for all women. We are definitely looking forward to what new drama she will face in season five.
Daniel Dae Kim has posted on Twitter about a relaxing visit to Maui during the hiatus. In between his well-deserved vacation, he spoke last weekend at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s undergraduate commencement. Kim, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, has lived in Hawaii since he started shooting “Lost” in 2004. I’m sure he had more than enough good advice and good wishes for the new graduates.
The biggest news came the day of the season finale, when Star-Advertiser reporter Mike Gordon wrote that “Five-0” was working on another “Sunset on the Beach” premiere for season five.
That’s exciting news for fans, some of whom have made it part of their annual Hawaii vacations. As fans from around the world and the continental United States love to attend the event, we just hope the date of the premiere is released soon to accommodate travel plans. There’s nothing like watching the sunset on Waikīkī Beach right before the cast and crew of “Hawaii Five-0” greet the crowds, then settle down to watch the show on a big screen surrounded by thousands of fans. If you haven’t attended in the past, think about making the fifth year your “Five-0” year.
As for the Five-0 Redux, we’re not taking a hiatus. We’ll be here every week, reminding you about the latest repeat, sharing more about Hawaii and Hawaiian culture, as well as our usual interviews with Hawaii actors and our favorites from the season. We hope you add the Pulse to your regular summer Saturday morning routine.
We’ll make it through the next four months together folks. Before we know it, it’ll be September and there will be lots to talk about for season five.
REDUX SIDE NOTE
This week’s repeat was a favorite, as it involved all the elements fans love — McG and Danno bickering, a tense procedural and a darling little baby to create even more drama for the team. “Ua Nalohia” (“In Deep”) introduced us to Mary Ann’s adopted daughter, Joanie, as well as JC Dekker, played by hip-hop artist and television personality Xzibit, who returned in “Kū I Ka Pili Koko,” (“Blood Brothers”) to reprise the role.
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