HAWAII FIVE-0 CASTING WINDING DOWN; GRACE PARK NEWEST ADDITION

HAWAII FIVE-0 CASTING WINDING DOWN; GRACE PARK NEWEST ADDITION




BUT WHO WILL PORTRAY THE ICONIC DANNO?



James MacArthur will not make even a cameo in the pilot. The actor tells Reel Hawaii “I have nothing to do with the new show.  I hope it is a big hit for all concerned.  The state could sure use it”…




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Battlestar Galactica‘s Grace Park has joined the cast of CBS’s updated Hawaii Five-O slated to start filming on Oahu March 8 or 15….Park will play Kona Kalakua, niece of squad member Chin Ho Kelly, who will be played by Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim. In the pilot, Park’s character is a champion surfer in the police academy who’s recruited to join the police unit run by Steve McGarrett played by Alex  O’Loughlin.


Kalakaua is 23-27 years old… In the script she’s described as “a spectacular Asian/Hawaiian beauty…with the smarts to match her amazing physical prowess”… Kalakaua’s primary interest in the pilot is becoming a cop. She’s about to graduate from the police academy when McGarrett recruits her to join his team. Kalakaua goes undercover as a downtrodden immigrant girl looking for help from a notorious human trafficker, a dangerous assignment – it involves sex slavery “that takes a disastrous turn”…


Is Park’s character based on the original Kono role played by Zulu? Remotely, at best…


SPOILER ALERT/HAWAII FIVE-0: When Naval Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett’s  father is taken hostage and killed by a notorious human trafficker and criminal kingpin, McGarrett is determined to bring the killers to justice. The only way he sees doing that is to become the head of a special federal task force in Hawaii where he will  hand-pick his team to fight crime, drugs and terrorism in this region…

BUT: McGarrett will use his special powers to solve the baffling mystery that emerges after his father’s murder…


The McGarrett character is a former Navy SEAL whose background includes being a special investigator and working with Naval Intelligence. McGarrett’s been tracking the infamous Hesse brothers for years, but when his father is taken hostage and slain during his investigation, he’s determined to have justice. He accepts Hawaii governor Pat Jameson’s offer to run a federal task force centered in Hawaii, and given special rights not granted to the police rank and file….McGarrett is determined to trace some baffling clues his murdered father left behind that seems to go back to an unsolved mystery stretching all the way back to his mother’s death, years previously likely an automobile accident…



DETECTIVE DANNY “DANNO” WILLIAMS, in his thirties, is a veteran cop from the Baltimore Police Department. He’s just gone through a difficult divorce and has transferred to Hawaii to be near his seven-year-old daughter. To give you a clue about his character, “Danno” is described in the script as a real “working man in paradise,” and  “only guy on the island (Oahu) without a tan and always looks like he slept in his clothes”… He’s “gruff and driven, with plenty of raw courage and a 24/7 work ethic”… Danno has alienated the laid-back native Hawaiians in his department, and when McGarrett comes in and takes over Danno’s present murder investigation, he’s very resentful…Danno is forced to be McGarrett’s partner and the former Baltimore cop is not pleased…But slowly Danno likes his new boss’s style, and the pair become friends. Danno becomes an indispensable and trusted member of McGarrett’s elite team…



CHIN HO KELLY is “a tough, capable Asian man in his mid 40s,\ a 20-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department and was a close friend of McGarrett’s cop father.” But Kelly was recently forced out of the department for accepting payoffs, though he was innocent of these charges. In the pilot he works as a security officer in Pearl Harbor and clearly grateful to McGarrett for offering him the chance to clear his name and get back into active duty. Kelly is a smart cop with lots of  connections on Oahu. He becomes an important member of McGarrett’s federal task force…




GOV. PAT JAMESON is a bright, beautiful woman in her early 40s, a “local Hawaiian with a Washingtonian’s backbone.” Jameson is “a completely honest politician”…She offers McGarrett the unique opportunity to run a task force with special federal powers beyond the run-of-the-mill police department…Tia Carrere, Demi Moore, and Kelly Hu (below l-r) reportedly are being considered for this role…



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MARY ANN MCGARRETT (below) is McGarrett’s younger sister, “a punked-out young woman with a checkered past, including stints in rehab and several brushes with the law”… She’s been acting out ever since her mother’s early death when she felt deserted by her father… When she shows up stoned at their father’s funeral, Steve McGarrett is furious, but still has a deep, caring bond with his sister…Mary eventually realizes that her father’s neglect may have actually been his attempt to protect her from harm seems to inspire Mary to turn her chaotic life around…This character is a reoccurring and can possibly become a series regular,sources said…



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Soul Surfer, the Bethany Hamilton biopic starring AnnaSophia Rob, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Carrie Underwood, has about  two more weeks of Oahu filming to at least March13 before heading to Kauai for a couple of quick trips…All the Oahu filming remains on the North Shore at or around the Turtle Bay Resort…

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Sean McNamara, Soul Surfer director (above left), and John Leonetti, director of photography (right), focus on co star Carrie Underwood






UPDATE: Executives for Adam Sandler’s feature Pretend Wife set to begin filming in Hawaii in April are also considering Oahu as a location besides Maui and Kauai…




One thought on “HAWAII FIVE-0 CASTING WINDING DOWN; GRACE PARK NEWEST ADDITION

  1. No media for the filming of H 5-0? Bummer! That means no pictures. Well, that is just sad – this has to make it to air and as a series! I know it is going to be fabulous with Alex in the lead.

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