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HAWAII LEGISLATURE TO HONOR “HAWAII FIVE-0” TOMORROW

HAWAII LEGISLATURE TO HONOR “HAWAII FIVE-0” TOMORROW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 took the iconic police procedural drama set in Hawaii, and updated the show’s brand appeal with a new generation of fast-paced, high-action, crime-fighting quartet. Tomorrow at noon in the House Chamber, the State Legislature will honor CBS representatives, the show’s producers, cast, and crew for the global success of its first season…

 

 

Honorees will include CBS’ senior vice president of Current Programming Glenn Geller, executive producer Peter Lenkov, co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, co-executive producer and director Brad Turner, producer and co-unit production manager Jeff Downer, and cast members Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) and Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)…

 


While some may have had their doubts about bringing back this iconic series,” said Rep. K. Mark Takai (District 34 – Aiea, Pearl City), “it really was a win-win for everyone involved-especially our local film and television industry. The success of the new series tells other production companies that Hawaii is a good place for film and television ventures”…

 

 

In its first season, Hawaii Five-0 from its premier led with high ratings. The highly anticipated pilot episode was watched by more than 17-million viewers and on Jan. 23, 2011 Hawaii Five-0 picked up its highest ratings to date in the 15th episode…

 


For his portrayal of New Jersey transplant, devoted father, and McGarrett’s partner in crime-fighting, Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, Scott Caan was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. At the 37th People’s Choice Awards on in January 5, Hawaii Five-0 won “Favorite New TV Drama”…

 

 

Shot entirely in Hawaii, the series is seen in more than  200 international markets.

 

Mimicking the words of the late James MacArthur – the original Danno, ‘I, too, am heartened to see the legacy of this popular cultural icon, preserved and perpetuated in the hands of the terrific people now at the helm,” Takai said…

 

 

 

 

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HI 5-0 ATTRACTING NOTABLE GUESTS STARS

HI 5-0 ATTRACTING NOTABLE GUESTS STARS

 

 

 

CHUCK MITSUI’S ONE KINE DAY WILL BE SCREENED AS THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM AT CHICAGO’S 16th ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN SHOWCASE

 

 


 

 

CBS’ top rate series Hawaii Five-0 is not only attracting viewers with clever plot twists and character development but is piling on notable guest stars pretty much in every episode…Two weeks ago it was Sean Combs aka P Diddy (above), then last week it was pop singer turned actor Rick Springfield and in the episode currently being filmed the bar is raised much higher with acclaimed bad guy James Remar (below) in the episode called Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau…

 

 

 


 

Remar, who arrived today from Los Angeles, plays businessman Elliot Conner, who owns a company called Fallon Global…Remar gained recognition as a punk who gets chained to a park bench by a woman cop in his second film, The Warriors (1979). That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway as Richard Gere’s lover in the concentration camp drama Bent. He played gangster Dutch Schultz in Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Cotton Club, one of the Neanderthals in The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), and an experienced military officer who doubts the power of Shakespeare in Renaissance Man (1994). Remar is still best known for his galvanizing performances as a homicidal maniac escaped from prison in  48 Hrs. and as a no-nonsense cop in Drugstore  Cowboy (1989)…

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Springfield’s character Renny Sinclair, a handsome, artistic and passionate. He is in Hawaii shooting a swimsuit cover alongside his model fiancé Kenza when tragedy strikes …His model fiance is played by real life model Serinda Swan (above at Haleiwa)…This episode is called Ho’ ohuli Na’au

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii Five-0 is also giving local actors a chance to shine…Joji Yoshida (above) appears in the upcoming episode Ma Ke Kahakai in which he has some major screen time with star Alex O’Loughlin and co star Evan Jones…Yoshida plays Jack Leung…In the episode Kono (Grace Park) learns the truth about her cousin Chin Ho’s career ending scandal with the Honolulu Police Department…There is a special cameo by world-renowned Chef Masaharu Morimoto who plays himself. The episode was filmed in Morimoto’s restaurant at The Waikiki Edition…Morimoto will host a private party for the cast of Hawaii Five-0 at the restaurant on April 11, the evening the episode airs…

 

 


 

 

 

 

Certainly good news for Chuck Mitsui’s debut feature One Kine Day production – starring Christa B. Allen, Julia Nickson-Soul and Jolene Blalock – as the closing night film for the 16th annual Chicago showcase…The film is presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM)…Written and directed by Mitsui, One Kine Day will be screened at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 and at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 11 at the Siskel Film Center in the heart of Chicago’s theater district…

 

Filmed on location in Hawaii and produced by Haolewood Productions, One Kine Day won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival. It takes viewers on a journey to “another” side of Hawaii – the side filmmakers rarely portray on screen…This “modest, involving drama” (Variety) captures a day in the life of slacker-skater Ralsto (newcomer Ryan Greer). In the course of One Kine Day, Ralsto sees his relatively carefree world fade away into a more complicated existence when he learns his 15-year-old girlfriend is pregnant for the second time…The soundtrack includes Jawaiian, Hawaiian, hip-hop, R&B and reggae – reflecting the eclectic and innovative nature of contemporary Hawaiian music today. Featured artists include Fiji, Na Wai, J-Boog, Pati, Kawao, Black Square and more…

 

For more information and to watch the trailer, visit www.onekinemovie.com. For Chicago ticket information, visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/one-kine-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALOHA DONOVAN AHUNA AND MAHALO

ALOHA DONOVAN AHUNA AND MAHALO

 

 

 

A MEMORIAL SERVICE

Tuesday, March 29 5-8 p.m.

Diamond Head Mortuary

 

 

 

 

Photo Provided by Eric Yanagi

Photo Provided by Eric Yanagi

 

 

 

Donovan Ahuna, business rep for IATSE Local 665 – the film, stage and television technicians – passed away Thursday after a long bout with cancer…He was 46..Ahuna became Local 665’s business agent in 2005…Ahuna passed away at the St. Francis Hospital hospice…

 

 

He is survived by his wife Corrine, his children Kalani, Donovan Jr., Dayne, Duke, and Darcy and four grandchildren Kailene, Dayne Jr., Lono, and Donovan III…

 

 

 

Henry Fordham III is acting business agent during Ahuna’s illness…

 

 

“Donovan was truly a great person and probably the best business agent IATSE ever had,” a colleague told Reel Hawaii. “There’s so many wonderful stories about him, and his sense of humor”…

 

 

Ahuna’s production career spanned more than two decades dating back to the 1980s when he got his first production job on Magnum, P.I., hired by Bruce Shurley, the show’s unit production manager… Following Magnum, Ahuna worked on a series of films, including Joe Versus the Volcano where he worked in Craft Service…He did the same job throughout his career that included Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes, Dragonfly, Punch-Drunk-Love, Windtalkers, and The Big Bounce

 

 

 

Perhaps the best comment a journalist can make about a subject/source is their honesty, promptness in returning calls, and significant information provided. Donovan Ahuna was all that for me during my stint at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and later Hawaii Film & Video Magazine. Donovan always called me back…If he couldn’t talk about something he always explained why. And Donovan never backed away from controversy…”If I say it then I mean it and you can print it,” he told me….Donovan Ahuna will be missed…

 

 

 

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC, known as the I.A.T.S.E., chartered Hawaii’s “Mixed” Local 665 on June 7th, 1937...Today “Mixed” Local 665 has members who work not only as projectionists, stage hands and motion picture technicians but also on conventions and in the staging of musical concerts.

 


Whether you’re producing a stage play, a feature film, a television pilot or series, a rock ‘n roll concert, a convention or having the projected premiere of your latest multi million-dollar blockbuster, the technicians of the I.A.T.S.E., Local 665 will supply production with the work force…

 

 

REST IN PEACE DONOVAN

 

 

 

 

 

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