Hawaii was a great initial reason to tune into the TV series Hawaii Five-0. It’s a Hawaii 2.0 of the original series which starred Jack Lord. One of the comments made at the time of the new series premiere was that the original version was an average detective show with Hawaii, a great theme, and Jack Lord’s hair (hair makes people watch a show?).
It’s still a detective show, but it has Steve McGarrett now as a Navy SEAL (that’s a very elite military role that only a few attain), so there’s lots of action in episode. But it’s a fun kind of action, meant simply to entertain.
My favorite characters are not the main stars, but the Asian actors who play Kono (Grace Park), Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), and Wu Fat (Mark Dacascos, who is also appearing on Iron Chef America). First time Mark Dacasos appeared on the screen, my response was, “No way!” His casting made me want to see more.
Thankfully, one thing the show has stayed away from is dressing Grace Park as often as possible in skimpy clothing or bikinis in every episode. There’s some of it, yes, but we viewers don’t see with regularity in scenes with the guys. Many of those scenes have clothing that is appropriate for for climate and locale (sleeveless t-shirts). Whereas, on Charmed, which had all an women cast, the way the characters dressed made me wonder how the women could be respected for anything.
Kono has a pretty decent role in the show — it doesn’t feel like she’s a token female the networks told the producers to add (Caitlin on Airwolf), especially since the show also has two other semi-regular women characters. Kono’s had some storylines about her, and she’s — my own personal favorite — had some action scenes of her own.
But I have to say, one of the things I like best about the show is simply that’s in Hawaii. Since Magnum P.I. went off the air years ago, nothing’s been filmed there, and it’s such a great location.
What’s your favorite part of the show? Tell me about it!
I hope you’ll have a look at my story Grateful for a Gift to ‘Any Soldier,’ published in The Washington Post. Also check out Voice of a Soldier: Operation Liberty, an anthology of stories about soldiers. My story “Clarity” is featured in the book.