Stars talk about the ‘rebooted' Hawaii Five-0

Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim
Alvin Cabrina
Alvin Cabrina

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - McGarrett is back.

The 2010 version of Hawaii Five-0 has the same vintage music, with a slicker, more stylized look. Expect bigger action, special effects, and more in-depth characters.

"Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett, we never had his backstory. We never knew anything about him. He was a man with no past. Literally, in the pilot, you learn about the Steve McGarrett that I'm playing" said Alex O'Loughlin.

Unlike the old crime drama, this version has a few laughs, too. Australia native Alex O'Loughlin stars opposite Scott Caan, who plays "Danno". Despite re-runs, Caan has never seen a frame of the '60's original.

"I don't want to bring any old ideas, so I don't pay much attention to the old show. Focus on what we're doing" said Caan.

Prop master Alvin Cabrina worked on the old show, too, and says it's Five-0's equipment and weapons that have advanced the most.

"In the original, a walkie-talkie was as high-tech as they got" said Cabrina.

But the more things change, the more things do stay the same. Just like in the original, they're filming as much as they can on location and off the sound stage.

They call it a reboot, not a remake. Like before, it relies heavily on local crews, actors, and extras.

"This show has such a special place in the culture and history of Hawaii that to be asked to kind of continue that tradition, it's a privilege" said Daniel Dae Kim who plays Chin Ho Kelly.

Detective Kono Kalakaua is now played by a woman. But there will still be plenty tips of the hat to the original, including the iconic line "Book 'em Danno".

In the new version, Steve McGarrett's sister plays a bigger role, we find out if Chin Ho is a shady cop, and that Chin and Kono are cousins. Viewers will find there are lots more personal storylines in the rebooted Five-0.

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