Hawaii Five-0 Celebrities soak up living local in Hawaii

Alex O'Loughlin
Alex O'Loughlin
Scott Caan
Scott Caan
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim
Grace Park
Grace Park

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Steve McGarrett may not surf, but aussie Alex O'Loughlin is learning to. Hawaii reminds him of home.

"The beaches are very similar and the people are very similar. They're very earthy. They're very cool, kind of tough people," said O'Loughlin.

O'Loughlin was once up for the role of 007, but Five-0 is fine with him.

"I love it here. It's so beautiful," he said.

What better backdrop for these celebrities - who say they feel right at home in our islands?

Scott Caan, son of legendary actor, James Caan plays Danno and says maybe he'll convince dear ol' dad to guest star.

"He's expensive though. And I'd want a cut," said Caan.

A reporter asks, as his agent, you would want a cut?

"No, I have power there because he would say no until I call him and say, 'Will you just do it'. And then, he's my dad and he'd do anything for me," he said.

His famous father actually advised him "not" to do a weekly series because it can get grueling, but so far, he's enjoying it and the local lifestyle.

When asked, have you gotten any tips from people here on how to speak pidgin?

"A little bit, yeah," Caan said.

Can you say anything in pidgin?

"I'd rather not embarrass myself, if that's okay with you," he said.

Canadian Grace Park remembers visiting Hawaii when she was in college. She and her friends had very little money, so instead of a hotel, they snuck into the back of a pickup truck to sleep.

"The owner of the house came out, and I was mortified. But I didn't know the whole aloha spirit, and he actually came out and brought blankets! And I was like, "Oh my gosh, you're kidding me. Where are we?" said Park.

That same aloha spirit has led Daniel Dae Kim to raise his family here. After seven years playing the character "Jin" on "Lost", islanders are recognizing him again.

"What I was really surprised about was how quickly people started calling me Chin Ho. Like right away, I was no longer the guy from "Lost". It was like, "Hey, Chin Ho!" said Kim.

If Five-0 is a big success, the saying may soon be "hooray for Hawaii" instead of Hollywood. The stars are all too young to have seen or remembered the original except in reruns. But in remaking this show, they all say they know they've got big shoes to fill.

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