Blessing kicks off production for season 3 of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Published: Jul. 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM HST
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Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Blessing
Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Blessing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After much anticipation following last season's cliff-hanger, the cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0 is preparing for its third season.

A traditional Hawaiian blessing was held at a top-secret location early Monday morning.

Cast members including Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Taylor Wily, newcomer Christine Lahti, Michelle Borth, Dennis Chun and Al Harrington were in attendance.

Executive producer Peter Lenkov and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle were also on hand.

Right after the blessing, it was back to work. The stars rushed into their trailers to get made up to shoot their first scenes.

"I'm happy to be back," said Alex O'Loughlin who plays Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett.

Fans were left with a bombshell to end season two. McGarrett's mom is alive.

"Now, of course, Mom and there's a lot of new developments," said O'Loughlin with a smile.

Christine Lahti joins the cast as Doris McGarrett.

"She's been gone for 20 years, there's a lot of mystery behind her so I really don't want to say anything. It's going to be good. McGarrett is going to be on a journey like the audience," said Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.

"Women are always creating havoc in my life and that's part of why I love them so much," said O'Loughlin.

McGarrett's love interest, Michelle Borth, returns in a bigger role.

"One thing we haven't had a lot with McGarrett is love stuff. It's been all hectic, people dying, getting saved," said O'Loughlin.

You may have noticed the entire cast wasn't at the blessing. Scott Caan is in Los Angeles working on a play and Grace Park just flew back into town this morning. She made it a point to drop by the set later in the day to wish the cast and crew a great start for filming. Daniel Dae Kim just wrapped up a media tour in Asia and says he's surprised by the following the show has overseas. He says fans will be surprised by all the twists and turns ahead for Season 3.

"That's the beauty of television, what goes up must come down. What is good, must go bad," said Daniel Dae Kim.

Producers say they're trying to pull together another Waikiki premiere before the show premieres in September -- so stay tuned. We'll be the first to let you know if it's a go.

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