OMG, 'Hawaii Five-O' in my ol' stomping grounds!
Things happen for a reason.
“Hawaii Five-O,” the CBS-TV series reboot poised to become one of the fall season’s hits, will build its home stage in quarters that used to be part of the Honolulu Advertiser’s circulation/press headquarters.
The facilities, behind the historic News Building at the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and South Street, will be a hub of production, with the likes of Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett), Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly), Scott Caan (Dan “Danno” Williams) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) doing soundstage work.
Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-taaa, ta-ta-ta-ta-taa. (That’s the Mort Stevens theme song).
This wouldn’t have been possible, if The Advertiser were still ensconced in the iconic building, even if the rear press room and circulation space were relieved from active duty with the upgraded state-of-the-art press in Kapolei. The merged Advertiser and Star-Bulletin, now called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, publishes its daily and Sunday editions there, along with Oahu Publications’ MidWeek, with the newsroom in Restaurant Row.
I used to visit these abandoned quarters in the days when the old press would be humming, and even when it was in repose. The TGIF section also was printed here, and I’d zip over from the newsroom to the press room to retrieve early-run copies to examine before they were inserted in the Friday Advertiser.
The proximity of the site to a condo a stone’s throw away next door, at Queen and South Streets, would seem to suggest that there might be a whole wave of ogling going on from high-rise spectators, once “Five-O” is settled and in residency there. The stars will be entering and exiting shooting central, after all.
CBS also is seeking to secure other sites for its production needs, according to a spokesman.
The fall pilot was filmed earlier, and the show is pegged for the 9 p.m. slot Mondays here when the new season begins.
Be there. Aloha.
Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-taaa, ta-ta-ta-ta-taaa. (That’s the theme song again).