By Wayne Harada
Emme Tomimbang, the iconic “Emme’s Island Moments” host and producer, has been hospitalized at Queen’s Medical Center since Friday.
She suffered an aneurism and her condition has since improved, said a close friend. But she will remain in the hospital for another week for observation.
A call to Tomimbang’s office was not returned. The family asks for privacy for now; visitors are prohibited till further notice.
However, colleagues have rallied to help Tomimbang edit and complete her latest TV special, “Emme’s Island Moments: ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Revisited,” which airs at 7 p.m. May 31 on KGMB9 (Hawaii News Now) and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. June 2.
Tomimbang earlier said that this new special, which combines a look at the classic “Hawaii Five-0” and the current reboot, will be her first of 2012, after she took a necessary break in 2011 to care-give her husband, retired judge James S. Burns, who had some medical issues. He continues his recovery.
The “Five-0” show had been on Tomimbang’s agenda for some time. As she said in a recent email, “It was to air last October — but I got blindsided. Again in January — but had to shelve it.”
After some new shoots and some writing, she completed the endeavor and confirmed an airdate. The show still was in final edit when she had to be hospitalized, so her production team is rallying to get it aired.
Emme said in an earlier email before her unexpected hospitalization: “Don’t ask me how I did it — partly it was balance in early morning and late evening hours. It definitely comes with Jim slowly progressing; I had a chance to find an open window to finally get this done.” .
The show will include a tribute to yesteryear’s “Five-0” and focus on Rose Freeman, the late widow of Leonard Freeman, the visionary and creator-executive producer of the Jack Lord original. Rose Freeman died March 4. Also, James MacArthur, the original Danno and the last suriviving member of the original “Five-0” team, will be saluted; he died Oct. 28, 2010.
Actors who frequently appeared in the Lord era, who also have had roles in the Alex O’Loughlin reboot, are interviewed: Al Harrington, Dennis Chun (son of the original Chin Ho Kelly, Kam Fong Chun), Jimmy Borges and Kimo Kahoano.
Two “new” principals — one off-air, one co-starring — also are interviewed: executive producer Peter Lenkov, who brought the CBS series to a new generation of fans, and Mark Dacascos, the veteran action film actor also known for his role as the Chairman of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” who now portrays the Wo Fat villain.
“The alums are charmingly honest about the new show,” said Tomimbang. And Lenkov “was awesome and sets the tone for why he did the show and how he hopes to accomplish (his mission).”