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Let him roar: O'Loughlin kid's name is Lion

November 11th, 2012

Lion is the name Alex O'Loughlin and girlfriend Malia Jones have chosen for their bouncing baby boy.
The tot was born Oct. 25 in Honolulu.
O'Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett in the Island-filmed CBS procedural,"Hawaii Five-0," also has a son, Saxon, 15, and Jones also has a son, Spike, 3, from previous relationships.
There was no explanation on why the couple named their son Lion. Did he roar like a Leo? Was in the inspiration from "The Lion King"?
Lion joins a growing roster of celebrities with kids with odd names.
Ocean, son of actor Forest Whitaker.
Tu, son of actor Rob Morrow. (Tu-Morrow, get it?)
Apple, daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.
Prime and Blanket, sons of Michael Jackson.
Blue, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Egypt, son of Alicia Keys.
Moon and Diva, daughters, and Dweezil and Ahmet, sons, of Frank Zappa.
And then there's the brood of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The girls are named Shilo and Vivienne; the boys are Zahara, Maddox, Shiloh, Pax and Knox.
What's your take on these out-of-the-box oddities?

Dog Chapman lands $500,000 judgment in A&E legal case

November 9th, 2012

Duane “Dog” Chapman, the Islander whose name is synonymous with bounty hunter, apparently has won more than $500,000 in a legal battle against his former A&E executive producer of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chapman and his wife Beth won a judgment that Boris Krutonog, an executive producer of “Bounty Hunter,” attempted to recover a producer’s fee on the show and additional compensation for both managing and representing the Chapmans.
The California Talent Agencies Act claim, which was an ongoing feud for five years, was filed with California Labor Commission, asserting that Krutonog was wrongly trying to earn both a producer’s and a management fee. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” ended an eight-year run this fall.
The award in favor of the Chapmans was for $534,450.
The decision could have an impact on continuing legal issues in a New York case related to other projects between Chapman and Krutonog over TV shows and movies.
A&E canceled the Chapman series this fall, but CMT has picked up the bounty hunters for a reality series called “Dog,” which will be a 10-show series with Dog and Beth as producers. They will help mom and pop bail bond agencies to cuff lawbreakers.
It is a field that the Chapmans lead but a small business facing possible extinction because of naivete and ineffective bounty hunters. Last season, in sort of an homage to the Dog, guest star James Caan wore a “Da Kine Bail Bonds” T-shirt in a “Hawaii Five-0” segment titled “Lekio.”
In announcing the pickup, CMT CEO Chris Grant said, “Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story.”
Is this new show one that will cuff you to your TV set?

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Trouble in paradise: How will 'H50' restore fanship?

November 6th, 2012

The trick was on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night (Nov. 5), when the CBS show posted its lowest-ever ratings without much treats. It was a Halloween episode delayed from the previous week because of Superstorm Sandy (which preempted the screening as the networks went live with storm coverage) and the devastating numbers certainly should propel some producer-level huddling on how best to up the viewership.
“Five-0” again was beaten by ABC’s “Castle,” and the spoiler clearly is NBC’s “Revolution,” which has been stealing some viewers from CBS’ sliver of the pie.
As story lines go, Monday’s show somewhat shelved the bromance between McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan), and presented instead a round of romantic quibbles between McG and his newly-restored relationship with Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth). Oh, there were hugs and kisses and playful charm, but there was friction, too. And you thought Mama McG (Christine Lahti) was going to be the one to irritate McG? Hmmmm. ...
“Castle” amassed 10.1 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 7.7 million viewers and “Revolution’s” 7.35 million.
“Revolution” has been building a loyal audience in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) hour, and was the leader in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics with a 2.9 rating, despite its third place ranking in numbers. The NBC show also has been one of this season’s highly regarded dramas in the slot, following two previous seasons where the Peacock network struggled to produce a “player” to compete with “Five-0” and “Castle.”
In the end, there was not a whole lot to cheer about, though ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars’ All Stars” (non-elimination episode) and NBC’s “The Voice” in the Monday night reality block at 7 and 8 p.m. (8 and 9 p.m. Mainland) led in viewership. ABC had 12.3 million and NBC 10.7 million, compared to CBS’ 7.6 million.

Kakugawa's visit timed to Alzheimer's and Caregivers' month

November 2nd, 2012

Author Frances H. Kakugawa, a Pahoa native and former Honolulu educator who now resides in Sacramento, is home for a well-timed visit.
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month, and Kakugawa is a seasoned speaker on both Alzheimer’s and caregiving. She was caregiver to her mom, who had Alzheimer’s, so she speaks from the heart — and has written about her personal experiences in several books that also embrace her love and joy of poetry. So her voice is worth listening to.
Kakugawa also has a new book, “Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!,” third in a series of children’s volumes about a Hawaiian mouse, so the author is here to launch this Watermark publication. With an environmental theme of getting children tuned in to cherishing and planting trees for a greener future, Kakugawa and her mousey sidekick Wordsworth recently planted a koa tree seedling in an ongoing reforesting project at Hamakua, on the Big Island. In “Bulldozer,” a community faces the possibility of a loss of trees, and Wordsworth and his friends find a way — Kakugawa taps poetry as a vehicle — to reminder us all how trees are different and why they are important in life.
In her caregiving expression, Kakugawa advocates the power of poetry in the caregiving process to build bridges between caregiver and patient, an effortless and meaningful means to deal with emotion and pain. It's an expression she's shared here and across the Mainland.
Kakugawa has published 10 books, including “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz,” “Wordsworth the Poet,” “Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry,” “Breaking the Silence,” “Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii,” “Teacher, You Look Like a Horse.” ...
Kakugawa’s upcoming appearances:
• Saturday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall — Children’s book reading and book signing. A portion of book sales will benefit the University of Hawaii-Manoa Children’s Center.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. “Kapoho” presentation, 9:30 am.; book signing, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; aging with dignity presentation 10:30 to 11 a.m.; children’s book reading, 11 to11:30 a.m.; book signing, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Hibiscus Ballroom, Ala Moana Hotel. Kakugawa gives the keynote address at 9 a.m.; caregiver’s pen workshop, 11 a.m. Registration: 877-926-8300 or

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