I was interested when I heard Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children was offering, for a $300 donation, a women’s self-defense class taught by mixed martial arts champion Egan Inoue and “Hawaii Five-0? star Alex O’Loughlin.
I signed up, thinking, what a great idea for a column.
But then I got flustered. I tend to get unglued around movie stars, especially around ones I admire such as O’Loughlin.
I hoped Civil Beat Editor Patti Epler would talk me out of the story, saying it was too lightweight. Civil Beat prides itself on its hard-core investigative reporting.
But Patti liked the idea. And if you think about it, there is nothing lightweight about Inoue and O’Loughlin’s kindness and generosity to want to help Kapiolani Hospital, where hundreds of sick children are cured and 6,200 babies are born each year.
As it turns out, there was nothing to worry about. When I arrived at Inoue’s Moiliili gym for the self-defense class, my concerns flew out the window.
The calming factor was O’Loughlin looked different from his “Hawaii Five-0? Steve McGarrett character. He said he had grown a beard on his recent trip to Australia and spoke to us in his native Australian accent. He warned us he was going to get very sweaty, very messed up.
Instead of his intense TV persona , he was relaxed and funny. His Australian accent made the difference. For instance, when he was talking about potential dangers to women from rapists, in his Aussie-speak, the word rapist was pronounced “rye-pist.”
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Season Finale Date
Hawaii Five-0 4×01 & 5×01 Captures
5×01 A’ohe kahi e pe’e ai (Nowhere to Hide) (Stills)
5×01 A’ohe kahi e pe’e ai (Nowhere to Hide) – Promo
Blessing begins fifth season of ‘Hawaii Five-0′
“Hawaii Five-0″ began filming its longest season ever, a 25-episode marathon, with hugs and photos at a blessing ceremony in the parking lot of the Honolulu Zoo on Tuesday morning.
Cast members Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Jorge Garcia, along with executive producer Peter Lenkov and other cast and crewmembers were part of the ceremony.
Even though the show is in its fifth season, “it’s not old hat,” said Kim.
Lenkov promised fans that they would see an Oahu like they’ve never seen before this year.
Lenkov is hoping to get Hawaii golfer Michelle Wie as a guest star.
None of the principal stars are part of Tuesday’s filming in Waikiki, which is actually for the third episode.
( A photo can be found at the link below)