THE HAWAII FIVE-0 NEWSLETTER
Volume 4 April, 2002 Issue 14
Moe Keale who played numerous guest starring roles as well as Truck Kealoha in the final season, passed away on April 16. The following link will take you to the news articles in the Star Bulletin regarding this very talented man. (The Honolulu Advertiser doesn't want to link properly, but this link will take you to the main page and then look in the search section.)
Honolulu Star Bulletin Honolulu Advertiser
It's Just My Opinion, But.....
the years there have been discussions on Jack Lord's age. As his fans know, he
started in the entertainment business at an older age than most young actors.
This was before the days of the internet when you couldn't find out things so
quickly. It was easy for Jack to shave off 10 years and get away with it. In my
opinion, he didn't look 41 while playing a 25 year old cowboy in Stoney Burke -
he looked just about the right age. But in my deep investigation into all things
Jack Lord, I have made a startling discovery: with the exception of the Governor
and Wo Fat, Jack Lord was the oldest actor on Hawaii Five-0!
I'm sure you are all sitting on the edge of your seats wondering how I came to this conclusion so let me fill you in. I am a list maker. Have been forever. Okay, so groceries aren't one of my priorities, but I do like to make lists for errands, work related items. website and newsletter projects, celebrity birthdays, etc. Last summer while making a list of things to make a list of, I realized that I was addicted to reading the celebrity birthday column in the Associated Press. Naturally, I began a list. Let me give you a sample of what I found.
In the past 8 months, Lloyd Bochner turned 77, France Nuyen turned 62, Martin Sheen turned 61, John Saxon turned 66, Michael Anderson turned 58, Richard Anderson turned 75, Nita Talbot turned 71 and Rory Calhoun would have turned 80. I also found that the following guest-stars celebrated their respective birthdays: Gretchen Corbet - 54, Don Ho - 71, Diana Muldaur - 63, LQ Jones - 74, Vera Miles - 71, Tom Skerritt - 68, Tommy Sands - 64, Linda Purl - 46, William Devane - 62, Joanne Worley - 64, Don Stroud - 58, Loretta Swit - 64, Julie Adams - 75, Marion Ross - 73, Ed Asner - 72, Juliet Mills - 60, Ricardo Montalban - 80, Dina Merrill - 76, Susan Dey - 49, Donna Mills - 58, Patty Duke - 55, Gerald S. O'Loughlin - 80, Charles Durning - 79, Gavin McLeod - 71, Kelly Bishop - 58, Sheree North - 69, James Sikking - 68, Barbara Luna - 63, Samantha Eggar - 63, Tricia O'Neil - 57, Carol Lynley - 60, Fritz Weaver - 76, Gil Gerard - 59,Carol Lawrence - 66, Lou Antonio - 68 and Michael Ansara - 80.
Now, being the "star" of the show, Jack as well as any other actor would want to project an image of youth and vitality and if you knew that it would be almost impossible to have someone as guest on your show who was older than you were, wouldn't you "adjust" your biography a little? I know I certainly would, as a matter of fact this June I plan to celebrate my 27th birthday - again. The point I'm trying to make is that in the entertainment business age is a really big factor and knowing that you were probably one of the oldest in the entire acting profession, it would be natural for Jack to do a little creative writing where his age was concerned. Obviously knowing that they were much younger, these other actors listed above never had to be as creative. After all, I believe everything printed by the press. Don't you!
have been very fortunate to have had first-hand interviews with people
associated with Hawaii Five-0 and it will continue in the next few issues. Jerry
Pickard was in Hawaii recently and met up with Dave Donnelly and Michael Leong
and gives us an update on Kam Fong. In the next issues Jerry will share his
conversations with Bill Bigelow, Tom Fujiwara and Jimmy Borges.
Calabash with Jerry Pickard
In February 2002, Jerry Pickard (email@example.com) was fortunate to be back in Honolulu for a brief stay. He was luckier still to get in contact with several folks who made various on-screen contributions to the show. Reports of his more in-depth interactions with these personalities will follow in due course. First, however, a bit of flotsam & jetsam from that visit...
The calabash bowl was, in older Hawaiian times, a vessel to which many gave nourishing foodstuffs and from which a variety of people drew, for sustenance both physical and spiritual. Here's a little from my February 2002 "Five-0 Calabash" dipping.
After Cindy Kimura's inspiring journalistic tÍte-ŗ-tÍtes with Glenn Cannon and Jim MacArthur, it occurred to me that maybe I could help out and try something similar. Time is of the essence naturally, the older we all get. So, I sent off some notes, and made some follow-up calls. The positive responses generally received, were very encouraging.
Dave Donnelly, who's been an enduring, reputable and well-connected part of the Honolulu media scene for over three decades, also appeared in a few episodes. There is still the occasional mention of the show in his Star-Bulletin HAWAII column.
I reached Dave at his home number. Since he had noticed my e-mail handle, he told me he had earned his degree in Theatre at the UH in '62. Presumably that didn't hurt when he was sort of "discovered" by director Richard Benedict very early on in the series. Donnelly was employed as a technician at KGMB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. For one of the shows the plan was to do some scenes at the station's audio facilities in the course of solving the crime. Benedict was checking out the studios and noticed Donnelly at work. Before the latter knew it, he'd been pegged as Charlie the technician for this episode, which was one of the very first:: Tiger By The Tail. It also featured Sal Mineo.
Dave had a somewhat interesting sharing pertaining to someone with whom I'm not personally familiar. Evidently Bernie Oseranski did some off-set work on Five-0 before going on to greater achievements in the Mary Tyler Moore production conglomerates. When Bernie was preparing to retire a few years ago, Dave was asked to provide Five-0-related video footage which included clips from the Ilikai penthouse shots and a youthful Donnelly devoid of facial hair, all with the theme music blaring forth. A now white-bearded Dave was present when this was played at the retiree's gala in California, and he recalled Oseranski's loud hoots at the memories and the contrasts.
(Dave Donnelly appeared in Tiger By the Tail (Charlie Grey), The Box (Dave), To Kill or Be Killed (Mathews) and The Computer Killer (Hank Kinsell). His column appears Tuesday through Friday in the Honolulu Star Bulletin (http://starbulletin.com) in the Features section) and on Sunday where he gives highlights from his columns from the past 30 years with the newspaper.)
interlude was long over-due, and likely falls more into the category of catching
up on things with an old friend. I first met Michael Leong in 1971 when I was
hired by Braniff International at Honolulu Airport. Mike was one of BI's local
sales reps. By then he'd already appeared in several of his eight Five-0 shows.
For our most recent meeting, we got together at the Wailana Coffee House (in Waikiki at the corner of Ena and Ala Moana). Although he doesn't live above it now, I recalled that he and his wife once graciously hosted my wife and myself in their well-appointed Wailana condo for several days in the 70's.
Mike was amused at my Five-0 cap. He seemed genuinely surprised that anyone would have bothered to write a book about the series, when I showed him Karen Rhodes'. He was even more astonished that there was any mention of himself in it. I gathered that he really wasn't all that keen to talk about the show, but did oblige me with some thoughts.
Strictly on a lark, he said, he'd gone along to a casting session after friends with whom he'd done some very amateurish acting, dared him to do so. Mike, who was born in Shanghai, is unmistakably 100% Chinese. He believes he landed the roles he got, not for any stage ability, but only after being typecast for this aspect.
for sure, however, has his own recollections of being on the set with Jack Lord.
He mentioned that he found "McGarrett was sometimes difficult to work
with." When asked about this, he described a scenario from the latter
years. Mike was very conscientious about knowing what he was supposed to say. He
was feeding some lines to Jack, and an off-stage distraction developed. Jack did
not carry on smoothly, but seemed to embark on a different dialogue from what
the script had intended. Sensing this, Mike looked toward the director in
anticipation of hearing a "cut." Jack at once admonished Mike never to
cast a glance in that direction, but to "only look at the star."
And what is the legacy that Mike Leong believes Five-0 has left Hawaii? An unfortunate image of being very crime-ridden, he told me, shaking his head. I responded that that certainly coincided with how I remembered the show's general perception locally in the early '70's when I was a Honolulu resident. Yet we both agreed, if that were the case it certainly played a key role in attracting exponential numbers of visitors to the Islands' shores in the years that followed.
Mike redrew to my attention that he also played the significant role of "Africa" in THE HAWAIIANS, which followed Michner's HAWAII. This sequel was shown on Braniff's colossal orange 747 into Honolulu, and Mike would occasionally be on the jetway as the arriving passengers were deplaning. He chuckled to me, saying he was always quite bemused at the looks he would get from people who had just seen his character on the cabin screen, but who usually could not place why he seemed so immediately familiar.
After Braniff's final passing into the annals of the history of great airlines, Mike had a number of Hawaii aviation positions. He was most recently the airport manager for Wackenhut Security, before his early retirement for medical and other pursuits a few years ago. His only child John, age 25 and active in Hawaii's environmental studies, is scheduled to be married next year, and Mike is looking forward to the wedding.
(Note: after our Wailana supper, I didn't realize I'd left my Five-0 cap in Mike's van. He
called me at midnight with this news! Knowing that his home is quite some distance through usually challenging traffic, I told him not to worry but to keep it as a souvenir. He very kindly returned it the next day, relieved perhaps to have this reminder of one activity-period of his life, safely out of view!!)
(Mike appeared in One for the Money, And a Time to Die, 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu, The Burning Ice, Skinhead, The Listener, Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies and that unforgettable nephew Lai Po in A Matter of Mutual Concern.)
the final sampling from this figurative wooden potpourri, is about Kam Fong.
Although I did not have the opportunity to speak with him this time, his son
Dennis did favor me with a few words over the phone about this endearing
First, Dennis mentioned he has lately been doing his own research on Dad. He told me he's flabbergasted at the volume of material he's unearthed--much of it in newspaper articles and obviously from well before the Five-0 days. Dennis confided that he's become far more aware of the depth and breadth of his father's talents and experiences, hardships and triumphs. We both concurred that such probably applies to more than just a few others in the cast.
I was told that, as for Kam himself, he continues to be truly amazed at all the recognition he has received. As he himself has said more than once to Dennis,"...not bad for a little barefoot kid from Kalihi* who got the chance to do what he liked." (*definitely a less-than materially opulent section of Honolulu).
Kam's 84th birthday is due in May. I'm sure that when he's not out doing a bit of yard work, he'd be glad to read a card or two from his many admirers in anticipation of that milestone. Write him c/o Dennis Chun, 2578C-2 Pacific Hts Rd, Honolulu, HI USA 96813. I know I'll be sending him a note shortly.
Hope you enjoyed these calabash tastings!
Paniolo - an episode review
by Catherine Hattrem
The opening of this episode is a surprise: two men dressed like cowboys, on horseback, are herding cattle, but with Hawaii's horizon in the background. Then we see that the older man, the boss, is Hawaiian, and we see the graders and earth-moving equipment coming down the road. A picture is worth a thousand words. Even before the two men start to talk, we understand the conflict that drives this episode; between the old Hawaii and the new, between old traditional ways and the new modern society. Towards the end of the episode, the juxtaposition of the posse on horseback with Danno in the helicopter heightens the sense of conflict between the old and the new. And it is the new world that wins, as it is Danno in the helicopter who assures the posse's success, and who stands between Frank and his destination, the mystical Hawaiian haven, Kapala Kani Wahi.
The editing for this episode is well done. The story flows from one scene to the next, seamlessly building to the painful but, and we admit this grudgingly, only possible climax and resolution. We are taken from place to place, from Maui and the ranch, to Oahu and the Five-0 office, to the airport, to Maui again with Danno, and back to the ranch, to the bar, from the helicopter to the police station, each transfer made smoothly, seamlessly, adding to the overall quality of this episode, and building the tension that ends in the final climax. The music also is exceptional in this episode, setting the mood and helping to build the tension.
We are taken quickly from the ranch on Maui, the scene of the accident, and because of Frank's choice, the crime, to Oahu, to Steve's office at Hawaii Five-0. This time, there is no long shot to the window outside of Iolani Palace. Danno arrives for work and takes us into the office, where Steve is being briefed by Chin and Kono. Here is a short, but well-done example of the many ways the Five-0 team worked cases; sometimes together, sometimes separately. Chin and Kono are partners, and Steve and Danno are partners, obviously a long-established practice they are all comfortable with. The reason for the transfer from Maui to Oahu becomes clear very quickly; Lester Cronin, criminal and accident victim, becomes the tie between Frank and Hody at a ranch on Maui, and Steve and Danno at Five-0 on Oahu.
This episode is about choices, the good ones and the bad ones that people make, and the consequences of those choices. There is Frank, so determined to keep his ranch that he will do anything to protect it, in spite of his friend Hody's protests and his daughter's pleading. There is Frank's daughter Dorothy, whose painful choices and hard-won financial stability have not only taken her away from the ranch, but moved her to Oahu to put distance between herself and what she knows will be inevitable. She has
faced this painful choice, as well as the consequences of marrying a man who abandoned her, courageously. She will do what she has to, to protect herself and her son in the life she has made for them. And then, there is Hody, who chooses to help Frank, go along with his plan for the sake of their friendship, but who also sees clearly the consequences of Frank's actions. In the agonizing scene in the bar where he decides to assist the police, he does so because he understands that helping to resolve the situation is no longer a betrayal of their friendship.
Steve McGarrett's choices are the most painful of all. His conflict is between the man who cares about the people of Hawaii and is concerned about what is happening to them, and the cop who cares but has dedicated his life to justice for all, without exception. For most of the episode, there is no need for him to make a choice, these two aspects of his character go hand in glove. It is in this episode that we see Steve at his most compassionate. There is no harshness in the manner with which he interrogates Frank and Hody at the ranch. His courtesy veils the compassion he feels for these men and the difficulties they are facing. And also, there is no harshness in the manner with which he confronts Dorothy Owens with her lie. A clear contrast to the way he treats another woman he catches in a lie in 'Most Likely to Murder'. Steve's handling of this case throughout the episode reveals his understanding of, and commitment to, a people whose history has been a painful drama of man's inhumanity to their weaker and less-sophisticated fellow men. Up until the end, when Frank makes the choice he has been heading towards all along, we really believe that somehow Steve will be able to pull this off. He will somehow save the day, and justice will triumph. We want Steve to save these people, because we care about them.
In well-crafted scenes, we learn about this family who are so hurt and love each other so much. When we see Frank playing with his grandson, and see the love between father and daughter, in spite of their conflicts, we understand clearly why Frank fights so desperately for the ranch. We realize that the ranch is the only possible future, for both grandson and daughter, that he can live with. After we see how gentle Frank is as he relates with his grandson, and the way he looks after his horse, we realize that it is no mistake on his part when Frank shoots Steve in the arm, and all his shots aimed at the other members of the posse miss their mark. The attempts of father and daughter to mislead the police, unsuccessful because Steve and Danno automatically follow the most basic police procedures, give us a personal feeling for the unsophistication of these people, and an understanding of why they are unable to avert the tragedy that overtakes them. We do hope, because of the strength she has already shown, that Dorothy will find the inner strength to help her son deal with his grandfather's death.
The coroner and the police on Maui give us an occasional respite from the tension and tragedy we are witnessing. Albert Harris as Dr. Woodrow is delightful as the coroner and forensics expert, who is proud of what he can accomplish with a minimum of equipment. Michael Morgan as Ben Kubota gives us a few light moments as a very stiff, but competent, police chief, who has the audacity to call Danny Williams, 'Danno.' We are given a picture of how well the Five-0 team gets along with the police officers outside their usual sphere, as we watch Danno search, with their help, for Cronin. We are delighted at how well Danno works on his own, outside of Steve's shadow. In fact, he makes it look so easy, we begin to realize what Steve has known all along; Danno is Steve's partner, and equal, and not his shadow at all.
Steve's manner towards the coroner and the police officers on Maui is the same as it would be towards his own staff; courteous, letting them do their jobs, allowing them to take the initiative when appropriate, listening carefully and asking the usual pointed questions.
As he always does, Steve has made certain that he knows all of the details of the situation, even to the small but important ones; the disappearance of the IOU and Dorothy Owens' work schedule. With the help of the Maui police, he and Danno have done the legwork and come up with a clear picture of all that has happened. On the mountain, Steve uses this information to speak to Frank very personally, trying to talk him down by apologizing for what is happening to the land, reminding him of all he does have to live for, with his daughter and his grandson, and giving him a painful and searing reminder that there is no turning back the clock. Steve does not like what is happening any more than Frank does, but he is a realist who has adjusted, and who helps in whatever way he can. And after all is said and done, he is a cop, who must pursue justice for the sake of all those who live in Hawaii, whether he agrees with what they are doing or not.
Danno gives us a shock at the end, when he tells Steve he can nail Frank from the helicopter. And he is reluctant but obeys orders when Steve tells him to back off. This is such a shock because it seems so out of character with Danno; he can be tough but he cares, too, like Steve. Until we understand what has happened. Unlike Steve, Danno has not lost his professional detachment. This is one of the few times when Steve lets his personal feelings get mixed up with doing his job. And he is so emotionally involved, he puts himself in harm's way for Frank's sake and almost gets himself killed.
Steve does not like the choice Frank makes, but he accepts it. One of his most important principles, which motivate his dedication to the people of Hawaii, is that everyone must be free to make their own choices, good or bad. What is most painful for Steve is that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot always protect innocent people from the consequences of their own actions. As Steve accepts Frank's final choice, he gives a final tribute to a brave man. "He finally made it. Kapala Kani Wahi." T
by Lisa McKenzie
Familiar faces often
graced the landscape of paradise in "Hawaii Five-0", and one of these
belonged to Frank Silvera. Silvera, a veteran actor best known for his work in
NBC's "The High Chaparral", made the trip to the CBS studio in
Honolulu in 1968. An actor well-schooled in heavy and often villainous roles, he
could also provoke sympathy, and it was this quality that brought him to Hawaii.
Born in Kingston,
Jamaica, Frank Silvera began his film career in a western ("The Cimarron
Kid") and did most of his work in that genre, working with such actors as
Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Audie Murphy and Gregory Peck.
Occasionally he left the genre, including a stint as one of the Wise Men in
"The Greatest Story Ever Told". He also had the opportunity to work in
a modern day, early Stanley Kubrick drama, touching shades of gray to the role
of a vicious gangster in "Killer's Kiss".
series work came when he was cast as the loveable but crafty father of Victoria
Cannon and Manolito Montoya in "The High Chaparral" from 1967-1970.
Interestingly, Jack Lord's last work before production began on "Hawaii
Five-0" came on this western, but it is anybody's guess as to whether the
two men met on the set at this time. As it was, Silvera's Don Sebastian Montoya
achieved a good deal of popularity, as viewers tuned in to watch his vain,
blustering, underhanded, conniving and genuinely funny portrayal.
During hiatus from
"The High Chaparral", Silvera arrived in Hawaii to film "Paniolo",
episode #3.63 (1968). As The old rancher Frank Kuakua, Silvera represented the
passing of the old ways in Hawaii, making the episode a story within a story.
The maelstrom that Frank Kuakua finds himself in has no possible happy ending;
even if he clears his name, his way of life is over, and that way of life was
the only he knew. To lose it was to lose himself, and he was well aware of it.
When he lures the police up to his encampment, the act is deliberate and
intentioned to end one way, with his death. McGarrett, despite guessing this, is
powerless to stop it, for the law must be obeyed. His wish to end the standoff
without bloodshed is unrealized, as an overly eager cop pulls the trigger too
soon. Frank Kuakua is dead, and with his death follows old Hawaii. Silvera's
performance is gripping, masterfully portraying a tired, ordinary man swept up
into his destiny.
Much to the sadness of his fans, Frank Silvera only lived two more years, accidentally electrocuting himself one day while repairing a garbage disposal in his home. The world lost a fine character actor, with "Hawaii Five-0" showcasing one of his very best performances.
Another Trip to Paradise
Annette Nixon and Kathy Meyer
once said "Four thousand throats can be slashed in one night by a running
man." If that is true then Kathy and I managed a good 3500 of them.
The photo above should look familiar to you: 111 North King Street was something other than a mundane office building in the Five-0 world. Can you name the episode and what it was supposed to have been?
The answer will be given in the July newsletter along with an accounting, or would that be a regaling, of our adventures in the land of aloha. Be There!!!!!
From the Files of Marty Cooper
to Coast by Bob Hull
July 7, 1969
HAWAII FIVE-0 STAYS: For a while it looked as though the year old drama/adventure series Hawaii Five-0 would pack up its Honolulu bag for a move back to Hollywood. Over the weekend, however, producer Leonard Freeman signed an extraordinary deal to lease a new building, Hawaii Studios, located on two acres of Fort Ruger, near Diamond Head in the heart of a residential area. Nearby home-owners squawked to the Honolulu zoning commission about the deal, claiming they didn't want the "noise" of a film-maker close to them. Freeman pointed out that most movies are made in the zero quiet. CBS Coast VP Perry Lafferty delivered the clinching argument when he said the production unit would have to move to the mainland if the zoning clearance was not granted. In the first year of its operation in the Islands, the Jack Lord-starrer pumped some two million dollars into the local economy. The new studio, replacing the Pearl City warehouse "sound stage" formerly used by the crew, will house interior stock sets. Freeman says the move will save the company "several thousands of dollars" per episode. Four additional and temporary buildings will be constructed on the site, which is state land leased by a group of independent builders headed by Hiro Yamamoto. The new studio, Freeman emphasized, does not mean the series will move indoors. Most of the shots will continue to be made on location about the islands.
Jack Lord Memorial
Recently, the Memorial Committee has decided to make a change from the original idea for a memorial sculpture. We will keep you up updated on the new design as well as a target date for the unveiling. Stay tuned.
Anyone wishing to make a donation directly to the Memorial Fund may do so by sending a check or money order to: The Jack Lord Memorial Fund, 95-1503 Ainamauka Drive No. 78, Honolulu, HI, 96789 where vice chairman Doug Mossman will see they are properly recorded. Please include your name, address and telephone number with the donation.
For more information on the memorial, check out the website at www.jacklord.co.uk
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The Hawaii Five-0 Newsletter is available in print form. Membership is $10 per year for four issues (foreign subscriptions are $14.00 US funds). Checks for membership may be made out to the H50 Fan Club Newsletter, c/o 142 Castle Street, #3, Great Barrington, MA 01230. The newsletter will be available on the 15th of January, April, July and October yearly. Contributions to the newsletter are always welcome. They can be sent to the H50 Fan Club, c/o 682 Durham Road, Adams, TN 37010 or to our email address at Jlord5@aol.com. Deadlines are one month before each issue. The newsletter will also be available through the Internet and can be accessed at the Hawaii Five-0 Fan club (www.hawaiifive0.org) or The Jack Lord Homepage (www.jacklord.net)
We are looking for the following Jack Lord episodes on VHS: Dr. Kildare - A Willing Suspension of Disbelief and the movie The True Story of Lynn Stuart. Anyone who may have information about these programs can contact us at either the fan club or email address listed above.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jack and Marie Lord Trust c/o Hawaii Community Foundation, 900 Front Street Mall, Suite 1300, Honolulu, HI 96813. This fund was established in 1988 and was set up by the Lordís to benefit their favorite charities. We have been assured that while personal responses are not possible, Mrs. Lord is made aware of all contributions.
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Be There, Aloha *************************************************************