CENTRAL DISPATCH

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THE HAWAII FIVE-0 NEWSLETTER

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  Volume 4                                     December, 2002                                          Issue 16A

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 SPECIAL EDITION


MELE KALIKIMAKA AND
HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU


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We have been so lucky this past year to have had so many interviews with Hawaii Five-0 stars and guest stars. I can't thank all of our interviews enough for sharing their stories with us. As a special treat, I thought you might like to spend the holidays with one of our favorites - Zoulou! Jerry Pickard has once again come through with an amazing interview and we wanted to share it with you. We have also included an interview with Carol Keale, who was kind enough to share some of her memories of her husband, Moe. Happy Holidays, everyone and enjoy!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES MACARTHUR
DECEMBER 8TH
AND
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL HARRINGTON
DECEMBER 12TH
AND IN REMEMBRANCE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK LORD
DECEMBER 30

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HANGING WITH ZOULOU IN HILO,
by Jerry Pickard (U.H.'72), uhalum@yahoo.com

Who among the readers of Central Dispatch and the watchers of the series does not take special delight in the character of Kono Kalakaua? (And, as Zoulou himself might add, "C'mon, tell me, who, who, who?")

But it is not six letters we saw in the opening credits, just four: Zulu. The name originated when he first joined the football team at St. Louis High School in Honolulu. With his robust build, lack of proper instruction and ultra-competitive zest, he attacked everyone without regard to the usual fair-play rules. The handle stuck, with the change in spelling coming about he visited Tahiti many years later and was persuaded to adopt the slightly longer, ostensibly more suited-to-show
business, romantic version.

Gilbert Francis Lani Damien Kauhi was born in October of 1937 at picturesque Rainbow Falls in Hilo on the Big Island. Of virtually pure Hawaiian ancestry, he can rightly be credited with putting a large measure of "Hawai'i" into Five-0, from the pilot through to the end of the fourth season. Zoulou is caring, warm, charming, hospitable, loving, funny, positive yet forthright with opinions, and definitely not the Star-of-the-Show's biggest booster. More, much more, on that later.

Also, at the time of our meeting in 2002, he was valiantly coping with somewhat less than good health. He had been hoping to pass certain medical tests to qualify him as an acceptable candidate for a kidney transplant, when my first contact was made to see about getting together but when he greeted me, that had not happened. Zoulou has also endured multiple strokes/heart problems in recent years, and is diabetic. Yet for all this, he was remarkably agile, with an enviable outlook on life.

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We spent the better part of a mid-September Saturday in his native town. My thought had been that I might be lucky to have maybe two hours with Zoulou, given my understanding of what his physical limitations probably were. However, he wanted to make a day of the visit, or at least as much as he could.

Graciously, he picked me up at Hilo Airport in his trusty red S.U.V. about 9 a.m., following a pleasant Aloha Airlines forty-minute flight from Honolulu. Evident immediately on his left arm was very pronounced "ridging" -- one indicator of the dialysis treatments he was rigorously undergoing three times a week at Hilo Hospital, which he showed me during our drive. Because of this discipline, he was unable to go to Honolulu in April for Moe's memorial service, which he deeply regretted; however, he mentioned he and Carol Keale have occasional contact by phone. His hair is cropped short. To me he seemed a bit heavier than I recalled from MahaloCon six years earlier, which looked good, but of course, he's nowhere near as rotund as he appeared in the early years of the series.

However, first things first; Zoulou, whose home is about a 20-minute ride away from the Hilo city limits, was hungry. We went to the only 24-hour coffee shop around, and it was jammed. The staff asked us to put our names on the waiting list, and to be patient. Zoulou, however, does not "sign up," and so very shortly afterwards, we found ourselves in the much more leisurely--and stately--dining-room of the exquisite Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, overlooking the picturesque Bay.

We began with a general question about Five-0's impact on him. Zoulou unhesitatingly said he felt it had changed his life forever. His days of leading a semi-normal life were over when he became Det. Kalakaua, and indeed, even to the present time, wherever he goes in the world, someone will cry out after him, "Kono, Kono!" This consideration is one factor that led him to returning to live near Hilo--no more such constant recognition, along with the "glitz & glamour" as he put it.

The four-year stint, though, elevated his professional fortunes to great heights, accelerating after the 1972 severance. Zoulou was once one of the infamous surf-instructor/canoe-paddling and, yes, womanizing Waikiki beach boys. In addition to being a member of an early edition of the legendary Sons of Hawai'i, Zoulou formed his own musical groups. He also considers himself the first Hawaiian stand-up comic, which led to his developing and headlining one of the premier headline nightclub shows in Honolulu. It was originally at the C'est Ci Bon venue at the Pagoda Hotel, and then relocated to the well-loved Duke Kahanumoku's in Waikiki's International Marketplace.

As a side note, when the writer had returned home from this Hawai'i trip and was in his dental hygienist's chair, he mentioned meeting Zoulou. All teeth talk stopped, because his d.h. well recalled taking in Z.'s show and loving all the colour, the jokes, the dancing and songs!

Zoulou himself pointed out that he could verbalize in six languages, and was also musically versatile, covering R & B, Soul, Country, and Broadway as well as more traditional Hawaiian renderings. There was never a doubt as to whose show this was; Zoulou told me he wrote all of his own material, designed costumes and scripted every piece of music. His goal was to do a distinctive cabaret offering, unlike anything else in Honolulu; indeed, he said that his was the first to include an act in Japanese (spoofing a samurai!). More than once during the day in Hilo, Z. characterized himself in a big way as an "idea" type of person.

Once again, it was Leonard Freeman who was primarily responsible for selecting the talent, in this case for Zoulou's landing the role of the Hawaiian detective. Z. was called in for a reading, which turned out to be more of a feeding...he was asked to quickly devour a sandwich and quaff down a large beverage. This was done with such gusto, Zoulou said, that "Lennie told me, hey, that's it, you're going to be my Kono!'."

It was only much later, after his abbreviated run on the series was pau, that Zoulou realized the profound effect that his Five-0 work had had on the indigenous community. During a visit to O'ahu's Wai'anae coast, it was made abundantly clear to him how proud everyone was of his accomplishments, particularly for being one of the first of Hawaiian ancestry to get a prominent and lasting role on a number one TV program nationwide. Also, it's probable that some of the storylines' themes involving Kono, were very well received by his people. He confided that, if he'd known about that impact, he likely would have done things differently so that Kono might have had a much longer tenure on the force.

"Things," however, weren't destined to go quite that way.

Almost from the very beginning of their association, Zoulou and Jack Lord clashed. It is almost incredible, as the writer reviews what Zoulou shared in Hilo, that Kono lasted more than one season. Lennie Freeman doubtlessly had to intervene as peace-broker repeatedly, it's performers, one a highly likeable, personable and proven local-boy showman on his own turf and the other, a highly-acclaimed but reclusive actor with wide industry exposure, seeking to break unprecedented ground in the unique microcosm that forms Hawai'i, were at opposite ends of a basically common spectrum. Both men were by nature ultra-strong in their convictions, too.

With Jack Lord being long gone -- and in any case most likely not receptive to a regular fan's amateurish interview, it's a little difficult to get a balanced perspective on the conflict. One can say, after listening to the details of examples of areas of dispute too numerous for this article, that nevertheless the career/cultural gap perhaps was just too great. By that it is meant that for Jack, a perfectionist coming from the extreme rigors of make-it-any-cost-to-yourself Hollywood to the considerably more laid-back lifestyle of Hawai'i in the 60's, eventually it became impossible to contend with all the loose folksiness epitomized by a local like Zoulou, especially on the set. And for Zoulou, here was a haole guy -- albeit a well-established professional with far-reaching credentials in international show business -- who for no apparent reason other than having a supreme ego, sequestered himself from everyone else and who wouldn't bend even a little to enjoy a bit of fun during long, often tense days of filming. It was all unfortunate, but it happens in every social/work context, everywhere, all the time.

That they were able to make it "work" as long as they did is perhaps, a true tribute to their own perseverance, endurance, stubbornness or maybe just luck. The stories, though, are many, and, it's suspected, they're remembered as essentially true after so many years. Here's just one from Zoulou:

In 1970 or '71, at the beginning of the season's filming, everyone complied with the directive that they be back on O'ahu at least two days prior to first day. Everyone, that is, except Z. Jack did a quick roll call, then asked where was Zoulou. It turned out Zoulou had had a commitment in Japan, but was scheduled to land in Honolulu on start day morning. He went directly from the airport to the film studio where all who were assembled - except Jack--immediately greeted and clustered around him to "talk-story" for a while. This did not go over well with Jack, apparently, but that was nothing compared to what happened next. Zoulou walked over to Jack and said, "hey, nice to see you, you're looking younger, your face is different, look good!" The director told Zoulou to knock it off at once, but Z. persisted, saying he was just paying the man a compliment.

Before he knew it, the front office was summoning him in for a meeting, and Zoulou wondered what he could have possibly done already, being back such a short time. The director referred to his earlier comments to Jack, asking "don't you know?" "Know what?" replied Z., all the while thinking to himself, is this more Hollywood crap, am I supposed to be a mind-reader? Director: "Well?" "Well what?" responded Zoulou, adding that if the games-playing didn't stop wiki-wiki, he was ready to walk off the set for good, quit the show and go back to the beach.

Finally the director explained, "Jack had an operation since you last saw him...a facial where they pull the skin back and then tighten it up." Zoulou answered, "Well, why didn't he tell me they fixed his face...I don't know any of this California stuff--we're in Hawai'i!" Leonard Freeman had to intervene, but Z. told him when he called, that quite honestly he was not aware of what face-lifts were all about.

And so it went...from what Zoulou said, Jack wanted to make sure that everyone acknowledged himself as the only star of the series, and he was always the one that had to look best, through forbidding a full make-up application for the supporting cast or, mandating that Zoulou in particular, could never appear in any suit unless it was the baggy blue one. Time and time again, Zoulou said, he tried his best to reach out to Jack, to loosen him up from his chronic reserved state only to have their relationship deteriorate further. Finally, when a particular line in the script was deemed unacceptable for others but okay for Zoulou, Zoulou told Jack that he considered it a "niggardly" piece of work and would not do it. That ended Zoulou's part in the show; he was canned by Jack -- as were some 200 others over the dozen years he suggested -- and returned to his own nightclub work. Even then, though, Jack kept after him about his self-billing as "Zoulou the One & Only Hawaiian Star of Hawaii Five-0." As he put it, in Jack's mind there was only ONE star of Five-0. Period. Everyone else was just a "featured performer."

All this aside, Zoulou remains grateful that he had a significant role in the show, mainly because of the relationships formed with many of the others in it. (Of course, it didn't hurt that he could later draw on his Five-0 experience in various ways, usually satirical but not always), when putting together his own performances at Duke's.) He told one vignette involving Danny Kalekini, long- time main drawing-card at the Kahala Hilton Hotel's Hala Terrace . Danny, despite his friend Zoulou's advice not to do it, took a part in one Five-0 episode as a rapist who threw someone into an incinerator ("No Bottles, No Cans, No People"). When the show aired, chief honcho Conrad Hilton called Hilton's brass in Hawai'i and asked, "What is my Danny doing in something like that? Image is everything, and once tarnished, well...sometimes it takes a great deal to get it back. Kalekini of course, did.

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Since the '97 remake effort, Zoulou stated that he, Kam Fong and Jim MacArthur had bonded much more closely than in the years prior. Their camaraderie has helped each of them get through some difficult times. They have been in frequent contact with one another, reminiscing, no doubt, about some of the tricks during the "good old days." Like the time Jim stealthily put a sign on the back of Zoulou's suit jacket saying "Kick Here" with an arrow pointing down. Or, when Zoulou got him back by placing a paper with the word "Mahu on Jim's shirt. This means homosexual in Hawaiian, and with all the crew laughing themselves silly, Jim turned a bright enough red for Jack to remark, "Jimmy, who made you up for an Indian movie?"

In early 1974, about a year and a half after Zoulou left the show, Leonard Freeman came to see him. (Note: Zoulou told me that the role of Kono was played as Mr. Freeman wanted it, and Z. was told by him that "I couldn't have done a better job creating what you do as Kono.") Mr. Freeman suggested to him that perhaps some help could be given to Zoulou in advancing his career, and a TV pilot leading to Zoulou's own series, might be the next step. Zoulou said he was ready and willing to give it another shot, and even said he had some ideas, like exploring the food festivals of the world. Leonard was at once intrigued by this originality and enthusiasm, exclaiming "that's what I like about you, you're always thinking of new things to do...when I've had my heart surgery in L.A. I'll be back and we'll get to work on it!" However, Mr. Freeman passed away on the operating table.

Since Zoulou's health problems have intensified, he has lived a much quieter lifestyle on Hawai'i. His mother, who resides in Hilo proper, is 82 and is visited often, usually after his dialysis. He routinely awakens and gets up at 0230 hours.  That is not a typo...any readers in North America's Eastern time zone who rise and shine for work at 0730 hours in the winter, can take some comfort in knowing that Zoulou is also just getting out of bed abut that time. A devout Catholic since boyhood, he follows a prayer regimen and then goes in for a thorough and lengthy bathing. I sensed that Zoulou is highly self-educated; although he attended Hawai'i's renowned Kamehameha Schools, he never graduated but over the years he's become very knowledgeable about many things.

He has three grandchildren through one daughter on the Mainland; contact, however, seems minimal. A divorce happened during the heyday of his entertainer years; according to him, his wife (who has since left the Islands) had great difficulty rationalizing all his public exposure possibilities, and the show's demands--seven nights a week--did not help either.

As my visit drew to a close, following a couple of side trips to the Hilo Farmers Market to get Zoulou's weekly supply of therapeutic coconut water and 'da kine' stuff, I asked him what he felt was Five-0's long-term legacy. His reply struck me as particularly poignant: he thought it would be one that would always be remembered, although it would be difficult to fully fathom its full scope over the years. Perhaps in sum, its contribution was just to show the many different aspects of the beauty that is Hawai'i, scenery and geography for sure, but more meaningfully, her truly unique peoples and how they interact. He is happy that through him and others, Five-0 has brought joy and smiles to many the world over. He has no regrets.

Except one or two, perhaps. First, he asked me to include in my write-up a greeting from him to a woman from up my way, in Burnaby, British Columbia. They met during his beach-boy days, when she worked in a financial capacity. He's never forgotten this "very fine person, who would have been a wonderful wife and mother of his kids." But while she married another, he feels she would never forget the nickname he gave her (Fica). So lady, if somehow you get wind of this article, the hope is that the message has meaning for you.

And second, as we neared Hilo Airport in mid-afternoon, we again passed by the 24-hour restaurant. Zoulou gestured to a building lot opposite the eatery and exclaimed that he'd like to put a bigger restaurant on that property with a large sign reading "Everybody Welcome, You Ready to Eat? But If You Want to Sign In, Go Across the Street."

Zoulou, my personal Mahalo Nui Loa for a most memorable Hilo day. 
May your Amakua be with you always, Brah; Me Ke Aloha Pumehana, Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka A'ina I Ka Pono, A Hui Hou Kakou and stay strong, Kanaka! (Amen understood.)

Zoulou has confirmed that yes, he would be pleased to receive fan mail at
P. O. Box 21
Kea'au, HI 96749

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MOE KEALE, MAN OF ALOHA
by Jerry Pickard U.H.'72, uhalum@yahoo.com

In November 2002, seven months after her husband of 28 years, Moe "Truck Kealoha" Keale, left this world at age 62, Carol graciously met with the writer. We recalled many of the truly unique and wonderful qualities of this incredible guy, over lunch at Macy's in Ala Moana Center.

There was particular eagerness to renew acquaintance with Carol who is very brave, charming and special in her own right. We had met briefly at the '96 MahaloCon in Honolulu, when Moe regaled those at the wind-up luau with his tremendous vocal and ukulele stylings. The following year, the two of them, along with some musicians and his son Nalani, paid a visit to British Columbia where among other stops, Moe and his ensemble entertained at a private gathering I attended. Some readers may be familiar with the term "chicken-skin" which in Hawai'i is often used adjectively to describe the epidermal goose-bumps resulting from an almost beyond-belief musical/spiritual experience. Moe left many of us with chicken-skin, and still does whenever his recordings are played.

The writer will never forget witnessing Moe's inherent talent to extend needed comfort, through the ancient Hawaiian massage technique of 'lomi,' at the aforementioned '97 event in B.C.. Lilia Sawyer, a regal lady with Hawaiian blood who had for years organized this get- together for local Vancouver area people having an Islands connection, was dying of cancer, and would succumb a little over a month later. Upon arriving Moe went at once to her, and gently applied lomi on her shoulders, neck and upper back. Lilia was out on a day-pass from her hospital bed, and through his soothing actions and presence, she was able to stay and enjoy most of the proceedings. 

Moe was born from pure Hawaiian ancestry on the island of Ni'ihau, just off Kaua'i. His father was a kahuna, or spiritual leader. Thus, Moe had an inherent association with things ethereal from a very early age. When he was quite young, the family moved to O'ahu's Palolo Valley. Moe's dad worked on the ships at Pearl Harbor and in fact, was badly burned during the December 7th attacks. The wealth which the Keale*s knew was of a non-material kind, reinforced by frugal summers spent back on the 'Forbidden Island.' At the very young age of four, Moe began playing the ukulele. He quickly excelled at it while growing up and by the mid-60's, joined the rogue clan of beach-boys at Waikiki (which also included Zoulou). 

With his distinctively listenable voice and outstanding skills with the uke, Moe became part of the legendary Sons of Hawaii group in the early 70's, under Eddie Kamae. (The writer has retained a copy of the benchmark 'Hawaiian Folksongs' LP album featuring these musicians, and particularly cherishes Kanaka Wai Wai, an almost hymn-like piece with Moe vocally prominent. Words simply cannot do justice in trying to convey the depth of richness found in such melodies. More chicken-skin.)

As an electrician's helper, he was able to land work away from the beach, pulling cable at what has now become the Hawaii Film Studios. It was actually Marie Lord who grew closest to Moe, although she was an infrequent visitor to the set. When she did drop by, however, Moe would take this petite (and curvaceous, even "great-bodied," Carol pointed out) wife of the boss into his arms and merrily twirl her around to her obvious delight (long-sleeved mu'umu'u and all!). Others were invariably aghast at such antics, but these seemed only to further endear Moe to the Lords.

One episode early in the series run, called for a Hawaiian and no one had been satisfactorily cast for it. Jack called Moe in to his dressing room and after giving him the lines, told him he WOULD take this part. Virtually no one said "no" to Jack, so Moe gave this opportunity to act a try, and succeeded. Jack offered plenty of his trademark perfectionistic-oriented coaching, which in later years Moe attributed to his developing into a creditable character player. He also came to appreciate, from his long association with Jack, that the latter's well-acknowledged propensity to run a tight ship, an organized set, and to generally have productions come in under- budget, was in marked contrast to other shows Moe graced. He always thanked Jack for his assistance and these traits.

It was a reciprocal relationship, with Carol suggesting that not everyone was treated as respectfully by The Star. Marie even referred to Moe as "her son!" When the Keale's married in the mid-70's (it being Moe's second), they elected to have a very small ceremony. Folks from the show were not included, but when Jack learned of the nuptials soon afterward, he called the newlyweds to express major indignation at not being invited. Still, they received one of his treasured lithographs for the occasion.

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It is usually quite interesting to learn how couples meet, and the Keale's story is no exception. Carol had come from the Mainland in 1969, to study social sciences at the University of Hawai'i. A natural athlete, she joined a canoe club where one Sunday, a mutual friend suggested they take in a Sunday afternoon jam session which the renowned Sons of Hawaii would be attending. So they did. Carol and Moe caught each other's eyes early on. She recalls great awareness of the warmth and energy emanating from this mammoth man (he was over 450 pounds at the time), but could not see herself in the long term, becoming emotionally involved with anyone in the entertainment field.

Nonetheless, she kept showing up where the Sons were performing, and the hugs and kisses showed no signs of abating. After bout a year or so, however, she and her best girlfriend decided that Master's degrees would be best pursued back in California. She went to Moe and informed him she was leaving. He said fine, but told her she'd be back within a couple months. This floored Carol she was adamant she had absolutely no intention of returning. Yet, he was right; two months later the Islands and more specifically the call of Keale, found her in Honolulu once again. Their dating began in earnest then. Carol, during our talk, said more than once that throughout their time together, they grew more in love every single day. They were truly blessed.

Back to Five-0: Carol recalled a story that Moe had shared from the series early filming days, before Moe was in front of the cameras. He was responsible for props at this time. Jack had noticed that the prop gun was not loaded with blanks, i.e. it was totally dead. He ordered Moe in to his office, and went on a personal berating tangent (as, Carol said, he was known to do to many, any time something wasn't "right" as he perceived it). Moe listened to the lengthy tirade without response. Finally, Jack said to him "Have you got it now?" Moe looked Jack straight in the eyes and replied, "I had it the first time." He went on to explain that the clip with the blanks was on the set where it needed to be, awaiting the scene when it would be used. Moe told Jack that there'd been no wrongdoing whatsoever, and that he did not appreciate Jack talking to him as he'd done. Carol feels this may have been the start of their deep friendship. Quite possibly, Jack would test those around him by intentionally trying to intimidate them, and see how they handled it. Moe passed with flying colours!

Speaking of Moe and flying, that is something which did in fact occur, albeit inadvertently, during one downtown shoot. He was in a villainous role, and a building he occupied was due to be blown up as he was to come running out of it. Unfortunately, the explosives used were more powerful than expected, literally hurling him in the air across River Street. This was not in the script, but after all the dust had settled, the incident was the source of much laughter among the crew and others.

Not surprisingly, his favourite role in Five-0 was that of Truck Kealoha. He did not mind portraying "bad guys," but enjoyed considerably the opportunity to show his birthright in a better, more capable and positive light. Hawaiians in the somewhat less affluent areas, such as Waianae and Nanakuli, , were inspired by their brother's "akamai acumen" when Moe was featured as Truck. For man understood that here was one of their own who had made it in the big- time on his own merits, and with effort, they too could improve their lot in life.

Carol also related another vignette, which she began by showing me a hand-drawn caricature of a large road transport with this wording on the trailer: "Dear Moe, does this look familiar?" Moe had found this on his set chair early in the twelfth season's filming. Carol believed that Jack had displayed a folksy/human element with this somewhat corny trucking reference to Moe's character.

Was Jack some sort of super-actor, though, capable of knowing by heart every single one of his tremendous volume of lines, week after tedious week when filming was going full blast? Apparently not. While those around him WERE expected to memorize their words perfectly, Jack was the only performer to use a teleprompter. It seems there was distinctive privilege in dictatorship, as that term was applied by many in the know, to how Jack ran the set. Yet Carol insisted that away from the studio and everything connected with it, Jack was indeed "as kind and normal as could be, unfailingly treating people with respect, and offering big hugs." 

Another little story she heard from Moe, related to a scene which the well-respected Bill Smith had to do on horseback. Jack came up to him the day before and said he'd really be honoured if Bill would use Jack's original Stoney Burke saddle for that. Bill understandably was most appreciative of what he construed to be a generous gesture, and mentioned his feeling to the prop master when it came time to do the segment. The latter scoffed, replying "big-hearted nothing, the show is being charged $350 for this." (Writer's note: guess one had to pay the Kahala condo's monthly fees with something in those days!)

When Five-0 ended, Moe was the only cast member according to Carol, to be invited to perform in the two-hour pilot movie for M-Station Hawaii, another show that Jack hoped to launch. Although it was never picked up by the networks, Moe was excited to play an oceanographer with advanced education degrees--a very high profile role for a Hawaiian. But there was this one thing, she pointed out. Moe had to wear a bright orange full-body wetsuit. It was determined that sharks are attracted to the colour orange, as opposed to the more traditional black suits, so she and Moe laughingly wondered later if Jack was trying to make a point of some kind.

Moe was seen in a number of productions of varying durations over the years, including Little People; Big Hawaii (shot on the Big Island's sprawling Parker Ranch); Paradise Cove; and Islands in the Stream, to name a few. But he also kept up his music, and it's through this medium, perhaps, that he will be most lovingly remembered for a very long time to come. Carol has been working on obtaining the legal rights to her husband's vocal and instrumental recordings, in part at least to permit the production of a compilation album. Moe came from incredibly talented genealogy in this respect; similar offshoot included the incomparable Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ('IZ'). Surviving nephews Michael, Kaimana, Mahealani and others, would do this project great justice, she believes. As well, a documentary on his life is in the works, under the auspices of Eddie Lee. Anyone meandering through the main passageways of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, where Moe entertained poolside for many years, will now see a prominent portrait of him along with a beautiful write-up and some related memorabilia, including one of his Five-0 badges.

Moe Keale tribute at Sheraton



Moe's final phase on the planet (his earth form ending in April of 2002 with a massive coronary), was an extra special time for his wife and himself. From a genetic perspective, he outlived the men in his family, all of whom had passed on before the age of 60. Carol and he had begun to eat a healthier diet, and she encouraged him to exercise regularly with her. But he had his first heart attack in March 2001 and was clinically dead for over seven long minutes. The medics felt that if he recovered, there would be significant brain damage but that proved not to be the case. Instead, he came back able to recall what he had experienced "on the other side," and lived even greater aloha, if that was possible, for another year. He set a one-person local standard for charitable fund-raising, bringing in some $260,000 for the American Heart Association; as one result, portable defibrillators are being strategically position State-wide, to provide timely response to those stricken with heart failure. 

Indeed, Moe truly exemplified that unique gift of Hawai'i to the world while he lived among us, and from what Carol shared, he keeps doing so in his current spiritual dimension. Perhaps "Aloha Is" was and continues to be not only one of his greatest songs but also the one that most definitively captures this gentle giant's superlative essence. Certainly, inspired by the ancient teachings of such wise kupuna as Pilahi Paki, Moe (and Carol as well, since she too studied under Pilahi) could not leave a more lasting, meaningful and so-badly-needed-in-our-current-world legacy. Incidentally, in 2003 the first Moe Keale 'Aloha Is' Award for Community Service is slated to be presented at the annual Hoku ceremonies, recognizing outstanding achievement in music in Hawai'i. This salutes the very real contributions made by entertainers to the public's well being amid times of strife. 

There is, perhaps, no better way to wind down this recap of a thoroughly enchanting meeting with Carol, than to recount Pilahi's meaning of aloha, or the spiritual being of God in humanity--it fully applies to Moe 'Truck Keale' and all who love him!  

A - 'akahi-Hawaiian meaning kindness to be expressed with a feeling of tenderness
L - lokahi-Hawaiian meaning unity to be expressed with a feeling of harmony
O - 'olu'olu-Hawaiian meaning agreeable to be expressed with a feeling of pleasantness
H - ha'aha'a-Hawaiian meaning humility expressed with a feeling of modesty
A - 'ahonui-Hawaiian meaning patience to be applied with perseverance

(Note: anyone wishing to share memories of Moe with Carol, may do so by dropping an e-mail to keale@gte.net )


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THANK YOU HALLMARK CHANNEL!!!!

We have just gotten word from an internet friend that beginning January 5, 2003, the Hallmark Channel will broadcast Five-0 at 4:00 and 5:00 pm EST and PST (two different episodes). This will continue every Sunday.

Beginning January 13, 2003, they will broadcast two episodes each weekday at 12:00 noon and 1:00 EST and PST, again, two different episodes. The Sunday broadcasts will also continue.

Keep in mind that these will probably not be full episodes as commercials will no doubt take up some of the hour, but I believe that any Five-0 is better than no Five-0. Here's hoping that most of our fan club gets this channel and will be able to enjoy Hawaii Five-0 once again!

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JAMES MACARTHUR SIGHTING

The public libraries of Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties on Ohio will be hosting An Evening With James MacArthur on February 2nd and 3rd, 2003 in conjunction with their One Book - Two Counties reader participation project. Each event will begin at 6:00 p.m. He will be at Edgewood Senior High School in Ashtabula on Monday (February 2nd) and Lakeview High School in Cortland on Tuesday (February 3rd). The discussion will be centered around Conrad Richter's novel The Light in the Forest and how it became a motion picture.

for more information visit:  http://www.wtcpl.lib.oh.us./onebooktwocounties/home.htm 

(thanks, dms!)

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Calendars

Another Mahalo to everyone who has purchased either a Hawaii Five-0 Third Season Calendar or a Jack Lord Calendar. We are currently on a third printing and will be sending a nice donation to the Jack Lord Memorial Fund in February. We still have some calendars left and if you are interested please send a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 each ($14.00 US each for foreign orders) to:

Debbie Fitzgerald, HFOFC
682 Durham Road
Adams, TN 37010

Jack Lord Memorial Update

We have received the following from the Memorial Committee:

Dear Fans:

On behalf of the Jack Lord Memorial Committee, I would like to express our gratitude to all of you who have made a donation towards the memorial to Jack Lord. At present we are still a bit short of about $2000 but with a bit of luck we hope to raise this amount in the next few months.

Sean Brown has already started working on the sculpture which, providing we raise the extra cash, we hope will be completed in April next year. Having reached this target, we would most likely set a date for the work to be unveiled probably towards the end of May. We will of course let you all know well in advance so that you have enough time to make arrangements to come to Honolulu for the ceremony.

Jack Lord, as you well know, was not only a great actor but a wonderful human being. He truly deserves this memorial we are all helping to build. I know it has taken a bit of time to come to this stage, but your patience will finally be rewarded.

Thank you once again for your generosity and support.

Yours sincerely,
Esperanza Isaac
(On behalf of the Jack Lord Memorial Committee.)

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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Stay Tuned!!

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has helped out with the newsletter this past year. I think we have had great issues filled with things we did now know about Five-0 and it's been fun getting to meet some of the people who were connected with the show. There is more to come. In upcoming issues, we have interviews with Bill Bigelow, Jimmy Borges, Doug Mossman, Carole Kai and more from James MacArthur. Remember the episode Welcome to Our Branch Office? Well Tom Boie who played the "fake McGarrett" has some memories to share! We have also heard from Reggie Foote who played an extra in Year of the Horse. So many have been lucky enough to travel to Hawaii and are willing to share their memories of their trips with us, too. This is what has made it such a pleasure to do this newsletter and I think we all owe a big MAHALO to everyone who has sent something to share with us! 

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And now a word from our sponsors:

Anyone interested in copies of Hawaii Five-0 episodes (mostly all full versions) can contact Barbara Brindle at 105 Warren Road, Sparta, NJ 07871.  (phone 973-729-9232 - she does not have email)  Barbara's rates are very reasonable and she's very reliable. 

You may also find works by Jack Lord and James MacArthur and lots of other actors by contacting Ron Evans at http:www.networksplus.net/caseyguy/epPartners.htm or email requests at caseyguy@networksplus.net.  They have over 15,000 episodes of 50s and 60s TV.  At e/p Partners, it's the 50s and 60s forever!!!

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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 Debbie Fitzgerald/H50FC, c/o 682 Durham Road, Adams, TN 37010.  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 same Adams, TN address 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)

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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.

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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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 See you in 

January, 2003

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