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THE HAWAII FIVE-0 FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER 

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Volume 5                  December, 2003                   Issue 20A 

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A special Holiday Edition!!!

 

State of Hawai'i "Film in Hawai'i" Award to James MacArthur & Hawaii Five-0 

November 6, 2003


 Some Observations, by Jerry Pickard, uhalum@yahoo.com

"Excuse me," a voice hollered out, "are you with the caterers?"


I'd walked over to the very dignified Honolulu Academy of Arts from my rustic room at the venerable Central YMCA just diamondhead of Ala Moana Center, and was quite early for the 6 PM event.  Nonetheless, Dana Forsberg, coordinator extraordinaire of the Hawai'I International Film Festival's Membership & Development section, allowed me temporary admission so that I might locate a restroom and "freshen up."  Which was a wonderful idea, as I was a bit tepid after lugging my change-of-clothes, non-micro tape recorder, camera, Booking Hawaii Five-0 book and other stuff to this stellar occasion.


"No," I responded, "but could you tell me, please, where is da lua (washroom)?"

The 'lua' was located and I made myself somewhat presentable.  But in retrospect, well after the actual ceremony, the reference to the caterers took on an ironic perspective.  It turned out I became so busy "mingling" with the many folks in the Academy's Courtyard, that I completely forgot to eat until all the "pupu" (Hawaiian snack-type items) had been devoured by others!

But, I'm getting ahead of the story.  Somewhat before the advertised start time, people began streaming into the rather modestly-sized entrance-way of the quite new Doris Duke Theatre, where I'd been waiting patiently.  These included regular patrons of the Film Festival, as well as awards presenters and representatives of HIFF's numerous corporate sponsors. And, with the arrival of Margaret Doversola, Jimmy Borges and his wife Vicki, Doug Mossman & wife Judee, the Five-0 contingent began to make its appearance felt too.  Jim MacArthur soon followed, accompanied by the ever-vivacious "H.B."  I learned that Jamie had not come with them on this trip, committed to academics and football practices back home.  When one has the role of quarterback, one's heart is understandably with the team--even if Dad is being significantly feted 2,600 miles away!

Zoulou received an especially warm welcome from his fellow-cast-members.  He'd taken an afternoon flight from Hilo, and had been driven directly from the Airport, overnight garment bag and sack of Big Island leis in hand.  He navigated the numerous steps down to the reserved-for-Five-0 seating area remarkably capably, but Dennis Chun and I stayed close by, just in case.  As Dennis said when ushers encouraged us to move further ahead instead, "We're Five-0, and we take care of one another."  Z, I learned, is still on 'the list' for another kidney transplant attempt, most likely on the Mainland, D.V..

The attendees were just mind-boggling.  Besides those from O'ahu, such as Kwan Hi Lim, Carol Wedemeyer, Seth Sakai and Eddie Sherman, it was an absolute delight to see Rose Freeman, and Al Harrington.  Also making the pilgrimage from California was Beau Van den Ecker. Communication with him was difficult because of his medical condition.  But he brought along, in addition to his caregiver Katharine, a photo album of memories made during a life-time of show business, and I was very privileged to be take a quick peek.

There were many others with Five-0 connections in the audience.  Charlotte Simmons and Chris, both back-stage production folks, were glad to be there too.  Unfortunately, no name tags were on hand at this get-together, and it seemed that relatively few who were recognizable to me from the show, made it to the Academy Courtyard after the ceremony to socialize.

The formal part of the evening began with traditional chants of blessing, followed by an absolutely enthralling few moments of music and vocals featuring 19-year-old Raiatea Helm, of Moloka'i.  She herself had been quite properly recognized at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards earlier in the year. WWW.Raiateahelm.com is well worth checking out; you will be able to hear a clip from one of the songs she sang for us on November 6th.  And, at the end of the awards ceremony, when she held those 23-seconds-or-more-notes-like-Auntie-Genoa-Ke'awe in doing the latter's signature song 'Alika,' it mesmerized everyone there.  (Note: I bought Raiatea's compact disc, which she autographed in the Courtyard afterwards, and it is positively "cheecken-skin!")

There were many categories covered during the evening, including the Louis Vuitton Corporate Sponsor, Kodak Vison Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Blockbusters in Short/Documentary & Feature, Cades Foundation Videomaker etc., with the expected acceptances and thank-you's.  So, it did take a while before it was time for the Presentation of The Film in Hawai'i Award.  Here is something of how it went:

Mistress of Ceremonies Elizabeth Lindsey (a former Miss Hawai'i) began with these words: "I travel all around the world, and the first thing people say when I mention I'm from Hawai'i is 'Book 'em Danno!" Hawaii Five-0 is known the world over and for a long time it's what people thought of, when they thought of Hawai'i.  With 'The Film in Hawai'i Award' the State of Hawai'i honors the film-maker, star or production company which has helped to develop the reputation of our Islands as the world's premier tropical location. To present the award, please welcome the Director of the Hawai'i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Ted Liu."

Mr. Liu:


"Many of you are probably wondering what the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has to do with a venture like this.  As you look out at our economy, you realize we all have an under-utilized opportunity and obligation to do what we can to keep us in the forefront of the arts and cultural diversity, which the people of Hawai'I appreciate. 

And Elizabeth, you're right; "Book 'em Danno" has become one of the most recognizable phrases in television history. It's more popular than "Beam me up Scotty." I'm honored and pleased to be here, on behalf of Governor Linda Lingle, to present this year's Film in Hawai'i Award. The State of Hawai'i and the Hawai'I Film Office are proud to honor a man whose amazing career has lifted our spirits since 1955. In that career spanning more than four decades, James MacArthur has portrayed everything from a crazed killer to a stalwart defender of law and order. We know him best as Danno in the hit series Hawaii Five-0. But it was his role as the preacher in the movie Hang 'Em High which ultimately led to his now famous TV role. When Five-0 creator Leonard Freeman found himself looking for a replacement to play the complex sidekick to Jack Lord's powerful Steve McGarrett, he went looking for the young actor he remembered for just two or three days work on this low-budget spaghetti western.


In his role as Lt. Danny Williams alongside talented actors who starred in the Hawaii Five-0 series, many of whom are with us tonight, James MacArthur has played a truly critical part in putting Hawai'i on the map as a visitor destination.  And, he's done so much to develop Hawai'i's reputation as one of the world's premier filming locations. For this, Jim, Hawai'i will be eternally grateful. To quote Tim Ryan in today's Star-Bulletin, "Jim is the most affable, lovable and huggable figure."


He thrived with his beloved task-master Leonard Freeman and graciously survived more than a decade in the shadow of the infamous Jack Lord, bringing quiet and peace to a drama based some 2500 miles from the entertainment mecca of the United States, in a culture that was largely unknown and indeed mysterious to most in America in the late 60's. Leonard Freeman, Jack Lord and James MacArthur taught the world about Hawai'i, and the world has remembered to this day. For locally sensitive followers, Hawaii Five-0 showcased Hawai'i like no other series since.  Many have tried; few have succeeded. 'Danno' remains one of the most enduring characters in one of TV's longest-running police dramas.  Hawaii Five-0 continues as the standard for all productions in existence in our Aloha State. Although James MacArthur has had an impressive body of work on stage, in film and on television, it's his role as 'Danno' that has endeared him to our hearts.

(( Clips from Emme's Island Moments then followed, to howling applause. ))

Mr. Liu (continued):


For tonight's award we commissioned a very special work of art which craftsman Aaron Hammer  <see www.hemispherz.com/hammerdrums> created from a gorgeous piece of Hawaiian Milo wood, with the shape of a poi-pounder on the side of the bowl.  We're sure Jim and his family will cherish it for many years to come. On behalf of the State of Hawai'i and Governor Lingle, I'm truly honored to present this year's Film in Hawai'i Award to James MacArthur.    (major applause)

Jim:


Thank you, I never dreamed the booking business would get me this far. I took the time to make a few notes so I've written some things down.  In fact, I now belong to a society, the initials of which are C.R.A.F.T. -- that stands for Can't Remember A Thing.  Hello! (when the anticipated laughter didn't quickly materialize).


You know, I think Ted's introduction was absolutely wonderful and I can cut my speech in about half, I think. But it was true that Hang 'Em High led to Hawaii Five-0 and I want you to know why. What Lennie told me then was, this show would be a hit. Because we were in a time when it was the Vietnam War and the country was involved in a very tough time for the world -- it was a gray world. And this would not be so on Five-0. We'd go to a black and white world, good vs. bad with you know who winning every week. Unhappily, Lennie passed on after the sixth season. But thanks to the kindness and ultra generosity of the people of this State, Governor Burns particularly at the beginning, the mayors of Honolulu, the military (all branches), the City and State officials with all the others involved; Five-0 enjoyed a phenomenonally successful 12-years run and Hawai'i has been a part of my life for the past 35 years -- something I'm very grateful for.


I am especially delighted that Rose Freeman, Lennie's wife, is here to share this moment. Rose, please stand up.


And we also have many, many other people; I'd like to ask them to stand so we can see everyone who's here from Hawaii Five-0, from in front of the camera and behind the camera:


Zoulou         Jimmy Borges   Kwan Hi Lim  Al Harrington  Eddie Sherman  Dennis Chun
Doug Mossman   Seth Sakai     Carol Wedemeyer  Margaret Doversola  Charlotte Simmons


To all of you, I thank all of my fellow collaborators, I send heartfelt thanks and much more. You know, everything was so new when we started the show, so untried. The first day, we shot a master shot, after which Zoulou got in his car and went home. Then it came time for close-ups and he was nowhere to be found. He'd gone to the beach and had to be brought back. But he's such a good guy...at the beginning I'd be jumping into a phone booth and getting on the phone, saying "Steve, I'm at the corner of K-K-K-K.. and Lyke-lyke Hwy." My buddy Zoulou was always there to straighten me out on Hawaiian pronunciation. And of course, Kam Fong called himself my son's Chinese grandfather. Kam had been a real policeman so he knew how to authenticate all the little pieces of the business to help make McGarrett a real detective. We worked hard, we joked hard. I remember once Jack was rehearsing an arduous dramatic scene on McGarrett's office set. On the sound stage there was another set which was a bedroom. So Zoulou decided to take a little catnap and I went behind the flap and began to make snoring noises.  With that Jack came running out, furious, wanting to know who'd dare to snore while he was working. Poor Zoulou. But he got me back, in spades, more than once.


Speaking of Jack - the lynchpin who held it all together - I'll always remember the inexhaustible enthusiasm he brought to the show each and every day. His Steve McGarrett was and always will be an endowed symbol of what a good TV cop could be. It is fitting that Hawaii Five-0 should receive this honor tonight because in many ways it was the crucible in which the Hawaiian film industry was forged. There were other shows since, but our show developed a wonderful stable of local-talent actors and technicians and we wish there were more shows for them to do, especially a long-running series. (noteworthy applause) I think it's wonderful we still have so many fans world-wide. The show's intrigue lives on. I think Lennie Freeman's insistence on the finest scripts possible was one of the key factors in the longevity of this show. And there are well over a dozen web-sites devoted to the show and its actors. Just last week I got a little note from a fellow in Arizona who wrote, "You booked more criminals than any of us in our entire career, and you did it in under an hour, Signed, your fan, retired DEA Special Agent."


Another fan is here. I'd like to point out Jerry Pickard, a graduate of the University of Hawai'i now living in Vancouver, British Columbia, who traveled here especially just to share this moment. And thanks to you, Jerry, and all the many fans like you, for your continued support. Hawaii Five-0 is seen in millions and millions of homes around the world. It has brought an incredible number of people to Hawai'i. It has done very good things for the State of Hawai'i. The honor means the world to me, and I share it with all the people who are here in the audience tonight as well as with those who could not be here. We're all very grateful to the Hawai'i Film Office and the wonderful State of Hawai'i. Mahalo nui loa!

Elizabeth:


Congratulations, Jim. Seeing those film clips and everyone that we liked in the show brings back a lot of memories for me. That was my very first role as an actress, in Five-0 and I'm so grateful to have had my start there.  Again, thank you so much, and congratulations.


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After the ceremony, and out on the Courtyard Terrace, I gave Jim, very quietly, a presentation folder with the following inside:

   FROM APPRECIATORS OF FIVE-0 EVERYWHERE....


Jim, the many, many in the fan group whose lives you have touched through Five-0 and other ways, acknowledge you with profound respect, thankfulness and affection.  We cherish your openness, your willingness to share, and perhaps most of all, the tremendous capacity for aloha you have shown us, whether here in Hawai'i, on the Mainland, or elsewhere on the planet.

Seven years ago, at the conclusion of the Five-0 MahaloCon Reunion, you offered some highly insightful observations from a small stage between the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the beloved Tahitian Lana'i.  You suggested that the wonderful get-together that had just been enjoyed was not an end at all, but more the beginning of a celebration of the life of Hawaii Five-0, because it goes on and on and on, around the world. You wound down your remarks by saying you were extremely grateful to have been a part of it, to have spent so much of your life in Hawai'i, and to have so many Hawaiian brothers and sisters.


Therefore, on behalf of those countless everyday folks from all over, including here in the Islands, who are steadfast admirers of yourself, the show and everyone who as you also said in '96 "made it go," -- lots of whom it's so terrific to be able to see and sense here tonight -- we salute each and every one of you and ask that you please accept our humble mahalo nui loa kaklou, for being you.


   Me ke aloha pumehana; ua mau ke ea o ka a'ina i ka pono.


                            Aloha nui,
                            Jerry Pickard
                            November 6, 2003

It was indeed an occasion to remember, and I am most grateful to those who made it possible for me to attend on this terrific evening.

Unrelated to the show, but illustrative of how, with things Hawaiian, so much is possible, is this vignette:  As the guests were being seated, one of the HIFF volunteer usherettes mentioned that her name was 'Amber.' I did not think much about that, but after the ceremony she came up to me and commented she'd found it interesting to learn I was from Vancouver. Further, she said, she knew Vancouver somewhat because she'd been a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, about an hour's drive away, and while at WWU, had presided over the Hui of Hawai'i club for students attending from the Islands.  At that, I asked her if she happened to originally hail from Kaua'i.  Amber looked at me funnily, and said yes, how had I guessed that.  It turned out that she and I had exchanged emails during her Hui presidency, when she'd been given my name as a source to invite BC folks with a Hawaiian connection to the Hui's annual luau.  Auwe to da max!

Some photos which I took that night, may be found on websites that feature James MacArthur.

  From Eddie Sherman's MIDWEEK
column last week.... (the week of the HIFF Award...)

FACES OUT FRONT: Looooong overdue: Hawaii Five-0 co-star James MacArthur was honored last week by the Hawaii Film Festival for his major contribution to the film and TV industry of Hawaii. The event at the Doris Duke Theater brought out some of the local actors and MacArthur pals who played major roles in the series: Zulu, Al Harrington and Doug Mossman and characters like Jimmy Borges and Andy Bumatai. Even Rose Freeman, widow of Leonard Freeman who created, wrote from L.A. for the event. Asked how the planned movie version of Hawaii Five-0 is progressing, Rose smiled,  “you’ll know when it happens.”


Of all the actors who participated in the long and successful l2 year run of the 5-0 series, none were more popular than MacArthur. Altho show co-star, his always friendly persona with cast and crew belied his stature compared to Jack Lord, who made sure everyone knew who the star was. MacArthur is the adopted son of theatrical royalty. His father Charles MacArthur was the eminent playwright of numerous Broadway hits, including the legendary Front Page.  His mother, actress Helen Hayes, has for generations been acknowledged as the First Lady of the Theater. Matter of fact, one of Broadway’s famous theatrical establishments is named the Helen Hayes Theater …

“I’ll always feel part of Hawaii,” sez Jimmy. “I still have my condo up Diamond Head way that I fortunately purchased when the show first started. I’ll never sell it.”…

Over the years, Zulu, who lives on the Big Isle, has been reported to have passed away or close to death’s door. “Almost all true,” smiled Zulu, who looks a lot different from  his5-0 days. The big opu is gone, and his mustache made him almost unrecognizable at first. “I’ve had a long health battle for years. And true, was close to passing away. But I’m still here and getting better every day”…  

BTW: Recently read a story about the many TV shows, films, made in Hawaii that helped spread the glories of vacationing in these parts. And, of course, that gave our state a big tourist boost. Shows NOT mentioned: Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I.

VIVACIOUS EMMA VEARY
by Jerry Pickard, UH '72, uhalum@yahoo.com

 

To meet local operatic virtuoso (and occasional Five-0 player) Emma, is to be very fortunate.  To have the opportunity to spend a fairly leisurely Maui morning with her, is almost indescribable.  Our get-together in February 2003 was indeed an occasion of special gratitude for this writer.  I espied her buying a particularly distinctive orchid at an outdoor sale at Kahului's Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center. We then went to Koho's nearby for a late breakfast.  After some introductory talk-story, she confided that she'd obtained a rather favorable price for the plant--and chuckled at how the Scots strain in her ancestry would thus show itself!

Awareness of Emma began for me in about 1970...but not in relation to the show.  Rather, her somewhat unorthodox adaptation of the usual fare of Hawaiian music was being heard on Honolulu radio.  Unorthodox, because she was not known for singing traditional Island tunes, having been well-schooled in classical vocals.  Her incredibly full and listenable voice was "discovered" at age five by her kindergarten teacher in Honolulu's Nu'uanu section.  She soon afterwards began her singing career as a very youthful prodigy, virtually one-of-a-kind in Hawai'i then, which led to childhood exposure to entertaining celebrities who included the Territory in their itineraries.  The growing hotel industry also encouraged her endeavors, because she attracted to her performances many upscale attendees who were eager to sample a form of music apart from the usual steel guitar and ukulele.  At the start of her career, she sang at clubs as well as the renowned (and recently restored, through the financial help of many benefactors including Marie Lord), Hawaii Theatre downtown.  With respect to the latter, it was the custom then for stage shows to be offered between films, and Emma told me she was considered "a good fit" for such fill-ins.  In '72, with my parents in town for my graduation, I was privileged to introduce them to the magic of Emma's gifted stylings at the old Royal Spaghetti House not far from the Aloha Tower.  Purchase of LP' quickly followed, and these provided many hours of enjoyment once their Canadian owner had been repatriated.

A little Five-0 interjection here:  Jack Lord contributed to the cover text of one album, EMMA AT THE ROYAL, which came out in '76: "In a recent interview with the top national travel magazine, the question was asked me, 'Where in Hawaii can we find the class act--the best entertainment?'  Without hesitation I said, 'Emma Veary at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.'  We were there opening night and have been back several times since. Why?  When you listen to the glorious voice of Emma in this album and the lovely musical arrangements, you'll know why.  There is no substitute for talent and when that talent is rich and varied and finely honed, it makes for an exceptional performer.  Unique might be a better word. Emma is unique.  You have just given yourself a present with Mahalo, Emma of the golden voice, for an evening in Paradise!"

Interestingly, Emma was in her early 30's when she first made Jack's acquaintance.  The Lords were flying to the Islands during a break from Stoney Burke, when Jack noticed her.  She was absorbed in reading for an upcoming community theatre production, possibly Carousel.  He asked her if that was a script in her hand, and she acknowledged it was.  A brief conversation followed, which she then put out of her mind. 

Even more of a coincidence, however, was the discovery that the Lords lived in the same Kahala condominium complex—albeit on different floors--as Emma and the man who would become her new husband, Hal Lewis.  Ultimately, when they were married at home in the summer of '68, Emma and Hal, this legendary broadcaster 'Aku,' invited Jack and Marie as the only guests to attend the ceremony.   The four became very close friends.  Emma alluded to Jack's intense quest for privacy, but noted that at Christmas-time, the Lords would invariably present gifts, such as paintings, silver trays, cases of Liebfraumilch wine and Marie's special cheeseball platter for Hal.  In one instance, the favour was returned when it became known that the Lords would be unable to make it to a certain venue at which Emma would be opening.  Piano and pianist were obtained and trundled to the Lords' apartment, where the surprised occupants were treated to their own singular command gala!

But, back to earlier times.  The Vearys were far from wealthy people, and the additional income from any family member was most welcome.  An offer for Emma to go to Hollywood, from Joseph Pasternak who had fostered the entertainment fortunes of the likes of Deanna Durbin and Jane Powell, came through in autumn, '41.  Then, of course, Pearl Harbor took place and Emma decided to remain in Hawai'i with her parents.  She told me that she has often wondered what path her life might have otherwise taken, if she'd gone to California.  Instead, she attended Kamehameha Schools...but continued performing too.  The latter activity was not well tolerated by that august institution at that time, as it simply wasn't "the thing to do."  So, halfway through her junior year after being at Kamehameha since the seventh grade, she transferred to Roosevelt High School.  She was able to win many scholarships and eventually Emma enrolled at the University of Hawai'i to continue her musical studies.  However, she was just a little over a year from graduating when a marriage took place.  It lasted a decade, and produced two daughters.

During this time, Emma was becoming well credentialed, and in demand in many parts of the planet.  She recalled one occasion, when she had contracted with impresario Max Bygraves to do Cabaret in England.  It was during the 70's.  Somehow, a directive was given to her that when she would be entering the very posh London Savoy Hotel, she was to do so via the rear doors.  Emma (rightly, of course) challenged this and clarified to the powers-that-be that unless she was permitted to gain entrance through the hotel lobby, she would not be sharing her vocals. Period. It's believed she sang extraordinarily voluptuously throughout this engagement!

Emma struck the writer as being an extraordinarily inherently happy person.  She shared that, while she had enjoyed the friendly atmosphere  on the Five-0 set and receiving some personal acting coaching from Jack, her few and minor roles in the series were definitely secondary to her first love of music.  But others would remember her too...in 2001 when she was singing during A Gift of Music at Honolulu's Central Union Church, she was delighted, following many years without contact, when James MacArthur spoke with her afterwards.  And she mentioned that she had recently been approached for some background information regarding the Lords, by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Aku and his bride did move from the Kahala condominium complex, but not far.  He had, on Honolulu station KGMB, become the highest-paid radio personality in the U.S. (and thus, possibly the world, at a million a year) with his often acerbic but always pro-Hawai'i style. They were able to afford what Emma described as an estate on Kahala Avenue.  Jack was an admirer of the rare tropical plants which adorned much of the premises.  He was very protective, she recalled, and strongly warned them against complying with any site scout's request to use the property for a shoot.  If that happened, he said, the place would be wrecked and although the production company would pay for restoration, it would never be the same again.  They took that advice.  Later, they divorced after 11 years of different lifestyling (e.g. she worked nights; he was the early-morning deejay, etc.).  He passed away some four years later, and is still fondly remembered by many in Hawai'i, including Emma.

It sounded as if they had had many splendid times together.  Both enjoyed a good joke.  Emma related the details of just one to me.  They had been invited to some kind of pompous opening at the Kahala Hotel.  She, however, had recently been in San Francisco, and on a lark, decided to acquire an Afro wig (this was the contemporary 'in' hair-style), along with some rather garish Egyptian-type costume jewelry.  So, with her natural non-pure-haole pigmentation, she went as Hal's unsmiling black date to this event.  Everyone who saw her was absolutely horrified...they wondered where Emma was, and what might have happened.  As the evening wore on, the irrepressible Emma did emit some laughter, which Jack immediately identified as hers, and almost speechless, said "Darn you, Emma, it's YOU!"

She herself birthed two daughters, one of whom lives near her in up-country Maui where Emma told me she is very glad to be.  Trips to Honolulu are made only for what she termed 'special events,' e.g. when performing with long-time close friend Jim ("Gomer Pyle") Nabors as she does periodically.  Along with Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller and Jim, she has also entertained on a cruises hip in latter times.  But those years also found her being a care-giver to her elderly and most-beloved Mother Nana Veary, who had suffered strokes and other serious misfortunes and who died in 1993.  Emma very generously bought me a book about the spiritual aspects of her late Mom's incredible life...which is very cherished.  A single vignette, which to me says so much:  Nana was  well educated and eventually became in great demand as a guest speaker.  She took her part-Japanese granddaughter to California in one instance, as she'd been invited to address a group at UCLA.  She was asked by an audience member if it was true that the Hawaiian people are part of a dying race.  She gave the question a bit of thought, and
then replied, "No, to the contrary, the Hawaiians are very busy creating an international race."  Nana pointed to her granddaughter, of French/English/Spanish/Japanese/Hawaiian ancestry.  Standing ovation followed!

That morning on Maui will not soon be forgotten by this Canuck.  I'm grateful to one of the Islands' true living legends for the opportunity to meet and to obtain more good material to share with others interested in the intriguing ongoing saga that is Hawaii Five-0.

Jack Lord's liner notes read as follows:  In a  recent interview with the top national travel magazine, the question was asked me, "Where in Hawaii can we find the class act - the best entertainment?'\"  Without hesitation, I said, "Emma Veary at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel."

We were there opening night and have been back several times since.  Why?  When you listen tot he glorious voice of Emma in this album and the lovely musical arrangements, you'll know why.

There is no substitute for talent and when that talent is rich and varied and finely honed, it makes for an exceptional performer.  Unique might be abetter word. Emma is unique.  You have just given yourself a present with this album.

Mahalo, Emma of the golden voice, for an evening in Paradise!  Jack Lord



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 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 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)

Here's wishing all of our fan club members a safe and happy holiday season!!!!

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