New Season of Hawaii Five-O Blessed at Traditional Hawaiian Ceremony

The cast, crew, producers and invited guests from the popular CBS series Hawaii Five-O kicked off its second season Monday morning with a traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Curt Pa’alua Kekuna of Kawaiaha’o Church.

The show is a remake of the popular original Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord that ran from 1968 to 1980.

The new version stars elite crime-fighting team members Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim.

Several new characters are expected to make their debut on the show.

Tom Sizemore, who starred in Saving Private Ryan and Heat will be featured as an Internal Affairs investigator. The web site Hawaii Five-O online speculates this new character will likely “probe of Five-0 chief Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), framed for murdering Hawaii’s governor (Jean Smart) by arch villain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), who secretly had the politician in his pocket.”

Terry O’Quinn, who won an Emmy for his work on the Hawaii-based series Lost, will be a new cast member.

The show, which is filmed on Oahu, airs Monday at 9 p.m. Hawaii time and 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

Former Hawaii Resident May Be Next HGTV Design Star – Tune In Tonight

Tyler Wisler, who was born and raised in Honolulu, may be the nation’s next design star.  HGTV will feature the 35-year-old Wisler on Monday night as a finalist on its highest rated television show, HGTV Design Star.

Tyler stands out on the show as a charismatic dad who has an attention to detail and a flair for industrial chic that features, in some cases, recycled materials.

“Wisler, an artsy interior designer, is a father and seasoned professional who isn’t afraid to speak his mind but at the end of the day he tries to keep everything light and fun. The clean open spaces he creates are especially calm and cozy,” said Margherite Ottaviano, a spokesperson for the show.

Wisler left Hawaii for the mainland to attend Marymount University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree 12 years ago in interior design, and now works as a professional interior designer in New York City.

Now in its 6th season, Thom Filicia, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Nate Berkus, Kathy Ireland will serve as judges as will Food Network’s Paula Deen and former cast member of Real Housewives of New Jersey Dina Manzo.

The first HGTV winner, David Bromstad, will mentor the finalists, who in addition to Wisler, include Alisha “J” Allen, Chevy Chase, Md.; Meg Caswell, Chicago, Ill.; Kellie Clements, Edmond, Okla.; Mark Diaz, Miami, Fla.; Leslie Ezelle, Dallas, Texas; Blanche Garcia, Montclair, N.J.; Kevin Grace, Chicago, Ill.; Douglas Hines, Atlanta, Ga.; Cathy Hobbs, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bret Ritter, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Karl Sponholtz, Chicago, Ill.

Each competitor will receive on site evaluations and receive challenges along the way, such as a test of their on-camera hosting skills.

“This year’s finalists are established designers at the top of their game,” said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV. “We put them through rigorous design challenges in real homes, tested their on-camera presence, had seasoned industry experts evaluate their work and even asked them to execute a design demonstration on The Nate Berkus Show. Viewers will find this season entertaining and compelling as they witness the emergence of the next HGTV Design Star.” Yip adds, “This season, I’ve seen the single best room design in the history of HGTV Design Star.”

Community Saddened as Favorite Local Market Closes its Doors

Hawaii Kai residents were disappointed – and even cried – last night at 6 p.m. as Foodland in Hawaii Kai’s Koko Marina Shopping Center closed its doors for one final time after 47 years in business there.

The center’s mainland management opted to lease the space to Walgreens, a national chain that already is established in Hawaii. Foodland management hopes to lease half the space back from Wal-Greens but the chain may bring in a Petco to fill the 33,000 space in Hawaii Kai’s busiest shopping center.

The community was outraged over the deal, which leaves the populated community with just one grocery store, Safeway.

Several community members launched a petition to stop the store from closing.

Sen. Sam Slom, with Rep. Gene Ward, hosted a townhall meeting in the area to let residents hear from the different parties and voice their concerns. Slom said “Not since the original “Save Our Star-Bulletin” effort more than a decade ago has there been such an immediate, passionate and widespread true residents’ movement to save a commercial enterprise as is the case with the Koko Marina Foodland Grocery store.”

Several residents who are outraged over the loss of their favorite community grocery store in favor of a mainland drug store chain are promising a boycott of the store.

Foodland was founded by Maurice Sullivan almost 50 years ago. “Sully”, as he was called fondly, is deceased, but his children still run the business. The family is well-known in Hawaii for their generous contributions to local charities.

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