New Hawaii Five-0 Stars Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park

May 21, 2010

The new Hawaii Five-0, with Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, will feature two of the most high-profile roles for Asian Americans on TV this fall.

Kim moves from Lost but stays on the islands for the new Five-0, playing Chin Ho Kelly. Battlestar Galactica alum Park plays Kona “Kono” Kalakaua. Alex O’Laughlin plays the lead as Steve McGarrett, son of the character played by Jack Lord in the original series. Scott Caan plays Danny “book’em Danno” Williams.

The show is not a remake of the original but a reboot set in present day. Here’s a preview of the show.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the cool theme song.

Who can’t get into that?

Recent shows set in Hawaii have been busts. With Flash Forward canceled and Lost ending its run, Kim and Park, along with Sandra Oh on Grey’s Anatomy are pretty much it for Asian American characters with big roles on TV. Maybe some of that Lost island magic will keep Kim and Park on the air longer than Flash Forward.

How’s Five-0 look to you? Will you watch?


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



Sad that in 2010 CBS is still euro-centric to the extent that in a state where only a quarter of the population is white, the network chooses to make the leads white and make the bad guys asian or pacific islander. As a person of European heritage, I am saddened and somewhat offended by the CBS network's "white-washing" of a state and it's culture.