There are just about two weeks left for you to donate to the Children’s Hospital in LA, and with the donation to enter and stand a change to win a trip to Hawaii and to visit the set of Hawaii Five-0. Details about it here.
As part of our reminder of the charity that you will take part in, we will try to do a number of post about past goodwill events, that we have not covered yet, in which Alex and or the Hawaii Five-0 cast participated.
Taking you on a trip down memory lane again …… back to November 2011
We found this gem posted by a lady in Hawaii.
(Remember as usual with all our posts, the link to the original story is in the name.)
Aloha On My Mind
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I spent an hour within 5 feet of Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Masi Oka.
… my son’s elementary school is located on base. It is an “open” campus with outside access to each classroom. Two weeks ago, the PTO requested volunteers for a “gardening” project on Sunday, November 13, at 8 am. The early morning adventure paid off as it was part of Service Nation’s 11 projects across the country to honor Veterans’ Day. From its website at http://www.servicenation.org,
As we packed up the tools, Service Nation’s organizer, Chris, announced that the students would plant fruit, vegetables, and native Hawaiian plants as part of a day long event, including an outdoor assembly with
Laird Hamilton, Hawaii’s own surfing legendGabrielle Reece, beach volleyball championTHE CAST OF HAWAII FIVE O.
On Monday morning, I arrived 45 minutes before the outdoor assembly. As their vans approached the school, I crossed the street to stand behind the students selected to welcome the cast with Kukui nut leis. It was somewhat surreal to watch the cast exit the vans like normal people. Unlike the rabid fans at the H5O premiere on Waikiki Beach, nobody was screaming at Hickam Elementary.
I kept my eye on the VIP room where they met school officials. When they reemerged and walked toward the new garden, I followed as if I was supposed to be there. Alex and Scott worked together with students in one flower bed while Daniel and Masi worked together in another. These guys were great with the students, asking them questions and praising their efforts.
Alex, of course, spoke in his native Aussie accent. He challenged Daniel and Masi to a “garden off” to see who had the best garden. As the cast walked towards the assembly area, I was walking behind Alex – what a sight! Let me say it again, it was surreal. It was clear that the cast was there for the kids so I didn’t ask to take a picture with them …. just yet.
During the assembly, we learned at the American Heart Association sponsored The Teaching Garden and would be working with the Bishop Museum (Hawaii’s own cultural icon) to maintain the native plants. The principal then introduced Laird Hamilton – Hawaii’s own surfing enthusiast. He talked about the importance of good nutrition and giving the best fuel to your best vehicle – your body, “Take care of your body and your body will talk care of you.”
Laird introduced his wife, Gabrielle Reece, who led the students in “playing”, i.e., exercising. The H50 cast laughed as the kids went wild under Gabrielle’s direction. She then introduced Daniel Dae Kim at the podium while Alex, Scott, and Masi pushed wheelbarrows in front of the stage, one was filled with vegetables, one was filled with fruit, and one was filled with books. Daniel shared how he would apply what he learned today from The Teaching Garden to his own effort plant a coconut tree. He then challenged the children to take care of their own “trees” – bodies – and even their “coconuts” – heads – by filling them with knowledge from school. The producers of Hawaii Five O donated the books in the wheelbarrow.
Check out the video of their presentation at this the end
The students moved to an open area to perform their “grow” dance to Black Eyed Peas’ I’VE GOT A FEELING. Some very smart military personnel created a line to take pictures with the cast. Just as it was my turn to pose with Alex, another woman thought it was her turn. Normally I would have let the other woman go first, but I had a mission that day!
I also took a picture with Scott.
My son asked Scott for his autograph.
Just as the crew was getting ready to leave, I spotted Masi walking in my direction. I asked a woman nearby to take my picture – I think the woman was Daniel’s wife.
The generals’ spouses were interested in The Teaching Garden so I escorted them to it. I didn’t want to watch (and cry) as the H50 crew left.
Have you met a famous person?
Kim in Hawaii
- A big thank you to Kim for that wonderful story that she posted back then.
- We also added a video of the Hawaii Five-0 actors participation on the day. It includes Alex, Scott and Masi with the wheelbarrows full of fruit and vegetables and books. Daniel making a speech about how he will be, with lots of fertilizer, growing his coconut tree to have a big trunk (to the amusement of Alex, Scott and Masi). Also on the footage you can see the actors helping the kids to plant their gardens.
- There was also delightful footage of the kids doing their exercises, but we deleted it to avoid copyright infringement because of the music used for it.
- We also apologize in advance for the sound quality, but the original video was made with the double sound track from the separate footage, overlapping.
Link to the video
- On the footage of the day, we could see that the actors were accompanied by their partners. Mia was there with Daniel, Kacy (in a blue dress) was there with Scott and Malia (in a black shirt-dress and hat) & Spike (2 yrs old at the time) was there with Alex. (At first we as fans did not notice Malia on the footage. It was only a week later at the GQ Awards that Alex introduced Malia as his partner to the public. In retrospect we then notice her & Spike on the Vet’s Day footage)