Yesterday, 5 years ago – the H50 Season 7 Blessing took place.
When we originally shared the footage of the Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 Blessing of 6 July 2016, we did not have the transcripts of the videos ready yet.
Billy V from Sunrise at Hawaii News Now was broadcasting live from the beach.
These are the interviews he did with Alex.
Billy: Hi gang. We know you’ve been waiting and we apologize for the wait. And we’re about to go live on TV, but we’ve got a couple of moments, so we’ve got the one and only Alex O’Loughlin here.
So we’ve got a bunch of people … oh, look at the hearts and likes that are all going up …
Alex: Is that for you?
Billy: That’s live. No that’s for you.
Alex: Look how many hearts you get.
Billy: That’s you.
Alex: No, that’s me. That picture is me. But these hearts are going towards you.
Look they’re flowing into your chest.
Billy: How are the off season? How was the off season? What did … what did you do, real quick?
Alex: It was ….. I didn’t do much. I ate my way across Europe. So, you know …
Alex: Which is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.
Billy: Did you enjoy Italy?
Alex: I did – Italy and France.
Billy: Okay, how was it?
Alex: Beautiful! Perfect.
Bill: Okay, now that you are back home … last time we talked you were building house – with family.
Alex: House is built. Family is safe inside house.
Billy: Okay. Very good.
Alex: Yeah. It’s good.
Billy: Message for all of the fans that are watching right now on Facebook live.
Alex: Thank you so much for sending all those hearts and loves and thumbs to this man here.
Alex: That’s so good of you.
Billy: He’s so gracious.
But we’re so happy that … that you’re here. We’re so happy that you’re back for Season 7.
Alex: I’m very, very, very glad to be here.
Billy: Okay, Alex O’Loughlin – we are going to do this for television. But that’s special for you – Exclusive for Facebook live right now, online.
Okay, we’ll be back in a bit.
Thank you Alex. We’re going to go for TV here ……
The rest of the video is just visuals of their TV interview
Steve: Today, right here in Hawaii.
Grace: And they’re having a Blessing to kick off production. Billy V is live at their top secret location. Billy.
Billy: Yeah – real top secret. If we show you one of the buildings, it will show you how top secret that is. But that’s another subject all together.
From Steve Uyehara to Steve McGarrett over here, it’s Alex O’Loughlin on the beach – Good morning sir.
Alex: Good morning. Good morning.
Billy: And thank you for … for being here, – back for Season 7.
First tell us how was the off season?
Alex: It was very nice, thank you. Yeah, I actually took the off season off and went abroad with my family. It was .. it was very nice, thank you.
Billy: Can we ask where you went?
Alex: You can, yeah. I went to Italy and France. We were there for a month.
Billy: Drink a lot of wine?
Alex: Just everything. All we did was …. we consumed our way across Europe in a .. in a … in a gluttonous way.
But it was great. I feel very relaxed and ready. Ready for work.
Billy: You’re back here on the beach and a little bit of ua helele’i …. Little bit of a blessing and you said earlier that kind of reminds you of home.
Alex: Yeah, home as in here, you know. Yeah, it’s beautiful.
I love coming home and … to Hawaii and having these … these a …. these little sprinkles on us in the important moments.
It’s funny … it sort of doesn’t … Every time we do something important. Whether someone is born, or we’re burying someone special or we’re blessing in the show, it’s like … you know, ke akua is right there with us.
So I like that.
Billy: Let’s talk about Season 7 real quickly. How much advance do you get onto what will happen?
Alex: Very little.
Alex: I’m only … I was going to say, I’m only a couple of scripts ahead of you guys. So I don’t know what Peter has in store for us.
I’m sure he has all sorts of love and torture and a combination of the both.
Billy: At the ending of the season though, you and Danno share some … some … some bromance moments there, in which he helps you out.
Alex: Yeah. I’m kind of getting over this relatively large, you know, operation and …. but now I’ve got to listen to him complain about giving me an organ for … for the rest of our lives.
So, this is the … you know .. it’s going to be … it’s going to be tedious and annoying, I’m sure for McGarrett, pretty … pretty … pretty quick.
Billy: Alright. Well, we’re glad you’re here. Season 7 – we look forward to it.
And do you actually start filming today?
Alex: Yes, I do. Yeah, I got to go and take this shirt off and put another one on and do all that stuff.
But it’s good. I’m very happy to be here.
Billy: Okay, just the fact that you said that you’re going to take your shirt off, Grace Lee is now smiling back in the studio at Hawaii News Now.
Billy: Alex, thank you so much.
Alex: Thanks buddy.
Billy: Right. We’ll talk to you in a bit.
Alex O’Loughlin down here on the beach ….
And the rest is footage of the actual ceremony and the gathering afterwards
Hawaii News Now also posted an online article, summarising the event.
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – It was a heartwarming reunion as the cast and crew of “Hawaii Five-0” stood side-by-side on the shore of Waikiki Beach amid a light mist, reconvening for the official start of filming of the show’s seventh season.
“I love coming home to Hawaii and having these little sprinkles,” said actor Alex O’Loughlin, who recently returned from a European trip during the show’s off season.
O’Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett in the hit CBS series, was among several cast and crew members who arrived Wednesday morning for a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov, as well as actors Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Chi McBride and Jorge Garcia also helped mark the start of a brand new season.
“I’m stoked,” Park, who plays Kono, said about starting the new season. “I feel like there’s so much we’ve learned and we have under our belt and I want to make the most of it.”
“I don’t know what Peter has in store for us,” he said. “I’m sure he has all sorts of love and torture and a combination of the both.”
Lenkov added that he tries not to reveal too much to the actors so that they don’t get too ahead of themselves in the story.
“I think they like it that way,” he said. “I think they look forward to reading each script and getting surprised, seeing where their character is going.”
“I love the action, and it’s fun and it’s extraordinary … but at the same time, there’ s a lot of family, so my concern is that what is the message we’re portraying and what do we want families to see all the time,” Park said.
Whatever happens, it promises to be another exciting, action-packed season. Although a Sunset on the Beach red carpet premiere date hasn’t been set yet, the show typically begins in late September.