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#AlexOLoughlin doing some Christmas shopping?

Doing some wild guessing here, but have a feeling somebody in the O’Loughlin household (maybe MrsO), is getting something that won’t fit in a Christmas stocking, or under the tree, or even through in the house door …… (Wonder if it was for being naughty or for being nice 😉 😛 )

  • Picture posted yesterday by Nikki Gihm (who happens to be a car salesperson).

nikkigihm

Well folks, my day is complete… perhaps my whole year! Talk about way too much sexy- the accent, the personality.. yeesh! I should know I’m going to meet someone cool when I look like a complete dork 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ #fangirlinghard #wowzer #hesactuallyashotashelooksontv #thataccent #hawaii50 #alexolaughlin #maliajonesislucky #shesalsohot😍

The hiatus beard is getting close to looking like Santa 😉 😀

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#AlexOLoughlin and Friends – #H50E1007

Alex’s long time friend, the actor and acting teacher, Yure Covich, who graduated from NIDA with him,  posted this wonderful message in July regarding Alex’s filming of this week’s episode. We kept it to post during this week for our build-up towards Episode 10:07.

From Yure on IG:

75percentoldschool

My best mate writer/director/actor (fancy hat wearer)🤣
There comes a time in this gig when the stoke you get for the people around you, and their accomplishments, far outweighs the stoke you get from your own achievements.
It truly is the best feeling ever.
Love ya homie!
Too bad you don’t get to keep the beard. There can be only one…only one.
🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊
#alexoloughlin#h50#director#hats

 

In April 2015, Alex taught an Screen acting masterclass at Yure’s acting school in Sydney.

 

 

 We never posted the few pictures and comments from the Screen acting class, and thought to do so now.

From two of the students of the day, actresses and twins Karina and Raechelle Banno:

karinabanno  Great shot of me on the sticks while #AlexOloughlin does his thing during his   @75percentoldschool masterclass! #ForTheArt #JustACoolerActingClass #LifeOfAnActor #BehindTheScenes #Actor #Actress

raechellebanno

A beautiful book from a beautiful man. Thank you  @75percentoldschool for such a life changing day with Mr Alex O’Loughlin.  #75percentoldschool  #yurecovich   #alexoloughlin #actor #lifeofanactor #acting #letterstoapoet #rainermariarilke #inspirational

  • Alex & Malia with Yure at the  Honolulu Fashion show on 20 November 2015

Malia, Alex and his long time actor friend Yure Covich (Picture taken by Karen)

It is really wonderful to see how one of Alex’s friends also get excited about his work as writer, and director and actor on this episode.

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No Man is an Island – #AlexOLoughlin #H50 (Includes Transcript)

Two years ago I used the same title for another post, but I thought it will apply here even better ……

We got more bits and pieces of pictures and posts from the private screening of Episode 10:07 on Friday at the Hawaii Theatre and also from Saturday night at Sky Waikiki rooftop club, where  Alex hosted his ‘Private Appreciation Party’ for Hawaii Five-0 cast & crew .

Some of these small videos posted, includes Alex’s speech from the screening. We decided to transcribe one and a Big Thank You to @chiranuj for posting it. She did a great job in not ideal conditions. There are a few pauses and breaks in sound and the footage, but we are able to get most of the important stuff. The speech gives us a lot more insight into why Alex hosted these events over the weekend.

 

Transcript:

Alex: Without the advocacy and the championing of Peter Lenkov and Kim at the studio and those guys, this ….. we wouldn’t be here.

[Audience clapping]

[Break]

Alex: Thank you. We haven’t been here that long, you know. [Calling people who are still hanging around outside] Come into the theatre.

Alex: You know, you the guys, the crew, my crew …. You get to see one each year, at the thing on the beach. And this year they said you were not allowed to bring any friends. So, a lot of you probably didn’t even see that one.

And I know that on set, as an actor, on set as a director, and now on set as a writer … what a pain in the ass. I know I demand a lot from you guys. And it’s very difficult to find ways to thank you individually and collectively. It’s … it’s … I try my best.

But I want you to know, without you – my crew – this isn’t happening. These opportunities for people like me, they don’t happen. I’m only as good as as all of you guys. You guys are my backbone.

I was given this Lei tonight …. Sort of falling apart. This is a Maile lei …. [break]

And I really appreciate it …. but all you guys should be wearing this. Cause without you, I’m nothing. So, I wanted to give a gift …. [break]  …. because it takes a village and you know we’re only as strong as our weakest link, which is as you are about to witness. So, thank you all very much.

I’m really overwhelmed by the way. There’re people upstairs and everything. I’m really overwhelmed that you all took some time out of your Friday night. And without further ado, I’m not going to take more time out of your Friday night, let’s watch ….

 

Then after the show, they gave it a standing ovation.

Alex: The three things that I need to say. First of all, clearly it is a temp mix yet. It’s not finished. Still a bunch FX missing, and sound ….

 

Then Alex invite Beulah on stage.

Alex: [About Beulah] He brought such and incredible, exuberant, youthful, positive energy. And he, you all, he is a big reason why I found the inspiration and the energy on top of all the madness of our lives, to do something like this.

And you know along with Beulah, Steve Kaplan and Jim Beck – you’re going to punch me in the neck for doing this to them, putting them on  [Break] ……. – you guys are not only, you know, incredible servicemen and members of this Ohana. Where are you? Hiding up there. You’re our brothers, you are our family. And I love you very much.

Thank you to the the crew. Look what you did, you guys killed it. So thank you very much.

[Applause]

Then Beulah performs the Haka for Alex.

Afterwards Alex & Beulah hug and do the traditional Hawaii (and New Zealand Maori) greeting – Honi

At the end of the video we see how they sing to Stephen for his birthday.

Video:

 

Some information about what you saw on the video:

  • We posted the other footage of the same Birthday song earlier. It was posted by Stephen’s wife, and you can see it here: #AlexOLoughlin Celebrating

 

  • Who is Steve & Jim?

Stephen Kaplan and James Beck are two ex-Navy SEAL’s who run the company Trident Adventures. We posted Alex’s experiences with them early on in the hiatus, here: #AlexOloughlin started his hiatus fun!

And of course this episode will be the second time that they (Stephen And Jim) form part of the team with Steve and Junior, on a mission in Hawaii Five-0. We last saw them, when they had to rescue Joe.

  • About the Maile lei:

The maile lei is a symbol of respect, peace, friendship and love. In Old Hawaii, this lei was the lei of royalty. Kahunas, Hawaiian priests, used maile leis to bind the bride and groom’s hands together as a symbol of their unity. The Hilo method of twisting is often used to make a maile lei for sale.

The maile lei is generally worn open ended, but a closed maile lei can also be created. This lei is Hawaii’s most popular lei for its long tradition on the islands and its good looks. Maile is its Hawaiian name, and Alyxia oliviformis is its scientific name. The leaf has a dark green hue, and its scent is a woodsy fragrance with just a hint of spice and vanilla. It is not tinted because its dark green color is so popular and sought after in Hawaiian leis. The maile leaf is delicate, and when refrigerated its leis will stay fresh for three days. It will turn brown if exposed to excessive heat.

 The Maori people, indigenous to New Zealand, greet with hongi. When you hongi, you touch forehead to forehead, nose to nose and exchange breath.

In the Eskimo tradition, the Inuit people, rub noses. This practice would likely be seen with an elder and child, someone that is family. The energy of this greeting is very intimate and familial.

The Hawaiian people exchange honi this way as well. It’s how you would greet someone honored, loved, and esteemed. It is a sign of respect to receive a honi.

Practice of Honi

When we touch forehead to forehead, we touch alo to alo, bone to bone, with our makaloa, third eye, nose to nose. The third eye is the potent, intuitive center of the body. By touching forehead to forehead, we can read someone else’s intention.

Hawaiians believe that our ancestral DNA is contained within the bones. When we connect bone to bone, we’re connecting the lineage of both parties. In other words, it’s a way of identifying the person in front of you and connecting with them on that very deep level.

Finally, we exchange breath. The ha, divine breath, is held within each of us. When we exchange divine breath through the nose, it is the part of us that comes directly from Spirit. The breath of God.

 

  • About the Haka

To me personally the Haka was only a war dance done by the All Blacks (New Zealand’s rugby team) before matches to instill fear in the hearts of their opponents. But in recent years I have come to see it at funerals and places where people are honoured. Thought it might be a good idea to provide a bit more information about it for you.

The Haka:

“We Maoris use our whole body to express ourselves,” notes Kateia Daniela Burrows, owner of the Manaia performing arts company. “Whether that be through the use of eyes, hands, legs, voice or tongue, the whole body is used to speak. When I do haka, I feel alive, connected with my tupuna [ancestors]. Through haka, I can express myself. I can celebrate, grieve, support or protest.”

Haka is to Maori culture what hula is to Hawaiian culture. Maoris may dance to express the joy they feel at a birth or wedding, or to convey a sense of purpose when first encountering a group of strangers.

War dances, marked by wild postures and frightening facial expressions, are meant to get the adrenaline pumping. Traditionally, ferocious Maori war dances were just the thing to intimidate enemy tribes. Not only did the aggressive movements strike fear in the hearts of enemies, they invigorated Maori warriors and united them in battle.

You can click on the link to get even more background on it.

PS. The Rugby World Cup is underway in Japan at the moment and of course New Zealand and Australia are as always some of the top contenders to win it. Make sure to tune in and see the NZ team performing the Haka before each of their matches.

Some more pictures from the weekend

justinedmmcclellan #marcamcclellan & #alexoloughlin @skywaikiki rooftop Alex’s Private Appreciation Party for #hawaiifive0 #h50 cast & crew … Marc has been Alex’s stand-in since Season 1 and has done many stunts as well…10 years … a LOT of memories

 

  • You can also find other pictures of the weekend posted by Justine here :  
chiranuj💖💖💖 The nicest guy! Thank you #alexoloughlin #hi50
  • Other pictures posted by  @chiranuj’s here

Thank you once again for so generously posting all the footage!

Back to my title of this post. The phrase ‘no man is an island’ expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive.

It is clear that Alex appreciates each and every person working on the show and at the moment he thrives on their fellowship. He realizes that it is all a team effort and that without them and their support and hard work, he is nothing. He is fond of  using the words , “I am just a  cog in the wheel of the show” and now you can see why.

It seems that this weekend’s activities was Alex’s way of saying Thank You to his Ohana.

And all this positive energy around Alex and the show creates a renewed energy for me in regards to the show. It kind of feels like a fresh start …..

(Included in the post, are promo pictures from the first episode coming this Friday)

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The Many FACES of #AlexOLoughlin 2011 – 2019

At long last the 24th also arrived in Hawaii and once again we would like to congratulate Alex on his birthday by continuing with all his gorgeous different faces over the years.

 

2011

The second year of Hawaii Five-0. The year of many injuries. And the year Alex met his wife Malia

 

2012

The year did not start good for Alex, with aggravation to his injuries and dependence on the pain meds for it. Luckily he got help and came back with a new lease on life and also with news of a new baby on the way.

2013

Alex settling in family life and a successful show.

2014

In April,  Alex and Malia got married. He also took part in a few charities in Hawaii.

 

2015

Alex and Malia revamping his home with a hands-on approach and becoming more and more part of  local Hawaiian society..

2016

Alex, once again struggling with lots of injuries, but as he called it later, managing to get Humpty Dumpty back together again.

2017

A year with a bit of turmoil caused by lots of changes on the show, having to cast new main cast members. These changes resulted in a closed set during the Blessing Ceremony and a delay of two months with Sunset On The Beach for that year.

2018

Alex making his debut as director of one episode on the show, with Malia and the kids visiting the set to support him. And both of them looking as gorgeous as ever at Sunset On The Beach.

 

2019

Alex looking to expand his career, adding writing to his artistic expression, while he continues with  acting and directing on the show.

Alex, young and bright at the age of 26

and mature and gorgeous at the age of 43

Best Wishes for the year to come, Alex!

May all your dreams come true …..

And Thank You for all the fun over the years!!

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#AlexOLoughlin in a nutshell …..

I was looking for some pictures and information for one of my posts, when I again noticed this ‘ode’ to Alex that was written by an old friend and a fellow Alex-blogger in 2012. She wrote it for her Tumblr and WordPress site H50BAMF, which later became AOLww.

I realised that it is still as true today as it was back then – even with some added Alex-virtues that we can maybe list. Or rather more evidence over the 6 years since then, that just re-inforced what she mentioned here.

I found that so many of the old stuff are vanishing online because sites closed down or new fans did not know it ever existed and are still there to read. I thought it might be a good idea to repost it here for you all to read …….

 

Alex is No Tortured Artist

When you’re happy by nature, its contagious.

Every time I see a new rash of interviews or events, I always come away with “feelings”.  You see, for me it’s hard to support someone’s work when I don’t like them as human beings.  Granted, most of us don’t really KNOW these people, but you keep your eyes and ears open enough, you get a pretty good idea of their general worth.  After this whole recent bullshit dust up about him being ungrateful to his fans because of a poorly timed/worded/edited statement, it made me reflect on the actor that I’ve grown to love and appreciate over the past couple years.

This is what I see:

~He doesn’t take himself so seeeeeriously! He’s just an actor. He has a job to do.  He does it with enthusiasm and graciousness and then he goes home.

~He values his private life and the privacy of his loved ones. In this day and age of reality TV stars and social media, that’s increasingly rare. Social media is powerful and it could make him a household name if he played it right. Yet, he values just being “Alex”.

~While he’s charitable and supports several causes, his big cause is his own family.  Too often celebrities spend their time taking care of others while their own family falls apart. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong at all about doing charity work…celebrities really need to put that face forward.  But it does you no good to try and save the world when you can’t take care of what’s your own.  I like that he gets that.  Don’t spend so much time saving the neighborhood while your own house is on fire.

~He’s self-admittedly not perfect and we all know he took a really big ‘fall’ this year BUT he got up with grace and honor and that’s the most inspiring of all.  The falling down doesn’t matter, it’s the getting back up and fighting that counts. It’s hard to even imagine what he went through before asking for help. He’s always said he was a fighter and he proved he’s as good as his word.  Good for you, Alex.

~He compliments others freely and genuinely, even though he gets little in return. This is really something I admire so greatly and it really hit me watching the S1 H50 DVD.  He really is good at singing the praises of his co-workers, actors, directors, minor actors, set people, etc.

~He can be honest without being ‘brutal’.  There is no weakness in speaking honestly but tactfully.  There is more strength in building up than tearing down.  I wish more people got this.  Respect is sexy.

~He’s open and friendly with fans at all times. Not just when he has something to promote.  Just ask any of the fans who have run into him this summer.

~He’s often written off as just a pretty face by nameless myopic critics who refuse to look past the obvious.  Yet you will never hear him use the “poor me, I suffer for my art” card.  Instead you’ll find him giving 150% on a daily basis, with a smile on his face, genuinely grateful for the success that he has and making millions of his fans happy.

My final thoughts on this is that nice guys may never come in first, but I don’t believe they finish last either.  Somewhere in the middle is our

Alex O’Loughlin: hard working, grateful actor, devoted father and son, all around decent human being.

In my opinion, there is no greater compliment than that.

Written by ESS @H50BAMF

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