Eric Christian Olsen, who co-stars as Marty Deeks on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” has frequently spent his off-season with his family in Hawai‘i, and has publicly endorsed the notion of a spin-off established in the islands.

On “Entertainment Tonight” last week, Olsen expressed interest in a cameo on the new sister show, “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” which is establishing roots in the islands in preparation for its debut this fall. Olsen kiddingly said he was open to joining “Hawai‘i” fulltime, but clearly, he’s bound to continue with “L.A.” which will return to its Sunday slot this fall.

But with the island-based show, it’s highly possible that “L.A.” and “Hawai‘i” could option crossover shows, perhaps not in the Pearl Harbor-based newbie’s first season, but sometime in the distant future. “L.A.” did a crossover with “Hawaii Five-0” previously.

Eric Christian Olsen

“Hawai‘i” will drop anchor at 9 p.m. Mondays in the fall, with the mothership show
“NCIS,” starring Mark Harmon, switching nights and time slot to 8 p.m. Mondays (moving from Tuesdays) to serve as the lead-in show to the Hawai‘i brand. “L.A.” will be the lead-in for “SEAL Team” at p.m. Sundays. …

The Hawai’i connection

Meantime, Vanessa Lachey, who is portraying Jane Tennent in
the “NCIS: Hawai‘i” newbie, is eager to make her mark here.
“I’m excited to bring a different layer to this role and hopefully inspire this next generation of young girls and women,” she says of her character, the first in the NCIS brand led by a woman.

Vanessa Lachey

She is half-Filipino and spent some time n Hawai‘i when her military father served here. “I obviously know the first layer that most people know when they pass through and see the beautiful waters and the beaches,” she was quoted in a CBS promo. “But what I’m interested to show is the depth to the people of Hawai‘i. “There’s so much culture here … hopefully I can portray to everyone and show the beautiful side Hawai‘i.” …

A starting point would be to enrich and ensure the scripts with relevant and realistic tales and characters that reflect the culture and pride that make Hawai‘i  special and credible. The writers need to learn about the ‘aina and instill these virtues in the people on screen. …

The ‘Bull’ shed

CBS recently dropped TV series ‘Bull’ showrunner, Glenn Gordon Caron, for allegedly creating a “toxic” workplace. Thus, the Michael Weatherly-starring courtroom drama is temporarily healing from in-house drama similar to the Peter Lenkov-led “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I.” and “MacGuyver” during the past season.

Michael Weatherly

What’s with these out-of-control TV execs? Are calm and orderly productions a thing of the past? With the unrest and messy tenure, “Bull” apparently is shuffling gears to begin planning a new season this fall. Weatherly himself previously had conflicts with a guest actress that still has left some residue about the resolution.

Perhaps all this brouhaha might have been avoided if Weatherly – still remembered for his Tony DiNozzo character on the Harmon-led “NCIS” – made the leap to the Hawai‘i brand, as fan buzz had wanted. Water under the bridge now. …


Alex O’Loughlin, the Aussie actor who portrayed Steve McGarrett in the now-shuttered “Hawaii Five-0,”apparently still owns a home he purchased for $3.5 million here in 2011 in the midst of his filming of the CBS show here. That issue, and his worth as an actor and entertainer, was raised by Wealthy Gorilla, which reports that O’Loughlin now is worth $25 million. …

Reminder: Henry Kapono hosts “A Tribute to Jimmy Borges” at Blue Note Hawaii on Thursday evening. John Kolivas and his Honolulu Jazz Quartet also participates….

And that’s “Show Biz.” …


Yikes, hate to admit it, but I slipped and fell in the bathtub the other day.

I landed on my spine precisely where some wires were inserted a few weeks back (yes, on my spine, just under the skin) as part of a neurostimulation therapy to ease my, um, back pain.

Stats show that bathrooms are slippery and cause spills and falls, so caution is mandatory.

The spill was avoidable; I was trying to get window curtains removed (for window-cleaning) when a stepstool glided in the tub (I wasn’t bathing) and whammo, I fell and hit my back.

Yes, it hurt – for about two days. My wife was there, watching helplessly, and furious that I wasn’t cautious.

No, I didn’t  bleed nor bruise. Luckily, the fall wasn’t damaging (I hope) to the wires inside me.

But my ego was hurt. I plead recklessness. I felt stupid.

Both my bathrooms have grab bar handles for ease in and out of the tub or shower stall. But bathroom surfaces are slippery, and risks of slipping are high.

Not surprisingly, statistics from NewsUSA – based on findings from the National Institute of Aging – cite that slippery surfaces are the common culprit and that a third of senior citizens over age 65 slip annually, with 80 per cent of mishaps occurring in the bathroom.

Of visits to the ER,  more than 60 per cent of injuries are linked to the bathroom, and 50 percent of deaths are caused from bathroom falls.

So the stats say it all. Bathrooms. Are. Dangerous.

No one falls intentionally, and yes, most spills are accidental. Like mine.

I haven’t yet told my pain management doctor yet, but will, when I return in June for a follow-up visit.

And yes, I expect a lecture then.

Which fast food icon do you like?

Just asking…

If you had to choose, which of these fast food icons do you prefer?

— Ronald McDonald?

— The Burger King?

— Jack?

Some thoughts:

Clowns have become unlikeable, so Ronald has sorta been on furlough at McDonald’s. The film “It” probably widened the chasm.

Burger King’s king is kinda creepy, if you ask me. But he’s still around.

Jack in the Box’s Jack, with his ping pong head, still has the most bounce.

Maybe you like Wendy (a cartoon image) or KFC (Colonel Sanders revived as an animated figure in TV commercials). It’s all a marketing issue.

Just curious…


Jane Kurahara and Claire Sato at Gyotaku King St.
Vi and Wayne Harada
Butterfish teishoku

So remember that library association voluntary award that I won a few weeks back? Retired librarians Jane Kurahara and Claire Sato (top photo) hosted a celebration luncheon today (May 23) for me and my wife Violet Harada (middle photo), at Gyotaku Restaurant on King St. Claire, a crafts devotee, created fabric boxes containing pistachios (in foreground), and while the other three ordered senior bento lunches, I feasted on my favorite there: the butterfish teishoku (above photo). Arigato, gang! So oishee…



“The Best of Kevin I., 1980-1985,” a new digital release, offers a peek in a window of the life and times of Kevin Iwamoto, professionally known as Kevin I. He’s been a longtime buddy of mine, dating back to the Hawaii of the ‘80s, when I was writing reviews, interviews, and an entertainment column called Show Biz in the Honolulu Advertiser.

The reboot that has gone viral.

Prompted to revisit his musical past, while simultaneously updating and defining ownership of his best tracks, the digital album should appease his former fans and attract a new fan base.

Kevin is at a crossroads. The plan was to update his analog recordings and convert into MP3 digital tracks, remastering and bolstering the sound and flavor to carve a niche in the new streaming world of music where there is no physical product like CDs.  His music was being posted on YouTube and other social media sites without his knowledge or permission.  “I felt I had to take back control of my past recordings in this new age of streaming on-line music,” he said. 

Kevin also has launched a career retrospective website that preserves his ‘80s career, which serves as an electronic resource for himself, his family and his fan base.  It has been a painstaking process, but with energy and resources, he is finally able to redefine his territory.

With the help of talented engineer Garrett Haines, Kevin jumpstarts a series of signature tunes.

His first local hit on island radio was “Fairy Tale,” a warm and cozy ballad composed by the husband of his former hairstylist, is about unrequited dreams. It’s a triumph; his voice is majestic, and honestly, you may not recognize the singer. It is a formidable flashback.

“Candle in the Night,” written by Cecilio Rodriguez of Cecilio and Kapono, with Cecilio doing back-up vocals is not earmarked, but it is here, and you can detect his tones.  Both singers’ vocals blended well relying on their mutual love of R&B music.

NOTE: This review originally was published on Kevin Iwamoto’s Kevin I website. Wayne Harada is the longtime entertainment editor, columnist, and journalist with the Honolulu Advertiser, where he served for 45 years. He also wrote the Show Biz column in the combined Honolulu Star-Advertiser daily newspaper for another 10 years after retirement.