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The Five-0's Hawaii Five-0 Blog

One of our online Hawaii Five-0 Blogger friends, who we just featured in our 3rd Hawaii In Vermont Summer Interview series, The Five-0’s, just made it to prime time! Hawaii News Now featured the Facebook page of the Five-0s and their super fun special feature game of screencaps with captions to fill in. Here’s a video of that. It’s funny and cool! Congratulations to our Friend, Jools and the rest of the Five 0’s, @LisaLisa98 and @Terrysagirl!

Click here for the video:

Hawaii News Now featuring The Five-0’s ScreenCapture Caption Game!

and then if you didn’t hear the podcast click here!

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Kahu Curt Pa‘alua Kekuna

Catch the Hawaii Five-0 crew live on Sunrise Monday morning – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL Home.

Be sure to tune in by streaming to the website of Hawaii News Nowfor Live coverage of the Blessing and start of production Monday morning starting at 4:30am Hawaii Time (6 hours behind EST)

Kahu Curt Pa’alua Kekuna of Kawaiaha’o Church will conduct a blessing on a Honolulu soundstage Monday morning before cast members, crew and executive producers.

At The Facebook page of Hawaii News Now you can leave questions you may have for the cast!

Aloha from Dana In Vermont!

Magic Table image from "Ke Kinohi" courtesty of Swannees Screencaps

Some fans, myself included, have watched a certain oft-used prop in ‘Hawaii Five-0‘s’ first season with particular fascination. That prop is what is fondly referred to by many reviewers as the ‘Magic’ table or surface work table that the Five-o Task team, and especially Chin Ho Kelly have utilized to help with their cases.

At the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Interactive website you can find pictures and background information on the Surface Table from when reporter Mike Gordon (aka @CrankyDad) toured the studio last winter. 

Here is what we learn from the site and video so we can indulge our inner geekdom:

  • The table is a 52 inch flat screen TV on his back in the middle of a black table


  • Video Engineer, Dan Helias, creates and controls the displays that appear on the table. He programs the images for the surface table and all its overhead monitors on a series of smaller computers at  his workstation elsewhere.


  • Helias explains that the ‘touch table’ is based on the Microsoft Surface 2.0 which was too small for their needs because it had  to be big enough to line up the 4 main actors around it for the show to play on.


  • The fake TV is fed from a Mac Mini from 100 ft away.


  • They send an HDMI signal over ethernet cables using a converter which sends the image to the Surface Table.


  • The images on the tabletop in front of a user are able to be sent to screens at the right with a sweep of a hand. This all-in-one-movement in reality is Dan operating two different computers at once.


  • Three 42 inch monitors hang from a custom built rack near the Five-0 team’s surface table fed by a separate table.


  • The team’s office spaces are located to the left of the high tech computers and surface table area in HQ

You can read more about the Hawaii Five-0 set in Mike’s article from last February in the Honolulu Star Advertiser entitled Inside the Headquarters of Hawaii’s Coolest Crimefighters

UPDATE: On June 19th Mike wrote this about the set at the Old Post Office which he toured and was used last season:

  “Nothing is permanent in the world of television stage sets, even when they’re functional. Case in point: the headquarters set of “Hawaii Five-0,” which was built in an unused storage area of the downtown post office. It’s gone.

What was once a suite of functional offices created as a backdrop for the show’s characters — complete with dark wood trim, wanted posters and character-inspired desk decorations — is once again an empty space.

“There’s not a sign that they were ever there,” said Duke Gonzales, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Hawaii.”

There are no discussions to rebuild the set, he said. CBS would only say that the HQ set, as it’s known, “is under transition.”

**We should not be alarmed however, because back in February, Hawaii News Now ran this story at their website and on tv, which showed us the production crew was already thinking ahead and moving the set into the old Honolulu Advertiser Building!

New set built for "Hawaii Five-0" in former Honolulu Advertiser Building