The cast of "Hawaii Five-0" on stage prior to the Sunset on the Beach preview screening of the series premiere, which also featured a mini concert by Bush, who provides a track in the opening episode.
When you work in Hawaii, you don't need to pay all that much attention to fashion, even if you're a celeb.
During the "Hawaii Five-0" Sept. 13 season five premiere event at Sunset on the Beach, most of the celebs seemed to have little clue about what they were wearing. Nevertheless, some hands-on body and label searches provided some answers.
First to arrive on the red carpet was Taylor Wily, who plays Kamekona on the series, with his family. His wife Halona said he's picky about what he wears, and this year the whole family dressed in Missing Polynesia to reflect their Samoan heritage. The prints they wore paid homage to Samoan tattoo designs and landmarks such as Leapia Harbor.
Taylor Wily and his family, from left daughter Tula, son YoungAisa and wife Halona, all in Missing Polynesia.
In another touching homage, Dennis Chun, who plays Sgt. Duke Lukela in the series, wore a Honolulu Police Department—I think tie bar that he wore on his lapel—that belonged to his father, the late Kam Fong Chun, who was a patrolman in the 1960s. He famously went on to play Chin Ho Kelly in the original "Hawaii Five-0."
Said Chun, "I think he would have loved to be here."
Something old, something new: Dennis Chun, who plays Sgt. Duke Lukela in the show, wore his father Kam Fong Chun's police pin dating to the 1960s, when he was a patrolman. Kam Fong went on to play Chin Ho Kelly in the original series. A closer detail of the pin is below.
Though admittedly "not a fashion person," Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakaua in the series, looked every bit the Hollywood pro in a goddessy green bias-cut satin gown from Versace, with slash seams throughout.
Although she's been missing from the red carpet in recent years, she said she felt comfortable being there.
"It's so mellow, no one is out here to tear you apart, coz why go through that?"
And executive producer Peter Lenkov only knew he was wearing a Tom Ford shirt, but could share more abot the season to come, including the return of "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn.
With other "Lost" actors Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia already on board, Lenkov said, "They love Hawaii so much, they're coming to us."
More scenes from the red carpet on Saturday, and catch the Bush performance video at the end:
Grace Park in a satin, bias-cut dress intersected with bead-embellished slash seams from Versace's fall-winter 2014-15 collection.
Alex O'Loughlin wore a black-on-black look from Dior Homme. He proved to be a good sport when this woman crashed the press line. He gamely posed for photos and said she was his girlfriend and hoped his wife didn't see her.
Scott Caan dressed for the occasion in a shirt from Gitman Bros., a hat he picked up in Chinatown, Band of Outsiders slacks and Pierre Cardin shoes.
Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Kono Kalakaua's beau on the show, gives an interview on the red carpet. He wore a suit by a Madrid designer discovered by his manager.
Jorge Garcia said at past red-carpet events he felt embarrassed over failing to dress up as others did, so this time he put more effort into selecting this pleated Luciano Viscontin shirt paired with slacks from Kramer's.
Teilor Grubbs, who plays Danno's daughter Grace Williams on the show, picked her own outfit for the premiere, a Ralph Lauren dress, Forever21 necklace and BCBG wedges. It was the first time her father Erik allowed her to wear such a heel, below:
The very personable Mark Dacascos, who plays Steve McGarrett's nemesis Wo Fat, posed for a photo with a fan on the red carpet.
The series Hawaii casting director Brent Anbe, in a Moods of Norway jacket.
RASA FOURNIER / RASA@MIDWEEK.COM
After the "Five-0" episode screening, most of the stars left to party. MidWeek's Rasa Fournier and I picked up the closest vacated seats that had been reserved for Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.
We stayed to watch Bush perform.
Click here for complete "Hawaii Five-0" Sunset on the Beach coverage from the Pulse.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.
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