Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hollywood in Hawaii ... and book giveaway!

From the Ho'okele newspaper on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH):

A production crew from Universal Pictures arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to film the new action-adventure movie “Battleship,” based on the Hasbro board game, Sept. 7-24.

Directed by Peter Berg, “Battleship” will feature the U.S. and Japanese navies stumbling upon the point of an alien invasion. Berg’s previous directorial works include “The Kingdom,” “The Rundown” and “Hancock.”

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the Navy,” said Berg. “My father was a Marine and a naval historian. I was brought up learning about Pearl Harbor, the campaign of the Pacific, and the Battle of Midway. He was particularly obsessed with World War II. The idea of making a film about naval warfare was something that was always interesting to me. What better place to set it than Pearl Harbor?”

US Navy photo by MC2 (SW) Mark Logico

Filming Hawaii Five O on Hickam Airfield

Film crews for “Hawaii Five-0″ teamed up Oct. 11 with Airmen at Hickam to film scenes for the Nov. 15 airing of the television episode. Though the C-17 wasn’t the main star, its commanding presence wasn’t missed during scenes filmed on location at Hickam’s flightline. Airmen worked alongside the stars of the show and the film crew.

“It was exciting for the H50 crew to work alongside such amazing technology and equipment on this historic and active base,” said Brad Turner, Hawaii Five-0 director.

“The cooperation from the crew members on the plane and the ground crew was great. We couldn’t ask for a better day.”

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen

Michael Caine visits Pearl Harbor

Capt. Richard Kitchens, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, greets movie actor Sir Michael Caine and introduces him to several Sailors and Airman before giving Caine a tour of the base. Caine took the time to take pictures, answer questions and speak with the service members on Nov. 13.

U.S. Navy photo by MCC(AW) Bauer, Bart

I wondered if Michael had a military connection to spur his interest in Pearl Harbor.  From Michael's website , "In 1951, Michael was to join the Queens Royal Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers and serve in Germany and Korea."

In honor of Hollywood in Hawaii ... let's giveaway some books connected to Hawaii and/or Hollywood:

- Tess Gerritsen's ICE COLD .  I met Tess at RWA in Orlando and she signed the book "Aloha".  Tess is one of the founding members of RWA's Aloha Chapter

Tess' books inspired the TNT series, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, which premiered in July 2010.  The Boston drama, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, will return next summer.

- Jane Porter's SHE'S GONE COUNTRY.  I met Jane last year at a readers' luncheon she hosted in her beach house here in Hawaii.  She is also a member of RWA's Aloha Chapter.   SHE'S GONE COUNTRY features a former model who returns home to her roots. 

Jane's FLIRTING WITH FORTY became a Lifetime TV movie starring Heather Locklear.  It was filmed in Hawaii.  


- Joseph Wambaugh's HOLLYWOOD HILLS.  Joseph served in the USMC then the LA Police Department before writing best selling mystery novels.

Mary posted her review on her blog, "This series stays fresh and exciting and this book proves it."

To enter the book giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Hollywood, celebrities, and/or Hawaii.

2.  Make sure I know how to contact you - send your email to sos.america@yahoo.com or become a friend of SOS America on Facebook .

3.  Comments are open through November 23.   

4.  This giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents.


Kim in Hawaii

My guilty pleasure is watching TMZ.  Yes, the cameramen stalk celebrities.  Yes, the "newsroom" staff are a bit odd.  But they make me laugh. 

I try to imagine the TMZ camera men in Hawaii, stalking our celebrities - Bruno Mars, Tia Carrere, Bette Midler, Kelly Preston, Project Runway designers Ivy Higa, Andy North, and Jay Sario, and the cast from Hawaii Five O - Alex O'Laughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Grace Parks.  The camera men would always find them in casual clothes, maybe even wearing "slippers" (flip flops).   No doubt the celebrities would use some Pidgin - a local dialect developed by the Native Hawaiians and immigrant workers to communicate with each other.   The camera men probably wouldn't know what they were saying so I can only imagine the comments from Harvey "I'm a lawyer" Levin.  

One celebrity who would challenge the camera men is Duane "Dog" Chapman aka The Bounty Hunter.  He films part of his  A&E show here in Oahu.  His bail bond business is called Da Kine Bail Bonds - "da kine" being Pidgin for "the best." 


  1. I love TMZ, I record the show so I won't miss it.

  2. wow! jane Porter's book turning into a lifetime movie is amazing. Hello, Hollywood! :-)


  3. There were quite a few actors and sports figures who served in the military--Audie Murphy, being the most famous and most decorated.

    Great list of books, Kim!

  4. Lots of movies filmed in Hawaii!
    I just read and enjoyed She's Gone Country.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  5. Hollywood, celebrities, AND Hawaii, oh my! That's like a triple threat! I would love to read them, and watch all the movies too of course!


  6. wow..I just realized i have never met a celebrity in my entire life! I just read about them or see them in movies, but it would be great if I could actualy meet one one day!

  7. Never knew so many movies were filmed in Hawaii, HOllywood, yes, but not Hawaii. It must be paradise for the actors!