I Booked a role on Hawaii Five-O ! (Part I)

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Last Updated on February 15, 2012 by Christine Kaaloa

Hawaii-Five-0-promo art, hawaii five o tv show
Watch me on Hawaii Five-O! Air date is Monday, February 20th (episode is ‘Kupale’).

Okay, some of you asked to see the competition…

Still wondering what some of those alternate plans for 2012 were, twerking with that university job in Korea? Here’s my hinted confession to one of those alternate things…

Travelers all make “bucket lists”, but we don’t always know if we’ll accomplish the things on our list. They’re goals and some of them may seem like shooting for the moon:

 To see a ping pong sex show in Thailand, stay at an ashram in India, hike Macchu Picchu, see Cappadocia, go diving in Bora Bora,…

For me it’s gone as far as moving to Korea,  embracing solo travel or even traveling for an extended time.

Well last year, somewhere traveling between India to Korea, nailing a role to act on the TV show, Hawaii Five-O fell into my travel bucket list.

It did.

You can laugh hysterically at me. I know how it sounds. It’s more than just purchasing a plane ticket, right?

Well as impossible as it sounds, I just got a part of that moon.

Traveling, living abroad and experiencing homelessness taught me two things…

1)   To hone and trust those razor sharp feelings, even when they don’t appear logical.
2)   To adapt to any outcome or situation.

As much as I bitch or complain about some of my travel experiences, the fact is, living abroad and traveling long-term solo has made me more confident. Undoubtedly. When you can navigate and survive bad transportation, accidents, scams,  getting sick and deal with feelings of homelessness, all in a foreign country… you come to trust yourself and your abilities in any situation. You rely on your instincts/intuition to show you the next step, even where none is logically visible.

I was sweating in 100 degree weather in the Delhi metro

Armed with a not-so-light backpack, I was waiting for my train to take me to the dive Indian pit of Paharganj, whereupon I’d hoof around to find a close-to-clean budget hotel. After three months, my Indian visa was closing in on it’s expiration date. I needed to know my next leap.

Sachin Tendulkar for Aircel ad

A giant billboard ad jumped at me. But it wasn’t Amir Khan posing for  Titan watches, nor was it the regular ad plugs for Vodaphone, Reliance or Aircel. Nope.

Amidst the frenetic pace of rush hour Delhi, swarming with the unashamed stares of Indian men and pushing sari’d women, there it was–  splash!



This ad was in the Delhi metro.

I entertain strange thoughts. But even stranger was the strong traveler’s instinct, which came over me. There’s something to it, when bits of your home find you across the globe. Especially if your  home is Hawaii and you’re in a patriotic country, like India. Coincidence,… maybe. But my gut gave me a deep nudge. Home was calling and like a coin falling into a tip jar, my travel bucket list got one more addition.

 But, I was still in the middle of my travels. The world beyond was calling and it was louder.

…Four months later, I was back in the land of Morning Calm!

The Korean scenery was whooshing past  me.  My travels were winding down, giving way to strained feelings of homelessness. Nearly 7 months on the road. It was a lot for my first long-term solo adventure! Did I really want to stop?  Fatigue was telling me to drop anchor. Drop it now. But where?

I stretched back in my bus seat and looked up at the bus’ satellite TV. The driver was flipping channels. …K-drama… Korean singing concert… Korean variety show?… Which popular Korean program would it be? Where would he stop ?

yoo jae suk running man
Maybe, Yoo Jae Suk‘s popular celebrity competition show “Running Man“?


Images flashed… a statue of King Kamehameha, palm trees, Waikiki hotels, downtown Honolulu…

It was Hawaii!

…Five O.

The signal was clear; perhaps, it was time to return home for a little while.

Bucket list: book a role on Hawaii Five-0.

I’d love to say getting a part on a TV show like Hawaii Five-0 is as easy as making a travel bucket list. It’s not. Travel had merely taught me to accept the “nudges” and ride the wave without question… to trust and accept zig-zags and zany outcomes, as part of my adventure of learning to live with GRRR!

In reality, it takes more than just sending in a headshot or getting a bump up as a background extra, although those all have a fraction of possibility. In fact, I’d started out on the acting track long before I went abroad.  Most of the time, you need a bit of luck, timing, some acting experience, a casting agent who helps you look good and a totally kick-ass agent, who believes in you and has the G-force to pull the right strings! And even after the director casts you from your audition tape, his selection needs to get network approval.

In the end, it feels like it boils down to whether the TV gods are on your side.


How did it happen?


As fast as my Korean job interview and immediately following.

I had just gotten off the plane returning from Korea on Tuesday…

Shot a local commercial I’d booked a role on, on Wednesday…

By Friday, I was starting to feel the stress of my decision countdown. The family gathered for a pow-wow. Big decisions. To Korea or not to Korea? Accept or decline the job offer? Take the paved path …Or wait? Put Korea on hold a bit longer, while I follow alternate plans? Pros and cons were discussed. All looked favorably upon the job, yet something was still not sitting right.

It was my gut.

 Convenient and perfect choices are easy to follow. We aim for them all the time. But you have to wonder if that’s why we’re really here in life? Did we come to make the easy choices or ones, which truly challenge the heart of what we’re about?

Dear God… please, send me a sign.

Saturday : I received an urgent message from my agent. Audition for the TV show, Hawaii Five-O on Monday.

 To be continued…

Please join me on Monday, February 20th for Hawaii Five-O’s episode ‘Kupale’.


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  • I love Hawaii Five-0! Makes me miss Hawaii each time I watch it. I just watch the ‘Kupale’ episode and as usual, it was awesome!! Just wanna say, good job Christine!!

  • @Christine (in reply to above)

    The main thing that drew me in here was your Delhi paragraph. After that I was hooked. It separates your blog from so many more. Well in the travel blogosphere anyway.

    While many keep posting about this place or that place, you really put something I can only call a “little bit of soul” into many of your posts.

    It’s just great to read someone write about a poster they saw, link it to their dreams, and just go for it. Without all the “Travel” infused inspirational type writing. Nothing wrong with that, if done well, but it’s post like this that stick with me!

    I’m scouring some “Sites” for possible showtimes ha ha.

    • @Dave: Ironically, today I sat myself down & asked — What do I bring to the travel blogsphere that’s new? Really. I hit moments of inspiration-type writing, standard sightseeing fluff, tourist tips & reviews, the occasional oddball experiences… This article felt nice bc it felt relative to “TRAVEL“, w/o being only about it. I’m experiencing a foreign ‘place’ I’ve never been to & going thru the awkward first climb.

      The Delhi part was my favorite! India actually owns a large part of my soul. I’m a big Bollywood fanatic & seeing this out of place Five-O billboard was a little annoying at first, so I resisted. U.S. reminders that snap me out of my Indian dream were the last thing I wanted to see. I wish I took a photo of it; the irony & Indian sense of humor were priceless.

      • @Dave: p.s. The thing that made the ad palatable at the time was seeing Daniel Dae Kim & Grace Park in bold first (it’s because I’ve been in Korea/Asia so long; it didn’t disturb the overall dream). 😉

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  • well, it just show you that they don’t have a clue back home in NYC! i told everyone I had an extra roll of yellow tape to mark everyone’s position! 😉

  • Awesome!!! And way to keep the world hanging …. on the results!!!

    4 days and counting!! I remember the original show. Not seen the new one. But if your in it, I’ll make sure to start watching!!!

    Way to shoot for your dreams Christine!

    • @Dave: Thanks, I think you broke the cliff-hanging record, Dave!
      Actually, they’re really two separate articles (and the second one, I’m still writing the ending for…). ha ha..

      Not sure if Mt. Everest gets cable. 😉 I’m still astounded that you’re battling tattered shoes, AMS and still finding a way to write yr articles (and flattered you still read mine) You keep climbing and I’ll keep shooting! We’ll raise a flag at the top, come back down and start the next endeavor.

  • No wonder!! This is so exciting. Good luck with the audition.

  • YOU are just awesome… And its funny how all the signs pointed you back home all along. So, yes, we WILL dvr the episode. 🙂

  • I can’t believe you got on that show. With that hawt hawt guy!

    This is jut like my House Hunter’s gig. Can’t wait to read how it went!

    • @Nomadic Chick: ha ha… From audition to preshoot nerves, EVERYTHING; it was an amazing experience! When you’re working on a craft, it’s nice when you have a chance to do it… in a big way. 😉

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