Kim still making waves in 'Hawaii Five-0'

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

Daniel Dae Kim feels he's more than justified in "trumpeting" his TV series Hawaii Five-0.

"Our show goes beyond a typical procedural in that it really does try to give the characters personal lives," Kim says.

"That's the stuff that kind of keeps me going, as I discover more about (Chin Ho Kelly, his character).

"For example, in an episode late last season I found out that Chin Ho played jazz trumpet. I never knew that before."

Oh my God, did you immediately have to start practising?

"I think that's Season 10, the jazz trumpet episode," Kim says with a laugh.

Hawaii Five-O, which airs Fridays on CBS and Global, is in the midst of its fourth season. I have to admit, as a reboot of the original Hawaii Five-O, which aired from 1968 to 1980, I was skeptical if anyone would connect with this new version when it debuted in 2010.

"You can be blunt, I don't mind," Kim says. "If you look back at the history of, I guess you call them reboots, or remakes, the track record is pretty spotty.

"But Hawaii Five-0 is a genre that people tend to like, especially on CBS, where shows like NCIS and CSI, the procedurals, tend to do really well. I think it's familiar, it's comfort food to a lot of viewers. The combination of that genre and the beautiful scenery of Hawaii, along with a brand that people were familiar with, kind of makes it. And I'd like to give the actors a little credit, too, I think we do a pretty good job.

"In Season 4 we have been able to branch out and make it a little more our own. And I think it's necessary for a different time and a different place. Actually, not a different place, it's still Hawaii. But Hawaii has changed a great deal, and the audiences have changed a great deal, and TV sensibilities have changed a great deal. So we, I think quite rightly, made adjustments."

Kim certainly is a role model for actors hoping to work in great locales. When he was playing Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, he got to live in Hawaii, because that's where the show was shot. Same deal, obviously, with Hawaii Five-0.

"I didn't have to pack up, which was nice," Kim says, "But it's really funny because I always was the guy on Lost who saved all of my boxes because I always thought my character was going to get killed off early.

"So if I were to buy something, like a TV, I would save the box that the TV came in the whole time. And I still have it. It has been there now for 10 years. But I never take anything for granted."

That's a good philosophy, Daniel Dae Kim. Like, you never should take for granted that you don't play jazz trumpet. Maybe you do, my friend. Maybe you do.


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