Hawaii Five-O loses Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park before Season 8
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who play Kono Kalakaua and Chin Ho Kelly in the CBS series Hawaii Five-O, have exited the show before the start of Season 8, according to TVLine. Fans will learn the fates of the characters in the first episode of the new season, which premieres Friday, September 29 at 9/8c. Season 8 will mark the final season in star Alex O’Loughlin’s contract, and he has previously implied that it will be his last, though there has been no official word.
“I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I’d want to play Chin Ho Kelly,” said executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of Hawaii Five-0 over the past seven seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him. Grace’s presence gave Hawaii Five-0 a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from Day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best.”
Hawaii Five-O airs on the CBS Television Network and is a production of CBS Television Studios. Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers. Kim and Park have been cast members since the show originally aired in 2010. Hawaii Five-O is currently casting the role of Tani, a lifeguard who was a top candidate for the Police Academy, but was kicked out.
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