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Outtakes Online: H50 crashes into Kakaako
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
The fender-bending excitement today in Kakaako was courtesy of “Hawaii Five-0,” which staged a violent crash on Pohukaina Street near Mother Waldron Park and Fisher Hawaii.
It was pretty cool to watch. The show’s stunt crew always has fun like this.
“Five-0” had blocked off Pohukaina between Keawe and Cooke streets for the noon mayhem, which drew a crowd of bystanders armed with cell phone video cameras. Up in the lunch room of nearby Fisher Hawaii, a half dozen employees, also armed with cell phone cameras, pressed close to the window.
In the intersection at Coral Street, the show’s stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente had parked an empty old van painted to resemble a Honolulu police vehicle. Facing the van was a big rig minus a trailer, its hulking grill reinforced with steel bars.
The big rig backed up out of view, back toward Keawe Street, back for a running start. For those sequestered on Coral Street, they could hear it coming well before it came into view.
How fast was it going? Fast enough.
It slammed into the van and drove it nearly 30 feet and into a parked sedan that had a special camera mounted in the front seat. And kept going.
The big rig pushed the van onto the sidewalk — narrowly missing a fire hydrant — and into a retaining wall at the edge of the park.
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.