Forest City residents experience ‘star action’ in their backyards

Residents of Forest City's Battleship Cove neighborhood recently had an opportunity to participate in, and watch the filming of, an episode of "Hawaii Five 0" when the show's production team visited historic Ford Island. Photo courtesy of Forest City Residential Management

Natasha Jackson

Forest City Community Services Coordinator, Navy Housing Hawaii, Forest City Residential Management

Residents of Forest City’s Battleship Cove community on Ford Island may soon see stars from the big screen in their own backyard. The new series “Hawaii Five-0” chose the Battleship Cove community to shoot an upcoming episode.

When contacted by Navy Public Affairs partners and the “Hawaii Five-0” production team, Forest City’s first thoughts were, “How is this production going to affect and benefit the residents?”

Charles Herron, Ford Island resident services manager, worked hand-in-hand with the production team and mapped out the safest location that would cause the least amount of disturbance to Forest City residents. Once the details were locked in, Forest City notified residents on Ford Island that they would soon experience a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Herron said, “The resident feedback was positive. They were excited and enthusiastic about having “Hawaii Five-0″ filming in their community. This is what we strive for, to provide our residents with as many unique experiences as possible.”

During the filming, residents were asked to temporarily adjust their driving route and parking. The production company even installed a temporary chain link fence to ensure resident safety.

As the cameras rolled, the community buzzed with excitement. Some residents volunteered their homes and also made appearances in the production as extras. Stunt men brought the action right to the residents’ doorsteps as they raced down Nevada and Tennessee Streets. The director yelled “Action!” and “Hawaii Five-0” police cars sped through the streets from three different directions with sirens blaring.

“Hawaii 5-0” has been revived from the ’70s hit show where the phrase, “Book-em, Danno!” was made popular. The new “Hawaii Five-0” stars actors Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, Scott Caan as Danny Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park as Kono Kalakua.

Forest City Communities has received attention from the film industry throughout the years. Their neighborhoods have been showcased in movies such as “In Harms’ Way,” “Pearl Harbor,” the upcoming feature film “Battleship,” and now, Hawaii’s newest television series, “Hawaii Five-0.”

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