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43 Things Every Local Must Do


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You could be here, as an extra behind star Alex O’Loughlin.

Photo: Mark Arbeit

Get a cameo on Hawaii Five-0.

At this point,  appearing in the background of a TV show shot in Hawaii is a tradition. Your dad did it in the original Five-O. Your aunty was in an episode of Magnum P.I. Somebody must’ve been in Birds of Paradise. Everyone but you managed to get into a background scene of Lost. Now, the classic is back—Hawaii Five-0 is adding new stories and new opportunities for everyone to see you peeking out in a crowd scene for 2.5 seconds.

The show casts 200 to 400 extras for each episode, everything from tourists to bikini girls to HPD and SWAT members. To sign up, mail two recent photos (if you want to be considered for a bikini model and a higher pay rate, send a bathing suit photo as well), along with your contact information to: Extras Casting, Eye Productions, 605 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813. You may be contacted by phone to come into the office for a meeting, or may just be hired for a scene.


Witness at least one local sports moment.

The Neal Blaisdell Arena  was less than half full on the night of Dec. 23, 1982. But the 3,383 fans who were there got to witness what is still regarded as the greatest upset in the history of college basketball: Chaminade 77, No. 1-ranked Virginia 72. It was our ultimate “I-was-there” sport moment.

Hawaii may not have a bona fide professional sports franchise, but that doesn’t mean local sports fans are deprived of special moments. Here are six other noteworthy events that occurred in the Islands in the past 30 years. How many of these did you see first-hand?

Oct. 28, 1989: The UH football team finally beats BYU, 56-14.
Dec. 30, 1997: Led by the “Dynamic Duo” of Anthony Carter and Alika Smith, the UH men’s basketball team shocks No. 2-ranked Kansas in the championship game of the Rainbow Classic.
March 22, 1998: The UH baseball team beats Fresno State to give head coach Les Murakami his 1,000th career victory.
Nov. 6, 2004: In front of his home fans, UH quarterback Timmy Chang breaks the NCAA record for career passing yards. His mark (17,072 yards) still stands.
Nov. 23, 2007: The UH football team beats rival Boise State to win the WAC championship. After the game, thousands of fans rush Aloha Stadium field to celebrate.
Oct. 17, 2009: In a packed house at the Stan Sheriff Center, Dave Shoji notches his 1,000th win as the UH Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach.

If you came up empty with the above list, don’t sweat it. Just get out to the games. Pretty soon, you’ll have an “I-was-there-when” moment of your own.


Give away fruits and veggies from your yard.

Whether you bring grocery bags filled with mangos to church or deliver eggplants to your neighbor, nothing is more local than sharing the fruit—or veggies—of your labor. Sharing gifts from the aina has its benefits, too: How many times have you given Aunty Marie some bananas, only to later see her walking toward you with a couple of loaves of freshly baked banana bread?


Photo: Courtesy of David Sur



Local youth leagues are are always looking for volunteer coaches and officials. You don’t need to be a Dave Shoji or Greg McMackin to help boys and girls learn about the game. David Trifonovitch, head coach of the two-time state champion Punahou boys soccer team, says “It’s all about giving the kids a good experience. Even if you don’t know [sports], if you’re willing to spend time with the kids as an assistant coach or a team mom or manager, that really helps.”


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