🎉🍾 Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou 🍾🎉
Happy New Year and welcome to the last day, of the final year, of the first decade of the millennium. Tomorrow we begin 2020 full of hopes, dreams, plans, and endless possibilities. What will the new year bring? New beginnings, births, deaths, new jobs, retirement, travel, relaxing nights by the fire, triumph, tragedy…. all of the above…. none of the above? In essence.. it will bring life …. in all its complexity and all its simplicity.
The turn of a new year also, obviously, gives us the opportunity to look back on the year that was. Personally for me, 2019 was a very good year. Everyone in my family stayed healthy (or as healthy as we all were at the beginning of the year, anyway! 😉). We started the year with my daughter home for the holidays from Australia. We hadn’t seen her in almost a year at that point so it was wonderful to have her home. It was so much fun doing all the mother/daughter things again and, of course, we spent many hours planning for her October wedding. Doing it together was a dream come true.
In May, my husband and I took our yearly trip to the beach where we were met with the best weather we’ve ever had there for that time of year. It was relaxing and rejuvenating, as a trip to the beach always is and so needed, since the months that followed were filled with wedding planning and everything that includes. With my daughter back in Australia, I was in control of everything and as anyone who has ever planned a wedding can tell you, it’s exhausting, especially if you’re doing it all alone.
But… ohhhhhhh… it was so worth it. The wedding day dawned dark, dreary and full of rain but the weather gods smiled down upon us and by mid-afternoon the sun was shining and everything went off without a single hitch. It was absolutely perfect. The bride radiated beauty and happiness and the groom was beaming every second of the day and night. Seeing the smiles and the love on the faces of my daughter and my new son was more than I could have ever dreamed. There isn’t one thing that could have made the day any more perfect.
Of course, the year was mostly filled with the everyday things that make up life. Work, family, taking care of the house and the gardens and spending time doing the things that make life fun. One of those things is this blog and the friends I have made because of a little TV show called, Hawaii Five-0.
I’m not going to do any long retrospectives on the episodes which made up the year 2019. There are plenty of other blogs and reviewers who will undoubtedly do all kinds of lists reflecting back. Who needs another one? 🤣 But I will say, that in my opinion, 2019 was a great year for H50 with many really great stories and moments. I’d like to highlight some of my favorites:
January 11, 2019: 9.12 – Ka Hauli O Ka Mea Hewa ‘Ole, He Nalowale Koke (A Bruise Inflicted on an Innocent Person Vanishes Quickly)
February 1, 2019: 9.14 Ikiiki i ka lā o Keawalua (Depressed with the Heat of Kealwalua)
February 22, 2019: 9.17 – E’ao lu’au a kualima (Offer Young Taro Leaves to the Gods Five Times) – Directed by Alex O’Loughlin
March 8, 2019: 9.18 Ai no I ka ‘ape he mane ‘o no ko ka nuku’ – He Who Eats ‘ape is Bound to Have His Mouth Itch)
April 5, 2019: 9.20 – Ke ala o ka pu (Way of the Gun)
April 26, 2019: 9.22 – O ke kumu, o ka māna, ho‘opuka ‘ia (The Teacher, the Pupil – Let it come forth)
May 3, 2019: 9.23 – Ho‘okāhi no lā o ka malihini (A Stranger Only for a Day)
September 27, 2019: 10.01 – Ua ‘eha ka ‘ili i ka maka o ka ihe (The skin is injured by the edge of the spear) Season 10 Premiere
October 4, 2019: 10.02 – Kuipeia e ka makani apaa (Knocked Flat by the Wind; Sudden Disaster)
October 18, 2019: 10.04 – Ukuli’i ka pua, onaona i ka mau’u (Tiny is the Flower, Yet it Scents the Grasses Around it)
October 25, 2019: 10.05 – He ‘oi’o kuhihewa; he kaka ola i ‘ike ‘ia e ka makaula (Don’t Blame Ghosts and Spirits for One’s Troubles; A Human is Responsible) – Happy Halloween – WELCOME HOME MAX!!! ❤️❤️
November 8, 2019: 10.07 – Ka ‘i’o (DNA) – Written.. Directed… Produced and Staring Alex O’Loughlin! THE BEST EPISODE OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!!!!!
November 22, 2019: 10.09 – Ka lā‘au kumu ‘ole o Kahilikolo (The Trunkless Tree of Kahilikolo) Happy Thanksgiving
December 13, 2019: 10.11 – Kā i ka ‘ino, no ka ‘ino – (To Return Evil for Evil)
Fantastic stories…. great action…. lighthearted moments…. many fantastic Ohana moments…. all of these things made 2019 a great year for H50. There were so many more great moments I could have mentioned but then, this would be as long as the last Harry Potter books! But, the main thing, the best thing about the last year, for me at least, is the ongoing wonderful relationship between the most important characters on the show…. Steve and Danny.
Yeah, I know, as a long time McDanno, I’ll always find a reason to highlight these two, no matter what. And I’m sure there are plenty who will disagree with me. But I’ve really enjoyed the interaction between my favorite characters this year. It seems, to me at least, that the writers have creatively come to terms with the amount of time Scott is on set nowadays. It’s more than obvious that his “five episodes a year less” terms have been amended since he’s in less episodes this season than ever.
But, the writers are using the time he’s there so much better now. There’s been a lot more McDanno time and it seems to get better every week. Danny’s “mold” issue and, coming up, a sewage issue, that will keep Danny living in Casa McG for weeks. Weeks!! Is it perfect? No. It can’t be perfect unless things go back to the way they were in Season 1 and since we know that’s an impossibility, I’m content with the writers doing all they can to maximize McDanno time as much as possible when Scott is available. The more time they can work these guys into situations together, the better.
I know, some will call it fan-service to McDannos and some will find any number of other mean-spirited things to say. Personally, I could not care less. Call it whatever you want. If it means I get to see my two favorite guys on screen for significant amounts of time…. together… I’ll be a very happy camper.
But most of all, what made my H50 2019 special, is you. Everyone who reads this blog, and those who choose to comment. I’m so grateful for your support and, along with all those I’ve met through social media because of H50, I’m thankful for all the friendships I wouldn’t have if not for this show. Thank you all soooooo much.
And another special thank you: All the pictures above were taken from previously posted blogs over the past year. The vast majority are screencaps of mine but a lot are beautiful edits done by Lisa (@alohaspaceman) on Twitter and Instagram. I give her credit every week whenever I use her stuff but I wanted to give a special shout-out to her again for an entire year of letting me steal her stuff to make my blog better. Mahalo Lisa! You rock sistah!!!
So here’s to the New Year 2020. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful year and that everyone is happy, healthy and prosperous. I hope you all have a year filled with joy. And here’s hoping we’ll all be together for many more new years to come. And here’s to the rest of Season 10 of Hawaii Five-0 and to the beginning of Season 11.
Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou. Aloha nui loa. Malama Pono.