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Last Aloha for "Lost": What cast members will miss most about Hawaii


You sometimes don’t fully appreciate where you live, even in a beautiful place like Hawaii. With the routine and stress of everyday life, you forget how spectacular the place you live in is. What if you were suddenly told that you had only a limited amount of time left in that place?

The cast of ABC’s hit show Lost is finding that there isn’t much time left on the island, and that there’s still plenty more of Hawaii to appreciate and experience before they leave.

In May 2007, midway through its third season, Lost creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse announced that they would be bringing the Island mystery to a close with only three more seasons, ending in May 2010. They wanted a solid, finite ending for their story instead of letting the show continue indefinitely, and risk losing its quality and viewership. (The final episode of Lost airs May 23.)

While a good move for the integrity of the show, having an official end date for the entire series was a doleful moment for most of the cast.

“I didn’t even want to think about leaving Hawaii,” said Jorge Garcia, who plays the affable voice of the audience, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes. “I had plans of buying a house in Kailua and making a life here.”

When he moved to Oahu in 2004, Jorge welcomed Hawaii and its culture with open arms. He bought books on how to speak pidgin, found ono plate lunch at Kenenke’s in Waimanalo, and fell in love with Lanikai Beach and the Mokulua Islands off its shore. He was proud to be a local.

When news of Lost’s end date came, Jorge realized that the move back to Los Angeles would be the best decision for his career. “Right now I need to be where the work is,” he says. “Hawaii will still be here, and I definitely plan on coming back. There are a lot of things I want to see and do while I’m still here, though, like seeing Lanai and getting out on the surfboard I bought a few years ago. I need to take advantage of the water a little more. It’s definitely going to be very hard to leave.”

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