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

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It’s easy to see why Jorge and the others will find it hard to leave. The cast has enjoyed working in some of the most beautiful locations on the island, like Papailoa Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, where crew members use their lunch breaks to catch a few waves, and Makapuu Point, where the cast pauses between takes to watch whales breaching in the distance.


“I still get tears in my eyes driving to certain sets we use,” said Josh Holloway, the show’s steamy conman, Sawyer. Raised in Georgia, Josh’s laid-back, Southern mentality meshed well with the relaxed culture of Hawaii. “There’s such a comfort level here. It’s rare and very special to me. I’ve become a part of this place, and it’s become a part of me.”

If there’s one place in Hawaii where Josh found peace, it was out on the open sea. Living along the canals of Hawaii Kai, he was able to walk out of his back door, jump onto his boat (named Moonshine) and head out either to circumnavigate Molokai or just cruise the Hawaii Kai marina with friends at dusk.

During his six years living on the island, he’s enjoyed dozens of nautical adventures in heavy and light seas, seen phenomenal sea life and caught many fish.

The heartbreaking reality of leaving Hawaii hit Josh hard early this year when he sold Moonshine. “It was a good point of closure, but I hated to see it go. That boat had become quite a friend of mine. I’ve never experienced the ocean like I did here.”


While Josh spent his time in Hawaii mainly at sea, back on land Michael Emerson was enjoying urban Honolulu. A far cry from his cruelly manipulative character, Benjamin Linus, Michael is a charming socialite who has spent the last five years haunting nightspots and galleries in Waikiki.

Emerson moved from New York in 2005 to join the cast during Lost’s second season. When he arrived, he set out to experience the nightlife and culture of Honolulu. “I’m out and about quite a bit and I have my little circuit. I enjoy going to the jazz club Dragon Upstairs in Chinatown, and I check in at the Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani every so often.”

Michael has lived in a different apartment building in Waikiki each year. He appreciates being able to walk out of his apartment, and within minutes being in local restaurants like Chiba-Ken, a friendly neighborhood sushi bar where he banters with the owner like old friends.

He watches sunsets from the open-air bars of venerable Waikiki Beach hotels and spends his evenings seeking out live music by Hawaii jazz trumpeter DeShannon Higa, or seeing plays at Diamond Head or Manoa Valley Theatres. He has ingeniously created his own comfortable little version of Manhattan in the heart of Honolulu, and he’s going to miss it greatly.

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