Two original Hawaii Five-0 cast members are leaving the series ahead of season 8.
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park will not be reprising their roles as Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, respectively, when Hawaii Five-0 returns this fall, People’s Choice has confirmed. (TV Line was among the first outlets to report the news.) The two actors have been with the CBS drama since it started in 2013.
While the actors have yet to offer the reason behind their departure, in a statement, Hawaii Five-0’s executive producer Peter Lenkov made it clear that both stars will be missed.
“I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I’d want to play Chin Ho Kelly,” Lenkov said in a statement. “Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of Hawaii Five-0 over the past 7 seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him.”
Lenkov also touched on Park’s contribution to the show.
“Grace’s presence gave Hawaii Five-0 a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day 1,” Lenkov continued. “They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best.”
Since season 7 didn’t wrap up the characters’ fates, fans will likely find out how they’ll be written off come season 8, which premieres this September. Here’s hoping the door remains slightly open for both characters to return down the line.
“We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes,” CBS said in a statement. “They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou…”
Hawaii Five-0 will return for its eighth season on September 29, 2017 at 9 p.m. on CBS.