Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, the two popular Asian stars of "Hawaii Five-0" are no longer a part of the show. The duo has left the show and it has been revealed that disputes over salary led to the exit of the two as they were not given the raise they had demanded.
Fans would not get to see Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua in "Hawaii Five-0" Season 8 as the Asian actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who play the popular characters on the CBS police procedural drama, have left the show. According to Huffington Post, the duo and CBS could not reach a settlement over the issue of salary hike, forcing Kim and Park to bid goodbye to their popular characters.
Sources say that both Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park had asked for an equal payment as that of their co-stars Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin. However, it did not materialize and both were offered a salary that was 10-15 percent lesser than their counterparts which made them bid goodbye to "Hawaii Five-0." So, when "Hawaii Five-0" Season 8 returns, they will not be seen but the premiere episode will refer to their absence, Variety has learned.
Though Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have not commented on their departure from "Hawaii Five-0," CBS has reportedly issued a statement about the actors. It said that the network is proud of the two and appreciates their talent and professionalism.
It expressed gratitude to the duo for bringing in the aloha spirit to all the seven seasons of "Hawaii Five-0." A CBS spokesman said that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park played a significant role in the success of "Hawaii Five-0" and therefore, the network wishes them success and good luck for their future endeavors. It is worth mentioning here that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have been a part of the show ever since it went on air with the reboot in 2010.