Daniel Dae Kim has lived the kind of unlikely success story that fuels the very engine of Hollywood dreams: toddler emigre from South Korea grows up to earn master's degree, snags plaudits on stage, which leads to eventual blockbuster-TV-success with 'Lost' and then 'Hawaii Five-0.' He's living the dream for sure, but what gets us most is that those last two major jobs, spanning nearly the past decade, have paid him to live in Oahu. (Is there no justice?) In a chat with us, the conversation included his days growing up listening to Ozzy: "Easton, [PA], was a steel town, so every band that came around tended to be heavy metal," Kim says of his hometown. "I saw Iron Maiden and Motley Crue. I saw Ozzy twice. It moved on eventually more recent pursuits like deep-sea fishing with Josh Holloway, to his desert island album picks (curveball: XTC's 'Skylarking'). Kim was also a veritable goodwill ambassador for the Aloha State, and gamely dished on his favorite restaurant, the most scenic spot to cruise, and beaches with sand like pink powder. Click on the gallery below for more. Launch Gallery >>
1966 Triumph Motorcycle
Kim is a relative newcomer to the joys of motorcycling in large part because he wasn't allowed to try out this most thrilling form of locomotion when he was growing up. "It was one thing that my father said I could never do," Kim says. Things changed, though, when the demands of his profession required it. "My character on 'Hawaii Five-0' rides a vintage motorcycle – my executive producer and I discussed whether it would be a Harley or a Triumph," he recalls. "I ended up buying a 1966 Triumph, just to kind of research and learn what that was all about." (Riiiight.) Kim says that while his vintage Triumph was his first introduction to cycles, he's already broadened his horizons with something a little more modern, and a hell of a lot more power. "Vintage bikes are beautiful and they're great to work on if you enjoy that, but they're not the most reliable, and I wanted something that I could really ride," Kim admits. "My Ducati Streetfigher 848 is a beautiful machine. It can go as fast as I want it to go."