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 >>
In a land with no shortage of breathtaking landscapes or scenic routes, picking a less-traveled road to put atop a visitor's must-see list might seem impossible. But Kim didn't hesitate when asked. "There's one road in Hawaii that's especially perfect for motorcycling: the Kalanianaole Highway," he says. "If you go all the way east on the island, it turns into a single-lane road. It's on the coastline and it weaves in and out of mountains along the way up to the north shore. That's my favorite ride." Fun fact: Our current president's much ballyhooed birth certificate lists his address as number 6085 along that very road.
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