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 >>
Volcanic Rock Gym (Waipo, Oahu)
"The great thing about living in Hawaii is you can just be outdoors all the time," Kim says. Beyond the regular tourist's punch list of beach-based activities – swimming, surfing, sunning – Kim has found himself taking advantage of his new home's unique geography. "I actually started taking up rock climbing," he says. "We were looking for something to do and I have a friend who's really into it and he just said, 'Well why don't you come along?'" His climbs aren't limited to bouldering on the islands' many volcanic peaks; he's a big fan of man-made climbs as well. "There's this great rock climbing gym on the other side of Oahu – Volcanic Rock Gym," he says of the Waipo training spot, which has more than 3,000 feet of climbing areas. "They're great, actually."