In the wake of losing original cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, Hawaii Five-0 has promoted Ian Anthony Dale to series regular, while adding Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale to the cast, EW has learned.
Dale, who has recurred on the CBS procedural since season 2, will return full time as Adam Noshimuri, becoming a trusted confidant and resource for the team, who will now be recruited by McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to work for Five-0. It’s an interesting development considering Adam is married to Park’s Kono on the series.
Rath (Being Human) will play Tani Rey, who McGarrett recruits after finding her working as a lifeguard at a hotel pool after she was kicked out of the Police Academy, despite being a first-rate candidate. EW first teased the role here.
Koale — who will star opposite Miles Teller in the upcoming film Thank You for Your Service — will portray Junior Reigns, a former Navy SEAL who just returned from serving his country and asks McGarrett, a fellow SEAL, for a job, hoping to repurpose his skills as a member of Five-0.
The trio join returning cast members O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Wily, Kimee Balmilero, and Dennis Chun.
Last month, it was announced that both Kim and Park would exit ahead of the procedural’s eighth season. Kim posted a lengthy Facebook message to fans explaining he decided to leave the show after contract negotiations with the network failed. Kim and Park reportedly had been seeking equal pay with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. CBS, in turn, responded with a statement saying the network offered the duo “large and significant salary raises.” H50 boss Peter Lenkov, meanwhile, defended the network and the show’s continued diversity after online outcry over three Asian characters leaving — Masi Oka exited during season 7.
Though Kim and Park won’t continue with the show, viewers will find out what happened to their characters in the season premiere. At the end of last season, Kono left the team to investigate a child sex trafficking ring, while Chin (Kim) was offered an opportunity to start up a San Francisco task force.
Hawaii Five-0 will return Friday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.