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Hawaii Five-0 Hunk Alex O'Loughlin Turns Up The Heat On Oahu

A road less traveled

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

Take a trip off the beaten path with Hawaii Five-0 hunk Alex O'Loughlin, who Watch! photographed for the June 2017 issue at the beautiful Kuaola Ranch on Oahu.

From riding motorcycles to wrangling horses, the handsome Hawaii Five-0 star packs plenty of heat in this sexy photo shoot, while taking us on journey into the heart of Hawaii. Check out these gorgeous photos, including bonus, never-seen-before images exclusive to CBS.com. Discover more about Alex O'Loughlin and his deep love for this enchanting archipelago in the tidbits below and in this exclusive interview.

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

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New beginnings

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in white t shirt and faded jeans sitting in overgrown grass

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

When offered the Hawaii Five-0 gig, Alex O'Loughlin felt both excitement and fear. Moving 2,500 miles for a show was daunting—but Hawaii worked her magic.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Aloha, Alex!

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 standing in shoulder height grass

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

"People say these islands either embrace you or push you away. I found myself, as a gift from the islands, being blessed in and given a Hawaiian name. I found all sorts of things drawing me in deeper and deeper." — Alex O'Loughlin

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Hawaiian nomad

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in leather jacket without shirt

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

Thankfully for Hawaii Five-0 fans everywhere, Alex O'Loughlin said yes to Steve McGarrett. He stayed on Waikiki Beach the first month of filming.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Spa days

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in brown leather bomber jacket and blue jeans

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

That same beach popped up in a recent Hawaii Five-0 episode (hint: spa weekend!).

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Local flavor

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in unbuttoned olive safari shirt and camera

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

With a full first season to shoot, Alex started to learn the local rhythms from friends and longtime Oahu residents like his fellow cast member Daniel Dae Kim.

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Spiritual connection

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in chair next to rifle and campfire

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

"I don't know what's out there, I don't know whether there's a God or whether there's lots of gods or whether there's just universal energy, but I know from what's happened that there's something bigger than me." — Alex O'Loughlin

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Hang ten

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 wrapped in blanket

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

Alex took up surfing, and later met his future wife, Hawaiian surfer and model Malia Jones.

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Home sweet home

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 wearing blanket and sunglasses with mountains behind him

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

He also rebuilt a mid-century home in Diamond Head to call his own.

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Meant to be

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 leading a horse

Photography by Nino Muñoz

"The majority of my important memories are now Hawaiian. You've just got to look around... watch the waves in winter here. There's something bigger than me in the world… that source or whatever that is had something to do with this whole journey, because now it all makes sense." — Alex O'Loughlin

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Action misadventures

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 on horseback

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

In the first few seasons of the show, Alex elected to do most of his own stunts. But injuries took their toll and after a serious back injury, the star decided to leave them to the stunt professionals.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Character study

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 with a walking stick and compass

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

While he steps aside for the stunt work, he studies up on his character every chance he gets.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Linked in

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in gray sweater and jeans reclining in the grass

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

"This has been a master class for me. I can definitely drop into McGarrett's head space anytime. I have a bible of who he is in my soul, in my mind." — Alex O'Loughlin

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Long run

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in a white t shirt and blanket

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

Fun fact: Hawaii Five-0 seasons are a whopping 25 episodes each. This season, Alex O'Loughlin and team celebrated Episode 150.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Basic training

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in black leather motorcycle jacket

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

"I've had the great fortune of being exposed to a lot of Navy SEALs who've helped me with the character... being like them requires a specific sort of energy, and I have to manufacture that. At the end of the day it's like, 'Keep calm and have another cold one.'" — Alex O'Loughlin

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

Hawaiian punch

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in open shirt with mountains behind him

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

Alex O'Loughlin has been deeply touched and inspired by island life and all its beauty—so much so that he never wants to leave. We don't blame him.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2017.

A road less traveled

Alex OLoughlin of Hawaii Five 0 in leather jacket and sunglasses

Photography by Nino Muñoz. Styled by Lily Unkhoff.

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