As I recall, this was the first set I worked on at Magnum at the beginning of the 4th season. Technically I was still the assistant decorator, but as it was pointed out to me by the producer (when I officially became the decorator 5 episodes) later, I had been doing far more than being an assistant all along. This was supposed to be some sort of English import shop that had some sort of fight or something that happened to damage some of the items. I found a potter to make a bunch of items out of unfired "slip" pottery and then had them hand painted so they looked fairly real and could be easily broken. As fate would have it, the local department store, Liberty House, was having a British fair and had a lot of English themed items. I remember being with the decorator when he bought several thousand dollars worth of stuff at the counter in the store. I was still in my "WOW!" mode. Twenty years later I learned to max out the company credit card before noon while driving 65 mph on the freeway ordering things on my cell phone! That water filter crock has been in my kitchen for 24 years now and I think that scale is still at the film studio.
The building we used is the Kamehameha V (Kam V) Post Office downtown on Bethel and Merchant St. It's credited as being the first all concrete building in Hawaii (1871). Those are 2 cannons vertically inserted into the sidewalk for some reason I don't remember. We used both the exterior and interior. Looks like some sort of magazine stand outside. I'm sure we got by using real magazines and papers back then. When I did a stand on "LOST", EVERY magazine cover and newspaper had to be created in L.A., cleared and then glued on to an existing magazine. As usual, they probably weren't seen at all.
It's always tricky for locations when we film downtown as the directors always want "ITC" or intermittent traffic control. That means they can stop traffic whenever the camera rolls for sound and background continuity. If there are cars driving, they could be extras driving their own cars so continuity can be controlled. These 2 streets are not particularly busy in this area. We have to hire police to stop traffic so it does help the economy even if it does irritate drivers--unless Tom was playing in the scene, of course!
P.S. Hope you all had a great Easter or Passover - you can see that I did!