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Hawaï Five-O

Hawaï Five-O Dates : 1968 - 1980
284 episodes of 50 min
First broadcasting : 15 juillet 1973
Creator(s) : Leonard Freeman
Producer(s) : Leonard Freeman et CBS
Music : Morton Stevens
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Hawaii Five-0 is the name of a special police unit consisting of no more than four men at a time, although it can freely call upon the Honolulu Police Department for more men if needed. Answerable only to the governor, Five-0 investigates the most important and sensational crimes, ranging from murder and kidnapping to terrorism and international espionage. Five-0's leader is ex-Navy Intelligence investigator Steve McGarrett, a tough Irish cop possessed with a determined nature, a hatred of crime and an elaborate bouffant hairdo. Other Five-O personnel included Dan Williams, second-in-command and "Dan-O" to McGarrett; pipe-smoking Chinese Chin Ho Kelly, native Hawaiian Kono; Samoan detective Ben Kokua; and Hawaiian Duke Lukela, who worked his way up from patrolman. McGarrett's archenemy was Red Chinese agent Wo Fat, whose plans were always thwarted by McGarrett, and who always managed to escape the reach of the law--at least until the final episode.

The Actors

Jack Lord - Steve McGarrett

Jack Lord

(Steve McGarrett)

Kam Fong - Chin Ho Kelly

Kam Fong

(Chin Ho Kelly)

Zulu - Kono Kalakaua


(Kono Kalakaua)

James Macarthur - Danny Williams

James Macarthur

(Danny Williams)


Photos Hawaï Five-O n_0 Photos Hawaï Five-O n_1 Photos Hawaï Five-O n_2 Photos Hawaï Five-O n_3 Photos Hawaï Five-O n_4 Photos Hawaï Five-O n_5


Gregory Peck was offered the lead role of McGarrett. He turned it down.

Kam Fong, who played Det. Chin Ho Kelly (1968-78), was an actual officer with the Honolulu Police Department who served from 1946 to his retirement in 1962 to take up a career in real estate.

Other than Wo Fat, other notable adversaries for McGarrett that appeared in more than one episode included mob bosses Henore Vaschon (played by Harold Gould) and Tony Alika (played by Ross Martin), pimp Big Chicken (played by Gavin MacLeod) and the Robin Hood-like Lewis Avery Filer (played by Hume Cronyn).

Jack Lord was the only one of the cast to stay with the series during it's entire 12 year run. Kam Fong (Chin Ho Kelly) left after the 10th season. James MacArthur (Danny Williams) left after the 11th season.

At the end of the episode "A Death In The Family", where Chin Ho Kelly was murdered, Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) books the suspect himself, saying, "Chin would have liked that." It was the only time during the series that McGarrett personally booked a suspect.

The character of Duke Lukela first appeared as an HPD sergeant before becoming a Hawaii Five-O investigator.

The syndicate that Tony Alika headed was called "Kumu".

McGarrett finally caught Wo Fat in the final episode of the series. However, at the end of the episode, Wo Fat can be seen digging into his boot and taking out a file leaving it open for a possible reunion episode.

"Magnum, P.I." (1980) began production soon after this series wrapped its last episode. In order to keep some sort of continuity, reference to characters from this show were included in early episodes of Magnum. However, a plan to have Jack Lord appear as McGarrett never came to pass. Lord retired from acting after the series went off the air.

Chin Ho Kelly (Kam Fong) was the only member of the cast to be "killed off". He was murdered in the episode "A Death in the Family" while investigating a protection racket.

McGarrett was a Naval Intelligence officer before he became head of Five-0. In fact, he was in the reserves and went on active duty from time to time to assist the Navy on special cases.

In the episode "The Singapore File" McGarrett flies to Singapore to retrieve a witness, and returns to Honolulu. Singapore was actually downtown Honolulu. At the end of the episode, they are at a temple in Manila; they were actually at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

McGarrett actually caught Wo Fat in one encounter, but was forced to give him up because the Chinese government wanted him back in trade for a downed U2 pilot.

Zulu (Det. Kono) was the first of the regular cast to depart the show. He left in the 4th season.

McGarrett has a sister that lives in California.

Like McGarrett, Jack Lord was in the navy. He was a public affairs officer, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Before joining Five-O, Danny attended the University of Hawaii and then transferred to the University of California where he graduated with a degree in Criminology.

McGarrett often referred to Kono as "Big Kanaka".

McGarrett often referred to his secretary, May as "Love".

McGarrett was a Korean War veteran.

McGarrett supposedly had his office in Iolani Palace; the actual palace used by the last kings and queens of Hawaii. This building was in danger of being leveled for a parking lot, but today it has been restored and can be toured for a $20 fee. It has never been used by the state police.

Besides government intelligence chief Jonathan Kaye, another recurring character was policewoman Sandy Welles.

"Danny" was played by a different actor in the pilot.

Several actors played different roles in various episodes before becoming recurring cast members.

Chin Ho (Kam Fong) smoked a pipe.

Al Harrington and Herman Wedemeyer both appeared in different roles on the show before assuming the roles of Ben and Duke respectively. Wedemeyer was in the very first episode playing Honolulu police Lt. Balta.

Despite the attention that Hawaii Five-0 brought to Hawaiian state law enforcement, Hawaii is the only state that has no state police agency.


Filming locations:

Hawaii Film Studio - 18th Avenue & Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA (studio)

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

O`ahu, Hawaii, USA

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