Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series 2010– ) Poster

(2010– )


Daniel Dae Kim was the first actor cast. He was followed by Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park, and then Scott Caan.
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When this show first premiered in 2010, the character of Kono Kalakaua (played by Grace Park) was written to be a rookie cop in her mid-20's. Park was actually 36 years old when the show premiered. Her character is supposed to be younger than commanding officer Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin). In real-life, Grace Park is two years older than Alex O'Loughlin.
In August 2010, Scott Caan injured his knee while filming a stunt for the show and tore an ACL. The injury was written into the show.
In the updated series, Danny Williams got his nickname from his daughter Grace, who called him "Danno" because she could not pronounce "Daniel" (or Daddy, by inference) when she was learning to speak. In the original series, no reason was specifically given for why Danny's nickname was Danno, and Danno did not have a daughter.
The series premiered on September 20, 2010, exactly 42 years to the day from the premiere of the original series.
The Five-O name comes from Steve's father. When he and his sister were kids, Steve's father used to call them Five-Oers, because Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state.
When CBS announced this series for the fall of 2010, they released the opening credits from the pilot online. They featured an electric guitar version of the classic theme, and it was met with positive results. Producers revealed they hadn't decided whether or not to use it on a permanent basis, so they decided to stay with the classic. They brought in a full orchestra to re-record it, and three of the members had even played on the original. The electric guitar rendition of the Hawaii Five-O theme song was later used on promotional advertisements.
Alex and Scott were born just a day apart. On opposite sides of the world however. Alex in new South Wales Australia and Scott in Los Angeles California USA.
During the opening credits the camera zooms in on McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) standing on a balcony. It is the same balcony on the same building that McGarrett (Jack Lord) is standing on during the opening credits of the original 1968 "Hawaii Five-O"
James MacArthur who originated the role of Danny "Danno" Williams in the show's original incarnation was scheduled to make a guest appearance during the first season. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to make an appearance.
In the updated version, Chin and Kono are first cousins. However, in the original version the two were not related.
In NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) {Touch of Death (#3.21)}, the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 (2010) characters appearing on NCIS: LA, at the beginning of the episode, while on the NCIS government jet from Honolulu to Los Angeles, it is revealed that Danno's full title (with name) is Detective Sergeant Danny Williams and that Chin's full title (with name) is Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly. This would mean that Chin outranks Danno, even though Danno is ostensibly the second in command of Five-0 Task Force (and clearly in command since McGarrett has been AWOL since Alex O'Loughlin has been in rehab for the last 4-5 episodes of season two), which is the opposite of the normal order for those ranks, where a Detective Lieutenant would always outrank a Detective Sergeant. Further, in the new series, McGarrett is often referred to as "Commander McGarrett," a reference to his naval rank, while in the original series, while McGarrett continued to be a US Naval Reserve Officer, he was never referred to by his Navy rank, unless the episode involved his Naval connection. McGarrett was officially called "Detective McGarrett," and sometimes chief or head of Five-O, and Danno and Chin were only credited by their names, or occasionally referred to as Detective, but without a military style rank, and Danno was always clearly second in command, after McGarrett, without any ambiguity.
Grace Park plays Kono, a role originally played by Zulu. This marks the second time Park has starred in a re-imagined television series playing a role originated by a man, the first being Boomer from the rebooted Battlestar Galactica (2004) series, a role played in the original by Herbert Jefferson Jr..
Dennis Chun, the son of the original Chin Ho Kelly, Kam Fong, has a recurring role as HPD Sgt. Duke Lukela. The role of Duke is also a tribute or reference to actor Herman Wedemeyer, who played Duke in the original series. Dennis Chun also had roles in the original series, as three different, unrelated characters, in three different episodes, one during the 1973-1974 season, and two during the 1974-1975 season.
In the updated series, Steve's middle name is Jack in honor of Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett on the original series, while in the original series, Steve's middle name was "Aloysius" (pronounced AL-oh-wish-uss).
The title of the original series, Hawaii Five-O (1968), and that of the updated series, Hawaii Five-0 (2010), are pronounced the same: "Hawaii Five-Oh". However, they are spelled differently. The former uses the capital letter "O" as a pronunciation spelling for the number zero. The latter uses the numeral "0" instead.
Michael Shanks auditioned for the role of Danno Williams.
Terry O'Quinn (Joe White) Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly) Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega) Henry Ian Cusick all starred in Lost. Terry as John Locke, Daniel as Jin Kwon, Jorge as Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes and Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume.
During season two of the updated series, McGarrett's Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab truck is shown with license plate number "F6-3958," a nod to the original series, where Jack Lord's McGarrett had this plate number for his personal state issued car, used for both the 1968 Park Lane and 1974 Marquis Brougham.
CBS wanted to bring the series back one year sooner for the 2009-2010 season, with Edward Allen Bernero in charge of production. The plot would have been a sequel with Steve McGarrett Jr. taking over the unit from Steve McGarrett Sr. It didn't go beyond the scripting stage. In 2009, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci took over and decided to reboot the series instead of make it a sequel to the original.
In the original series, Five-0's offices were purported to be on the second floor of the I'olani Palace, which in the late 60's to early 70's was in fact a state office building, but has since been restored as a royal residence museum. Five-0's offices for this series are depicted as being in Alii'olani Hale (right across the street), a state office building of similar architecture built in the 1870's which actually houses Hawaii's Supreme Court.
Danny's favorite team is the New York Jets and when he moved to Hawaii he adopted the University of Hawaii's football team as his favorite college team due to the similar color scheme to the Jets' uniforms.
As of season 5, Daniel Dae Kim is the only actor to appear in every episode.
Al Harrington, who played Detective Ben Kokua on the original series, has a recurring role as Mamo Kahike.
Leonard Freeman, the producer of the original Hawaii Five-O (1968) series, named the Wo Fat character after a now-defunct restaurant in Honolulu Chinatown. The Wo Fat building remains on the National Register of Historic Places.
During the opening credits, the Hawaiian Airlines jetliner seen is an Airbus A330-200. Hawaiian Airlines signed a $4.4 billion Memorandum of Agreement with Airbus in 2007 where the A330s have been used in place of their existing Boeing 767s for nonstop flights to the U.S. East Coast. The 767s in service will be retired after 2015.
On the original series, Kono and Governor Jameson were male.
Terry O'Quinn plays recurring character Cmdr. Joe White, who was McGarrett's instructor at Seals School. O'Quinn previously played Capt. Boone, a "CAG" (for Commander, Air Group - the senior pilot aboard any aircraft carrier) in JAG (1995). JAG, _"NCIS" (2003)_ and Hawaii Five-O are all linked by crossing characters.
Chin Ho was originally dismissed from the Honolulu Police Department after being falsely accused of taking bribes. Steve chose him for the task force because he didn't believe the accusations, and because Chin Ho was his father's former partner. It is later revealed in the latter half of Season 1 that Chin's uncle was the one who was involved (to pay off medical bills where Chin became a fall guy who took the blame where he was protecting his extended family) which resulted in his reinstatement to HPD as a lieutenant.
The car the group is seen driving around in is a 2010/2011 Camaro LT with a V6 engine, the RS performance package, and police lights added to the front end. McGarrett is seen numerous times driving the Camaro although it's Danno's car. GM's Chevrolet division is the motor vehicle provider. In the original Hawaii Five-O (1968), Ford Motor Company was the motor vehicle provider, with both Ford division and Mercury division vehicles being used by Five-O personnel. However, the lead vehicle was always Jack Lord McGarrett's Mercury. For most of the first seven seasons of the original show, Steve's car was a black on black (sometimes referred to as "triple black") 1968 Mercury Parklane Brougham 4-door. The Park Lane was last used during the 11th season of the original series where it sat in a warehouse for several years - the Park Lane sedan used in the early seasons was restored and now in the hands of a Chicago, Illinois resident. After Season 8, McGarrett drives a 1974 Mercury Marquis Brougham hardtop sedan, and after the original series ended its run in 1980, Jack Lord gave the Marquis to his stunt double, John Boley Nordlum. In Hawaii Five-0 (2010) that same car make, model, and color 1974 Mercury is shown being stored in the garage of Steve's house, and Steve explains to Danno that his father had been restoring the old Mercury before he was kidnapped. This is a tribute to the very famous car McGarrett used in the later seasons of the original series.
This is the second attempt to remake Hawaii Five-O (1968). The first had been the sequel Hawaii Five-O (1997), which featured Grace Park's Romeo Must Die (2000) costar Russell Wong.
David Keith and Keith David have roles in the reboot of Hawaii Five-0.
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What seems like a mistake regarding the ranks of the team is actually a nod to McGarretts military service with the Navy S.E.A.L.s. In the SEALs and other special forces units rank is not as important as experience and expertise so a lower ranking member could be team leader. In cases where the highest ranking member is team leader the rest of the team is usually free to make suggestions and plans, acting almost as a pseudo democracy with the team leader making the final call as to what they do. A good example of this is a film is Lone Survivor (2013) staring Mark Walhberg and Taylor Kitsch, during the scene in which the team argues over what to do with the goat herders who discover them and American Sniper (2014) when Chris Kyle asks to start his own task force and when he joins the Marines for house clearing despite his assignment being to provide cover fire as a sniper.
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Richard T. Jones, as the second governor, Sam Denning, succeeded Jean Smart, the first governor, Pat Jameson. Both roles are a reference or tribute to the role of Governor Paul Jameson, and the actor who played him for the entire run of the original series, Richard Denning.
The wife of the original series creator, Leonard Freeman (who died in 1974, age 53), was actress Joan Taylor (known after her marriage by her given first name, Rose, along with her husband's family name, Freeman, making her Rose Freeman), died on March 4, 2012. After her death, she was the dedicatee "In Loving Memory Of Rose Freeman" on the March 19, 2012 broadcast of Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
The HPD lab technician Charlie Fong introduced late in Season One is based on the character Che Fong in the original series. This also holds true with Lori Weston (introduced in Season Two) - named similarly to Sharon Farrell's character (Lori Wilson) during the 12th Season of the original Hawaii Five-O, and Max Bergman (introduced in Season One, recurring in Season Two, but with on screen credit for every episode in Season Two of the updated series), who was based on the character of Doc Bergman, as played by Al Eben in the original series, although he was sometimes simply credited as either "Doc" or "Coroner" in 51 episodes, beginning with the fourth season, and he also portrayed three other characters before the fourth season, two of those were also a doctor.
William Sadler, who portrays Steve's father, John McGarrett, and 'Christine Lahti (I), who portrays Steve's mother, Doris McGarrett, were both born in April 1950, Sadler on April 13, 1950, and Lahti on April 4, 1950, just nine days apart.
General Motors provided the motor vehicles for the series during the first 4 seasons - beginning in Season 5 the contract with GM was canceled since two of the leading roles (Chin Ho and McGarrett) drove vintage Ford vehicles (Chin with a 1966 Mustang coupe and McGarrett with a 1974 Mercury Marquis Brougham). This also affected the Honolulu P.D. squads used throughout the series - the Impala 9C1 after the 2013 model year (based on the previous 1996-2013 model sold as the Impala Limited, which is scheduled to be phased out in 2016) is only sold to fleets or rental car agencies. Also, the 2011-present Chevrolet Caprice PPV (which is the replacement for the Impala 9C1) is not sold to the general public - hence the production crew using the Impala for the squads.
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The character of Wo Fat, the principal arch-villain of both the 1968 original (as portrayed by Khigh Dhiegh) and 2010 rebooted series (as portrayed by Mark Dacascos), appeared just eleven times (in thirteen episodes, as some were two-parters) in the 1968 original series, over the course of twelve years/279 episodes, including the pilot (or first episode) of the original series, and the last episode in 1980, entitled "Woe to Wo Fat." In the 2010 reboot, Wo Fat was also introduced in the pilot (or first episode), but has already appeared in nine episodes, up to and including the third season premiere. To put this in perspective, in the original series, Wo Fat appeared in thirteen episodes out of 279, or approximately one out of every 21.5 episodes, but in the 2010 reboot, Wo Fat has appeared in nine out of forty-eight episodes (through season three premiere), or approximately one out of every 5.33 episodes, much more frequently than in the original. Both incarnations average between twenty-three and twenty-four episodes per season.
Scott Caan and Chi McBride both had roles in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).
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Throughout the series "Kalakaua Avenue" is mentioned (e.g Steve and Danny have chased people on Kalakaua Avenue). Kalakaua is Kono's last name
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William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Alex O'Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) both had roles in the movie August Rush (2007).
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The Mercury Marquis is used in the classic Hawaii Five-0 and is owned by Steve Mcgarrett in the new one.
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Scott Caan's and Alex O'Loughlin's birthdays are one day apart. August 23 and 24, 1976, respectively.
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Anna Belknap, A.J. Buckley and Melina Kanakaredes are actors who played in CSI New York and have guest starred in Hawaii Five-0.
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On season 2 episode 18 Tony Archer is played by James Caan, Scott Caan's (Det. Danny Williams "Danno") real life father.
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Guest stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Mark Dacascos, and Ian Anthony Dale starred in video game based movies and web series. Mostly known in the series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Cary reprised his role as Shang Tsung from the 1995 movie. Ian played Scorpion. And Mark played Kung Lao. Also, both Cary and Ian played another video game based movie Tekken as father and son Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima.
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Danny went to Seton Hall University and he minored in Economics.
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Robert Loggia, Clyde Kusatsu, Patty Duke, Al Harrington, George Takei, Ed Asner, Don Stroud and Dennis Chun are actors who have appeared on both the new and original versions of Hawaii Five-O. Asner is interesting in that he reprised his character from the original series, art thief August March.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Due to the several crossovers between them, the series is set in the same universe that JAG (1995), NCIS (2003), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), NCIS: New Orleans (2014) and Scorpion (2014).

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