Hawaii Five-0

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Hawaii Five-0
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Genre Police procedural
Developed by
Theme music composer Morton Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 118 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter M. Lenkov
  • Alex Kurtzman
  • Roberto Orci
Location(s) Honolulu, Hawaii
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) K/O Paper Products
CBS Productions (2010–12)
CBS Television Studios (2012–)
101st Street Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) – present
Related shows Hawaii Five-O
External links

Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street Television in association with CBS Productions, originally an in-name-only unit of but folded into CBS Television Studios, which has produced the series since the beginning of season three. The title of the new show uses a zero instead of the letter "O" in the original title.[1]

Hawaii Five-0 debuted on CBS, the same network that aired the original version. Like the original version, it follows an elite state police unit/task force set up to fight crime in the state of Hawaii. It premiered on Monday, September 20, 2010, 42 years to the day from the premiere of the original show. On October 21, 2010, CBS announced Hawaii Five-0 had been given a full season order of 24 episodes.[2]

On May 11, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a sixth season.[3]


The series covers the actions of a small special state task force created by the Governor of Hawaii, Gov. Pat Jameson, to investigate serious crimes throughout the Islands, as Hawaii does not have a conventional State police force. The team is headed by Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett, USNR as it investigates crimes ranging from terrorism to kidnapping. McGarrett chooses as his partner Honolulu P.D. Detective Danny “Danno” Williams. He fills out the team by selecting Chin Ho Kelly, and Chin's cousin, a rookie H.P.D. cop named Kono Kalakaua. The task force does not follow the normal chain of command and, instead, reports directly to the governor's office. One unexplained part of the story concerns the name "Five-0". Taken from a video clip that the team watches of a young Steve McGarrett playing high school football, Danny asks why Steve wore the No. 50 since he was a quarterback. Steve explains that it is "Five-0" rather than "fifty" because his father called their family the "Five Oh's" after Hawaii being the 50th state. Kono decides that "Five-0" would be a good name for their task force. It is not explained how everyone (including tourists) seems to know what Five-0 is, despite its being an unofficial name coined in a private meeting,[4][5] although the name appears to have been made official in later episodes. Five-0's headquarters are located in the Aliʻiōlani Hale building, site of a famous Kamehameha Statue, which features prominently in the series; in real life, the ʻHale serves as the central headquarters of the Hawaii State Judiciary and where the Supreme Court of Hawaii regularly convenes.

Each episode typically begins with a crime being committed or a body being discovered, and assignment of the subsequent criminal investigation to the unit by either the governor or his representative. The task force uses the authority of the governor's office to gain access to crime scenes and investigations involving the Honolulu Police Department (H.P.D.) when they cross paths. To assist them in their investigations, the team is granted immunity from prosecution for actions committed in the line of duty, although this immunity is revoked by the Lt. Governor following the Governor's assassination. The core team remain largely unchanged, with McGarrett's girlfriend Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) briefly joining during Season 4 and the newest member Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride), former commander of H.P.D.'s SWAT team, joining permanently midway through Season 4.

A major character arc set up in the pilot episode involves the murder of McGarrett's father, who was working on a corruption case, even after retiring from the H.P.D. After the terrorist responsible for his father's murder is apprehended, a mysterious figure interrogates Steve about his investigation into his father's old cases. This figure is later revealed to be Wo Fat, a criminal with ties to the Yakuza, possibly connected to the suspected car-bomb murder of Steve's mother, which was originally ruled an accident. When his father investigated this as the head of the H.P.D. Organized Crime Task Force, he began to dig too far into the corruption and was ordered to abandon the investigation. He nonetheless saved the evidence in a toolbox, all of which was left to his son in the hope that he would someday conclude his father's work.

Another story arc involves the reasons behind Chin Ho's departure from H.P.D., after being accused of stealing cash from the Asset Forfeiture Locker. McGarrett accepts Chin Ho onto the task force, as he was the senior McGarrett's protégé. As the series progresses, it is revealed that a mole in H.P.D. framed Chin Ho for the theft and that this mole could have been connected to McGarrett Sr.'s old corruption probe.

In the Season 1 finale, the Five-0 task force is disbanded after McGarrett is arrested for Governor Jameson's murder. In Season 2, the new governor, Sam Denning, reinstates the task force after McGarrett is proven innocent; but the team no longer has absolute immunity and must follow the governor's rules. In Episode 2, Governor Denning appoints Lori Weston from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Five-0 to monitor the team; she resigns after the Task Force is involved in a diplomatic incident at the Russian consulate.

In Season 2, Masi Oka's Dr. Max Bergman, M.E. works, more closely than usual, with Five-0 on a case involving a serial murderer who has begun killing again; Max's biological mother was a victim of the killer during his original killing spree. There was a cooling of relations between Danny and his ex-wife Rachel, and by the end of the season Danny was about to fight Rachel and her current husband Stan's plan to take Danny's daughter Grace with them on their move to the mainland. Kono is involved in an undercover assignment, for five episodes, where she appeared to have lost her badge, but was actually working undercover with HPD Internal Affairs Capt. Vincent Fryer, who was investigating a group of former cops engaged in illegal activities. Chin Ho and his former fiancée reunite and marry, with the Five-0 task force and Kamekona as members of their wedding party.

McGarrett continues to try to learn more about the death of his father and the mysterious Shelburne. His former SEAL Commander, Joe White (who was also a friend of McGarrett's father), arrives in the islands and appears to be helping McGarrett at times and getting in his way at others. Wo Fat returns and is involved in a series of murders, including the leader of the Yakuza, Hiro Noshimuri, and is being hunted down by them.

While Steve is in Japan, searching for Shelburne and Joe White, the Hawaii Five-0 team under Danny's control later form a temporary partnership with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to stop a possible smallpox outbreak which begins in the Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 episode, "Pa Make Loa" and later concludes in the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 episode, "Touch of Death".

At the end of the season, Joe takes McGarrett to see Shelburne in Japan; Shelburne turns out to be his mother Doris, who was presumed dead for 20 years which leaves Steve stunned. Doris' past as "Shelburne" would form the story arc leading to McGarrett's running duel with Wo Fat and their final confrontation in Season 5.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Name Portrayed by Position Assignment Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin Lieutenant Commander, USNR Five-0 Task Force Main
Daniel "Danny" (or "Danno") Williams Scott Caan Detective Sergeant, HPD Main
Chin Ho Kelly Daniel Dae Kim Detective Lieutenant, HPD Main
Kona "Kono" Kalakaua Grace Park Officer, HPD Main
Dr. Max Bergman Masi Oka Chief Medical Examiner City of Honolulu Recurring Main
Lori Weston Lauren German Senior Special Agent, DHS Five-0 Task Force Main
Catherine "Cath/Cat" Rollins Michelle Borth Lieutenant, USN (ret.) Recurring Main Guest
Jerry Ortega Jorge Garcia Conspiracy theorist Freelance Recurring Main
Lou Grover Chi McBride Captain/SWAT Commander, HPD (ret.) Five-0 Task Force Main
Cast of Hawaii Five-0, Season 2. From left to right: Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Lauren German.
  • Alex O'Loughlin as Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett, USNR, a former Navy SEAL (BUD/S class 203) with time spent in Office of Naval Intelligence. A third generation Navy veteran, he is named after his grandfather, a USS Arizona casualty. McGarrett's father John is murdered in the pilot episode, and this forms the basis for the series' first story arc. Steve McGarrett is both physically and intellectually capable, being able to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently and converse in Korean and Japanese while also being able to engage a person in hand-to-hand combat as well as using fieldcraft when needed. Despite not coming from a law enforcement background like Danny or Kelly, he is knowledgeable about investigative techniques and able to quickly connect evidence with the circumstance of the crime. McGarrett uses close quarters combat as his primary means of taking down suspects, something he was taught during SEAL training. He is an experienced Navy SEAL, as the governor once outlined his résumé "Annapolis, five years Naval Intelligence, six years with the SEALs. Your superiors say that you are the best they have ever seen." McGarrett uses the same weapons he used as a SEAL including a SIG P226R as his sidearm as well as MP5K and Heckler & Koch MP7 submachine guns, and HK416 rifles. He is a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He served with Sam Hanna, who is now a federal agent with the NCIS Office of Special Projects in Los Angeles. Despite the fact that he is longer on full-time active duty, McGarrett's military mannerisms are still apparent in the way he approaches his cases and his ability to remain calm even when under intense pressure and is frequently mocked by Danny for his lack of "human" touch. Much of McGarrett's interaction with Danny outside of work usually begins and ends with the duo bickering over trivial matters or good-naturedly mocking one another; there is a running gag in the show where various characters would comment on how the duo bicker like an "old married couple". Although they seem like polar opposites - for example, McGarrett keeps his house neat and tidy and keeps his emotions bottled up while Danny is shown to be a slob and often vocalizes his frustrations by ranting - they form an unlikely friendship, with McGarrett mocking Danny in his deadpan humor several times about how the latter misses him secretly but refuses to admit it. Although he is often referred to as "Boss" by the other members of Five-0 and he is usually seen giving orders, he considers the other members of the team as his peers and ohana (family), as mentioned in the Season 5 premiere.
  • Scott Caan as Detective Sergeant Daniel "Danny" (or "Danno") Williams, a Honolulu Police Department (HPD) detective. Danny is originally from New Jersey, where he worked as a detective with the Newark Police. The son of Eddie and Clara Williams, he comes from a large working-class family and is the oldest of four children. He has a younger brother Matt and two sisters, both of whom are married. When his ex-wife, Rachel, moved to Hawaii with their daughter Grace, he requested a transfer to the HPD to be closer to his child. Williams was described by Lou Grover as "the brains" to McGarrett's "brawn". Indeed, his "by-the-book" style contrasts with McGarrett's "the ends justify the means" approach (which Danny calls "shoot now, ask questions later"), and is a source of friction (and banter) between the two. His experience in dealing with criminal syndicates and police instincts would prove useful and complement Steve's ability to process information and interpret evidence quickly and intimate knowledge of ballistics. Regarded as a haole for wearing a tie on the island during the first season, he is often viewed as a curiosity or with disdain by the locals and the first season sees the rest of the team often having to explain to him the idiosyncrasies of life in Hawaii; for example, Kono tried to teach him how to surf while Steve has had to "translate" Hawaiian Pidgin to him when interacting with locals. Williams is a loyal cop who is married to his job first and life second. As a consequence, he is often at odds with his ex-wife Rachel for sometimes not being on time. He is very loyal to his friends and colleagues, once refusing to believe that his former police partner was corrupt even when pitted against overwhelming evidence after the partner was found dead (season 1, episode 8). Likewise, he often gives Steve the benefit of the doubt even when the latter resorts to more "unorthodox" methods in the investigation as he trusted Steve's judgment. Danny's pistol is an H&K P30 although he carried a SIG Sauer SP2009 in the pilot. He barely avoided being murdered during a botched drug sting on September 11, 2001, escaping only after the criminals ran off at the sound of sirens thinking the police were coming for them, when in fact they were headed to Manhattan to assist with 9/11. During season five, Danny learned that he had a son that he never knew about; Rachel only told him when she discovered the boy had leukemia. He is a passionate football fan and has mentioned that he is a fan of the New York Jets and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning.
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, a former member of the HPD (reinstated in the finale of season 1) and protégé of McGarrett's father, who left the force after being falsely accused of corruption. He comes from a family of police officers; it has been mentioned that his father and an uncle were both in the HPD. It is later revealed that his uncle took the money to pay medical bills for his aunt. Despite insistence that he come clean, Kelly is willing to take the blame to prevent his uncle from going to jail. He is eventually cleared of the corruption charges and reinstated to the HPD as a Lieutenant, but returns to the task force. Kelly and McGarrett attended the same high school, with Kelly likely having been a senior when McGarrett was a freshman, based on comments made in several different episodes. Kelly was a standout quarterback on the (fictional) Kukui High School football team, but McGarrett, then a sophomore broke all of his records the following year, when Kelly was training for his HPD career under McGarrett's father. After that season ended, the younger McGarrett was sent to boarding school on the mainland. Kelly is close friends with Steve as both their fathers were colleagues in the HPD for many years and long-time friends themselves. As a high school student, Chin was described as being multi-talented with a wide variety of interests, having played football and was also in the math club and school band. Throughout the show, he is often seen manipulating the smart board in the office or fiddling with all things digital. It is revealed in Season 4 that Kelly's father Kam Tong was murdered fifteen years ago by Gabriel, younger brother of his late wife Malia, who grew up to become a notorious drug lord despite Chin's efforts to set him straight.
  • Grace Park as Officer Kono Kalakaua, a recent HPD academy graduate and former professional surfer, who is also Chin Ho Kelly's cousin. She had seriously injured her knee while surfing and opted to change careers after recovering. Despite her slight frame, she is well-versed in martial arts and a skilled marksman (she is usually the designated sniper when the situation requires one). In the first several episodes of season 1, she works under the watchful eye of her cousin and quickly wins the trust and confidence of the other team members. She is detained and questioned by the HPD, having been accused of stealing $10 million from an HPD asset forfeiture locker. While on suspension, she helps Kelly and Williams go after Wo Fat, who was responsible for framing Steve McGarrett for the murder of the Governor. To the members of the Five-0 task force and to the general public, Kalakaua had been stripped of her badge by the Internal Affairs Department of the HPD, but it was later revealed to be a ploy for her to go undercover to bust a string of dirty ex-cops. She later began a relationship with Hiro Noshimuri's son, Adam. When Adam's brother, Michael, is released from prison, he kills someone with Kono's gun to frame her. She is cleared, but Adam has to kill Michael to protect her and Kono goes into hiding with Adam. At the beginning of Season 5, Adam proposes to Kono.
  • Masi Oka as Dr. Max Bergman (season 2–present, season one recurring), the Chief Medical Examiner. He also plays the piano and is a fan of science fiction and any film with Keanu Reeves in it. He is well-known for his tendency to rattle off trivia, much to everyone else's (especially Danny) annoyance. Despite his lack of social skills, he does get along with the other members of Five-0. In the season 2 episode Ha'alele, it is revealed that his biological mother was murdered by the notorious "Trashman", a serial killer in Hawaii in the 1980s. He was born to a Japanese-American mother but adopted by a white family, the Bergmans, after a short stint in foster care, hence his last name.
  • Lauren German as Special Agent Lori Weston (season 2 episodes 2–4 recurring, season 2 episodes 5–16 main[6]), a former Homeland Security (and FBI) profiler assigned by the new governor to monitor the Five-0 and make sure they follow the governor's rules. Weston is forced to resign from Five-0 after an incident involving the Russian consulate in Honolulu.
  • Michelle Borth as Lieutenant Catherine Rollins, USN (retired) (seasons 3–4, seasons 1–2 recurring), a former intelligence officer on the USS Enterprise who has done three tours in Kabul, an expert in hand-to-hand combat and Steve McGarrett's on-and-off lover, who earlier in season 1–2 (recurring) and 3 (regular) has helped Steve and his team with intel on various cases. Her father was in the Navy and she spent her childhood moving around the country. In season 3, she started digging for information on Steve's mother, Doris McGarrett, based on his request. In season 4, she was hired by her ex-boyfriend, Billy, one of Steve's aquantainces and a fellow Navy SEAL, after she retired to assist him in his private security firm. At her retirement ceremony, Catherine was awarded her second Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. In the season 4 episode, Kupu'eu, she and Billy were shot while on a stakeout. Even though she survived her injuries, Billy succumbed to his injuries leaving Catherine devastated. She became a member of Five-0, after the events of season 4 episode 7 in which she discovered intel on the whereabouts of Adam Noshimuri and his supposed captor named Sato. In the season 4 finale, Steve says that her mission to rescue Najib, a member of a family in Afghanistan who saved her life years ago, will prevent her from returning to Hawaii. In season 5, Steve said that Catherine has found Najib, but remains in Afghanistan as a schoolteacher to protect the village from the Taliban, and that she asked him not to wait for her as she had no idea how long she would be there. However, throughout the season, it is apparent that Steven was not able to move on from her and never dated another woman. She returned to Hawaii for the wedding of Adam and Kono at the end of the season. Steve welcomes her with a hug when she surprises him at his backyard. The writers have stated that their relationship will be addressed during the first several episodes of season 6.[7]
  • Chi McBride as former HPD SWAT Captain Lou Grover (season 4–present, recurring season 4, 1–9), who initially has a love/hate relationship with McGarrett after being held at gunpoint along with his SWAT team to free three prisoners in order to rescue Catherine in the season 4 premiere. He is later forced to work with McGarrett on an assignment ordered by Governor Denning to serve a warrant for a computer hacker, where he and McGarrett become friends. He has a wife (portrayed by Michelle Hurd), a daughter, Samantha (portrayed by Paige Hurd), and a son, who moved from Chicago to Hawaii with him to start a new life. His past is revealed in "Pale 'la" ("Buried Secrets") where he blames himself for having failed to save a boy who was taken hostage by his father, which ultimately resulted in a murder-suicide. In the season 4 finale, Grover's actions to rescue his daughter result in forced early retirement from HPD, but also allows McGarrett to recruit him to be part of the Five-0 team, which he accepts. Despite a rocky start to their friendship, Lou is soon accepted into the Five-0 ohana. He is the only person McGarrett confides to about the real reason why the latter left active service to set up Five-0 and how his military service has affected him.
  • Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega (season 5–present, season 4, recurring), a conspiracy theorist who regularly assists the Five-0 Task Force with various cases. He was schoolmates with Chin Ho Kelly at Kukui High and they were in the school band. A running gag in the show is the fact that he is either resistant or reluctant to use cellular technology to communicate with McGarrett (e.g. he once used a rotary phone to directly call McGarrett about updates for a case), which he explained was to prevent eavesdropping. Despite this, he is tech-savvy, often assisting the team with cases involving advanced technology or hackers.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Taylor Wily as Kamekona Tupuola, proprietor of Waiola Shave Ice, Kamekona's shrimp truck and helicopter tours. He is a confidential informant who was trying to get his life back together by starting up his various business ventures. In the season 5 finale, he mentioned that his shrimp truck business is now in doubt, after Steve and Danny dropped a nuke into the sea to prevent it from blowing up on land. Members of the Five-O Task Force and their families are often seen patronizing his shrimp truck or asking him for favors (e.g. he babysat Grace Williams, Danny's daughter, and chaperoned Steve's sister Mary while they were at work). His late cousin, Thomas Hoapili, was a master of Kapu Kuʻialua, an ancient Hawaiian martial art, as is Thomas's daughter, Maggie (portrayed by Summer Glau).
  • Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat, a crime lord and mastermind with ties to the Yakuza, arms merchants, terrorists, even high-ranking government officials, and possibly behind the murder of McGarrett's father. He is also responsible for setting up Steve McGarrett for the assassination of Governor Pat Jameson, and ordering Victor Hesse to kill McGarrett to prevent him from investigating further, before murdering Hesse himself. He is later arrested by McGarrett in "Ua Hopu" and is eventually transported to a federal prison in Colorado. He escapes in the season 4 finale and returns to Hawaii, eventually being killed by McGarrett during season 5. It was later revealed that Doris McGarrett, Steve's mother, killed Wo Fat's father when he was a child and she took the responsibility of raising him.
  • James Marsters as Victor Hesse, an international arms dealer, the murderer of McGarrett's father, and an associate of Wo Fat. He is killed by Wo Fat in Halawa Correctional Facility, but not before assisting Steve McGarrett and his team.
  • Will Yun Lee as Sang Min, a Snakehead busted by Five-0, and later used by the team as a source of criminal intelligence. He was sent to a federal prison in Virginia but returns to Hawaii in Season 3 to testify against his former criminal associates. The Five-O Task Force have a love-hate relationship with him: he is a valuable source of information for them but his penchant for flirting with Officer Kono Kalakaua often earns him the ire of the team, with Kono sometimes threatening to beat him up herself. He was married to a Rwandan woman and had a son, whom he doted on, and sought them out when he returned to Hawaii, only to find that she had changed her name and found another man, leaving him disappointed and heartbroken.
  • Teilor Grubbs as Grace Williams, Danny's daughter. She is named after Danny's former partner, who was murdered during a botched drug bust in New York City on September 11, 2001.[8] In season 3, Danny was awarded joint custody of her, which meant that she is not allowed to move away from Hawaii without his consent. Steve dotes her, sometimes to Danny's chagrin, and she calls him "Uncle Steve".
  • William Sadler as John McGarrett, retired HPD Sergeant, (presumed) widow of Doris McGarrett and father of Steve and Mary McGarrett. He was murdered on September 20, 2010 by Victor Hesse, which was witnessed via satellite phone by his own son, who returns to Hawaii and forms the Five-0 Task Force at the request of the Governor. A veteran police officer, he was Chin Ho Kelly's training officer during his rookie years on the force. His own father, Ensign Steve McGarrett, was killed in action on the U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor and John was born three months later on March 15. John would follow in his father's footsteps into the Navy, serving in the Vietnam War and reaching the rank of Lieutenant before becoming a Honolulu Police Department detective. After Doris' presumed death, he launched his own investigation and sent Steve, then a high school junior, to board at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California and Mary to live with his older sister Deb, who lived several hours away from Steve's new school, for their safety. It is presumed that this was the last time the siblings ever saw him in person as they became estranged from their father for sending them away; Steve only learns the real reason why his father split up the family when he returns to Hawaii to head the new task force following John's murder. In light of the revelation, they were able to let go of their animosity and are often seen visiting his grave site at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.
  • Dennis Chun as Sgt. Duke Lukela, HPD officer who often acts as a liaison to Five-0. He was one of the few HPD cops who was not antagonistic with Danny or the other Five-O members from the beginning, as he was colleagues with Steve's father and also personally knew Chin and Kono's family. In "Hookman", he was shot by Curt Stoner (Peter Weller), but survived and recovered. Chun is the son of Kam Fong Chun, who played Chin Ho Kelly on the original Hawaii Five-O.
  • Claire van der Boom as Rachel Edwards, Danny's ex-wife and mother of Grace. She moves to Hawaii after marrying millionaire Stan Edwards. Early in Season 1, she and Danny are often seen bitterly arguing on the phone to the point where the whole team knew about the situation even before they had met Rachel or Grace in person. She often used Grace as leverage and threatened to further limit his visitation rights when his job prevented him from being punctual to their father-daughter dates but Danny successfully files for joint custody, meaning that Grace cannot leave Hawaii without his consent. They are on much better terms, particularly after her marriage with Stan hits a rocky patch and Danny was there to help with Charlie's birth (which he later discovers was actually his, not Stan's).
  • Mark Deklin as Stan Edwards, Grace's stepfather and Rachel's second husband. Danny nicknamed him "step-Stan", initially as an insult. They are now on friendly terms, ever since Danny bailed him out of a misunderstanding with a corrupt government official that nearly turned fatal for both Rachel and Grace.
  • Taryn Manning as Mary Ann McGarrett, Steve's ne'er-do-well younger sister. Like her brother, she was estranged from their father ever since they were sent to the mainland as teenagers; she was sent to live with their aunt Debra "Deb" (John's sister) in California while Steve went to a military boarding school. Aunt Deb was on the cusp of a breakthrough in her singing career but left it to raise Mary. The siblings lost contact with one another over the years and according to Mary, the last time they had seen each other was right before they were split up and sent away to California following their mother's (presumed) death. She was still bitter over John splitting up the family that she refused to come to the funeral (the character was intended to be introduced in the pilot during John's funeral but the scene with Mary in it was deleted).
  • Terry O'Quinn as Lieutenant Commander Joe White, USN(Ret.), Steve McGarrett's mentor and Navy SEAL instructor who rose up through the enlisted ranks before earning his commission. He comes to Hawaii in "Ha'i'ole" at the request of Danny Williams to help clear Steve's name after he is framed by Wo Fat for the murder of Governor Pat Jameson, but was first mentioned in "Ho'apono" as Master Chief White, the SEAL instructor of both McGarrett and Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Graham Wilson (Adam Beach). He is discharged from the Navy with full pension after rescuing Steve in an illegal operation, and has secrets of his own. He was close friends with John McGarrett.
  • Larisa Oleynik as ex-CIA analyst Jenna Kaye, assistant to Five-0. She is later revealed to have an association with Wo Fat. At the end of "Ha'i'ole", she is seen driving Wo Fat away after he murdered Victor Hesse. She leaves to follow up on a lead that her fiancé, Josh, whom she claimed had been killed by Wo Fat, might in fact be alive and asks Steve to go with her to North Korea to get him. It turns out to be a trap for McGarrett, from Wo Fat telling Jenna he would release Josh if she brought him McGarrett, explaining her association with him. Jenna later discovers that Josh had been dead the entire time and that it was also a trap for her. She is able to tell McGarrett she is sorry for setting him up, and gives him a pin from Josh's leg to help him escape, moments before Wo Fat shoots and kills her (season 2, episode 10).
  • Ian Anthony Dale as Adam Noshimuri, Kono's boyfriend who becomes a new head of the Japanese Yakuza after Wo Fat murders his father, Hiro. He has been trying to legitimize and clean up his organization with the intention of distancing himself from his father's criminal past. After killing his brother Michael to protect Kono, he and Kono leave Hawaii and go into hiding. He comes out of hiding after his brother's loyalists are no longer a threat. At the beginning of Season 5, Adam proposes to Kono.
  • Daniel Henney as Michael Noshimuri, Adam's brother who was released from prison during season three, and appears apprehensive about any plans to remake the Yakuza. He attempted to frame Kono for a murder he committed. In the season 3 finale he was killed by his brother Adam.
  • Jean Smart as Governor Pat Jameson who forms the Hawaii Five-0 task force and gives McGarrett whatever leeway he needs to do his job. Near the end of season one, McGarrett discovers Governor Jameson has been conspiring with Wo Fat. When he confronts Jameson about this, Wo Fat responds by assassinating the governor in front of McGarrett and framing him for the crime.
  • Larry Manetti as Nicky 'The Kid' Demarco, a local legendary lounge performer, with many 'contacts' due to his longtime residency.
  • Kelly Hu as Laura Hills, Gov. Jameson's public safety liaison, killed by a car bomb at the end of first season.
  • Richard T. Jones as Governor Sam Denning, who was originally Lieutenant Governor under Pat Jameson and elevated to the office after her murder. Denning is much stricter with Five-0 than Jameson was, taking greater oversight in the unit following his inauguration. The last name 'Denning' is a shoutout to Richard Denning, who played Gov. Jameson on the original 'Hawaii Five-O'.
  • Tom Sizemore as Vince Fryer, a HPD internal affairs captain from Detroit who ostensibly has Kono terminated from the unit, but really has her working a case for him. Kono is shot during Fryer's case, which leads to her being revealed as Fryer's undercover officer. McGarrett quickly disapproves of Fryer and his tactics. After finding out that Fryer had used Kono as part of an elaborate undercover investigation into his former partner and ex-cop-turned-criminal Frank Delano, McGarrett warns Fryer to stay away from Five-O after the team helps Fryer take down Delano, but not before punching Fryer in the face. He is later promoted to Chief of Detectives in "Alaheo Pau'ole", but is killed in season two finale by a female assassin working for Frank Delano, a dirty cop who was stripped of his badge and Fryer's former partner.
  • Reiko Aylesworth as Malia Waincroft, Chin Ho's wife. She marries Kelly in the episode "Alaheo Pauʻole", but dies in "La O Na Makuahine", the third season premiere episode, from injuries sustained after she was shot, leaving Chin devastated. She had a brother named Gabriel Waincroft who was revealed to be responsible for the murder of Chin's father 15 years earlier.
  • Brian Yang as forensic scientist Charlie Fong, who often analyzes evidence for Five-0, and was a childhood friend of Kono's.
  • Al Harrington as Mamo Kahike, owner of a surf rental stand at Waikiki Beach. He has known the McGarrett siblings and Kono since they were young and taught them how to surf. Harrington played Det. Ben Kokua on the original Hawaii Five-O.
  • Martin Starr as Adam "Toast" Charles, a computer expert and friend of Danny's who assisted Five-0 on a couple of cases. His nickname comes from the fact that he is a pothead.
  • Christine Lahti as Doris McGarrett, wife of the late John McGarrett and mother of Steve and Mary McGarrett and former CIA agent (codenamed "Shelburne", as previously mentioned) who was believed to have been killed by a car bomb which was revealed to have been a smoke screen for her to leave the country. After her death, John sent the children to the mainland for their own safety, splitting up the family. She was later reunited with Steve and Mary but their relationship has been somewhat strained. Although he tries to make things work out, it is apparent that Steve still does not trust her. Steve, already suspicious that his mother has never told him the full story, repeatedly questions her about what was really going, even going so far as to get his girlfriend Catherine and Navy buddy Mick Logan (Treat Williams) to "spy" on her.
  • Autumn Reeser as Dr. Gabrielle "Gabby" Asano, Danny's ex-love interest. She worked at the museum and has aided Five-0 in several cases with her expertise in Hawaiian history and artifacts.
  • Lili Simmons as Amber Vitale, Danny's current girlfriend. A New Yorker, her real name was Melissa Armstrong and she had changed her name after fleeing to Hawaii to escape her abusive ex-husband, who was eventually imprisoned after assaulting Danny.
  • David Keith as Commander Wade Gutches, CO of SEAL Team 9 and friend of Cmdr. White. He is stationed at Naval Station Pearl Harbor as an instructor.
  • Kala Alexander as Kawika, leader of the Kapu gang/civic pride group.
  • Melanie Griffith as Clara Williams, mother of Danny Williams.
  • Keo Woolford as Sgt./Det. James Chang, HPD/Detective who falsely arrests McGarrett.
  • Amanda Setton as Dr. Mindy Shaw, assistant to Dr. Max Bergman. She and Jerry Ortega had a fling as they shared mutual interests.
  • Mirrah Foulkes as Ellie Clayton, the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Honolulu. She is presumably Australian, given her accent (Mirrah Foulkes is Australian), but lived in Hawaii with her father Paul, who ran a pub called Aces High. Paul was shot in a presumed armed robbery gone wrong which John McGarrett had investigated in 1994. The case went cold due to the lack of solid evidence and John was killed before he could follow up on a new lead. Steve first meets her at his father's grave site. After he learned of her link to his father, he reopens the case and was able to solve it. Steve's co-workers have pitched her as a potential love interest but Steve later admits that he preferred to keep her as a friend due to her connection with his deceased father.
  • Lindsay Price as Leilani, Chin Ho Kelly's girlfriend
  • Shawn Anthony Thomsen as Officer Pua Kai, a HPD rookie cop. He is often seen teasing Kono and is on friendly terms with the Five-O team.


Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 24 September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) 22[9] 11.96[9]
2 23 September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14) 26[10] 11.83[10]
3 24 September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) 35[11] 10.36[11]
4 22 September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) May 9, 2014 (2014-05-09) 21[12] 11.66[12]
5 25 September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) 20[13] 12.28[13]
6 25[14] September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)[15] TBA TBA TBA



The idea to bring Hawaii Five-O back to television had been under consideration well before the 2010 version was announced. The first attempt was a one-hour pilot for a new series that was made in 1996 but never aired, although a few clips were found years later and are available online. Produced and written by Stephen J. Cannell, it was intended to star Gary Busey and Russell Wong as the new Five-0 team. Original cast member James MacArthur briefly returned as Dan Williams, this time as governor of Hawaii, with cameos made by other former Five-O regulars. Another attempt was made to turn the project into a film by Warner Bros. but that also was scrapped.[16]

On August 12, 2008, CBS announced that it would bring Hawaii Five-O back to the network schedule for the 2009–2010 television season. The new version would be an updated present-day sequel, this time centering around Steve McGarrett, who succeeds his late father Steve (Jack Lord's character in the original series) as the head of the unit. Edward Allen Bernero, executive producer and showrunner of Criminal Minds, was to helm the new take, which he described as "Hawaii Five-O, version 2.0". It was also to incorporate most of the iconic elements from the original, including the "Book 'em, Danno" catchphrase, into the remake. Bernero, who was a fan of the original, and had a ring tone of the series' theme song on his cell phone, had always wanted to bring the series back to TV.[17] This version did not go beyond the script stage.

In October 2009, it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci had signed on to script a pilot episode, and that Peter M. Lenkov would serve as the series showrunner.[18] Kurtzman and Orci decided to reboot the original concept similar to their work on the 2009 Star Trek film, rather than a sequel to the original series. Production on the pilot was shot in and around Honolulu from February to April 2010.

On May 17, 2010, the Hawaii Five-O remake was picked up by CBS, which scheduled it for Monday nights in the 10–11 pm timeslot.[19][20] The news was good for the state of Hawaii, which hopes that the remake will pump new life into the economy. Production of the remainder of the first season started in June 2010.[21][22] On June 24, 2010, the producers announced that it will use the warehouse at the former Honolulu Advertiser building as the official soundstage studio for the series starting in July 2010.[23] Exteriors representing Five-0 headquarters in the series are located at the Judiciary History Center of the Supreme Court Building in Honolulu, directly across the street from Iolani Palace, which represented Five-O headquarters in the original series.

This revival series uses a zero as the last character in its title instead of the letter "O" that is used in the title of the original series. According to The Los Angeles Times, a CBS insider said that the disambiguation was necessary because of search engine results.[24] When Variety conducted its own search engine test on Google, it found that "Hawaii Five-0" (with the zero) had 263,000 results while "Hawaii Five-O" (with the letter O) had over 1.7 million.[25]

On August 18, 2011, CBS announced that Hawaii Five-0 would cross over with NCIS: Los Angeles by having Daniela Ruah guest star as Kensi Blye from the latter series.[26] The crossover aired on October 24, 2011, in episode 6 of season 2. A two-part crossover was aired on the April 30, 2012 episode of Hawaii Five-0 and the May 1, 2012 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, with two characters from each show visiting the other (Callen and Hanna from NCIS: Los Angeles and Danny and Chin Ho from Five-0).

Online voting by viewers determined the ending of the January 14, 2013 episode "Kapu" ("Forbidden"), with two zones, Eastern and Central Time Zones, and Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, each getting their own result. Each alternative ending could be seen online after the episode aired.[27][28]


In February 2010, it was announced that Daniel Dae Kim had been cast to play Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-cop trained by Steve McGarrett's father. He was the first actor cast for the remake.[29] Several days later, Alex O'Loughlin was cast as Steve McGarrett,[30] the son of ex-cop John McGarrett (portrayed by William Sadler). The producers pay homage to the original series throughout the first year, by making one of Steve's hobbies restoring his father's 1974 Mercury Marquis, which is in fact the actual car driven by Jack Lord in the latter half of the original series' run.[31] Actress Grace Park was later cast as rookie detective Kona "Kono" Kalakaua,[32] and Scott Caan was cast as Danny "Danno" Williams. In the recurring cast are Jean Smart as Governor Pat Jameson and Masi Oka as the medical examiner Max Bergman. Oka was upgraded to series regular for the second season.[33]

Of note, several recurring roles have been filled by surviving members of the original cast. Al Harrington, who played Det. Ben Kokua in the original series, now plays a friend of McGarrett's, Mamo Kahike.[34] Dennis Chun, who had various guest roles in the original series and is the son of Kam Fong Chun (the actor that portrayed the original Chin Ho), has a recurring role as HPD Sgt. Duke Lukela in the remake.[35] James MacArthur, the last surviving main cast member from the original series, agreed to guest star in a first season episode; however, he died on October 28, 2010, before filming his appearance.[36]

Larisa Oleynik was cast as Jessica Kaye[37] (changed to Jenna Kaye in the episode broadcast),[38] scheduled to join the Five-0 task force in the show's 19th episode.[39] Oleynik appeared on a recurring basis for the remainder of the 2010–11 season, with an option to become a regular in season 2;[40] however, her character was killed off in season 2, episode 10. It was also announced that Terry O'Quinn would be joining the cast of the show in season two,[41] along with Lauren German, who would play Lori Weston, a former Homeland Security (and FBI agent) official assigned by the new governor to keep an eye on the team.[42]

For season three, Christine Lahti has been cast in a recurring role as Doris McGarrett, the thought-to-be-deceased mother of Steve McGarrett.[43] Also, Michelle Borth who plays Lt. Catherine Rollins became a main cast member for season 3.

After appearing as a guest star in several season four episodes, Jorge Garcia who plays the character of Jerry Ortega (a conspiracy theorist and high school classmate of Chin's) was promoted to series regular commencing season five.[44]


Hawaii Five-0 uses the original show theme song composed by Morton Stevens. Critics received an early copy of the pilot with a synthesizer and guitar-based version of the theme. After negative reaction to the reworked song spread quickly online, Kurtzman said he and others realized that changing the music was a mistake, and arranged for studio musicians,[45] including three who had worked on the original from 1968,[46] to rerecord the theme "exactly as it was", except shortened to 30 seconds[45] from its original length of about 60 seconds.[47] Original instrumental music is composed by Brian Tyler and Keith Power.[48]


Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series
H5O Soundtrack Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various
Released October 4, 2011
Recorded Various dates
Genre Soundtrack
Length 44:33
Language English
Label CBS

Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series is a soundtrack album featuring music used in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0. The first volume in the series received attention for how show producers integrated these new and previously unreleased tracks from major-name artists into the second season episodes. This method contrasted with the norm for TV soundtracks, which tend to be compilations of previously released music that is already available individually or on other albums. Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series was released on October 4, 2011.[49]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme"   Brian Tyler 1:47
2. "World Upside Down"   Jimmy Cliff 3:09
3. "Best of Me"   Goo Goo Dolls 4:00
4. "Out of Control"   Switchfoot 4:10
5. "Should We Believe"   Train 3:46
6. "Closer"   Corinne Bailey Rae 4:16
7. "Don't Ever Take Yourself Away"   Bob Dylan 3:30
8. "Ukulele Five-0"   Jake Shimabukuro 2:44
9. "Love That's Bigger"   The Swell Season 2:47
10. "Pass It On"   Ziggy Marley 3:28
11. "Hi'ilawe"   John Cruz 3:48
12. "Book 'Em Danno (Suite From Hawaii Five-0 2010)"   Brian Tyler & Keith Power 6:45
Total length:

Featured music[edit]

Song Artist Season Episode Original air date
"Power" Kanye West Season 1 "Lanakila" October 11, 2010
"S&M" Rihanna Season 1 "Powa Maka Moana" February 14, 2011
"Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" Flo Rida Season 1 "Powa Maka Moana" February 14, 2011
"The End" Pearl Jam Season 1 "Loa Aloha" February 21, 2011
"Coming Home" Diddy – Dirty Money Season 1 "Hoʻopaʻi" April 18, 2011
"Hit the Lights" Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne Season 1 "Hoʻohuli Naʻau" May 2, 2011
"We'll Be Alright" Travie McCoy Season 1 "Hoʻohuli Naʻau" May 2, 2011
"Out of Control" Switchfoot Season 2 "Kameʻe" October 3, 2011
"Well Thought Out Twinkles" Silversun Pickups Season 2 "Kameʻe" October 3, 2011
"Move a Little Faster" Dionne Bromfield Season 2 "Lapaʻau" November 7, 2011
"Lonely Boy" The Black Keys Season 2 "Ike Maka" November 14, 2011
"We Found Love" Rihanna Season 2 "Pahele" December 5, 2011
"Drive By" Train Season 2 "Puʻolo" January 16, 2012
"Everybody Talks" Neon Trees Season 3 "Lana I Ka Moana" October 8, 2012
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction Season 3 "I Ka Wa Mamua" November 12, 2012
"I Cry" Flo Rida Season 3 "Ohuna" November 19, 2012
"Runaway Baby" Bruno Mars Season 3 "Ha'awe Make Loa" December 3, 2012
"King of Hearts" Cassie Season 3 "Huakaʻi Kula" December 10, 2012
"Spectrum (Say My Name)" Florence and the Machine Season 3 "Hana I WaʻIa" January 21, 2013
"C'Mon" Kesha season 3 "Kekoa" February 11, 2013
"Wings" Little Mix Season 3 "Imi Loko Ka 'Uhane" April 29, 2013
"This Kiss" Carly Rae Jepsen Season 3 "Hoʻopio" May 6, 2013
"Come & Get It" Selena Gomez Season 4 "Kaʻoia Iʻo Ma Loko" October 11, 2013
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons Season 4 "Akanahe" November 15, 2013
"Can't Get Enough" Becky G feat. Pitbull Season 4 "Akanahe" January 10, 2014
"Do It" Pitbull feat. Mayer Hawthorne Season 4 "Pe'epe'e Kanaka" April 25, 2014
"Boom Clap" Charli XCX Season 5 "A'ohe Kahi e Pe'e Ai" September 26, 2014
"Turn Down for What" DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon Season 5 "Ka Hana Malu" November 21, 2014


The series premiered in the U.S. on CBS on September 20, 2010. Canada's Global TV and NTV premiered the show at the same time as the United States premiere.[50] Hawaii Five-0 has been syndicated for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia,[51] the United Kingdom,[52] and South Africa,[53]

Reception and impact[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The show has received mostly positive reviews. Metacritic gave season 1 of the show a 65 out of 100 aggregate score based on reviews from 22 critics.[2] Rotten Tomatoes gave season 1 a score of 74% based on 23 reviews. The site's consensus calls it: "A brisk, slick reboot of an old favorite, Hawaii Five-0's picturesque locales and attractive cast make for pleasurable viewing."[54]

On May 19, 2010, The Honolulu Advertiser offered an opinion about the new version: "A smart script, slick production values and maybe a splash of nostalgia got the remake of Hawaii Five-O placed on the CBS prime-time lineup this fall, but it will take more than beefcake and a remixed theme song to keep the show on the air." The piece also pointed out that times have changed since the original left the air, citing other shows that were set in Hawaii which have come and gone. It expressed a hope that the producers will succeed in bringing a new life to the title with this remake.[55] Hawaii Five-0 was also in the Guinness World Records 2012 for Highest-Rated New Show in the U.S. with a record 19.34 million viewers for its January 23, 2011 episode (Kai eʻe).[56]


Season Episodes Time slot (ET/PT) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 24 Monday 10:00 pm September 20, 2010 14.20[57] May 16, 2011 10.41[58] 2010–11 22 11.96[59]
2 23 September 19, 2011 12.19[60] May 14, 2012 11.42[61] 2011–12 26 11.83[62]
3 24 September 24, 2012 8.06[63] May 20, 2013 9.00[64] 2012–13 35 10.36[11]
4 22 Friday 9:00 pm September 27, 2013 9.46[65] May 9, 2014 9.21[66] 2013–14 21 11.66[12]
5 25 September 26, 2014 8.97[67] May 8, 2015 8.27[68] 2014–15 20 12.28[13]
6 25[69] September 25, 2015[15] TBA TBA 2015–16 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Series star Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Danny on Hawaii Five-0. Hawaii Five-0 also won the "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 37th People's Choice Awards on January 5, 2011.

The "Five-0 Effect"[edit]

Hawaii Five-0 made several positive effects on the state's economy since it began airing. Known as the "Five-0 Effect" by Hawaii News Now reporter Steve Uyehara, various Hawaii-based businesses saw an increase in sales after they were featured in episodes of the show. Visitor numbers to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, after being featured in some of the episodes, increased 25 percent, helping the site achieve a record year in 2010. Waiola Shave Ice, the business run by Kamekona on the show, saw a 20 percent increase in shave ice sales, along with a 30 percent rise in T-shirt sales. Kona Brewing Company also saw a 60 percent increase in sales after their beers were featured as McGarrett's favored alcoholic beverage in several episodes. In addition, residents from other states visit Hawaii based on viewing the series.[70]


TNT has acquired the off network rights to air the series. Episodes began airing on the cable channel in August 2013.[71]


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