Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series)

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Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii five-o.png
Based on Hawaii Five-O by Leonard Freeman
Developed by
Theme music composer Morton Stevens
Opening theme "Hawaii Five-0 Theme"
Ending theme "Hawaii Five-0 Theme"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Hawaiian
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 168 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter M. Lenkov
  • Alex Kurtzman
  • Roberto Orci
Producer(s) Peter M. Tassler
Location(s) Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kristen Rao
  • Michael Martinez
  • Rodrick Davis
  • John Pensky
  • Casey Rohrs
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (DVD)
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) – present
Related shows Hawaii Five-O
External links
Website www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/

Hawaii Five-0 is an American action police procedural television series, which premiered on Monday, September 20, 2010 on CBS. The series is a reboot of the original series, which aired on CBS from 1968 to 1980. Like the original, it follows an elite state police task force set up to fight crime in the state of Hawaii.

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.[citation needed] On March 25, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a seventh season, which premiered on September 23, 2016.[1][2]

On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for an eighth season, which is set to premiere on September 29, 2017.[3][4]


The series covers the actions of a small, specialized DPS task force in Hawaii, headed by Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett, USNR. The task force answers only to the Governor of the state of Hawaii and was given immunity and means to investigate crimes ranging from terrorism to kidnapping. McGarrett chooses as his partner Honolulu PD Detective Danny "Danno" Williams. He fills out the team by selecting Chin Ho Kelly, his father's protégé, and Chin's cousin, Kono Kalakaua, a rookie HPD cop. They are assisted by Dr. Max Bergman, a medical examiner for the County of Honolulu, and Jerry Ortega, Chin's high school classmate and a conspiracy theorist. Steve later adds Lou Grover, a HPD SWAT commander, to the Five-0 team and Catherine Rollins, Steve's girlfriend.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Alex O'Loughlin as Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett, USNR. A decorated former Navy SEAL, McGarrett is head of the Five-0 Task Force and son of retired HPD Sergeant John McGarrett. John's murder and storyline forms the premise of Steve's return to Hawaii and the formation of the Task Force.
  • Scott Caan as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams, HPD. He is a divorced single father who transferred from Newark PD in New Jersey to be with his daughter and is the de facto second-in-command of Five-0.
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, HPD. A veteran HPD detective, he was John McGarrett's former rookie and provides technical expertise and local know-how.
  • Grace Park as Officer Kono Kalakaua, HPD. A former surfer, she was personally recruited by McGarrett while still in her final days at the HPD Academy. She is the cousin of Lieutenant Kelly.
  • Masi Oka as Dr. Max Bergman (seasons 2–7 episode 13, season 1 recurring), the eccentric and well-respected County of Honolulu medical examiner
  • Lauren German as Special Agent Lori Weston (season two episodes 2–4 recurring, season 2 episodes 5–16 main[5]). A senior DHS agent assigned to Five-0 to provide oversight.
  • Michelle Borth as Lieutenant Catherine Rollins, USNR (seasons 3–4, seasons 1–2, seasons 5-7 special guest). A former Navy Intelligence officer and McGarrett's ex-girlfriend.
  • Chi McBride as HPD SWAT Captain Lou Grover (season 4–present, recurring season 4, 1–9). A transfer from Chicago PD and has two children with his wife Renée.
  • Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega (season 5–present, season 4, recurring), a conspiracy theorist who assisted Five-0 during several investigations and is eventually hired as a "consultant".

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Taylor Wily as Kamekona Tupuola, a rehabilitated ex-convict, turned entrepreneur and owner of the Waiola Shave Ice, Kamekona's Shrimp Truck, and Kamekona's Helicopter Tours. He is a CI for the Five-0 Task Force and their friend.
  • Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat, a crime lord and mastermind with ties to the Yakuza, arms merchants, terrorists, high-ranking government officials, and is possibly behind the murder of McGarrett's father. He is also responsible for framing Steve McGarrett for the assassination of Governor Pat Jameson, and ordering Victor Hesse to kill McGarrett to prevent further investigation of his activities. Fat later murders Hesse while Hesse is in prison. He is arrested by McGarrett in "Ua Hopu" and is incarcerated in a maximum security federal prison in Colorado. He escapes in the season four finale and returns to Hawaii, eventually being killed by McGarrett during season 5. It is later revealed that Doris McGarrett, Steve's mother (who is a CIA asset codename: Shelburne) was assigned to kill Wo Fat's father but the mission went wrong resulting in the death of Wo Fat's mother; Doris took responsibility for raising him (apparently from a guilty conscience due to the failed mission).
  • 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 three to testify against his former criminal associates. The Five-0 Task Force has 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.
  • Ian Anthony Dale as Adam Noshimuri, Kono's husband, who becomes the new head of the Japanese Yakuza after Wo Fat murders his father, Hiro. He has been trying to legitimize and clean up his business 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 and at the end of that season, they marry.
  • William Sadler as John McGarrett, Steve's Father. A former Navy veteran and HPD detective.
  • 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 towards 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 in the original series.
  • Claire van der Boom as Rachel Edwards, Danny's ex-wife and mother of Grace and Charlie. 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 (who he later discovers is actually his son, 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 sister who lives on the mainland and occasionally visits Hawaii.
  • Terry O'Quinn as Lieutenant Commander Joe White, USN (Ret.), Steve's mentor and friend of his father John. He was Steve's commander during BUD/S and also served with him on his Navy tours. He helps the task force on multiple occasions providing intel and using his contacts with the Navy. He was instrumental in Steve's rescue from the hands of Wo Fat in season two from hostile territories of Korea. He later resigned from the Navy in the aftermath of the unsanctioned operation while shielding the involvement of the Seal Team 9 members who participated in the rescue mission (Though no such Team 9 has ever been in existence in real life but the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One (SDVT-1) is based in Hawaii as is the fictional Team 9). After retirement, he tracked down Shelburne (later revealed as Steve's mother) and also hid her from Steve's attempts to locate Shelburne initially but later took Steve to the safehouse where Shelburne was hiding.
  • Larisa Oleynik as ex-CIA analyst Jenna Kaye, assistant to Five-0. She is later revealed to be an associate of Wo Fat. At the end of "Ha'i'ole", she is seen driving Wo Fat away from the prison after he murdered Victor Hesse. She leaves Five-0 to follow up on a lead that her fiancé, Josh, who 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 knee repair to help him escape, moments before Wo Fat shoots and kills her (season 2, episode 10).
  • 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 three finale, he was killed by his brother, Adam.
  • Andrew Lawrence as Eric Russo, Danny's nephew who later becomes a forensic scientist working for HPD and Five-0.
  • Jean Smart as Governor Pat Jameson who recruits Steve to run the Five-0 task force in the pilot. Later in season 1, it is revealed that she has connections to the Yakuza boss and also appears to be in league with Wo Fat. Steve discovers evidence linking her to the theft of his father's toolbox (containing vital pieces of evidence regarding corruption in the government) and the car bomb explosion which killed the governor's public safety liaison. In the season finale when Steve breaks into the governor's residence to question her, she stalls for time by confessing the truth and Wo Fat attacks Steve from behind with a taser knocking him unconscious and kills the governor using Steve's gun thus framing him for the murder.
  • Larry Manetti as Nicky "The Kid" Demarco, a legendary local 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 the first season by Wo Fat and Jameson.
  • Richard T. Jones as Governor Sam Denning who takes over after the murder of Governor Jameson and disbands the Five-0 task force after Steve is arrested for the murder of Gov. Jameson. In the first episode of the second season however, the remaining team works tirelessly with the help of LCDR Joe White and Medical Examiner Dr. Max Bergman to find evidence from a hidden camera in the governor's office (which was put there by Steve's father as a part of his investigation into government corruption) and proves Steve's innocence. Steve is cleared of the charges and convinces the governor to reinstate the Five-0 task force. His successor is Governor Keiko Mahoe in Season 7.
  • Tom Sizemore as Vince Fryer, an 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 an ex-cop-turned-criminal, Frank Delano, McGarrett warns Fryer to stay away from Five-0 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.
  • 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 HPD 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 in the original series.
  • Martin Starr as Adam "Toast" Charles, a computer expert and friend of Danny 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, Steve's mother who was assumed dead in an apparent car accident 20 years ago. She is revealed to be a CIA asset and had faked her death to protect her family after a failed mission resulting in the death of Wo Fat's mother instead of his father who was the intended target. Doris started secretly looking after the young Wo Fat after the death of his mother but when the CIA found out about this she was told to abandon him. After Wo Fat found out what had happened he pursued her and she had to fake her death and go into hiding to protect her family.
  • Autumn Reeser as Dr. Gabrielle "Gabby" Asano, Danny's ex-love interest. She worked at the museum and aided Five-0 in several cases with her expertise in Hawaiian history and artifacts.
  • Lili Simmons as Amber Vitale, the actual girlfriend of Danny. A New Yorker, her real name was Melissa Armstrong, she changed her name after fleeing to Hawaii to escape her abusive ex-husband, who was eventually imprisoned after assaulting Danny.
  • David Keith as CDR Wade Gutches, CO of SEAL Team 9 and friend of LCDR Joe White. He is stationed at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
  • 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 lives 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.
  • Shawn Mokuahi-Garnett as Cousin Flippa, Kamekona's cousin.
  • Lindsay Price as Leilani, Chin Ho Kelly's girlfriend.
  • Shawn Anthony Thomsen as Officer Pua Kai, an HPD rookie cop. He is often seen teasing Kono and is on friendly terms with the Five-0 team.
  • Michael Imperioli as Odell Martin, former attorney with a shady past turned barber with a passion for surfing who has helped the Five-0 task force with inside information and become a friend of Steve.[6]
  • Kekoa Kekumano as Nahele Huikala, a homeless teen who steals McGarrett's car (in the episode Poina ʻOle), had the car stripped and sold the parts. It is later learned that his father committed a murder revealed in the season six episode "Hana Keaka" where he was the sole eyewitness moments after his father regained full parental custody after being released from Halawa Correctional Facility.
  • Christopher Sean as Gabriel Waincroft, a powerful fugitive crime figure who is the brother of Dr. Malia Waincroft and the brother-in-law of H50 Chin Ho Kelly, whose father Gabriel is revealed to have killed as part of a gang initiation 15 years ago. In seasons five and six, he is the series' primary antagonist, following Wo Fat's death at the hands of Steve McGarrett. In Pa'a Ka 'ipuka I Ka 'Upena Nananana, he was badly wounded & died in surgery from cardiac arrest.
  • Michelle Krusiec as Michelle Shioma, the new Yakuza leader going after Gabriel Waincroft for killing her father and an enemy of 5-0.
  • Carol Burnett as Aunt Debbie (or Deb), McGarrett's aunt from 2013 until her death from cancer in the January 15, 2016 episode.
  • Julie Benz as Abby Dunn, an Internal Affairs agent who is investigating 5-0 undercover as a detective from San Francisco.
  • Claire Forlani as Alicia Brown, a retired criminal profiler who helped the team find a serial killer.
  • Rosalind Chao as Governor Keiko Mahoe, successor to Sam Denning.
  • Chosen Jacobs as Will Grover, Lou's son who is romantically involved with Grace Williams.
  • Elisabeth Röhm as Dr. Madison Gray, a serial killer.
  • Sarah Carter as Lynn Downey, a friend of Ellie Clayton and the actual girlfriend of Steve McGarett.


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 11.26[7]
2 23 September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14) 26 11.83[8]
3 24 September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) 35 10.36[9]
4 22 September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) May 9, 2014 (2014-05-09) 21 11.66[10]
5 25 September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) 20 12.28[11]
6 25 September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25) May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) 25 11.04[12]
7 25 September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12) 15 12.15[13]
8 TBA September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)[14] TBA TBA TBA


Crossover between Episode Type Actors crossing over Date aired
Series A Series B
Hawaii Five-0 NCIS: Los Angeles "Ka Hakaka Maikaʻi"
(Hawaii Five-0 2.6)
Guest appearance Appearing in Series A: Daniela Ruah October 24, 2011
Joe White calls in Agent Kensi Blye from NCIS: Los Angeles Office to review the video of John McGarrett, Governor Jameson, and Wo Fat for Steve, but only recognizes the word "Shelburne".
Hawaii Five-0 NCIS: Los Angeles "Pa Make Loa"
(Hawaii Five-0 2.21)
"Touch of Death"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 3.21)
Two-Part Crossover Appearing in Series A: Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J
Appearing in Series B: Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim
April 30, 2012
May 1, 2012
Agents Sam Hanna and G. Callen of NCIS: Los Angeles are called in to assist Five-0 finding a suspect, Dracul Comescu. Later, Callen and Sam must return to Los Angeles to stop a possible smallpox outbreak from becoming a reality with Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly coming along to help.
MacGyver Hawaii Five-0 "Flashlight"
(MacGyver 1.18)
Guest appearance Appearing in Series A: Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Taylor Wily March 10, 2017
The Phoenix Foundation team of MacGyver gets rerouted to Hawaii after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits the coast of Hawaii. While aiding Detective Chin Ho Kelly and Officer Kono Kalakaua from Five-0 task force, they also have to deal with the Chinese intelligence soldiers who uses the earthquake to steal a top-secret weaponry that the scientists are currently developing.



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.[15]

On August 12, 2008, CBS announced that it would bring Hawaii Five-O back to the network schedule for the 2009–10 television season. The new version would be an updated present-day sequel, this time centering on 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.[16] 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.[17] 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 p.m. time slot.[18][19] 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.[20][21] 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.[22] 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.

On October 21, 2010, CBS announced that the first season had been given a full season order of 24 episodes.[23] Subsequent seasons have consisted of between 23 and 25 episodes.

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 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]

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.[26][27]


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.[28] Several days later, Alex O'Loughlin was cast as Steve McGarrett,[29] 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.[30] Actress Grace Park was later cast as rookie detective Kona "Kono" Kalakaua.[31] Although in the original series, the character of Kono was male, the reboot series swapped the cop's gender in order to steer clear of a task force void of women.[32] 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 was 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. This is the second time Kim and Garcia serve as regulars together with Lost being the first.[44]

Beginning with the second episode of the 2016–17 season, Claire Forlani had a recurring role as Alicia Brown, a retired criminal profiler who helped the team find a serial killer.[45]

On November 17, 2016, it was announced that Masi Oka who portrays Dr. Max Bergman would be departing the series after the thirteenth episode of the seventh season.[46]


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,[47] including three who had worked on the original from 1968,[48] to rerecord the theme "exactly as it was", except shortened to 30 seconds[47] from its original length of about 60 seconds.[49] Original instrumental music is composed by Brian Tyler and Keith Power.[50]


Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs from the Television Series
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.[51]

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: 44:33

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 feat. Skylar Grey 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 ft Calvin Harris 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
"Fireball" Pitbull feat. John Ryan Season 6 "Ka Papahana Holo Pono" October 16, 2015
"Monster Mash" Bobby Pickett Season 6 "Na Pilikua Nui" October 30, 2015
"Somebody's Watching Me" Rockwell Season 6 "Na Pilikua Nui" October 30, 2015
"Everglow" Coldplay Season 6 "Hoa ‘inea" February 12, 2016
"Birds" Coldplay Season 6 "Hoa ‘inea" February 12, 2016
"Adventure of a Lifetime" Coldplay Season 6 "Hoa ‘inea" February 12, 2016
"Good Time Good Life" Erin Bowman Season 7 "Hana Komo Pae" November 11, 2016

McGarrett's car[edit]

The car driven by the original Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O is a 1974 Mercury Marquis. The car has belonged to stuntman John Nordlum since the original series ended. Nordlum has let the car be used in the new series, where it is said to have belonged to Steve McGarrett's father John. The license plate is still F6-3958.[52]


The series premiered in the United States on CBS on September 20, 2010, exactly 42 years after the premiere of the original series. Canada's Global TV and NTV premiered the show at the same time as the United States premiere.[53] Hawaii Five-0 has been syndicated for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia.[54] the United Kingdom,[55] and South Africa,[56]

Reception and impact[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The show has received mostly positive reviews. Metacritic gave season one of the show a 65 out of 100 aggregate score based on reviews from 22 critics.[23] Rotten Tomatoes gave season one 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."[57]

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.[58] 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).[59]


Season Time slot (ET/PT) Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 10:00 pm 24 September 20, 2010 14.20[60] May 16, 2011 10.41[61] 2010–11 22 11.96[62]
2 23 September 19, 2011 12.19[63] May 14, 2012 11.42[64] 2011–12 26 11.83[65]
3 24 September 24, 2012 8.06[66] May 20, 2013 9.00[67] 2012–13 35 10.36[68]
4 Friday 9:00 pm 22 September 27, 2013 9.46[69] May 9, 2014 9.21[70] 2013–14 21 11.66[71]
5 25 September 26, 2014 8.97[72] May 8, 2015 8.27[73] 2014–15 20 12.28[74]
6 25 September 25, 2015 8.30[75] May 13, 2016 8.82[76] 2015–16 25 11.04[12]
7 25 September 23, 2016 10.22[77] May 12, 2017 8.22[78] 2016–17 15 12.15[13]
8 TBA September 29, 2017[79] TBA TBA TBA 2017–18 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.

Awards and nominations for Hawaii Five-0
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Scott Caan Nominated [80]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Stunt Coordination Jeff Cadiente Nominated
BMI Film & TV Award BMI TV Music Award Keith Power & Brian Tyler Won
Hawaii International Film Festival Mahalo Nui Loa Award Hawaii Five-0 Won
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Action Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Action Daniel Dae Kim Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Grace Park Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Stunt Coordination Jeff Cadiente Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Action Hawaii Five-0 Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Action Daniel Dae Kim Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Grace Park Nominated
2013 BMI Film & TV Award BMI TV Music Award Keith Power & Brian Tyler Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Action Hawaii Five-0 Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Action Daniel Dae Kim Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Grace Park Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Bromance Alex O'Loughlin & Scott Caan Won
Visual Effects Society Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Gevork Babityan, Jon Howard, Armen V. Kevorkian & Rick Ramirez Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13 Gregory Kasyan Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role Armen V. Kevorkian, Alexander Soltes, John Hartigan, Jane Sharvina, Rick Ramirez, Dan Lopez, Steve Graves, Andranik Taranyan & Chad Schott Nominated
Hollywood Post Alliance Outstanding Visual Effects – Television Armen V. Kevorkian, Jane Sharvina, Andranik Taranyan, Steve Graves, Dan Lopez, Encore VFX Nominated
Visual Effects Society Award Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Armen V. Kevorkian, Alexander Soltes, Jane Sharvina, Andranik Taranyan Nominated
2015 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress 17–21 Chanel Marriott Nominated

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.[81]


TNT has acquired the off-network rights to air the series. Episodes began airing on the cable channel in August 2013.[82]


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