• Publication date: July 24, 2012

Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0

The classic show that brought you phrases like 'Book Em Danno' and an unforgettable theme song is back, 43 years after its original premiere. The plot remains largely the same, though Cold War era hysteria has been swapped with super-sophisticated post-9/11 terrorism.

Program data

Duration: 60


currently not on air

Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) is a former Navy SEAL who, like his father four decades ago, heads a secretive law enforcement agency.  With permission from the state's governor, Pat Jameson (Jean Smart of Designing Women and 24 fame), McGarrett and his team take any means necessary to protect Hawaii, the country, and even the world from danger.  In other words, shoot first; ask questions later.


He is accompanied by a few familiar faces.  Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams (Scott Caan) is a Newark, New Jersey native transplanted to Honolulu.  Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) also returns, a shamed ex-police officer turned detective determined to redeem himself after false accusations of corruption.  There is a new addition as well: Detective Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), a recent police academy graduate and avid surfer.


True to its late 60s predecessor, Hawaii Five-O's 21st century interpretation retains the action, shootouts, car chases, and beautiful scenery that made the original so appealing.  Len Wiseman, director of Live Free or Die Hard lends his talents to the premiere episode, virtually guaranteeing quality rivaling the big screen.  Each week McGarrett and his crew are assigned (willingly or unwillingly) a new murder, while delving deeper into the island's organized crime syndicates and associated police corruption.  McGarrett begins where his father left off 31 years ago, even managing to dust off dad's Mercury Grand Marquis.


Critical response and viewer ratings have been exceptionally positive, earning the program a Golden Globe nomination and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama.  The show's soundtrack has been recreated without excessive modern interference, remaining generally true to its forefather.   


  • Alex O'Loughlin
  • Scott Caan
  • Daniel Dae Kim
  • Grace Park


Created By: Leonard Freeman


Rating: TV-14