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What a super site. I guessI'm a bigger fan of Hawaii 5-0 than I realized because I've come back several times for more info. Keep up the good work. Favorite episode is 073: "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave".
Stoughton, MA USA - Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 17:31:33 (PST)
love the show, was over in the islands for about 8 days.tremendously fatuated with the whole bit.going back in 3 years.aloha mahalo nui loa hui
marietta, usa - Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 19:13:42 (PST)
I've enjoyed Hawaii Five-O since it started on Memorial Day. Since it's been 30 years when it started the stories were all new to me. So far there hasn't been one story that I haven't liked. Of course the best part of the series is the state of Hawaii with all it's beautiful scenery. The next best thing is the star of the show JACK LORD. It's been interesting to watch him mature over the years and get more handsome (if that were possible)..
Everett, Ma - Friday, November 21, 1997 at 17:53:06 (PST)
A small piece of James MacArthur trivia for those who might be interested. It is my belief that MacArthur was the only regular on H50 who had a character from another role appear in a Little Golden Book. Check out Walt Disney's Swiss Family Robinson!
Christiansburg, VA USA - Thursday, November 20, 1997 at 10:58:41 (PST)
I agree with Susan Kelly (below). The idea of a Hawaii Five-0 movie (or new series) with Gary Busey just makes me cringe! I just fear they'll turn it into some mushy, politically correct, pale shadow of the original. Hey, on a happier note, there are very entertaining references to Five-0 in the recent movie, "Hula Moon." A young Arizona couple fantasize about Hawaii and seem to have a ritual of watching Five-0 on TV (sound familiar, anyone?). Early in the movie, they crank the intro. song and the protagonist dances around quite hilariously to it. Later in the movie, while pursuing the "bad guy," he muses, "what would McGarrett do now?" (And is shocked and disdainful when the person with him says, "who?") These references seemed right on the mark to me and were the highpoints of this rather quirky movie. I'd recommend it to any fellow Five-0 freak. Readily available on video these days, I think.
Thomas D. Schmidt
Cedar City, UT USA - Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at 11:48:59 (PST)
Excellent web site for 5-O fans. Can't thank you enough for all the information.
Bridgeport, CT Fairfield - Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 17:11:09 (PST)
I for one hope there will be no "new Hawaii Five 0", movie or series. I don't think they could equal Jack Lord or James MacArthur. Why do so many people seem so interested in killing off Danno? At least MacArthur would be able to make an appearance. Perhaps his character could have left Five 0 and gone on to be successful elsewhere. (Yes, I am a MacArthur fan.) Thanks to Mike Quigley for a wonderful page!
Christiansburg, VA USA - Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 05:25:59 (PST)
Thanks for a great site. I am a long time Hawaii Five-O fan.I watched the show from the beginning and visited Hawaii in 1973. I remember the Sheraton Waikiki, where I stayed, had a gallery of Jack Lord's paintings for sale. I remember they were of the islands and I wish I could have afforded one at the time. I would love to have one today. No matter how many times I've seen an episode, I can't help but watch again and again.
Orlaando, Fl USA - Wednesday, November 12, 1997 at 09:53:50 (PST)
Watching (and collecting!) Five-0 on the Family Channel these days, we're now around episodes 150-160. Does anyone know why Ben seems to be absent for these episodes, replaced by "Frank"? Ben is still in the opening credits, but hasn't appeared for a while. In fact, in one recent episode, Ben's appearance in the opening credits is replaced with a quick shot of HPD cutting through the car McGarrett was trapped in in the beginning of "The Ninety-Second War" (or so I assume). Does anyone know the story behind Ben's absence during this period? Was "Ben" (the actor) perhaps ill for a spell? Was there a contractual problem? Was he on some sort of "probation" as a cast member? "Frank" seems to appear out of nowhere. Mike, do you perchance have the inside scoop on this mystery? (The following appears in the Five-O FAQ: "No reason was ever given for Ben's departure (or his arrival, for that matter). However, during a 1996 Honolulu TV show about Five-O, Harrington said that he was chosen by Leonard Freeman to replace Zulu starting in the fifth season, despite the fact that Jack Lord "didn't approve" because Harrington was "too tall" or "too something." After Freeman died in early 1974, Harrington said "the writing was on the wall that I wasn't going to be there very much longer." He survived until the end of the seventh season, during which he appeared to be absent much of the time.") Thanks and love the site. Thomas D. Schmidt
Thomas D. Schmidt
Cedar City, UT USA - Tuesday, November 11, 1997 at 10:26:01 (PST)
Growing up watching Hawaii Five-O (I'm 35) on the islands of Maui and Oahu, and then finding your page is like reliving my childhood. Here in Seattle, there is a local station called KONG TV that plays Five-O reruns every week night at 8:00. Now I can cross reference the reruns I see with your website. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, recognizing my all time favorite show. In my house Five-O is "Must see TV"
Jeffrey Joseph Kahiona Alefaio
Seattle, WA 98117 - Tuesday, November 11, 1997 at 00:16:45 (PST)
Vancouver, B.C. - Friday, November 07, 1997 at 15:08:47 (PST)
(A note of historical interest: It was at my university friend Andrew's apartment in the late 1960's that I first started watching Hawaii Five-O; thus, you could say that he started me on the road to Five-O fandom. -- MQ)
Maybe if "Stephen J. Cannell" writes an episode in which "Chin Ho Kelly" fakes his own death, or "Chin Ho Kelly" has a double, could be a good solution to repairing that glitch. He could possibly add that into the pilot. Or write the following episode on those scenarios. Vern
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, November 07, 1997 at 01:01:11 (PST)
Stephen J. Cannell should write one episode in which Chin Ho Kelly faked his own death, in which Chin had a double.
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, November 06, 1997 at 22:39:26 (PST)
I wrote 5 episodes of the Hawaii 5-0 with my writing partner Glen Olson: "Hookman," "The Flip Side is Death," A Woman's Work is with a Gun," "Right Grave, Wrong Body" and "A Sentence to Steal." I'm still exploring your website. How can I help? Rod Baker firstname.lastname@example.org
Thousand Oaks, ca USA - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 17:47:02 (PST)
I found the article, by Karen Rhodes: Why the Five-O Pilot may not be shown? Look in the above web page, "In the can & out of the loop" by Karen. It also mentioned a surgery Gary Busey had recently. If producer Stephen J. Cannell can fix that glitch regarding "Kam Fong" starring as his deceased former character "Chin Ho Kelly" he still can save it, and sell to CBS. If not, maybe George Litto and Rose Freeman will carry the torch from this point on, and make a two hour "Hawaii Five-O" motion picture. Whether it will be a movie made for TV or a theatre release. It will still serve as a good pilot for a new TV series, if it does well. After filming the movie, Mr.Litto should use the same movie cast from the movie, and film about 12 TV episodes, to begin airing shortly after the movie's release, then see where it takes them. Vern
San Francisco , Ca S.F. County - Tuesday, November 04, 1997 at 00:45:57 (PST)
I finally got to see two episodes of Five-0 AFTER reading your wonderful summaries, "Two Faced Corpse" and A Gun For McGarrett". You mention the fact that the ambulance attendant in "TFC" didn't take Steve's shirt off when treating his bullet wound. That's not the EMT's job. They're just supposed to stabilize, bandage and transport or "wrap 'um & pack 'um" and let the doctors at the hospital handle the finer points of treatment. Of course now that we have plenty of paramedics on board, some of the finer points are handled in the field, but not in 1974. In "A Gun for McGarrett" there was mention of the fact that after the explosion McGarrett is on fire and in the next scene he is not. Well, I had to hit the rewind button a couple of times for this one, but I finally found what I was looking for. Remember the fire safety lessons your learned in school every October? If you catch on fire, you stop, drop, and roll. Well, Steve hits the floor on his stomach and rolls over and lies there for a few seconds before he tries to get up. Then he rolls back on his stomach. He put the fire out himself. There's other things I noticed, but I'm running out of space. One thing I've noticed is I catch myself listening to the music more. Thanks for all your hard work.
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 21:48:38 (PST)
I read an article about the new pilot for a "Hawaii Five-O TV series, filmed last April 97' Produced by Stephen Cannell Starring Gary Bussey and James McArther as Gov. Dan Williams by a woman reporter, the other day, but can't find it on this web page any more. What happened to it? It went into explaining how Stephen Cannell dropped the ball in producing the plot by not doing his research, and cast actor Kam Fong as "Chin Ho" who was apparently killed in the original series. My advise to Mr.Cannell, is to fix that glitch by either, editing out Kam Fong's part altogether. Or re-shoot the Kam Fong scenes in a Hollywood studio giving him a new name and character on the Five-O Team. Then re-submit the corrected pilot to CBS and see if they will accept it. If they won't, Mr. Cannell could take it to the USA network which already shows several of his shows. He could slightly alter the title of the new series in order to carry it out if needed. Vern
San Francisco, Ca S.F. Co. - Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 20:17:41 (PST)
Five-O was the driving force behind my wanting to visit the Hawaiian Islands -- something I now do every year and have done for the past ten years. A useless peice of information for you, is that on my last visit (September 1997), I noticed the Penthouse Suite at the Ilikai Hotel, which is used in the opening sequence was up for sale. It's hardly big enough to swing a cat (unless the cat doesn't mind a serious headache), and the realator (or Estate Agent for my English associates) was asking an amazing 1.1 million dollars (fee simple/freehold). So if anybody out there has money to spare, you can 'own' part of the Five-O legend all for yourself. P.S. Would any UK based Five-O fans who wish to e-mail gossip etc. on Five-O, please do so to FMSLUK@MSN.COM. Great page - Mahalo and Aloha !!
Birmingham, England - Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 09:28:46 (PST)
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