The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Discussion Forum -- December 2008

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Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 20:56:24 (PST)
I am much younger than the Hawaii-5.0 generation, but i used to watch the show with my pop..The show was simple, and the backdrops were always beautiful..The characters were awesome and the bad guys were hilarious..My fave is Chin-Ho, its a shame he got wasted by some two-bit street punk..My fave bad guy was, of course, Wo-Fat..Man, they need a remake of this amazing show..
Melissa Mclaughlin
phila, pa United States - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 15:42:27 (PST)
excellent guest book and like it.
india, tn india - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 23:39:52 (PST)
I would like the new version to have McGarrett still snapping his fingers when a case is solved. Also this son of McGarrett should have hairy hands like Lord did.
scott stambaugh
chambersburg, PA - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 21:26:08 (PST)
Hello My treat back in th late 60's & onwards was to watch Hawaii Five - 0. The intro would start & what I call that famous photo shoot of Jack on the balcony as he turns around to the camera stick's in my mind.I have other T.V. police / detectives.That I Like but Jack is just the best police show I have ever seen. And it will be very hard to do a remake of the show because Jack Lord is now resting.No Actor will satisfy me as he does. Starsky & Hutch they are my second my wife loves Paul Michael Glaser. All my best Martin Treacy Dublin Ireland
Martin Treacy
Dublin, Ireland - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 16:39:27 (PST)
Donno, are you having problems with regard to comments people are making on your postings? I haven't had the need to remove many postings, other than a few where people were being mocked for a minor spelling infraction or something equally trivial. (These postings are actually not removed, they are still in the "source" for the page if you know where to look for them.) Personally, I would prefer the level of discussion here to be above the usual bland level of discourse you find on other Five-O groups -- where even the slightest deviation from the "norm" (usually established by people who dominate the groups) causes everyone to go into a tizzy.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canuckland - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:40:51 (PST) Yeap, the steely intent look and narrow eyes--McGarrett Their acting nuances are very similar.
Tampa, FL USA - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 06:37:08 (PST)
Our best wishes that the pilot goes well, and our high expections are met! It wouldn't be the first time however a pilot was panned by the test audiance...With the original Star Trek they recast the lead, and a new plot. But the H5-0 concept, like Star Trek, IS sound. I must admit i havnt't been this excited since the rebirth of Star Trek, well over twenty years ago. WE all must encourage the gutsy studio/producer,(hope theres no post production shooting outside Hawii though).
Chi, UK - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 05:41:38 (PST)
Good idea on the local product placement. There are a lot of TV shows and movies shot here in Chicago. And it is always a kick (and a boost to their economy) when local stores are featured. I suspect tourism will boost if this show is successful as we think it will be. The interest in it also being where Obama grew up and will continue to vacation will also be a help. Think I'm gonna have to book me a flight there sometime.
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, December 29, 2008 at 04:44:33 (PST)
I dunno if product placement is done in Tv shows as it is obvious in theatrical release films, but just thought of something; It would help local businesses and the show, and lend an air of authenticity if now and then we see local procducts discretely employed within a scene now and then.. Imagine a few local syndicate braddahs sitting around the local south seas style bar drinking Primo. Or da guys stopping at an L&L plate lunch wagon. L&L has da kala, they are now nationwide and this kinda thing's a perfect fit, and with this angle, could prove to earn publicity ya just can't buy. "New Hawaii Crime drama features authentic local product placement, everyone loves it!" - Ideas! i gotta million of em! ok, will shut up now.
Alohaz, from da new show - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 14:18:45 (PST)
Sounds good, Barb. I for one will welcome any kind of series shot here in Hawaii, for it all goes to assist in our local economy, giving our film crew talent pool much needed hana. I would still toast Ed and Company with a Primo if Pee Wee Herman were cast as the head. It's their baby and they can do what they want. (but of course, it's a warm fuzzy to think they would listen to locals to get it somewhere near right) I miss "Marker", "Hawaii", and the other smaller shorter run productions. As Oscar Wilde once said; "There is only one thing worse than being talked about. And that is NOT being talked about". So, yea, any Hawaii show is better than none at all. The public across the nation and the world i believe will eat it up. Escapist fare is needed in this time and if a Hawaii series is built, they will come. The aforementioned shows can go a long way for the creators to see what worked, what didn't. I supplied props to the "Hawaii" cop show and was there watching scenes filmed, we here, were very supportive of it and crossed our fingers, hoping it would "take" with the public and last more than a season or two. Even though some of us saw three, maybe four simultaneous plot lines coursing through each episodes, and the stereotypical fat Hawaiian stealing donuts alla time (whot da heck!?) and things like Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa played a stereotypical C.O.P. (Chief of Police) captain or whatever; he berated the boys for being renegades, and at ep. end, rubbed their heads and said: "Ahhww you guyssss!" as if "I hadda yell at ya and fire ya, but ya got the job done!" I mean that is a sendup in Last Action Hero kinda thing. Still, my point is, we'll watch and support anything and everything.
1, 2 3 - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 14:06:57 (PST)
No, Kimo, not trying to stir the pot by suggesting there will be a lot of casting bashing. I just know that we are all excited about the remake and we all have our opinions about who should be cast, and now what their names should and shouldn't be(i.e. Chris) and so on. So, I'm just hoping that whomever they cast or whatever name they give him (them), that those who are disappointed not spend time posting about their frustration. Wouldn't want to spoil the joy and excitement of waiting for the pilot to be aired. That's all. Chill. Just hoping outloud!
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 13:39:49 (PST)
Yankee, yer a good sort and a sport, Glad yer skin's not too thin to prevent bantering, sharing, discussing and debating as we do.
1, 2 3 - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 12:52:58 (PST)
barbaram,. I am aware. That was a bit of oblique humor. For I am the one who mentioned JB also. And of course, we don't recommend bashing re; casting choices, No one is bashing, no one advised it, nor implied bashing re; casting choices . suuupwidat!? stirring da pot?
Aloha,Mahalo,Pakoima,Laulau, and other unrelated words - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 12:43:47 (PST)
"I guess I should be upset over Kimo's pretty immature trashing of my forename." gawd. Chris. We are talking about the choosing of a name for a fictional head of a fictional faction of Hawaii's police force. A name that is up for grabs, and as yet still not set in stone, to fit a guy who has gotta embody alotta characteristics possessed by the head of five oh in Hawaii, a role many are by now hopefully familiar with and therefore, we need to see him named accordingly. And that process isn't done in a manner similar to: "oh, let's name him chris. Cus that's probably a name of a few dozen hypersensitive fans who would be offended if we DIDN'T use that name, and we sure as heck better NOT air out why we should or shouldn't use a particular name, let's just land on Chris and not discuss or think of it anymore." Jesus Chris almighty! You wanna take it personally? get indulged. ainokea.
1, 2 3 - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 12:39:21 (PST)
I guess I should be upset over Kimo's pretty immature trashing of my forename. But as a wise man once said, Consider the source. There's a line from Rigoletto, it goes something like this: "With children and madmen, it's best to indulge them." Kimo, buddy, consider yourself indulged.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 08:45:48 (PST)
Kimo....Josh Brolin was indeed mentioned as a good choice a while back. And, yes, he would be perfect. However, he is having a really good run of movie success right now and I would be VERY surprised if he took on a TV role right now. But it would be nice........We should probably be hearing something soon about the casting and I hope that everyone will just trust Ed Bernero's choice and vision for the show. We sure won't need a lot of bashing for nine months until air dates by those who don't agree wih casting selections.
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 08:01:39 (PST)
~ To Mr. Mike Quigley, OWNER of this website: Thank you for providing this site for the true fans of 'Hawaii Five-O'. This site is very helpful to us in keeping up with the latest on the show, such as release dates, etc.! ~ To the fans of the show: Thank you for your objective views. I love reading of your memories of the show and the actor/characters. However, lately when some people post their views, it seems as though some individuals have taken it upon themselves to attack, analyze and criticize some fan's postings. Mr. Quigley, is there any way to prohibit this activity? Can a filtering or perhaps even a blocking method be used to keep such individuals from using your website to attack people when they simply post a comment about their favorite TV show? I don't believe for one second, that people come here to be attacked, and I'm sure that I speak for many when I say that we're tired of it. If THIS posting prompts such activity, well then, there you have it, point proven. As I'm writing this, I see that Mr. Mike has added a feature that allows himself to edit or remove such negativity. TOUCHE', my good man! I need write no more pertaining to this problem that seems to be on it's way to the trash bin! Mr. Mike is in the process of "nipping it", as my OTHER favorite cop, Deputy Barney Fife would say. Again, thank you Mr. Mike Quigley, for our 'Five-O' site! ~ Be(ing) there, ALOHA! ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 04:59:46 (PST)
Your absolutly right kimo, its a small but critical correction, and underscores the whole mood of Five-O.
chi., uk - Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 04:00:44 (PST)
"The name's Chris, Chris McGarret, and I'm from Five-0 and I like orchids, spam, crocheting, and of course, Oprah. I'm a Sagittarius! You'll find me shopping at Whole Foods when I'm not whipping handcuffs onto bad boys. " Nope, Yankee. At most, he would proclaim; "Name's McGarrett! Chris McGarrett. Five Oh!" Unless you had a definite point to make by saying he could utter that line and still sound macho. But I certainly hope not. Cuz I don't think so.
Gay, Blades 4Chris! - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 23:59:29 (PST)
Gary Cole! yes! - Not mentioned before but a good choice for Steveo; Josh Brolin. - "Crimes were solved due to McGarrett's cunning mind and good teamwork." I dunno. Too often steve would snap his fingers repeatedly while the others stood around with slightly stoopid blank expressions on their faces, while we see Steve come up with this inCREDible deduction, leading of course to the case being solved. While his discovery we see, was something even the janitor would have , could have, should have deducted! - I would have a Hawaiian play less of a stepnfetchit, as Steveo treated Kono. But if so, drop in the comic element occasionally and have the braddah respond with; "Yes, massah!!". ha. "Don't rely on computers to do the detective work. The human element is what set Five-0 apart." Yea! If 5-0 had anything like an "iron brain", boy, that woulda shot it ta hell. But with the advent of the internet, gps devices, cell phones employed to perform every task except wash yer dishes, etc... I think it could be spaced far away from reality if computers were NOT part and parcel of the scenery and machinery . In fact it would not hurt it a bit but kick it up a few notches to employ some kinda 007ish gadgetry. But then again, the other school of thought is make him LESS of an old school James Bond and more like the newer Bond: Daniel Craig, wherein we see Bond and the general feel of the last 2 fliks, more like a Jason Bourne, using his training. Wits. Muscle. Ingenuity, employing things at hand to get him out of the jam. .. eliciting this appropriate comment from a female character: "There's something terrifyingly efficient about you.."
Wot, Chu Tawkinbout!? - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 23:26:55 (PST)
You're going to need one heck of an actor to play the head of Five-0. The only actor I can think of with the range and intensity to step into Jack Lord's shoes would be Gary Cole. Watch how intense he was in American Gothic. As for the cast, stick with what worked before. A lot of talent came directly from the islands, which led to it's authenticity. Scriptwise, attention to detail is what set it apart from many other shows. The last thing we need is another knockoff of CSI. Crimes were solved due to McGarrett's cunning mind and good teamwork. Don't rely on science or computers to do the detective work. The human element is what set Five-0 apart.
nowhere, VA USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 22:35:28 (PST)
That was a good clip Yankee. Fun to see our neighborhoods in the b/g as they drive around in eps. - BUT!: "The name's Chris, Chris McGarret, and I'm from Five-0. " C'mon! No one talks that way. Especially here. They may talk that cheap dialogue in crappy comic books. Or what's that new name for them? graphic novels. (ugh.) I do believe "Chris" lacks the substance, power and command as a name to head something like "five - oh". ( may work in a new version of "The Streets of San Francisco" hahahhaaaaa!) Here? He would be laughed of da docks coming upon a gang o' blalahs drinkin Primos who he may wanna question about a particular ship that just sailed... "Chris. huh. Wot da F#(k YOU want haole boy!?"
1, 1 1 - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 21:39:30 (PST)
"Keep the writing and acting good, no politics (no environmental messages, social commentary, " Wot!? dass weah all da good stoires steh, brah! - "He is about the only major star of the show still alive. " Nope. there are planny others. - "If ever another reunion it will probably consist of mostly behind the scenes people who worked on the show." nope. too many supporting cast members and bit part recurring actors/actresses still alive and kicking... many who I see often here. They would make a full reunion, don't kid yerself.
Hau'oli, makahiki Hou! - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 20:08:33 (PST)
A followup to my previous comments. It would be nice to see James MacArthur brought back in some role if a TV movie is made of Hawaii Five-O. He is about the only major star of the show still alive. Al Harrington is still alive too I believe, but he was only on the show a couple of years as I recall. Most all of the other major supporting stars of the show are now deceased. If there is ever another reunion like the one that was done in the mid-1990's it will probably consist of mostly behind the scenes people who worked on the show. It has been 40 years since the first episode aired and no one is getting any younger. So sooner rather than later would be the right time to get something done on a remake! I watched the pathetic pilot for a remake of the show done back in the late 1990's. I was able to get a copy of the show that never aired. Even with several of the former stars of the orginal being in the show starring Gary Busey it was horrible and the pilot was not picked up for any further episodes. Gary Busey went into treatment for cocaine addiction shortly after making the pilot so he was a poor choice to play a cop. Jack Lord was probably crying out from heaven when he saw the "hatchet" job done to the remake!
Jim Husing
Santa Clara, CA USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:40:27 (PST)
I would love to see Hawaii Five-O brought back to TV. I don't think a movie will ever be made as there have been so many stops and starts. As a retired police officer from Mountain View, CA I always enjoyed the episodes. Watching Hawaii Five-O convinced me to visit Hawaii in 1985 and I have been going there yearly ever since. I think it has a better chance of a made for TV movie or maybe a series of episodes like Tom Selleck has done with the Jesse Stone made for TV movies that have been highly successful!
Jim Husing
Santa Clara, CA USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:27:22 (PST)
By the way, there's no "e" in Democrats. However, if that was an effort to compare us to Socrates, I'll take it as a compliment.
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 14:54:07 (PST)
Actually, the original Five-O had plenty of social commentary, including environmental issues. The Vietnam episode To Kill Or Be Killed and the anti-gun Diary of a Gun would certainly be considered "liberal" episodes. So to say that the remake must maintain the integrity of the original yet forego these elements strikes me as a contradiction.
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 14:50:10 (PST)
Mr. Bernerno: As with all of the contributors to this guestbook, I have been a H50 fan for many years (I'm 45 yrs old). My grandfather introduced me to the series when I was a child. Of course it was still on TV on Channel 3. My wife and I love the scenery, the actors and the "attitude" of H50. I'm sure you will do the new series justice - good actors, maintaining the spirit of the original series and (by God) not preaching Hollywood values as many of the TV shows and movies do today. Keep the writing and acting good, no politics (no environmental messages, social commentary, Republicans BAD/conservatives BAD/Democrates good) and I'm sure that you will have a winner! You have the beauty of Hawaii on your side. I wish you all the best. Eric Robeson
Yorktown, VA USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 14:20:43 (PST) The name's Chris, Chris McGarret, and I'm from Five-0.
Chichester, w.sussex uk - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 13:57:36 (PST)
Recent posts about Galen Kam, Kwan Hi Lim, and the rest of the 'Five-0 Players' got me thinking how great it would be if they could use that method for casting the character roles on the new show. A troupe of locals playing different parts in each episode. That has always been one of my favorite aspects of the show, and a big factor in making it authentic.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 12:15:29 (PST)
I love watching the classics, 5-0, Medical Center, among others. Very rarley are re makes worth watching, unless perhaps it is to those who were not yet born to see the orginals. The only one that was perhaps better than the orginal was Parent Trap. I do wish you the best in bringing back 5-0.
Jackson, Mi usa - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 11:34:21 (PST)
Thanks Kimo..i totally concur...i am AGREEING with you! Yes, give it the local feel. To be honest NBC's tv show "Hawaii" wasn't so bad in achieving a local ambience and wasn't given time to develop. i liked some of the stories--it wasn't Five-O, but there were some great local actors and locales bro...But yes, Hawaii did seem much more crowded than Five-O. i will visit one day..maybe next year... Hawaii Five-O: An ED Bernero Production in Association with CBS Cultural consultant: Kimo Thanks for the information man...
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 14:41:06 (PST)
Kimo; James. yes, supplanter. "Akamu" is also hebrew. So, let's drop that idea right here and now, thengewvurrymush. Sure, they oughta use other names. And not as they do in say; "Hawaiian Dick" that terrible "comic noir" that is slated for the screen. he ain't Hawaiian. he's a haole transplant. They use dumb sounding fake sounding names throughout, locals have called them on it, and the authors justify it by saying, "Well, it sound Hawaiian and exotic to US!". jeez! Again,. don't depend on mainland writers fully. Don't ship over grips, extras, etc.. Do casting here. Get the thing imbued with a local feel. It will have longevity and develop a real and solid and loyal following. And much support from da islands. Productions here develop good mojo, as it were, when they do things pono. If not, da buggah goin be "kahuna'ed" and whoa. watch out. planny pilikia, braddah!
Rolling,, Quiet on the set, Action! - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 14:21:50 (PST)
Just a quick clarification it was meant to be "flora and fauna" in inverted commas thus alluding to the general background, but your point it true Kimo, from what i hear there has been erosion. Excellent point, have local location scouts. And a quick question, what does the name Kimo mean? is it a term meaning brother or something; very, very regularly in Five-O, there always seems to be somebody named Kimo hanging around (prior to the 12th season Kimo)-surely, there are many other names? i do think that was a little lame if not lazy of them using other names..why so many Kimos? There was a cop named Kimo, then Kimo's restaurant--what the guys couldn't come up with other names? My research shows it is a form of James and defined as "supplanter?" i do hope the new 5-O remedies that using names like Kalani,Keli'i,Akamu (M),
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 14:04:26 (PST)
"Wikipedia mentions that the car was featured on Five-0." Rick's point is, since it was mentioned in Wikipedia, FIRST confirm it for yourself, as Wikipedia is known to be full of misinformation. Yankedoo, "For people who dont know what the Aloha Spirt is. " that is an example of the term "aloha spirit" used to sell newspapers. Obama's a level headed dude. The aloha spirit is so much more. And it will always be misunderstood, and unfortunately misrepresented, as nowadays, it seems to be nothing more than a cliche and marketing slogan/tool denigrated by the likes of the "Hawaii Tourism Authority" and other advertisers with something to sell the masses. who believe most anything. KD: "we can relish the flora and fauna of Hawaii. " I can see the need to get plants in the b/g, (I mean that's almost impossible to avoid in some instances) but you want to the camera to pick up imagery of animals in our region?! WHY? - Also, with the rampant overdevelopment our island has suffered sinc e the 70's, Architecturana has obliterated much of the flora and fauna, which is why I stress again, get GOOD location scouts who KNOW the island., Who have been here a LONGGGG time, who know all the old kine spots to create great scenes imbued with a "Hawaii sense of place" (an old Hawaii sense of place, really.)
Primo, Hawaii You essuv Aye - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 13:35:56 (PST)
To yankee-doo...Thanks for the link on article about Obama and the Hawaiian spirit. Good reading......And to KD MCgarrett Lord, thanks for the update on the date for the start of filming. Obviously we should hear about casting very soon. I'm sure Ed Bernero will make good choices. However, I'm sure he will not be able to pleae everyone. There WILL be some who will not be happy and will voice their opinion about it. That's cool. But I hope no matter who they select, that everyone will trust Ed's judgement and be patient while things develop.
Chicag, IL USA - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:01:37 (PST)
Hope all had a great break. Just wanted to check-in as i just realized how close the filming of the new pilot is! And, well, yes i am excited at the propsect. Apparently, cameras begin rolling January 09. i am sure that before then we will have heard about the casting. i hope that the new show is not too blindingly fast-paced, but medium paced like Law and Order or CSI on occasions. Criminal Minds is fast-paced by design. For a show like Five-O, we do need to have wide angles as well as zooms into Iolani Palace a la the original, which i am quite sure Ed will maintain. There needs to be good dialog (see Big Chicken and McGarrett or "By the numbers" when The Governor and MCG exchange dialog about dead servicemen!)--sure the cardinal rule is that dialog drives the plot, but in Five-O, very often there were social messages--often strong..sometimes subtle almost subliminal. No need to make it CSI:Hawaii. Sure some procedural elements and updates are good, but Five-O was about solving crime the old fashioned way with intelligence and a determined resolve. The new lead should prefer using a perspex writing board and pen over a PC! Note: CSI does this too. i hope the office isn't too cluttered with dozens of people and we have the key task force remaining 4-5. There needs to be close-ups of the star-his reactions--that face. Also, follow the car (not necessarily for a long time) but at least to establish position; in this way we can relish the flora and fauna of Hawaii. TV is missing out on this these days. Even in a more fast-paced approach, this can still work. So, as long as there is a strong penchant for creativity, i think the show will be a success. Anyway, good luck and waiting with great anticipation...
KD MCgarrett Lord
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, December 26, 2008 at 08:20:12 (PST)
Toyota 2000 GT value could be as much as $300K today. Lots of info about the car online. Wikipedia mentions that the car was featured on Five-0.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 21:50:28 (PST)
The Toyota 2000GT was released in limited quantities in 1967. It was famously used in the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" in which Bond escapes his pursuers in Japan.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 20:46:27 (PST)
'Not That Much Different' sports car is a Toyota 2000 GT probably 1967 model.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 20:38:15 (PST)
Re: Not That Much Different What kind of sports car does Manny own. It looks like a Lamborghini but I'm not sure. Does anyone know?
somerville, MA United States of America - Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 07:35:57 (PST) For people who dont know what the Aloha Spirt is.
chichester, w. sussex - Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 03:15:31 (PST)
I just LOVE this! Did anyone else just see the news intro on MSNBC about Obama in Hawaii. They were sort of giving an update on Obama's Hawaiian vacation and they did an intro with the Hawaii Five-O theme playing in the background with some shots of Obama vacationing and such and the intro title said, "Hawaii Five-O-Bama." ..... I think with the attention being on Obama being from Hawaii and such that it is the perfect time to premier the new Hawaii Five-O later on this year. This is good fortune and good timing for Ed Bernero. Aloha!
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 10:38:13 (PST)
Hey Jimmy Mags of Mt. Prospect, Il......I've only lived in the Chicago area since 2001 (originally from Pittsburgh) and from these 8 winters here, I have to agree with both of your comments. Chicago weather IS getting tougher and I am getting softer. Being from Pittsburgh, I can take the cold, the snow, the winter driving and so on. But Chicago just doesn't seem to let up. Just when you think you are going to get a break, it keeps coming. I'm going to have to put my Hawaii Five-O DVD's in the TV and imagine all the snow away.
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 06:43:41 (PST)
Hey Jimmy Mags of Mt. Prospect, Il......I've only lived in the Chicago area since 2001 (originally from Pittsburgh) and from these 8 winters here, I have to agree with both of your comments. Chicago weather IS getting tougher and I am getting softer. Being from Pittsburgh, I can take the cold, the snow, the winter driving and so on. But Chicago just doesn't seem to let up. Just when you think you are going to get a break, it keeps coming. I'm going to have to put my Hawaii Five-O DVD's in the TV and imagine all the snow away.
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 06:41:31 (PST)
and no fo'get, yea? mele kalikimaka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
Aloha,Mahalo,Pakoima,, laulau,Kukai, and other unrelated words - Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 15:51:05 (PST)
Hi, I just want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all! I wish I was on the islands right now. Either the Chicago winters are getting tougher or I'm getting softer! I just watched the season one episode with Yaphet Kotto as a deranged Marine who shoots Danno & is "holed" up in a room in a hospital. I like how another cop & a doctor shot down all of McGarrets ideas on how to end the conflict. Jack Lord reminds me of a hipper version of Jack Webb from Dragnet.
Mt. Prospect, Il USA - Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 13:46:41 (PST)
Just wanted to wish Ed Bernero and all of this site's posters a very Merry Christmas from a bitter cold Chicago (geez, Ed, don't you wish you were back home here?)......Everyone stay safe and stay warm.
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 08:50:39 (PST)
Hawaii 50! What can I say! quoting Steve McGarret; It still is the best US Police\crime series ever made! Ther filming is just magnaficent. The quality of the prsentation of each episode is second to none. Thanks Jack Lord and co for making this fantastic show that I still watched and first watched as a teenager on the nine network here in Australia! Just WOW what a show! being able to purchase on DVD now is even a bigger and better bonus! Thanks for allowing me to post here.
Andrew Hall
Adelaide, SA Australia - Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 01:40:00 (PST)
'Up The Rebels' ...pretty strong episode for season 10. Stephen Boyd is excellent as 'Father Costigan', a very entertaining performance. Too bad he never got to see it. It really is interesting to see the guest stars that came through Five-0. Often times I'll watch an episode and take notice of a great performance, then find out it was an actor of considerable note with an impressive work history. Or on the flip side, someone who went on to become famous. Again, great site.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 20:48:32 (PST)
Yes, i understand you concern, ring. But they have been out of pink booties for a while.
Haleiwa, Waimanalo Kailua - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 20:28:58 (PST)
Hey, Kimo-sabe. Yeah, I felt kinda "geeky" in those baby-blue booties, y'know. I got an image to preserve, right? Gladcha understand us proud haoles. We also had to walk around the place holding this phone-like device to our ear... also quite embarrassing. I wish we were given some virtual-reality tour instead. Sometin' kool like dat. I also thought we would be catered to inside... big Hawaiian luau and all! I also didn't see McGarrett's office or Jenny in the hallway. Sheesh...
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 20:05:11 (PST)
Bill and ringfire, we get that alot. I am there now and then, talking with friends who run the place and they see the standard "complaints" : "We have to use protective footwear to supposedly preserve the supposedly fragile condition of the last royal palace on USA soil, the koa and artifact laden structure built by some Hawaiian king, who the locals for some reason, revere, and I couldn't take pictures (who wants to pay money for their postcards?) or ramble throughout the maze wherever I wanted to go unchaperoned and I had to use the elevator, even though I most often complain I haveta use the stairs and I couldn't see part of the place that I wanted cuz it was in a tv show that I kinda like and the whole shootin match wasn't worth my trouble. I don't know why the locals didn't put in pinball machines, Wii stuff or xbox games on the walls to entertain us, I mean the place was empty and who cares about experiencing firsthand a revered aspect of Hawaii's Monarchy period? Even though I don't have any interest in what's important to Hawaiians and their history nor have any interest in historic landmarks of a foreign country, doesn't mean I can't go anywhere I want, up and down the one hundred and thirty year old wood staircase ( I mean why won't they allow us monthly throng of thousands of tromping tourists, up and down on that thing?!) So, yea, wasn't worth the trouble of putting on those booties." Yep. yer troubles and toils don't fall on deaf ears. We hear ya, buddy!
no touch, da merchandise! - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 17:04:12 (PST)
Hey Bill. Yeah, I remember the baby-blue color "booties" we had to wear inside Iolani Palace so as not to scratch the floor inside. I was there this summer. I enjoyed the inside tour. But yeah, it was a shame that we couldn't take pictures or that I couldn't walk up the inside stairs to the second floor. We had to use the elevator. Also you can only enter the palace from the rear, not from the front (King St.) where McGarrett used to run down the steps. It was also fun going inside the State Capitol Building (Governor's office) just in the rear of Iolani Palace. The concrete floor has some sort of round blue globe/world image which I noticed in "Rest in Peace, Somebody" as McGarrett follows the paint trail walking across the ground of the State Capitol Bldg.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 19:08:04 (PST)
I visited Hawaii about 2 years ago, bought the first season on DVD because I was there and decided to watch until I wasn't interested - now I am finishing up Season 5. The color correction on the DVDs is astonishing. The episodes never looked this good before. Website suggestion: add a locations - now and then section with images. Example: Iolani Palace interior. These episodes feature extensive location footage inside Iolani Palace: Yesterday Died... (season 1) The Bomber and Mrs. Morely (season 3) Rest in Peace, Somebody (season 4) Today you cannot take photos inside Iolani Palace. Inside it's mostly an empty palace with highly polished wooden floors. You have to wear "booties" on your shoes during the tour so as not to scuff the floor. The staircase in the center of the building is not used - there's an elevator instead. I thought the interior tour wasn't worth the trouble. I had more fun walking the grounds outside Iolani.
KS - Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 08:22:46 (PST)
I have all 5 seasons now on Paramount DVD and love them. Seen them all now. Does anyone know when Season 6, 7, 8, etc will be available on DVD from Paramount? Do we have to wait for one a year? Why can't we purchase them all now? Anyone know?
Flemington, NJ USA - Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 18:09:08 (PST)
Greetings all. I am new to Oahu and love it. There is a civility here that has been forgotten on the mainland. With all the interesting sites to see, I was truly excited to see over the entrance to the Hawaii Theater a dedication to Jack Lord. Growing up on Hawaii 5-0 it's been great to watch the reruns. A remake is due. I can think of several shows that copy the show's style 30 years later. I'm specially thinking of CSI Miami's David Caruso's character which seems to be modeled after Steve McGarrett. Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows, loved this past weeks ending twist. I think the producer of that show would do a great job at making a remake. Good luck with it. Ahola
Harold C
honolulu, HI USA - Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 01:20:43 (PST)
Hey, Lencho. Any relation to PEDRO ARMENDARIZ of From Russia With Love? Or his son Pedro Armendariz, Jr.?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, December 19, 2008 at 20:19:33 (PST)
I fell head over heals over the young Hawaiian girl filmed in the introduction. I searched the pacific rim for that girl and never found anyone close. Thank you, whom ever you may be for sending on a most adventurous journey throughout my life.
Lencho Armendariz
Powar, CA - Friday, December 19, 2008 at 20:06:11 (PST)
Dear Mr. Bernero I have just greatly enjoyed the first five seasons of Hawaii Five-O on DVD, and hope to see the other seasons as well. I hope that if you are planning to make another season of the famous series, that it will be recognisable to fans of the series atarring Jack Lord as being of the same mould, that is, the same values, intelligent but engaging plots and the same characters and personalities - McGarrett, Danno, Chin, Che and so on. I look forward to hearing of it. All the best!
Miland Joshi
Birmingham, UK - Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 13:48:57 (PST)
~ To Kalani in Maui: Aloha to you as well! I am an avid fan of 'H 5-0' and live in NC and have had the privilege to visit Hawaii. My wife and I got married on the beach in Honolulu in 2003 and spent two weeks in your homeland, too! We met wonderful local people who extended the "aloha spirit" to us while we were there. We were very comfortable as we explored the natural beauty of the islands, and especially when native Hawaiians went out of their way to point out things to us, and to give us tips as to where to go and what to do. Immediately after we were married, a rain shower came upon us and it was explained to us that the showers are blessings. We weren't bothered at all and embraced God's blessing upon us as newlyweds! Also, after we were married, a local lady whom had been watching our ceremony from a distance, came up to us and wished us God's blessings upon our marriage and our home. We gratefully thanked her and then she left and went on about her day. We often recall her as we reminisce of our honeymoon in Hawaii. We want to return someday and hope that by chance, or Divine providence, we'll cross paths with her again, and also you in Maui. We do know what it's like to meet genuine Hawaiians with ALOHA in their hearts! I noticed in your posting on Dec. 13th, that you have learned to get along with everyone on this "fragile little planet". Kalani, I pray to God that everyone follows your advice, but after reading some posts that followed your entry, it seems as though some people have a way to go to get where you are in dealing with people, ME INCLUDED! It's so refreshing to know that folks with warm hearts and good souls still walk this Earth. I'm going to start taking time to just be considerate and courteous to others, BEGINNING HERE: If I have upset anyone with my postings on this website, I do so humbly apologize and ask your forgiveness. Kalani, and to everyone on this site, I wish you well and the best in this life and the world to come. I hope everyone has a very MELE KALIKIMAKA! God bless you ALL. ~ Be(ing) there, ALOHA! ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 12:44:46 (PST)
yes, Kit, In fact, having worked as wardrobe, prop master, set decorator, extra, etc... for local productions here, I will probably be in the middle of it, and will have my lil camcorder on site.
Yo, ho ho - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 10:02:53 (PST)
Robert Luck, Galen Kam, Yankee Chang and Lippy Espinada won't be expecting a job with the new Five-O, since they have all passed away...
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 09:31:58 (PST)
Kimo, when they actually start filming the new 50, can we count on you for first hand local account/behind the scenes commentary?
Kit Leahy
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 09:07:27 (PST)
Yeah. That's not very nice, Eddie. Local kamainas like Terry Plunkett, Robert Luck, Galen Kam, Yankee Chang, Tommy Fujiwara, Lippy Espinada, Kwan Hi Lim, Arthur Hee have been waiting since the 70s for another shot at work. And here you come in to shatter these dreams! How dare you? Half of these guys are liable to die from the despair alone (oops, too late). Guess you can come in now, Eddie. But just you, ok? No one else! Remember that there might be a Junior Plunkett or a Junior Espinada out there waiting for a job. Until you see the Statue of Liberty standing in place of the Aloha Tower, don't think you can just waltz in with your hungry masses looking for a bail-out! Don't worry, Kimo! I gotch'yur back, brah!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 08:14:59 (PST)
Yea. eddie, so would long time residents of these islands who yer competing directly with in the film production business. Say mahalo to them when you try take their job.
welcome2 Hawaii, Now. GoHome. - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 02:05:50 (PST)
This would be a life long joy for me, to see Hawaii 5.0 return, especially NOW as I just moved to Oahu this week and work in Film Production and am looking for a job ! To work on MY ALL TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW ?? WOW ! I just moved here from 'bitter cold' New York City, where I worked ALL the time and was wondering what I was goin g to do in Hawaii. Well here I am, lets make this thing, I'll do anything !! Mahalo. Eddie
eddie morris
Honolulu, HI USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 01:30:07 (PST)
Yeah, Ron Hayes was a funny bad guy - he was also that way in the third season episode, "The Ransom"...:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 18:34:16 (PST)
My two cents on current release season five. Vashon alone makes it worth owning. Two other episodes that I feel are much better than just 2 stars (mjq):'You Don't Have to Kill...' Shatner as good guy/bad guy Tolliver is a classic. Also,'Odd Lot...' with Ron Hayes as Laughlin. Who, although he's not supposed to be, is one of the funniest bad guys.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, December 15, 2008 at 13:53:45 (PST)
Aloha to all Hawaii Five-O fans! I am a lifelong resident of Hawai'i and have lived on the Big Island (Hawai'i) and Oahu, and now reside on Maui with some aging relatives, of whom are in need of special care. I love these islands because they are indeed my home, and there's no place like home. A fond line from one of my favorite actresses, Judy Garland. I have learned in my lifetime, especially since living on Oahu with it's diverse cultures, to get along with everyone you can on this fragile little planet. I remember when Five-O began on CBS when I was a young woman and going to U of H. My girlfriends and I would hang out in Honolulu and on local beaches, and we would hope to get in on some of the film sequences, but as luck had it, we didn't get a chance. Nevertheless, we always had fun together back in those more innocent times. I always had a crush on Jack Lord and admired how handsome he was, and dreamed that he would someday be mine. I'm sure that a lot of girls did the same. I wanted to meet him so bad! Back then, I must say that I was somewhat a "looker" and hoped that I would catch his eye! Anyway, what really endeared him to me was his love for Hawai'i, the people of the islands, and the different cultures that make up this little part of the world. Jack was a fine person and human being and I'm sure that he would want all his fans to follow his leads. I hope all goes well with the resurrection of Five-O and I'll dream of good ol' Jack as I watch it and relive my best times, too! Aloha!
Kalani M.
somewhwere on Maui, Hawai'i USA - Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 12:52:52 (PST)
jon owens
marina, ca usa - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 21:09:56 (PST)
"programmes like our Five-O didn't help much." ..."our Five-O".... hmmm. It helped the tourist industry. The problem lies in the whole entitlement/greed based accommodation philosophy "well we gotta build up and out to accomodate everyone of these transplants who have no connection to the culture, the people, the land, the history, the tradition of Hawaii or Polynesia, who wants to move here and live here."
Klattu , Barada Nikto - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 17:28:25 (PST)
I'm so sorry Kimo your paradise has so lost its luster, its a shame Shangra-La could'nt be kept a secret. I guess programmes like our Five-O didn't help much. About the clip of boy in the Five-O intro. For me it repressents one of the iconic images of my generation. Because of the boy's youth, he represents, to me, our furture. A multi-racial future where anything is possible, and the only thing holding us back is ourselves. He turns fearlessly to us, the audiance, because we determine our future. Cheers John age 51.
chichester, u.k. - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 13:30:41 (PST)
That was one of my favorite eps. ('course, they all are.) Kono displayed restraint in that ep. I know many people who worked with him and hung around with da braddah... hoo da stories!
dassmyname, don't wearitout - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:46:20 (PST)
I see, Kimo-sabe! Yah, too much of a bad thing can't be good. That there Honey-Lulu is becoming a reg'lar concrete jungle! They can't build horizontal (there's only so much space)... so they keep building vertical... up into the clouds (like the tower of Babel!) Reminds me of the first season eppie "Strangers in Our Own Land" where guest haole Simon Oakland (playing local Benny Kalua!!) rants to the land developer he's about to run over with the bulldozer "Come on, Hawaiians!! Crawl into your concrete boxes!! Stack these boxes up into the sky!" If Benny complained about this concrete jungle back in '68, I imagine he's rolling in his grave now! I see whatcha mean!!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:10:08 (PST)
"Don't mean to slag" (You did slag.) (but it's fairly justified) Yes, da buggaz still pluckin' away at da same spot. And adjoining and distant spots. "Can't be good for the tourist industry" Yuppers: Many things these Bozos allow and actively do, are not at all good for the tourist industry. (read the star bulletin's (recent) archived articles on Rex Johnson and the accompanying comments) And yes, I agree; NO one is impressed with the way things are run here cept those who have their pockets lined or have their name on a plaque after it's finally over. then it gets chewed up alll over again. Cuz o da quick fixes, and non permanent cheap kine, lowest bid repairs/work. It's a third world country and it ain't gettin any better. EVERYbody wants to live here. Then when they do, property values/taxes go shooting skyward, roads are built cheaply, property is condemned and via eminent domain, stolen from the property owners, (aunty, uncle, dem who been livin in da same hale since da 40's) and the roadway is widened (and the 25 mph road becomes a speeder's hiway, cuz they are used to driving li'dat in cali, on 405/101...) road become conjested and worn out and rains come (surprise!) and potholes instantly appear cuz they don't know HOW to lay high quality asphalt roads (surprise!) and water is force-rationed, and everybody whines "I don't wanna conserve water! I want my golfcourse brightgreen! " except we don't hear the valid complaints as much as one would think, of da locals who called this home for generations who cannot afford to live in heir own town, cuz amerikkka took it over and it's a free (market) country which means anyone can come here and "invest" and hope their property jumps in value. Too much development in a finite fragile island that has not the infrastructure landfills, etc. to handle it, nor can the reef system or fragile ecosystem handle it. As a consequence to the above banana republic corrupt system, the overpopulated roads everywhere... are constantly in disrepair/being worked on. Making the absolutely absurd presence of these electric portable signage telling up: "Expect delays; Roadwork on.. (choose any road name on Oahu mapquest)" an absolute ridiculous redundancy. Sure everything's phuqued up here. Sure we don't wanna sit in it, cuz it's eating away at our surf time. Everyone wants to go to heaven. NO one wants to die.
well, fanmewith a crowbar! - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 18:56:27 (PST)
Sorry Kimo-sabe. Don't mean to slag. But SERIOUSLY! I was in Hawaii on business for about 2 months and EVERY SINGLE DAY traffic would back up on Kalakaua because EVERY SINGLE DAY there were repairs being done AT THE SAME SPOT in the road! It's the section of the road that goes over Ala Wai Canal between Kapiolani Blvd (I think) and Ala Wai Blvd. What's even crazier is that the locals (well... actually... local haoles) told me that they always choose to fix the road at rush hour (mornings and afternoons). I'm thinking why not do it at midnight or 12NOON and then pack up at 3PM?! But NO! Always when traffic is at its peak! Are dey still pluckin' away there at da same spot, Kimo? I won't be surprised if they are. Meanwhile I'm in my car twiddling my thumbs because the day ain't getting any longer and I can't wait to get to my hotel and catch those gnarly waves, bruh! Can't be good for the tourist industry. They need solid "Book 'em-style" leadership down there! Maybe then I'll consider coming back again. This haole tourist sho wadn't impressed wit da way things are run down there!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 16:27:28 (PST)
At the risk of repeating whats already been said. I think the series, may favorite cop show of all time, was produced on a smallish budget. almost all was filmed on location, which alone must have cost a small fortune. They where able to cut corners; for instance.
  1. Using longshots and filming continously, with few cuts.
  2. Using stock footage of cars racing around, causing small continuity issues.
  3. Local actors, who rose to the occasion, and performed with distiction.
  4. Few stunts, and no special effects.
That being said, Five-O was simply the best. The stories where exceptional a bit from 'left field'. But engrossing, about an exotic/beautifull community. McG had a passion/dirction to get the bad guys, he also had humor, and macismo. When I think of my gifted childhood, I think of McG's crooked smile and the five-O gang. john hulling, age 51

chichester, uk, u.k. - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 15:08:39 (PST)
What do you mean by "the music," Dr. Phil? Do you mean the opening or end title music or the underscore for the episodes? Where did you hear this? I see no indication that the music has been "changed," if you are referring to the kind of bulk revamping of the underscore such as happened recently with The Fugitive and My Three Sons.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 13:59:00 (PST)
Hello, I heard that the music in season 5 Hawaii Five-O is not the same as the show when it aired? From what I gather the sound is fine, I hear no difference. Does anyone agree with me? Mahalo, Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 13:09:04 (PST)
See, Kimo? - no, don't see. Told-ja so! - about wot? careful ring. This is my home yer slaggin.
wot, boddah yoo?! - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 13:07:02 (PST)
Thank you Kit Leahy for the information on the Halekulani Hotel. I stayed at that hotel in 1960 with my family when my mother and father were attending a wedding they took my brother and I over to Hawaii during the Christmas Season. Also went to Makapuu Beach when there weren’t any lifeguards at that time. Happy Holidays! Dr.Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA United States - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 13:04:25 (PST)
See, Kimo? Told-ja so! This haole may have been flown here, not grown here, but he knows a thing or two about them there Hawai'ian fountains. Like when water is coming out... gee... it must be working. Or when no water... hmmm... no work. But seriously I had to laugh when I read that article. We're talking about a freakin' WATER-FOUNTAIN here, NOT a satellite tracking station! How hard and/or expensive can it be to fix the thing?! LOL! I know that incompetence tends to run amok in the Aloha State... but REALLY!!!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 13:01:10 (PST)
Colin, dass it. one of the instances. Ringfire, In other words, I read the pepahz.
grown here, not flown here. - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:20:06 (PST)
ring's on fire today!
a , blast z - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:11:18 (PST)
Hey ringfire211, it seem that you're right. The fountain was in operation back in the early summer. According to June Watanabe's December 4, 2008 article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the Dillingham Fountain "has been empty and shut down since July." Here's the URL to the article:
NB Canada - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:04:44 (PST)
I just love this guest book site! It has the best layout I've seen so far on! awesome job!
buddy Cool
San Antonio, texas USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 07:35:28 (PST)
Y'know, Kimo... the more I think about it the more I'm certain that you are mistaken. Maybe you're no longer taking those hallucinogenics... who knows? You could be taking stuff you don't even know. Just 'cause a member of da ohana gave you sum'tim don't mean you gotta put it in your mouth. Seriously though, I am POSITIVE that the fountain was sprinkling water. My memory can't be THAT bad! Maybe it's not now... but it was around June, July, August. If it's no longer working though - I have a good idea for the new show! We can use CGI to make the fountain sprinkle water! Howz dat?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 07:19:53 (PST)
Ed---just send Hotch or Derek to Hawaii--that would work for me...i watch Criminal Minds and am transported to Hawaii Five-O;the tight scripting,characters and intelligent plots. Hotch brings that "all business" approach--Derek gets the intent look but not Hotch's threads.. Yes, no semi-clad lady stuck in because somebody couldn't come up with a script..kudos, roll on January..i think the new 5-0 will bring me the much neglected style of tv shows and hopefully motivate others to focus on quality not quantity.. Five-0---returning 2009..Aloha..Aloha Baby!
KD MCgarrett..pick me for a walk on!
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 06:36:41 (PST)
"Kimo, you sure the Dillingham fountain is not working?" No. But I drive by it four times a week or so. Both ways. And I haven't done hallucinogenics since da mid seventies. And I read da pepahz daily. But, really... who knows, ya know?!
Omik, ululonoh (santanic message) - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 23:50:44 (PST)
" don't remember any special effects or cgi on any Five-O show" Gosh. Ya learn sumpin new every day! I did not know they had that available to them, then! Now, I know. - "I remembered this show fondly from the few times I saw it as a kid. That's a testament to how good the show was: I saw it three times!" - "Don't tell me all these old 5-0 Landmarks are slowing crumbling away." All these old 5-0 Landmarks are slowing crumbling away. It is much further that even that point. Too much ( in my way of thinking, being the nostalgic fool that I be...) we see most everything viewed in the old eps, as long gone. As I said before. that is why I... and many of da ohana here, love old eps. It shows a Hawaii that is nevermore. (why?! politicians. developers. greed. everyone wanting to move to and buy and live in 'paradise'.)
a , choo Dog Bless You! - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 23:42:04 (PST)
Hawaii Five-O was one of my favorite shows as a kid. And now that they are on DVD, I decided to watch them again. But unlike many older TV series that are just plain bad by today's standards, these shows are really good even today. I'm anxiously awaiting every new season on DVD. Sure, there is a little dialog that's "60's", and I remember even as a kid thinking that I don't know anyone that talked like that. "Groovy man", and "that's a hip scene man" etc. However, that is easy to overlook and what amazes me is how current the store line is, and how 'modern the show is in spite of the wide ties and 'hip scene' dialog. Stories of terrorist attacks with anthrax, sabotage, spy rings, identity theft, etc. If you are going to do this, get some good writers, and as many have commented, don't give us the typical 'what hollywood thinks we want', give us what we actually want. Smart, intelligent, not so much going on we can't follow (don't pack 90 minutes worth of dialog and story into an hour show) or so many plot twists we need a story guide to follow. It's one reason that "24" is such a success. Take the story where it needs to go, and don't be afraid to step on toes. I don't remember any special effects or cgi on any Five-O show. It was the stories that keep us coming back. Do it right, do it well, don't disgrace the Hawaii Five-O series with typical Hollywood garbage, and we'll be talking about your new "Hawaii Five-O" 40 years from now.
Tulsa, ok USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 22:25:42 (PST)
Hey Mr. Bernero, OK, so here's my two cents. :) I remembered this show fondly from the few times I saw it as a kid. That's a testament to how good the show was because (1) a kid even liked it, and (2) I became fond enough of it after only seeing a handful of episodes that years later I eagerly wanted to buy the DVDs as soon as they became available. What has already been said regarding the gorgeous scenery and the great cast, characters, and plots holds true for me as well. But one thing I want to add is that Five-O was awesome for allowing us to watch in detail (what some might say "excruciating" detail, but I would say "fun") how various crimes were plotted or executed. One episode which still survives somewhat in my memory but has yet to be released on DVD is when a counterfeiter or forger is executing his art at creating the perfect copy of a bill or document - what exactly it was is a bit fuzzy. But I remember vividly the image of him peering into his machine to look at the minute details of the forgery as he was executing it. I also remember that it seemed as if the scene were lasting forever, because it captured his entire attempt in all its wonderful detail. I have seen other episodes with similar parts, and I love them. Everything today is so damned "show the gore, show the T&A, cue the loud music, keep the pace fast". I really appreciate Five-O, and for that matter a number of the shows of old, just chilling out, taking their time, and SHOWING what was happening in detail. I am too realistic to believe that the crux of the comment I just made will really get implemented in the show, simply because I don't think the execs would stand for it. Five-O would stick out like a sore thumb, and who knows if today's TV crowd could stand it. But I speak from my preferences and my past, and I sure wish Five-O would retain some of that "class" that I admired and loved, and which excited me about buying the shows on DVD. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to give our opinions on the new show!! - Anthony B. Age 38
Anthony J. Bufort
Renton, WA USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 21:56:54 (PST)
The Natatorium was in crappy condition in 1999, which was the last time I was in Hawaii. You can see a picture of it here. I don't understand why they don't just tear the thing down. By the way, there is an interesting series of comics about a mayor of Honolulu which involves both the Dillingham Fountain and the Natatorium. You can access this here.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:29:11 (PST)
Kimo- I was in Hawaii 2 years ago and went to the War Memorial Natatorium and noticed that it is in complete disaray and an absolute disaster. What's up with that? I remember seeing this featured prominently in numerous episodes so I wanted to go see it. When I arrived their I was disapointed in what I saw. Don't tell me all these old 5-0 Landmarks are slowing crumbling away. Dillingham Fountain and the War Memorial? What's next.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 13:52:53 (PST)
Kimo, you sure the Dillingham fountain is not working? I was there this past summer (July-August) and jogged by it and drove by it a few times and I could have sworn that it was working. Water was a-splashin' fo sho! In regards to the Capitol Bldg window shot, yes, that's what I figured it must have been - a painting or model of the Capitol. Gotta admit it looked like the real thing. One could definitely think the show was shot INSIDE Iolani Palace! They even have the Capitol Bldg angles right! You look through one window, then you look through the other side window and the background (be it picture or model) looks genuine! Like the real thing! Plus, you have the palms swaying which only adds to the realism! Though I don't remember seeing palms immediately outside any of the Iolani windows when I was there.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 13:38:06 (PST)
Kit, it is 'fronds". - The Dillingham fountain, due to our incredibly inept local government remains empty and non functioning. It is in a great state of disrepair. (That is also in general, our great state here) The usual fingerpointing all the way around means never again will it be active.
3, 2 1 - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 11:18:13 (PST)
Ringfire211.... The capitol building was a flat picture of the Capitol, set a little bit back from the window. There were also palm frons that would blow (thanks to a fan) (that an electric fan, not "fan" like one of us)
Kit Leahy
Seattle, Wa USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:36:09 (PST)
Well the 5th season is not my favorite but with 2 discs left to watch it is not without it's classic moments. Family Crook, the white and pink hat that comes floating down after the car blows up. And "that's not for you McGarrett, on a cops salary your'e bargain basement all the way". Child Stealers, "freedom? we'll see how free you feel in a 6x8 cell, book 'em!" Also loved Shatner in Don't Have to Kill. Overall the Vashon trilogy did not knock me out like I thought it would but the ending of Patriarch made up for it. Too Cold. Although Tosaki the lawyer had me rolling a few times. He came back in Family Crook as the sailor and was hilarious there as well. And how could I forget Honeymoon. Perhaps my fave so far. I love it when Steve gets romantic, and I had a crush on Margo myself. Bittersweet. The doctor from Family Crook showed up again with cyanide this time. I loved it when he was discussing it with Manola and the hit man. "I know my job", "it's all you're gonna get" Classic. And that wedding took the cake. Hopefully the final two discs will arrive later today.
Cincinnati, OH USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 08:26:02 (PST)
If you search at Google (, you will find: This water fountain has been made famous by tv shows such as Hawaii Five-O and countless movies. The fountain was constructed in the 1960's to honor Louise Dillingham, a member of the former City Parks Board. Mrs. Dillingham was the wife of Walter Dillingham, a well known Hawaii construction contractor.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 06:22:48 (PST)
Thanks, guys. I figured that must have been the same fountain as the one in Kapiolani Park. Just watched "Cocoon" and saw that fountain shot again! Wonder why it's called Dillingham. Anyway, now I have another question. I see what looks like the State Capitol Bldg (Governor's Office) outside of the window of McGarrett's office. Now I know that the State Capitol Bldg is just across from Iolani Palace, except that the Five-0 set was somewhere in Pearl City during the first season and somewhere near Diamond Head during the next seasons. In any case, I'm wondering if that is some sort of miniature model of the State Capitol outside the window. Can't be the real thing, right?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 22:25:16 (PST)
It's called The Dillingham Fountain.
Miami, Fl USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 15:29:37 (PST)
RingFire 211.... I used to work on "50" in the mid 70's. The fountain IS the fountain at the end of Kapiolani Park.(that you are thinking of.) I do not know if it has a name.
Kit Leahy
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 14:55:03 (PST)
i come from the midlands of ireland, and moved to london in the 70;s i watched 5 0 on irish tv and watched every friday night.this was the first cop show which brought a sence of respect to the tv. jack lord was great as the top man. it was the first and still one of the best.
james dowling
london, england - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 14:24:08 (PST)
CALLING ALL HAWAII RESIDENTS!! I have a question about the stock shot of that fountain that McGarrett is always driving past in numerous episodes. I believe it's called Dillingham fountain. I'm just wondering if it's not the same one that I used to jog past regularly while on my business trip to Hawaii. I stayed in Waikiki and I used to jog towards Waikiki Shell/Kapiolani Park and down that road that runs along Diamond Head. I believe it's Kalakaua and then becomes Diamond Head Road or something. Anyway, jogging down that road you pass a fountain. Wonder if this is the same one used in the show. I'm thinking if it's called Dillingham fountain then it must be where Dillingham Rd is, right? Somewhere by Nimitz Hwy? But the fountain really looks like the one by Diamond Head so I'm just wondering. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 11:28:03 (PST)
Finished season five. On an episode by episode basis I'd say this one ranks slightly below seasons three and four, possibly my two favorite Five-O seasons, but viewed as a whole, especially taking into account the creativity of the writers and the diversity of the stories, then season five is in the same league as its predecessors, perhaps even superior. My favorite episodes: Vashon trilogy(of course), The Jinn Who Clears the Way, Here Today Gone Tonight, Pig in a Blanket, Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die. Some near classics: Fools Die Twice, Death is a Company Policy, Journey Out of Limbo, The Child Stealers. The only weak links: You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich, Little Girl Blue, Chain of Events and Jury of One. The latter is the most disappointing episode of the season: great idea, great execution for the first couple of acts, then it falls apart once we learn how the defendant is manipulating the juror in his pocket. SPOILER ALERT. Strange how in a season marked by diversity there is this over-reliance on stories involving kidnapping, or holding children as hostages. In addition to The Child Stealers and Little Girl Blue, we see the crooks in You Don't Have to Kill and I'm a Family Crook hold family members at gunpoint in order to get what they want. This plot device dates back to the third season opener, A Time to Kill, it was fresh then, but by the time we get to Jury of One it's grown pretty stale. I wish the writer could have come up with a more imaginative way of manipulating the juror.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 08:58:19 (PST)
I just watched "Unce upon a time, part 1" again. The scene with the crying McGarrett is a pretty good example for "method acting". If you get something like that in a scene you don't really have to PLAY. You can see that in James McArthur, he doesn't PlAY uncertainty and embarrassment he IS uncertain and embarrassed. I think that's what makes a good actor, pushing people in the scene to their limits by the own acting.
Berlin, Germany - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 23:46:58 (PST)
For info regarding the boy in the main titles, read the link which Kimo posted below:

For info about Elizabeth Logue, the woman in the titles, see
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 17:34:21 (PST)

Great news, Jeff. A mere five months after season five. Obviously, I wish it were a little faster, but I really can't complain, especially considering the torpid rate at which some of my other favorites are being released(Law & Order, Hill Street Blues, Taxi, Barney Miller).
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:22:30 (PST)
Kimo, Mr. Mike, gang, correct me if I'm wrong, but the boy (main title sequence) was never identified w/ certainty??
Big H
Someone, bail , ME Out, too - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:11:54 (PST)
According to this WWW page -- -- the term "crème de menthe" originated around 1878.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 13:59:14 (PST)
Good news- I have confirmed with an industry source that HAWAII FIVE-0: THE SIXTH SEASON will be released on DVD Tuesday, April 21st. I expect an official announcement will be made sometime next month. 2 years and halfway through the series, not bad at all!
Jeff Herman
Denver, CO USA - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 13:02:26 (PST)
I got sll five seasons on disc and am diggin' each and every one. I love Milton Selzert in "Percentage" he was a gem among charecter actors. I liek th ehard-boiled essence of the scripts ie "What's the angle" which sounds like it was lifted from 40's pulp fiction. Little Girl Blue is an excellent episode I like how Luther played the big dummy ala the one from Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath". Ilove all the bloopers like when McG says he wants a the reg on a 1962 Sedan and the lady cop on the other end says a 1960 Sedan and then McG says "affirmitive! LOLOLOLOL we don't need blooper reels when they leave them intact like that, brtuddah!I like how Duke says "20 years ago I was fighting the Communist Chinese in Korea and now I am protecting themn" As if he had a crystal ball and knew all about current Sino-US relations before anyone else. now that the Chinese own us we best enjoy the classic Five-O before it is censored. I can dig a new Five-O but it won't come near the classic, too many memories there and I would have to have a lobotomy to erase them. Forget the old actors have a whole new cast and just have lots of bodies and car crashes and it will be a hit for the Nintendo generation. Just as the latest Bond film is all noise and destruction, so must the new Five-O be to please the corporate masters who abhor critical thinking and the advertisers who peddle their poison. Mahalo and Aloha this site is awesome!
Palm Springs, Ca USA - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 12:10:01 (PST)
I just want to say Thank you for that great site. I like the epguide very much. It brought attention to lots of nice subtleties of the show. I'm a Hawaii Five-0 fan since I was a kid. Last September I was in Honolulu and now I have to watch all episodes again to rediscover all the places. I also visited the Jack Lord statue at the Kahala Mall and I'm glad to know he will never be forgotten.
Berlin, Germany - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 11:19:00 (PST)
To Rick in Newport Beach....could it have been a Creme de Menthe based drink?? (Don't know if Creme de Menthe existed back in '68). If not that, perhaps Charlie Bombay borrowed some Romulan ale from the Star Trek set (oops, that was filmed on the NBC set...sorry)
Big H
Let's bail 'em out again-, Rich Wall Street cats - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 10:59:46 (PST)
vahine: Liz Logue. Died a while ago. see below post on this page. keiki:
1, 2 3 - Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 13:23:56 (PST)
Who is the girl in the opening titles ? I guess she'd be in her 60's now. Also who is the boy ?
Bracknell, BK UK - Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 12:21:04 (PST)
it's not an either/oar thing, YD. ...since this is "Hawaii.... 5-0, that would be paddle. not oar.
what, choo tawkinbout!? - Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 09:41:57 (PST)
Feel I have to stick my oar in here, the stories have to be about fighting the crime, and not so much about the characters relationships outside Five-0. They did that with Star Trek 'Enterprise', and made it very soapy. So if you miss and eposide or two, or three, your lost and don't understand whats going on. With the oldies, you could jump right into an eposide of Mission Impossible, or Time Tunnel, and be up to speed just like that.
chichester, uk, w.sussex uk - Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 04:23:47 (PST)
Heard all the descriptions of a 'winning' Chief of Five-0, should have. How about Hawii's favorite son's younger brother,...Mo, Mo Obama?
chichester, uk, w.sussex uk - Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 03:56:18 (PST)
hoped nobody noticed. I wear a bib now. helps in old age.
bend over, I will drive. - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 22:30:41 (PST)
Leave Five-O alone. It was great show at the time it aired in the 60s and 70s. To do a remake will only lead to disappointment and let down. And I vote no on the Vashon bit. Who the heck would they work their vengence on? McGarrett is dead and so is almost all the actors of the series. Oh, and Kimo you are soooo droll.
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 21:25:24 (PST)
Sad before. Melancholy later
dont, read this - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 20:06:43 (PST)
Ok-Kimo-you got me. Let me clarify - Jack Lord was the only person that was in every episode during the 12 yrs of Hawaii Five-O (including the movie). Face it the show centered around him and the State of Hawaii. Happy now?
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, Ne USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 18:38:10 (PST)
"Jack Lord was the only actor in all the episodes. " The rest of em you saw in the scenes? They were not actors, they just played one on T.V..
Ya, Ya, shore,youbectha! - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 17:36:39 (PST)
In 'Just Lucky I Guess' what is the green drink Charlie Bombay pours at his office bar during McG's visit? Looks like shave ice syrup! Later when Angela's 'sister' is in the office he pours a scotch and you can see the decanter of green stuff on the bar.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 16:09:05 (PST)
KD-I agree with your comment!! Jack Lord was the only actor in all the episodes. The story was centered around him and his dedication to his job, basically. He did not have a "life" outside the job, as a lot of workalcoholic do. The job was his life! Jack Lord played McGarrett with the right amount of compassion, male chauvinism, chivalry, control, and strenght to make the character believable (in another word- a larger than life hero).
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, NE USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 14:24:28 (PST)
The new Five-O needs a patriarch not an ensemble. Hawaii Five-O's original title was "the man" and revolved around dear old McGarrett, whose motives for being dedicated to the job are revealed in the 10th season where it transpires his father was killed a la Batman style by a "bastard" Actually, the star system, to my mind, worked well. It needs a " larger than life individual" McCGarrett is meant to be the lead-the seasoned veteran, rugged--ruggedly handsome (i own a copy of Leonard Freeman's pilot script and it describes him thus!) Ensemble works very well for Criminal Minds,but it is the nature of the beast there, although some characters are more prominent than others. Five-O is about the perennial fight by a man on a mission aided by his trustworthy knights. What mustn't happen is what has happened to Knight Rider-not really a perfunctory nod to the original...!
KD McGarrett is the name...
Tampa, Fl USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 13:58:26 (PST)
Hello A. U. Sperson: I, too, agree with your comment, "IT IS FINE TO SHOW GLIMPSES OF THE CHARACTERS' PERSONAL LIVES, BUT PERSONAL LIVES WERE NOT THE FOCUS OF HAWAII FIVE-O." The show was always focused on the crime that was shown upfront and then how the team figured it all out. Having a woman or women be part of the team is incidental. There were some shows where we got to see a little bit about the personal lives of the Five-O team and I think we all enjoyed that. And I think if the remake includes the head of Five-O being McGarrett's son, there has to be a little bit of background on the son's personal life to set things up. But from there, it should focus on the crime-solving.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 09:34:38 (PST)
If you are doing a remake of a classic such as 5-0,don't over analyze.Look at the first Star Trek movie,not very good.They understood that and brought back Khan in the second movie when they realized a good character offers a good story,or at least familiarity.Wo Fat would be the most obvious.Superspy!Anyway that's my input.
sacramento, ca usa - Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 01:31:03 (PST)
Barbara’s comment on writing women characters was SO on point that I want to second it. I would say it this way, however: Writers should create the characters as people instead of tokens and cast both men and women in the roles. The roles should be cast with the people who make the characters most interesting regardless of their race or sex. The problem is not diversity – it is narrow mindedness on the part of some writers who cannot or will not write about people interacting as true professionals in the workplace. It is fine to show glimpses of the characters’ personal lives, but personal lives were not the focus of Hawaii Five-0. Currently, “Law & Order” gets this idea mostly right, while “Without a Trace” has become increasingly annoying as all the characters seem to be having affairs with each other….. When it comes to roles for women, writers need a reality check from life in 2008 – where the incoming Secretary of Homeland Security is a woman, as is the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, a city full of sensitive potential crime and terrorism targets such as federal buildings and foreign embassies. I won’t bother discussing who could be cast as governor of Hawaii. My experience is that, in reality, people with professional jobs act like professionals, and that is not a matter of whether they are men or women.
A. U. Sperson
Washington, DC - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 21:02:34 (PST)
I’ve been giving serious thought about how to answer your question: What should the new Five-0 be? Here are a few items that stand out for me. I hope they help you. I. Use a second-generation concept. That is, don’t let it be a remake of the original. Instead, 30 years have passed. The original Five-0 team is gone. This is current-day Hawai`i. As one enters the Five-0 office, he/she passes pictures of the original team, which hang on the wall. Jack Lord didn’t just play McGarrett. He was McGarrett, and he did it right. In my opinion, that is why getting a new Five-0 off the ground is so difficult. So, don’t even try. Instead, let Five-0 have a new chief, who has his/her own approach to law enforcement, his/her own personality, etc. II. Use the ensemble cast system. In 1968, the star system was still in place. Jack was the star. The ensemble system was introduced, at least in part, by the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Today, the ensemble system is expected. People want to know the whole cast, not just the star. Allow the primary cast (the Five-0 team) have personal lives as well as professional lives. Audiences want to feel that they know these characters personally. I, for one, liked meeting Chin Ho’s wife and children. They seemed real – the bratty teenage son, for example. Show native Hawai`ians as the good people that they are. They are a warm, family oriented people. Let that show. Don't let them all be criminals. This was a serious fault of the original show. III. Explore uniquely Hawai`ian issues; e.g., sovereignty, over-development, and poverty among native Hawai`ians. These were some of the best episodes of Five-0. Some of the issues are different today, but too many are still the same ones. Emphasize that. Hire Hawai`ian writers to write these episodes (perhaps, one each season). They will have first-hand knowledge of the situations, which a mainlander just won’t have. Don’t just capitalize on Hawai`i’s gorgeous scenery. Don’t leave the audience asking, “Where’s the beef.” By the same token, don’t over-dramatize. Be honest with not only your audience but with your Hawai`ian hosts.
Virginia Tolles
Shawnee, OK USA - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 19:22:01 (PST)
She died over 20 years ago:
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 13:18:11 (PST)
I wonder what happened to that beautiful girl who turns her head to the camera, during Hfive0s theme song? She always gave me shivers.
Fresno, - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 11:47:42 (PST)
donno, chances of this happening are slim to none. (so many comments re; getting all the actors we saw in the 70's to quickly and simply pop into the game just to tickle us, as if just a month has passed since their turn in front of the camera...) I meet up with "old time' H50 actors alla time, (this being a small island, and me being a social butterfly) and either they have no interest by now, any longer, to act, or they are gainfully employed in a wholly different field and do not that the luxury of taking days off to suddenly jump into something they haven't done in decades.
yo, yo yo! - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 10:55:25 (PST)
~ Elissa Dulce as "Laura" in the season 6 episode of 'Nightmare In Blue', was the prettiest policewoman on Hawaii Five-O. At that time in her life, she was an absolute KNOCKOUT! She played as a stranded motorist and potential bait to smoke out a police impostor that was raping and sometimes murdering women. Such Hawaiian women as Elissa are needed to bring that exotic island beauty into the equation, to help make a new production appealing. Ms. Dulce looked to be in her mid 20's when she appeared in this particular episode back around '73 and I realize that some time has taken away some of her youth(she would now be approximately 60), but she did act her part well. Perhaps she could reprise her role as a senior officer or have a daughter or granddaughter that could be an instrumental part in the new productions as a member of THE TEAM. I think that a lot of the "bit" actors should be sought out, as they were good actors in their own right and were a tremendous asset to the original show. ~ Be(ing) there, ALOHA! ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 10:36:52 (PST)
Barbara, I would welcome it. I mean she needn't be in it weekly. But back then, they used vahine to work undercover. And Sandi Wells played by Amanda McBroom was a cop on the force occasionally. If they use a woman, this would allow for more storylines with the female underworld faction, (grab that population of the viewing public) "Leilani. we need you to work as an opium contact and meet up with the Dragon Lady. You know, she has that restaurant and dive bar as a front there in Chinatown. get in good with her with the promise of sharing your far east connections and under the guise of requiring wider distribution of your product. If she's greedy enough, we'll get all da scoops on her crack/ice/meth organizaton, and we'll take her down! We 'll have you tailed. and wired, for this next assignment. You know what happened to the last one... we didn't fully anticipate DragonGirl's coldbloodedness... We weren't as akamai last time., but if you think it's too dangerous..." "Yea, boss. Ruthy ended up in a Mauna Loa lava flow!" "Then, ain't no beeg t'ing, Leilani... Well have Kono slip in unda da radar as... hmm. some Kalihi pusher..." A'ole pilikia, Steve! Can hando! I want the dragon lady shut down more than you and da guvoner both! I'll have her head on a plate wit my poi in a week, no worry, beef curry!" We can also see undercover gals working the streets, (know whuddamean?) and you know what that means; great location shots, detailed storylines of the chinatown hub riffraff and all their doings.
Ekahi , Elua Ekolu - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 10:02:14 (PST)
Gosh, Kimo, I actually agree with you. There is no reason why a woman couldn't be part of the team. Just write her in like you would the men and don't make a big deal of it. But if you are going to keep the spirit of the show but also update it, not a bad idea to have a woman on board. Aloha, Kimo.
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, December 05, 2008 at 09:17:35 (PST)
"...let's just all agree that there will be NO women"... why da hell we should agree on something as dumb as that?! Jeff. Yer lack of H50 viewage is showing. They had women on the team other than Jenny now and then. It worked before. It will, of course work again. That shouldn't even be a subject.
123, abc baby, youandme! - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 20:05:26 (PST)
""Go Steelers" is the same as saying "Aloha" in Hawaii. Nope. We say; "Let's Go. RAIN bows" or "Go, Warriors!". THAT would be similar. IF... we wanna say 'aloha' we SAY aloha. - "Honnie Colonie" hotel on the beach.... It's the Halekulani Hotel" ok. maybe I can see that. But since I know Hawaiian, and hotels in Waiks, it didn't ring a bell. Mostly cuz there is a Colony *** hotel in Waikiki. And yes, the Halekulani is most emphatically, still in business. A prop and mainstay on Waikiki beach as much as the Pink palace or Moana.
321, blast off - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 19:59:39 (PST)
Clarification! When I said "No Women", I was referring to the staff of Five-O (with the exception of Jenny)...I can just see somebody thinking maybe Steve (or Danno) should be played by a female...aye yi yi! The Vachon idea is great! That is truly one of the best (3) shows (other than the shows with Wo Fat...)
Hemet, CA US - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 14:22:36 (PST)
In response to Dr. Phil's question (12/3) "Honnie Colonie" hotel on the beach.... It's the Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu 86815 (800) 745-8883.
Kit Leahy
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 11:54:20 (PST)
""Go Steelers" is the same as saying "Aloha" in Hawaii. Nope. impossible. Nowhere close. by the way, where do you want these mythical steelers to go? To heck? kalihi? pacoima? And Dr.Phil? Need more to go on than: "Honnie Colonie Hotel" sorry.
you, bet cha - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 11:17:57 (PST)
Oh, now Kimo, there you go again! If that were the case, it would be "stealers" wouldn't it? Anyway, you have to be from Pittsburgh to understand that "Go Steelers" is ALMOST the same as saying "Aloha" in Hawaii. So aloha, Kimo. I mean "Go Steelers!"
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 06:18:28 (PST)
Until last night I'd only ever seen part 1 of the Vashon trilogy. Now that I've seen all three - what a show. Mr. Bernero, you have big shoes to fill, but we all know you're the man who can do it. Go Bernero!
NB Canada - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 05:17:16 (PST)
Is Hawaii-Five-o being played on any TV station that you know of in MN.It was taken off KSTC a couple of mos ago. Thanks Don
MPLS, MN US - Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 00:52:21 (PST)
Yes, please do a remake of Hawaii 5-O. I loved that show as a kid growing up. It was a cop show that really had values. I hope you can find someone as suave as Jack Lord to play the leading role.
Kim Bradley
Goldendale, WA United States - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 20:41:42 (PST)
Ok, I need someone's help that lives in Honolulu to tell me if the Honnie Colonie Hotel is still in business (don't think I'm spelling it correctly). If so, what is the name of the new name. This hotel use to be on Wikiki Beach. Kimo, if your out there let me know or someone that has been there in the early sixties. Also can anyone comment on the music of Season 5 of Hawaii Five-O. Someone said its not the same, is that true? Please get back with me about the hotel Honnie Colonie Hotel Mahalo, Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 16:42:44 (PST)
So WHO would make a good "lead" for the new 5-0?? I'm sure it has been discussed before,but is there anyone out there to match a Jack Lord?!? Some suggestions: 1) Gary Busey (just kidding,I would like to see the "lost" remake,though!) 2)Dan Hampton-HOF DT from the Chicago Bears (look him up) 3)Pierce Brosnan 4)Howie Long-Another former NFL'r BUT has acted 5) The Rock-WWE Star & decent actor Conclusion:There is no one to fill Jack's gumshoes BUT be nice to seesomeone try!
Chicago, Il USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 12:59:21 (PST)
(apropos of nothing,) re; that article, As someone else on another board points out, Harada disses the iconic "Hawaii Calls," as nothing more than a variety show. Sheesh. Shameful, Wayne. You should be voted off da island.
I'm , Here, Aloha - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 10:57:00 (PST)
Hyey gang, here's some sad news for ya from Hawaii; William R. Finnegan, producer of 'Five-0' has died...
How , we roll here - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 10:46:48 (PST)
Was "Steelers" a character on the later shows? Oh! A thief. yea.
Iz, mah name - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 10:35:28 (PST)
Hi Mike Z of Pittsburgh: I live in Chicao now (Ed Bernero's old stomping grounds) but grew up in Pittsburgh and my dad was a city cop for 30 years. I lived there for 40 years.........Just wanted to say that I agree with your comments....("Some of the things I truly liked about the show was how some plots let us see the bad guy up front and focused on how McGarrett and his team figure it out and react to their new information. Not a who done it but a how they got them.") It's a twist on a lot of the crime shows now. Good point.....Stay warm there! Go Steelers!
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 08:30:57 (PST)
Amen Kimo......It made you want to get on a plane and go see your state! It was and is something that most Americans never get to see! I've noticed that most of the history or facts used in the show were true about your native culture.
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, NE USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 03:13:19 (PST)
Attention Mr. Ed Bernero: My Name is Mike and I have been a police officer in a Pittsburgh suburb since 1995. I agree completely with all of your comments posted on this site (and the intro comments of the web master) and am very excited about your project of remaking my favorite show. Some of the things I truly liked about the show was how some plots let us see the bad guy up front and focused on how McGarrett and his team figure it out and react to their new information. Not a who done it but a how they got them. Also I really liked the seasons with the ensemble of players that Five-o would go to for support (Che Fong, Doc, etc). I loved McGarrett's "NO DEALS" line. **I also loved the continuity that McGarrett drove the same car, a big black top of the line Mercury Brougham, which helped identify McGarrett without even seeing him behind the wheel, and his subordinates drove lower line Ford Sedans. I especially appreciated that they kept the same license plate (F6-3958) throughout the entire series. In your new show the Five-0 Chief should drive a big black Mercury Marquis with the same plate numbers and the rest of the unit should drive the lesser trim Ford Crown Victorias.** I truly hope you directly link you new show into the old show via the characters and events of the old show. No matter what, I can not wait to see the new show and will be an automatic loyal fan. Thank you for taking on the project and being inerested in our comments. Mahalo!
Mike Z.
Pittsburgh, PA United States Of America - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 00:20:23 (PST)
"The appeal of Five-O were the stories and character interactions; the heroes and the villains. " Oh then it may as well have been called "Pacoima Five? Oh!" and be shot on the mainland. Jeez; they wasted all that exotic locale shooting for nothing. I dunno. Just don't get it; most reviews and ratings seem to grade this as just another Mannix clone. (this ep is a ten, this other ep is not worth watching...) But the charm and value of much of H50 is the fact it was shot here in our island home. And it is a freakin great time capsule, cuz everything has changed so dramatically since the 60's and seventies. And it dealt with alotta problems, crime, etc. that only a Pacific "rim" locale would be subject to. The thing we enjoyed back then while watching was when a bit of localness was interjected. Steveo t'rowin' da shaka a few times, sayin: "ain't no big t'ing braddah" (admittedly still sounding like an F.O.B) cuz we had a suspicion it was written in el lay. Now, to make the new series (or movie or whatever da hell pops outta da Hollyweird machine) something of longevity, it is highly recommended, (and a general consensus here) to get local writers involved, or at the very least local script consultants. or advisers or whatever this year's term is... to make sure the thing looks like it really is a slice of cop life... a crime drama.. (here it comes: ) Set In Hawaii! And this means a more than occasional nod to local flavor instilled in the characters, actions, modus operandi, clothing, food, way of doing business, etc., otherwise it will appear as nothing more than a crime show that could be set in marina del rey. Like that Elvis movie shot in south Kona but coulda been almost anywhere. (whatta waste THAT was). So whoever does H50, or for that matter ANY flik or series set in Hawaii, make it appear as if it has Hawaii imbued throughout. I ain't recommending a 'Hawaii Tourism Bureau' piece. But what is the reason we like Jimmy Bond? His terrifyingly efficient manner and veddy British way of handling things as a Double Oh. If you set him to work surrounded in PeeWee's playhouse, of course it would be a dog, and straight to the video dollar bin. So done of this 'easily translated to any mainland settin' crap that looks like fan fiction, with no local flavor. People wanna tune in to a Hawaii series and feel they are transported to an exotic locale. With commensurately exotic drama, international intrigue, afforded as only the 'Crossroads of the Pacific' can.
kimo, izmah name - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 22:00:36 (PST)
The appeal of Five-O were the stories and character interactions; the heroes and the villains. The time in which 5-0 was written it was a cop show with CIA/spy undertones as we were dealing with the cold war and Vietnam issues back then. The characters came across as a cohesive unit that worked well together and we all knew that McGarrett was the Boss. Even when McGarrett was out of commission, Danno was a strong leader. I know the stories of the 70s would not work today as television has evolved and the constraints of the 70s were broken by other shows. To me, if you can write the stories that make me care about the characters and care about what happens to them, and they have chemistry like the original crew...I will watch your show. (By the way, I wrote a fan-fic in the early 90s with Vashon getting out of jail. The story is called "This Little Piggy" and was published in RERUN 12 fanzine and is also posted on my web-site.)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 19:11:29 (PST)
I think it would be a great idea to bring back Hawaii Five-O to TV or as movie. If it's an "updated, current version" of Five-O then you better select a guy who's just as cool as McGarret was. Don't even THINK about portraying him like "Magnum", or another "Sonny Crockett". What we need is a Hawaiian Dirty Harry with a real touch of cool about him. I'll buy THAT DVD and be in the front row at the theater as well. Good Luck
Michael Kaur
Mankato, MN USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 17:48:50 (PST)
~ To Jeff Herman & Collin: There was a sequel to the Vashon trilogy in season 8. It's title is "The Case Against McGarrett". In this episode, Vashon is still in prison, gets McG to come to the prison in exchange for a hostage, and tries to hold his own trial against McG, using a few inmates as jury while he appoints himself as judge. Of course Vashon fails in this twisted effort as to what he deems as justice and remains in prison at the end of the episode. However, it would be an excellent place to resume the story of the Vashon family, with Mr. Bernero's new characters. It's a great idea, having his daughters, grandchildren, and/or himself(Harold Gould) reprising his role as the ever-so-vengeful Honore' Vashon, as he emerges from prison a bitter old man. That would be a very good story line! ~ Be(ing) there, ALOHA! ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 13:04:41 (PST)
Jeff Herman -Continuation of Vashon is a great idea. Maybe a two part episode. It would be awesome if flashback footage could be used.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 07:22:31 (PST)
Jeff: There has been some fan fiction stories running around out there that use the daughters of Vashon. Two that I remember were 'published' in the Pau Hana H5-0 fan magazine. One was "Do or Die, Baby" and the other I believe was titled "V for Vashon: the Daughter". It's interesting you bring this topic up, since it makes such an obvious story idea after one has viewed the trilogy. The reason we don't normally think of it after 1 or 2 viewings is the two daughters are only seen briefly, and then only in the background. They never have any lines. But that opens it up for a writer to do whatever they want with them.
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 06:38:53 (PST)
"McGarret was NOT politically correct!" ...of course, McG would not have been, nor could he have been, as the psychobabble nonsensical fad term "politically correct" did not exist back then.
Kimo, kimo kimo - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 02:28:55 (PST)
Ed, it occurred to me this weekend while watching season 5's classic "V For Vashon" trilogy for the umpteenth time that one story idea you should seriously consider is some kind of follow-up to the Vashon saga, perhaps focusing on the Vashon daughters and even potential Vashon grandchildren who would now be adults that are seeking to restore the family name to prominence among the criminal underworld in the islands, and getting revenge on the current Five-0 squad for the sins of Steve McGarrett, who from their perspective ripped the family apart 35 years earlier. Not to mention it's a great way to plausibly allow for cameos from some of the older surviving actors, and also allow the new Five-0 team to truly shine under such a tremendous and credible threat to the safety of the islands and the 'son of McGarrett' character, whose own life would be in danger from the vengeful Vashon threat. Not to mention, Harold Gould ("Honore Vashon") is still around and acting, to my knowledge. A great way to get fans of the old series interested in the new show, and for younger fans of the new series to gain respect and interest in the old series. As a Five-0 fan, you no doubt know the esteemed place that the V For Vashon episodes hold in the Five-0 pantheon. That storyline was one of the show's crowning achievements during its run, and I think it screams for a follow-up given the opportunities offered by a new follow-up series. Something to think about anyway...
Jeff Herman
Denver, CO USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 21:04:29 (PST)
Uh oh, another "remake"...let's just all agree that there will be NO women and other casting mistakes like "The Wild Wild West" horror. McGarret was NOT politically correct!
Hemet, CA USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 16:51:45 (PST)
Great idea to bring back Five-O. I was lucky enought to be an extra in an episode in 1971 while stationed in Hawaiil while in the Air Force. Never met Jack but Dan-O was great. I think it would be a big hit at the box office or the small screen. No much of a cooler cop than Jack Lord pulling up in the black Mecury and saying "Book em' Dan O, murder one.
Fred Sheron
Olive Branch, MS USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 14:29:08 (PST)
It's not a remake but a continuation. By definition, a remake would be exactly that complete with Steve Mcgarrett, Kono, Chin-Ho etc. That is not the case here; it is a continuation chronicling the work of 5-0 and it is great that it is not a re-imagining either. I think Ed will let us know when the crucial steps are taken such as the filming, casting and importantly transmission. In short, he is not rushing into this i think for now, he is working very very hard on making sure that he lives up to the original. There will be no need to worry about the "lost in space" style re-workings. i think Ed has a great handle on what is needed. i hope that we do get some of those powerful exchange of dialog between character just like in the original. A powerful scene on Criminal Minds between Agent Rossi and Prof. Rothschild reminded me of this. Joe Mantegna has amazing presence and guess what? Ed wrote this episode...a classic!
KD McGarrett
Tampa, FL USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 13:31:40 (PST)
Aloha Ed..... i just wanted to say it's done well and that it's not like lost in Space of Mission Impossible. they just mess that up. I was so upset and dissapointed. Please don't make anyone a trader or anything like that. I love Hawaii and of course the Hawaii 5-0 . I started watching Hawaii 5-0 at the age of 13 in Guatanamo Bay Cuba and i was there till 2001. It brings back Super great memories. Mahalo and God speed on doing a remake. I pray u will do a great job. Mahalo.. Pat Duffus
Ms. Pat Duffus
Clearwarer, Fl USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 13:07:41 (PST)
Hi Ed, thank you so much for the update. Would you please let us all know when the pilot will air on CBS? Just an FYI, I have made a custom ringtone with Jack Lord saying "McGarrett Hawaii Five-O then the music starts, its a great conversation piece. I'll send it to you if you'd like? Take care, Dr. Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 12:03:28 (PST)
I see your point, Ringfire. Maybe if Candy had never been made, and Girl Blue was a stand alone episode, I would like it more, or at least not dislike it as much. Or even if it had been produced later in the series' run instead of so soon after the original. As it is, it's hard for me to separate it from the circumstances of its production, I watch it with a jaundiced eye, which corrupts my enjoyment of the experience. But we definitely agree about episode that packs a real punch.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 09:03:20 (PST)
Thank you Ed.It was me who alluded to your involvement with three pilots simultaneously. The fact that you have been showing the script and obtaining industry feedback is a testimony to the care and attention being lavished upon it...not a rush job ala the 1997 one. I said it once and I will say it again the show is in the right hands. By the way, loved the last criminal minds "award winning" episode with Jason Alexander..character very reminiscent of Wo Fat. I kept on imagining this as a duel between Mcgarrett and his nemesis! You rekindled a faith and also drove me back to writing as're the "man" no pun intended (as that wa s the original title for Five-O) Book 'em Ed...!
kd McGarrett
Tampa, fl usa - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 07:53:16 (PST)
I see, Chris. I agree with you that "I Want Some Candy" is a much more powerful episode and much more edgy. However, "Little Girl Blue" was the first one that I saw of these two, so it kind of stood out as unique for me at the time. If your gripe with this episode is that it's a rip-off that's understandable. But saying it's the WORST or BOTTOM of the barrel tells me that there is something seriously wrong with it quality-wise or story-wise (like some 12th season episodes) and that is simply not the case. On its own it is a very enjoyable episode. But I do agree that "Candy" was a better episode. Plus, veteran actress Nina Foch shows up as the grandmother - her scheme is not exactly ground-breaking but I find it plausible enough. Stranger things have happened.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, December 01, 2008 at 07:22:36 (PST)

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