The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Discussion Forum -- September 2009

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I did visit your site, Five-0. So, you have one of the Five-0 badges, do you? Did you buy it at the Jack Lord auction? All you can find these days are the mini-badges. Ho-hum.

The synopsis sounds fascinating. I would like to read your novel. Will be contacting you tomorrow. Tonight, it's time to close shop.

I know it's a very long shot - about the music. It was just one of those melodies that won't let go. The soloist's voice was so-o-o mellow, and the background singers didn't compete with him. Beautifully done!

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 19:21:59 (PDT)
Sorry, Five-0. I read farther down and saw your message. Now, I know what "Saga" means. Will go and check out your site right now! Thanks!

Yes, I'm glad the tsunami missed you. That's the last thing you need. If it happens, though, forget your belongings and head for the hills. Pali Lookout comes to mind.

I grew up in South Louisiana, where the threat was hurricanes. We were 100 miles inland, which meant we usually were alright (except for those tall trees coming down on houses), but those closer to the Gulf Coast definitely headed for the hills - literally.

The bad thing about tsunamis is that you get so little warning. We would know three days in advance to be on the lookout for an approaching hurricane. BIG difference.

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 18:13:01 (PDT)
Dear WaveCrest, to answer at least one of your questions, I remember Steve's beach house or cottage interior being shown in Season 8's "Sing A Song Of Suspense." He was hiding out Lois Nettleton's character in that ep. I don't remember any underwater scenes except for people being dead and chained underwater!

Pittsburgh, PA USA - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:52:04 (PDT)
What about "Murder With a Golden Touch" (Season 6)? Is that what you're thinking about? Otherwise, I'd have to go with "M Station: Hawaii".

Five-0, I'm not following you about "Saga." Could you give me more detail? Thanks!

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:45:18 (PDT)
Aloha WaveCrest.. The closest would be M-Station Hawaii with Jack Lord... MJQ sells that one on DVD... One 5-0 episode dealt with rare and endangered Angel Hair Coral being illegily taken from the ocean but I don't know the name of that episode. Well bedtime now, catch ya later...
Honolulu, Hi Sunny Skies - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:40:32 (PDT)
I went online in search of interior pictures of 'Iolani Palace. Found some, although not as many as are included in the (copyrighted) post card set I bought in the palace shop. The URLs are too long for me to put on my website, which won't let me cut and paste. I can't hope to type that many letters and numbers without going stir crazy. Still, if you would like the links, let me know by e-mail (five0lover(a), and I'll send the list to you. Included are first-and-second-storey floor plans for the palace as it appeared in King David's day and as it appeared when the palace was the state house. VERY interesting!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:38:47 (PDT)
Oh sorry Five-0 Lover, drop the word Saga from the homepage, I only use that for my Juno e-mail. Mike
Honolulu, Hi No Tsunami here! - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:31:35 (PDT)
Tested out my Season 6 boxset a few days ago. Had to send it back as it was faulty. Tested out the replacement tonight. More satisified with this one, although it's not as fresh because I've already had a glimpse at each episode.

There was an audio problem with episodes 1 and 24. This time both are better. However some of the discs aren't 100% perfect. I've skipped through a few chapters for ach episode and most are alright. "Nightmare in Blue" was perfectly fine with the first boxset. This time though it's slightly not as good.

Do CBS DVD replace discs which aren't 100% fine? I know some DVD distributors replace faulty discs, but others don't.

A few questions:

1.) Were there ever any Five-O episodes which had a story about sunken treasure, and were there ever any underwater scenes in the show?

2.) Was Steve's home ever shown much or at all?

United Kingdom - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:23:35 (PDT)
Aloha Five-0 Lover, I have heard the music you speak of, I will be going to the Aloha Tower Marketplace to see my Hooter's friend Rynelle and drop her off an Acai fruit cup from the health club for lunch probably thursday or friday. I will keep your thought in mind and check out the music although they may play a large assortment so as not to get the employees bored... You can check out my Five-0 & H.N.'s badges and our Hooters pics at ... We are wearing our gold shields in the pics. If you stop by Hooters before you leave say hello to Rynelle for me... The Hooters here in Honolulu is a family oriented restaurant so if you have kids bring them along... Good thing we missed that Tsunami yesterday, I was ready to put on my tactical uniform and gear and run out the door at a moment's notice if it was coming this way... Mike
Honolulu, Hi - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 15:22:35 (PDT)
If anybody wants to see Casper Van Dien in a McG type of role and Five-O style plot, watch Mask of the Ninja. As i said, he may very well be able to lead a new Five-O
Hawaii, FL huh??/ - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 14:05:46 (PDT)
While I'm here, maybe you can help me, Five-0...

While at the Aloha Tower Marketplace last Sunday afternoon, we heard beautiful music being played and traced it to the information desk, where we learned that it was being piped in via Oceanic Radio. It was slow, romantic, and very moving, and the man at the information desk said it was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. Do you keep up with music from that genre that is played at the Marketplace? Could you give me any hints on how to go about trying to find what the music was and who sang it? I know it's a long stretch, but... A girl can hope, can't she? LOL

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 16:16:42 (PDT)
Thank you, Big H. I'm trying to add pictures and at least one other feature each day. Even so, this is going to be a labor of love for quite some time. I hope you'll stop back by.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 16:12:22 (PDT)
"Besides, Jack was too smart to let himself be caught in a compromising situation." Now that comment really gets me....smarter men than JL have been caught in a "compromising situation", as five-0 lover delicately put it. Not making a big deal of this photo, folks, but I guess we in North Cacklelackee take hand holding a little more seriously than the rest of the world. BTW...Five-o Lover, caught your website over the weekend..>>>NEAT!!!! Keep it up.
Big H
raleigh, nc usa - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 14:11:46 (PDT)
Mystery solved re: the episode that featured the music heard in Track 13. It's "The Late John Louisiana" (Season 3). The various movements work their way throughout the episode, interspersed with the Memories theme. Beautiful!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 13:27:54 (PDT)
Hey KD and ringfire: I have to say that I agree with you. I've worked in theater for a long time and there is a bonding that occurs that makes hand-holding, hugging, smooches acceptable and not at all detrimental to one's marriage. If anyone watches "Dancing with the Stars," you see that all the time and the spouses are okay with it. I just looked at the photo as sort of a happy and congenial moment with the cast. Nothing else. And from all reports about Jack and Marie Lord, there's nothing that could come between them. Lighten up folks!
Batavia, IL USA - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 10:41:57 (PDT)
Don't know what happened last night, but when I read Ringfire and Five-0 Lover's previous comments, Rick's discovery had NOT posted yet, so that's why I posted again encouraging them to take a second look, and somehow it posted after Rick's comment. Ringfire...come on, man, they ARE holding hands (I even held hands w/ my girlfriend, my left hand to her right just as in the JL pic, and looked in the mirror to see how it would appear). But you are right, it's not a big deal (to me, but how about Marie???), esp with these Hollywood types, but to get it on a pic is another matter. Let's just say I would never get caught holding hands with a lady from my staff on a group pic from here at work. People can run wild with that sort of ammo.
Big H
raleigh, nc usa - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 09:36:00 (PDT)
Ringfire, this is for you...
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 08:28:22 (PDT)
I swear some of you are like little kids... "OOOOOO... They're holding hands! That's naughty!" Some of you need to grow up I guess. Here's the way I see it. First of all, I don't see any hand-holding in that picture (maybe it's a bad picture.. who knows?). Secondly, if they are holding hands, who the heck cares??!!! I mean SERIOUSLY! WHO CARES?!! And thirdly, what is so disgusting about that look of hers? It's a perfectly normal friendly look. Bottom line - anyway I look at that picture nothing strikes me odd or out of the ordinary. And I mean NOTHING!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 07:34:12 (PDT)
Wow! If i may opine. i hope folk understand that these publicity photographs are orchestrated by the photographers; the fact that Sharon is seemingly ogling Jack is largely due to instructions given. Jack Lord was an upright decent human being who would never engage in any extra-marital dalliances.
KD McGarrett
Hawaii, Five O - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 06:39:07 (PDT)
Okay, Rick. You win that one. I'll say this, too: I saw other pictures taken the same day as the hand-holding one on Kathy Meyer's site tonight, and there wasn't the least bit of hanky-panky in evidence. Maybe the look and hand-holding related to an off-the-cuff conversation that had just taken place??? It seems likely. Besides, Jack was too smart to let himself be caught in a compromising situation.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 21:20:33 (PDT)
F0L...Here's Mrs JL Giving The King A good looking over. That should even things out.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 19:52:56 (PDT)
Do you mean Duke without his glasses?

Ringfire, it's disgusting, even more so since it was pointed out that Jack and Farrell are holding hands. That slipped past me before, but it makes that look of hers doubly disgusting. Maybe that's why Farrell didn't last long??? Mike, do you have any information here?

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 18:29:25 (PDT) guys don't see what I see. I'd give you a big hint, but I think you would be happier if your "five-0" detective skills prevailed in this case. It is NOT cryptic...I spotted it within 3 seconds of opening the pic!!
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSa - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 16:49:04 (PDT)
JL and Farrell... They're holding hands!
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 16:22:22 (PDT)
I don't understand why Sharon Farrell gazing up at Jack Lord is disgusting? Are we to avoid eye contact with people? Loosen up, guys. They're all having fun and smiling in the picture. Looks like a happy day to me. Nothing wrong with that picture as far as my eye can see.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 15:30:52 (PDT)
~ Question: Who receives royalties for 'Five-O' in syndication and DVD sales? ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:35:44 (PDT)
Re: the photo: I despise that photo. I've seen it numerous times on Ebay. There must be hundreds of copies of it floating around. The way Sharon Farrell is gazing up at Jack is disgusting! He was married, and I think she was, too - to someone else!!!

On another topic: I just watched "Over Fifty? Steal" (for the nth time; I love that crazy episode). Can anyone tell me what happened to Paradise Park. I googled it and learned that no one seems to know what to do with the land. What's the story here? When did the zoo(?) cease to exist?

I've finished watching the Season 9 episodes but will need to go back and rewatch 3 or 4 before I can decide what to say about them. Several struck me as being really weird. More later on that.

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:10:41 (PDT)
Anyone notice anything peculicar about this photo?
Big H
Raleigh, NC BankruptUSA - Monday, September 28, 2009 at 09:46:09 (PDT)
If you read the IMDB information for Leonard Freeman's spouse, it looks like this: Joan Taylor (1953 - 20 January 1974) (his death). What that means is, she was his wife from 1953 until >HE< died in 1974. What is interesting: Mrs. Rose Freeman had an interesting career as the actress Joan Taylor (see, appearing in numerous TV shows and movies during the 1950s and early 1960s, including 18 episodes of The Rifleman as a recurring character. As far as I am aware, she is still alive and well.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 09:23:14 (PDT)
A thousand apologies! I got the 1974 date mixed up with when Leonard Freeman died. However, I thought I did read somewhere that Rose Freeman has also died but I'm happy to be corrected if she is still with us. Mr. Mike, do you have any info on this?
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 07:45:56 (PDT)
Leonard Freeman's first wife from whom was previously divorced died in 1974. I believe Rose Freeman is till with us.
Noewport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 17:45:54 (PDT)
I believe that Rose Freeman died in 1974.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 15:25:49 (PDT)
I would like to know if Mrs. Freeman is still alive? Is she still involved with possible Hawaii Five-0 remakes, fans of the series,etc.? I would love to interview her for a magazine article.
san, ca - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 11:29:21 (PDT)
Thanks, 50 Lighthouse. Of course, it's a work in progress, but I'm working on it. Have added a "mind bender" page, which should capture a bit of interest among you. Stop by from time to time, will you. Oh! Let me say that the "0" in the "five0lover" web address is a zero and not the letter "O". Thanks! Okay! Let's see if I can get to the spam code before you do! LOL
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:17:50 (PDT)
If someone else types faster and uses the spam code # before me I just cut and paste to a new MJQ page and get a new code #...Just have to fill in the name & city bar.
Honolulu, Hi - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 09:39:55 (PDT)
I really love watching this show its just so great. I was stationed in hawaii from 1973 to 1975 in the marine corps at Kaneoe marine corps air station. I saw Jack Lord in person at the Trpler army medical center and Jim nabors was with him. It was just great
lewistown, pa usa - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 03:33:39 (PDT)
There is a reason why the spam code may not work ... If you and some other person access the page around the same time, you will both see the same spam code. But the first person who finishes will enter the code and hit submit and their posting goes through. When the second person (who will see the same code because that's what's still in their browser) does this, the code will no longer work. I think the only way to get around this is for the second person to copy and paste the text they are entering into a word processor (like Write, Notepad, Microsoft Word, etc.) and then do the whole thing over again. I don't think hitting "refresh" is a good idea. This will probably give you a new code, but it might wipe out what you just typed.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 19:48:21 (PDT)
Congratulations, Five-0 Lover, your Web pages look good. When we visited the Iolani Palace last Oct., I asked where Steve McGarrett's office was and received 2 different answers. One gentleman working at the Palace told me the king's bedroom; the docent guiding our tour (who didn't appreciate my question!) said it was the queen's imprisonment room. So, our hero did indeed play musical offices! lol
50 lighthouse
Huntington, WV USA - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 16:53:17 (PDT)
I've managed to put up pictures illustrating Steve's musical offices. Wish I had interior shots, as well, but the palace doesn't let you take interior picturs. If anyone would like to see what I've put up, you can go to...

I'm starting a Five-0 page, which I am calling "Memories of Hawaii Five-0." I started it on Blogger, but I didn't like how new material pushed older, more important, pieces down. A website was needed. So, I'm working on that. It is a labor of love and will probably prove to be quite slanted, but that's my prerogative, isn't it? LOL Hope you'll stop by from time to time to see how it is progressing.

Five-0 Lover
My Heart is in, HI - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 16:01:24 (PDT)
You don't have to be filthy rich to come here- book on Orbitz and stay at a Condo/Hotel like The Island Colony or Waikiki Sand Villa for less than $100 a night for the whole family, eat at Burger King or Mc Donnalds or Jack and the Box on Kalakaua and Kuhio and get Subway sandwiches for around $8 anywhere in Waikiki... Money? who needs money- just dont forget the bathing suit, beach towel and sunscreen! If you run out of cash and decide to stay you can pick up day work at Labor Ready till you get a real job. That's what I did. Come on down, shooting for the 5-0 remake should start soon... Be there...
Honolulu, Hi - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 09:43:04 (PDT)
I stumbled upon this news bit and thought you might be interested. Hawaiian Airlines is offering $50 off on flights taken between January 11, 2010 and March 11, 2010, as a part of Hawaii's 50th Anniversary of Statehood. Here's the link:

If you think your posts aren't posting, try this: Post, as usual. When you get a message asking you to retry, do so. Then, you will get a message telling you your anti-spam code is wrong. Exit out. Then, come back in. You will see your message in the guestbook. Weird, but it seems to work.

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Friday, September 25, 2009 at 04:29:34 (PDT)
SEASON 9 EVALUATIONS: "Man in a Steel Frame"

I’ve watched “Man in a Steel Frame” three times, now, and I found it every bit as chilling the third time as the first. Let’s face it: False accusation is a chilling thing. It becomes even more so when it all is a part of a plot to undermine an honorable man. Stephen J. McGarrett is, after all, a man who stands by his principles above all else.

Another chilling aspect to the episode is the allusion to autobiography. Like Jack Lord’s wife, Marie, Steve McGarrett’s girlfriend, Cathi Ryan, was a fashion designer. Cathi tells Steve that she lost her husband and daughter, Aimee, when their sailboat capsized on a Sunday afternoon’s family outing. Cathi’s husband’s body was never found. Cathi’s daughter was on the other side of the boat, making it impossible for Cathi to reach her in time to save her. We know that Jack’s son from his first marriage died in a drowning accident, although accounts vary about what actually happened. Jack’s first marriage ended in annulment.

A bit of disconnect existed for me when DA John Manicote called Steve on the carpet for attempting to lead his own investigation. It seemed to me that Danno was leading the investigation, even though Steve was taking a very active part in it. This is in contrast to what the newspaper headlines proclaimed. I found it entirely within Steve McGarrett’s nature to be involved. Certainly, he hardly sat back and twiddled his thumbs when Wo Fat tried to set him up in “Ninety Second War.” Danno led the investigation expertly, I thought. For me, the story was as much about how greatly his investigative skills had developed through the years as it was about Steve’s victimization.

All in all, an excellent episode. I give it an A+ (100%). The writing and acting were superb. Without a doubt, this was one of the most emotional storylines and revealed some of Jack’s finest, most intense acting. He may not have won an Emmy for it, but I'll definitely award him a JACK'S BEST! It was also some of Danno’s finest investigating.

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 14:30:24 (PDT)
I have made a change so that the Search link on the main page (or this link -- will now search the Guestbook archives as well as other pages.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 11:31:17 (PDT)
~ Aloha to all 'Five-O' fans! My wife and I were married on the beach in Hawaii in 2003, and we miss it so much as we reflect on our time there. We want to go back again whenever time and money will allow. Hopefully by our tenth anniversary we'll be able to. We had a marvelous time in our two weeks there and stayed only on Oahu. We didn't see the other islands because of the travel, hotel bookings, and car rentals taking up most of each day that would require inter-island transits. When we do go back, we plan to concentrate on Hawaii (big isle), Maui, and Kauai. We have even talked about fitting Tahiti into the trip as well, since we'd be in the vicinity already. Of course, that would require lots of extra time and money, but we feel that it would definitely be worth it. My wife was a good sport on our first trip to Hawaii, we being on our honeymoon, and allowed me to see the 'Five-O' sites while doing traditional honeymoon activities as well, if you catch my drift! Hawaii is so beautiful and so different from our area of NC. Our coastal region here doesn't even have natural palm-like vegetation, unless added in by development. I suppose the scenery being so vastly different is what's so appealing. The locals that we met were friendly and helpful to us in our "tourist" activities as well. I highly recommend Hawaii to anyone. There, we found a very exotic place with charming people that left us sentimental in our memories of her. ~ Be(ing) there, ALOHA ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 11:14:39 (PDT)
Just watched a Season 1 show (again)"Six Kilos"---there's a scene in which McG, who is undercover, punches one of the bad guys. His movements look so natural, unlike so many staged fight scenes. Either Jack Lord had a lot of practice in all the westerns he did or perhaps real experience from his time in the merchant marines as a young man?
By the way, Five-O Lover, your descriptions of your trip to Hawaii are just great. Am planning to go back next spring and everything I read on this web site makes me look forward to the trip even more.

L. Ann
Seattle, WA - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 18:36:56 (PDT)
Five-0, we did not make it to Hooter's. Went to Don Ho's, instead, for a glass of Plantation Tea to cool off. For those of you who don't know what Plantation Tea is, let me tell you that it is the most refreshing glass of iced tea in the world! It is roughly 50% weak tea and 50% pineapple juice served with plenty of ice. I think a bit of lemon juice makes it even better, although it is not customarily served with lemon. The best Plantation Tea I've had was at the Rainbow Lanai in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, although the California Pizza Kitchen in the Kahala Mall does it well, too.

The CPK is right inside the mall from where Jack's statue is located. They serve great dishes that bely the name "pizza kitchen." C likes their chicken marsala, while I go for their broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes with fusillini pasta. It's a standard luncheon venue for us after we pay our respects on Kahala Beach.

It's incredible how much Jack's influence is still felt in Honolulu; after all, taping ended nearly thirty years ago, and Jack has been gone for nearly twelve years. Still, you can't board a tour bus that the tour guide doesn't say something about Jack and Five-0, and Five-0 fans still flock to the Ilikai.

The new owners of the Ilikai are working hard to bring back that venerable hostelry. A group is trying to bring back Canoes. At present, they are serving the complimentary breakfast and lunch on the lanai just outside Canoes, while work is ongoing inside. Each Friday, they serve barbecue ribs, hamburgers, etc. while a musical group performs under the Chinn Ho monkeypod tree. They expect to have their liquor license soon.

Maintenance issues are being addressed, as well. Mattresses have been replaced. So have some of the old air conditioners. While we were there, staff were examining puckering in the carpeting in the 24th-floor elevator lobby. Work continues on the Yacht Harbor Tower, which is being stripped down to the studs and rewired, replumbed, etc. No doubt, it will reopen as an upscale condo. A new shop has opened on the ground floor of the Yacht Harbor Tower, on the corner of Ala Moana and Hobron Lane. The same stores are open in the Y that were there when we were there last year, plus a business center has opened there since then.

I suppose the greatest surprise at the Ilikai was how warm and welcoming the condo residents are to the hotel guests. They really made us feel welcome there, even though we were only transients.

I'll close this spiel with something a tour guide said. "If this is your first visit, you're a tourist. If this is your second visit, you're a kama`aina (resident). If this is your third visit, you're filthy rich." LOL


Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:23:13 (PDT)
Five-0 lover, while at the Aloha tower did you get a chance to check out Hooters down by the sunset cruise ship Pride of Aloha? There is a pic of me wearing my Hawaii Five-0 badge by the front entry with one of my favorite Hooters waitress's Rynelle on my homepage taken on 8/31/09... As per Boss Mike's orders I can't post the address here but google enough and you will find it... Hopefully the partially open air/lanai Hooters will be the restuarant of choice to plan the next days scheduele and shooting sequences when Ed Bernero and the rest of the execs comes into town for the remake. I sometimes bring my laptop there and work on my Manuscript and Screenplays while sipping on my Coors light.
Honolulu, - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10:12:45 (PDT)
Another point. Anthuriums growing in lava rocks were being sold in a gift shop at the Honolulu airport for tourists to bring back to the Mainland. Apparently, Hawai`i thinks it can live without some of its lava rock.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 17:48:37 (PDT)
Pele, thanks for the information. I can understand the black and green sand, which are rare, but I have trouble seeing how taking one piece of lava the size of a quarter is a problem when I can buy it by the bags full at Lowe's if I decide I want lava rock in my garden. Should I also return my anthurium, which grows within and around a lava rock. I purchased it at a garden center on the Mainland. It had been imported from Hawai`i. Maybe, just maybe, lava isn't in the same category as black and green sand??? Just asking.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 17:42:04 (PDT)
- Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 16:43:31 (PDT)
You got it, Big H!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 14:57:51 (PDT)
"I personally don't consider Murder She Wrote a "cop" show, and I agree that Law& Order isn't 100% either." I think the industry term or phrase that is used in lieu of "cop show" is crime drama...which, of course, would include Law & Order as the longest running one. But, that doesn't mean it's the best... :-) (WE know the BEST one...)
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSa - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 09:31:17 (PDT)
Aloha to all! We're home from Paradise (alas!). Excellent visit that allowed us to finish our too-short visit of 18 months ago. And, so, we feel that we've done O`ahu justice. Next, we will move to the outer islands.

Five-0, we didn't make the air show, at least not on base. We did, however, watch a portion of it from (guess where???) the top of the Aloha Tower! Yes! Not by design. We simply went up to the top to find other people gathered on the western balcony and watching the southwestern horizon. Could see more from the southern balcony. Fewer people there, too. The Thunderbirds soared up, into a cloud, and emerged like a starburst through the top of the cloud. Beautiful! But a bit eerie, too, seeing dogfighting maneuvers around Pearl, especially when most of the people on the balcony with us were Japanese.

Many, many Japanese tourists in Hawai`i!!! So few speak English that organizations are required to have at least one staff member who speaks Japanese. If the English-speaking staff member can't make himself understood, he calls in the Japanese-speaking one, and relief floods across the Japanese faces.

To make this relevant to FIve-0, so Mr. Mike won't kick me out, let me tell you that I walked along Kahala Beach and took pictures of the Kahala Beach Apartments, where Jack and Marie's condo was located. Oddly, the security guard didn't even glare at me, a decided change from the reaction we drew simply by driving by the front of the building last year. I picked up beautiful pieces of coral and lava rock from the beach and brought them home as souvenirs.

We toured Washington Place, as well, home of Queen Lili`uokalani and the governor's residence until a few years ago. Truly beautiful blending of Greek Revival, Southern Colonial, and Island architectural styles filled with Victorian, Rococco, and Eastlake furnishings - all true to the period of the house.

We toured the Palace last year but spent several hours on the grounds this year, discussing McGarrett's musical offices. He (my husband, not McGarrett) took exterior shots to illustrate. I will organize and post them on my blogsite, where I am putting together a page devoted to McG's musical offices. We also took exterior shots of the Territorial Office Building, where Five-0 really did have offices starting in Season 9.

More later. Aloha!

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 08:10:42 (PDT)
Nadja, Jack Lord is Jack Lord, but yes Casper could perhaps pull it off. One key casting consideration is that, just like Jack, the face must "have a facial bone structure for which the camera has an affinity." This was in Jack's biographical profile and people thought it was arrogant;actually it is a very true statement. Casper Van Dien has it, Josh Brolin ahs it and Thomas Gibson has it.

Thanks Nadja ;)

geographically, challenged ha! - Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:19:34 (PDT)
IMHO, then, Hawaii Five O is STILL the longest running cop show -- I personally don't consider Murder She Wrote a "cop" show, and I agree that Law& Order isn't 100% either.
Madisonville, TN USA - Monday, September 21, 2009 at 06:07:46 (PDT)
the longest cop show was hawaii five o until murder she wrote cames along then law and order
howell, nj usa - Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 17:50:53 (PDT)
Well, KD, I guess you're right:

He comes close ;-)

Berlin, - Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 14:49:53 (PDT)
They say that Law & Order has overtaken Hawaii Five-O as the longest running cop show. Is Law & Order 100% a cop show? Usually it's one half the detectives and one half the lawyers. To me that isn't a cop show. Yes, Hawaii Five-O had forensics and pathologists involved in the cases, but that was part of the detective work.
United Kingdom - Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:51:11 (PDT)
"Hill Street Blues" how the mighty have fallen, I have not seen or thought about that show in over 15 years. Cutting -edge for the time, it seems to be the worst of modern network-television, too many chatrecters and storylines and that annoying shakey hand held camera shots. That was the show where most of the original cast members left and most wetre never heard from again. Sipowicz went on to glory in NYPD and perhaps a few others in other film/tv endevors but the rest faded into oblivion. I'll take a "Quinn Martin Production" over Mr. Bocho anyday but I did like that "Century City" show that lasted all of six episodes, about the law firm set in 2030, had some great storylines, that show did. I digress, as usual, no cop show past or present matches up to Five-O, and that's a fact, JACK.
- Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 10:08:55 (PDT)
Can anyone tell me which episode the following picture is from. It was one of several black and white photos of Jack Lord, other main cast members and guest stars, in an issue of Epi-Log magazine from August 1992 (issue 21).

The issue had a Hill Street Blues front cover and an Hawaii Five-O back cover. Inside the magazine were complete episode guides for Hawaii Five-O and Hill Street Blues.

On page 3 are two pictures. The picture on the bottom looks like it was from "Murder - Eyes Only", but the one above it I have no idea which episode or season it is from. Judging by the style of McGarrett's suit I would say it is from Season 10, 11 or 12. The woman in the picture looks like Jessica Walter (but it isn't her). He is holding her halfway down her arms. It is an outdoor photo and dosen't look like a promotional photo; more like a still from an episode.

United Kingdom - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10:53:21 (PDT)
I got my copy of M-Station Hawaii from Mr.Mike on CD... You can order it from him for a few bucks... It was pretty good but Jack Lord only has a few short cameo shots in it. BIG weekend here in Honolulu... The F-16 Thunderbirds are flying over Honolulu (Actually Hickham AFB/ HNL airport)... Lets all pray the air show goes without a hitch. We got a B-52, a B-1 stealth bomber, F-15 and F-22 Raptors even an Mk-58 (sounds Russian) and everything in-between this year///and even Penn,the Mixed Martial arts Champ will be here... From here the T'birds head out to Guam and Asia. 2 years ago they did the show right on the beach in Waikiki- one of the jets came within a hundred feet or so from the Waikiki Circle & Pacific Beach hotel penthouse units Lanai's on a banking turn- Scared the hell out of everyone up there... They even ducked from the jetwash... wow what a show/// Last year the Blue Angles flew over Kaneohe Marine corp station. ... Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Hickham AFB merged and became one big giant Military base last month and are now run by one Command group.
Honolulu, Hi - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10:51:23 (PDT)
I'm hoping that when (or if) the eighth and ninth seasons are released on Region 1 next year, that the season premieres "Murder - Eyes Only" and "Nine Dragons respectively, are in the boxsets in the feature length form they were originally shown in (and with Jack Lord episode promos).
United Kingdom - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 09:54:28 (PDT)
Hi Barb, of course you'll get that. There 're a lot of things I have to spot. That round Bank building near Kahala Mall for example ;-)
I'll have look in here from time to time and will comment ;-)

Berlin, - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 08:58:20 (PDT)
Hi Nadja: We expect a full report when you get back. Planning to be in Hawaii myself around March time-frame.
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 07:00:08 (PDT)
Hi KD, welcome back. Seems you can always lure me out ;-)
I'm a bit busy lately.I'm in the middle of travel arrangements and very excited. Next Sunday I'm finally leaving for Hawaii and will be there for five weeks :-))
I can't wait to see the islands again.

I will take a look at Casper Van Dien, I'm curious.

Berlin, Hi KD McG - Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 02:58:23 (PDT)
This is for Theresa and it is NOT about Hawaii Five-O but I don't know how to comment to her without posting my email address. So to all others, please forgive and you can just bypass this post. Thanks.

I will be in Pittsburgh mid-October for family gathering. We are also in the process of planning 40th h.s. reunion. Went to St. Raphael so Bloomfield, Shadyside, Blawnox all familiar to me. Don't want to take up much posting space. Just wanted to say I have met people from Pittsburgh all over the world (miitary) and there is always a connection. And we never think that we have an accent but others always comment on it. Sounds like you have a great time planned in the "Burgh." Have fun. Go Steelers!

Thanks, everyone else for indulging us!

Chicago, IL USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 18:05:26 (PDT)
ringfire - No need to jump down my throat! Well what people have been saying on the Home Theater Forum about the DVD boxart must be wrong.
United Kingdom - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:27:14 (PDT)
I am back. Wow, observing from afar. Some answers. Yes, M Station Hawaii was a pilot made after the show ended and it was produced by Jack Lord under his Lord and Lady production; i have almost found somewhere where one can purchase it.

Revival: Yesterday was watching "Slayer" starring Casper Van Dien and watched it not because it was a fine production, but because i wanted to see his suitability as the lead of Five-O and though this film didn't allow much acting range, i have to concur he has a steely look and many, many of Lord's acting nuances. Actually, i feel he could do the job given the appropriate script and production values. Hi Nadjaxx

KD McGarrett
Hawaii, FL USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:18:55 (PDT)
For Barbara and Rich, I left Pittsburgh in 1974 to follow my husband around as he carved out an academic career. I love to hear from pittsburghers. it's as if we never left. Luckily for me, I've been able to go back frequently. On october 2nd, I return for my 50th high school reunion. Friday nite festivities will be in Bloomfield, saturday, I go to Blawnox to visit my sister, then on to Mt. washington for dinner. sunday brunch will be in Shadyside. so I should be able to give a good report on the state of the "burgh". I've never lost my accent and was just asked where I was from last week. A while back there was a spirited discussion on this forum as to whether "Go Steelers" was the equivalent of "Aloha." We Pittsburghers acquited ourselves well with the help of the terrible towel. Go Steelers!
Buffalo, NY - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:36:27 (PDT)
Here's a decent 1968 pic of JL in "The Counterfeit Killers" a.k.a. "Crack Shot" (just fastforward to 1:50 in the clip and freeze it) This should be around or just before Season 1 began filming. To me, this pic definitely does NOT resemble the one on Season 1 cover (or season 2,3,4, yada, yada). On the last project note, IMDB has Lord's last film project listed as "The Whales That Wouldn't Die" (1980) and then followed by "M Station Hawaii (also 1980), IF they are listed in correct chronological order.
Big H
Raliegh, NC uSa - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 09:58:35 (PDT)
Hey WaveCrest, you're kidding, right? You really think that shot of Jack Lord on the front cover of the season 1 DVD is from the first season? No way, baby, but NO WAY!! Look at this link: That is obviously an image of Lord from around season 9 or 10 or 11. Sometime around 1976 - 1979. Jack did not look like this in 1968! In fact none of the DVDs really show Jack the way he looked in those seasons. Look at the front cover of the season 2 DVD - again Jack's hair is too big. His hair didn't look like that in 1969. You can pretty much tell everything just by the hair. I'm not even talking about wrinkles or anything else. Plus the images on the back of the DVD boxes are also all over the place - from different seasons. None of the DVD boxes are accurate.

As for the image of Lord sitting on a canoe and looking into the distance that is indeed a cool picture. Here is the link: That picture is probably from 1977 - season 10. By the way, look at his sideburns in that picture. That's what his sideburns look like on the front cover of the season 1 DVD - that's how you know that the picture is from one of the last years of the show. Definitely not not the first. Or second. Or third. Or fourth or fifth for that matter.

Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 08:43:30 (PDT)
That never crossed my mind, that the front covers from season 1 have gone through a natural daylight and night-time look.

Yesterday, after checking Khigh Dheigh's IMDb filmography for info on "Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders", I looked at Jack Lord's IMDb filmography again, wanting to read more about the TV movie he made called "M Station: Hawaii" (shown in June 1980). Was this filmed after filming on the last Five-O episode was filmed? It states in the trivia section that it was the last film project for Jack Lord.

What was particularly interesting was that Moe Keale reprised his role of Truck from Hawaii Five-O in "M Station: Hawaii".

United Kingdom - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 08:22:30 (PDT)
Gregory Sierra... LoLo go bye bye
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 07:25:11 (PDT)
Who took a Snipers bullet, to the death, in both Five-0 and Miami Vice?
Henry P Ter.
North Haven, CT USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 06:26:34 (PDT)
Wavecrest, I've already stated that I would like to see more urban nighttime scenes on the covers, and it appears as if season seven is fulfilling my wish, although according to some posters that particular shot is an anachronism. Also, I was actually thinking of more gritty, urban jungle type scenes when I made my earlier comments, and the shot on the box of season seven is pretty glitzy, it almost looks like Las Vegas. Still, it is a nice change of pace from previous covers. I'm wondering if the people at CBS are following a pattern, the early seasons were in daylight, season six offered what looked like a purple sunset, now the remaining seasons will be at night, or maybe I'm giving them too much credit.
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, September 18, 2009 at 06:09:26 (PDT)
To Rich (from Pittsburgh)....the last I read, Tim O'Kelly hasn't done any TV or film since 1973. His best known role was that of the sniper "Bobby Thompson" in the Peter Bogdanovich's cult film "Targets." He apparently also looked similar to Charles Whiteman, the killer whom the character was loosely based.

By the way, I am originally from Pittsburgh. Lived there 40 years before marrying a soldier and traveled all over before settling in Chicago. I go back home about 3 or 4 times a year. How is the "Burgh?"

Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 20:25:29 (PDT)
Apart from the fifth season DVD set the boxsets released so far, including the upcoming R1 seventh season set, have images used of Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett from those seasons (this is based on discussion on the Home Theater Forum). For the future season sets what would people like to see on the front covers?

For the ninth season (which I'm going to guess will be released around October 2010 on Region 1) I'd like the promo image taken in 1976 showing Jack Lord (in a dark suit with white shirt and tie) sitting on the side of a canoe by a beach looking out towards the ocean. I saw it in an old issue of a UK magazine called Cult TV (which unfortunately ended many years ago after about a year), and I've more recently seen it on the IMDb page for Hawaii Five-O.

For the background I'd like to see the statue on the front of the building, the clock tower, the night-time shot of the apartment buildings in the far distance, the police siren light, the Iolani Palace and Territorial building, the famous penthouse balcony shot and the memorial site (also seen in Magnum, p.i.)

United Kingdom - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 15:03:02 (PDT)
"If your a fan of Clint Eastwood movies, check out James MacArthur in "Hang em High"...He has a small role as a priest who leads the audience in prayer before the prisoners are executed..." Got an even better movie role from James McA...check out this movie if you've never seen'll be a big James McArthur fan for sure then: I saw it on TCM two years ago when I was home recovering from groggy I didn't know what day it was, but I recognized Danno.
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSa - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 13:43:05 (PDT)
Yes, and "Hang 'Em High" was produced by Leonard Freeman a year before Five-0 debuted. That's how MacArthur got the part of Danny. The audience did not like Tim O'Kelly (who played Danno in the pilot). So Lenny remembered Jimmy's small part from the film and decided to cast him as Danny on the show. The rest, as they say, is history...
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 07:31:39 (PDT)
Whatever happened to the guy who played Danny in the pilot episode, Cocoon?....Did he ever star in anything else, & why was he replaced?...

If your a fan of Clint Eastwood movies, check out James MacArthur in "Hang em High"...He has a small role as a priest who leads the audience in prayer before the prisoners are executed...

Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 06:27:30 (PDT)
Uh, OK, can you name a single other episode of Five-O where someone is wearing this kind of prison clothing?
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 03:35:51 (PDT)
November 20, 2007 former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson (in prison stripes) takes a break from reading 'American Gangster' to chat with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 20:49:50 (PDT)
What is particularly dumb about the final episode are the "striped pyjamas" that Wo Fat is wearing in his cell. Come on, no one wore that kind of prison garb since 1930's movies about chain gangs!
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 20:02:30 (PDT)
I loved the final freeze frame on Woe to Wo Fat. I also think that would make a great opening scene for a Five-O movie. Imagine Wo Fat using the file (or whatever it was) and escaping prison in a bloody battle between his comrades and the law! Five-O would be right back in business!
Plainfield, il U.S.A. - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 18:27:10 (PDT)

"I saw the picture of McGarrett looking at the camera, holding the key to Wo Fat's cell, thinking that would be the final shot of the final EPISODE".

United Kingdom - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 14:25:13 (PDT)
Thanks for the replies to my questions. I'm sure I've seen that picture somewhere, of McGarrett crouched by a construction digger.

Whilst it wasn't a classic I did like some things about Woe to Wo Fat, in particular the villa where McGarrett was staying at (in disguise). I missed that with the ending, Wo Fat getting something out of one of his boots (so he could escape). I saw the picture of McGarrett looking at the camera, holding the key to Wo Fat's cell, thinking that would be the final shot of the final cell. Whilst it did kind of close the McGarrett/Wo Fat storyline started back in Season 1 it also felt open-ended.

United Kingdom - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 14:24:04 (PDT)
I agree on Woe to Wo Fat that it's not as bad as people make it out to be, but it isn't great. In concept, it must have looked like a classic to Jack Lord and company: McGarrett undercover on an exotic island taking down Wo Fat and his nasty weapon solo, with a hand-to-hand battle at the end. However, the output seems watered-down. McGarrett's disguise was ridiculous (my 5 year old son could figure it out), the compliance "mist" was unbelievable, and the amount of action was very limited. A few changes with the original premise could have made it much better (as others suggested, I don't think having the other 5-0 crew - Danno, Kono, Duke, or especially William Smith - appear would have made it better). Given all this, I still think it's better they at least brought Wo Fat back to conclude rather than end on some other note.
Steve D.
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 13:36:24 (PDT)
There is no way to determine what is the 50th, 100th, etc. show unless we can agree on a numbering system. According to the Viacom site (see the main page for link) there are 283 episodes, but this includes a few where a two-hour show was broken up into two parts. My site lists 278 episodes plus the pilot.

It is unlikely there are any bloopers available, otherwise I'm sure they would have surfaced by now. I doubt that Mrs. Freeman has any.

No idea if Jack Lord was working on an autobiography; I doubt this. Check in the H50FC group at Yahoo, there is someone there supposedly working on a biography of Lord, maybe they would know.

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 13:29:58 (PDT)
I recently watched WO TO WOFAT. I actually, upon seeing it again, liked the 'verbal showdown' during the fight in the jungle. The fight was a bit too much, but I think the final words they say to each other were pretty good...

And the end? With Wofat in jail and pulling out the gizmo from his boot? I thought it was great...

You're too hard on this episode. It was a fitting end to a show that ran out of gas two seasons before the 12th season...


Robert Canary
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:40:25 (PDT)
Regarding the picture of McGarrett with a gun next to a construction digger, I can't say that I remember that image from any of the DVD boxes, but it sounds like it could be from season 1's "Strangers in Our Own Land" where Simon Oakland tries to run over the land developer with a digger!

Also since someone brought up Don Stroud, my favorite movie role of his was in the 1989 James Bond film "Licence to Kill" where he played Robert Davi's henchman Colonel Heller! I love the ending when after Stroud is impaled by a forklift against a wall, Bond quips "He came to a dead end". By the way, from that article it sounds like Stroud had the most fun working on this film. There really is nothing like working on a Bond picture - getting whisked away to exotic places, traveling first-class, staying in the best hotels! As for my personal favorite Don Stroud role ever (TV and film) it has to be him playing the wheelchair-bound sniper Nathan Purdy in Five-0's crackling season 9 thriller "Target - A Cop". A fantastically vile performance!

Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 08:31:38 (PDT)
Sorry, and this is an honest mistake..I was thinking of Jack Lord's widow when I said "Rose Freeman" in my post below.

In the Booking Hawaii Five-O book there is a picture of Jack Lord and Leonard Freeman at the cutting of a cake to celebrate the show's 100th episode.

I thought the total number of episodes was 284, but with the various feature length episodes and two-part stories it might be different..which episodes were the show's:

50th episode
100th episode
150th episode
200th episode
and the 250th episode?

United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 16:28:52 (PDT)
I was thinking more of footage filmed for episodes but cut out of the finished version which aired. But bloopers would be very interesting to see. Were any bloopers destroyed or does Rose Freeman have them?

Something I'm curious about...did Jack Lord ever write an autobiography about his career after Hawaii Five-O finished, or did he just retire completely?

I think it was in the Booking Hawaii Five-O book where I read it, but I'll ask anyway...did they shoot each season of the show from May to December each year? I think I read in the book that filming finished on "Woe to Wo Fat" in December 1979.

One of the pictures on the back of one of the earlier season boxsets had a picture of McGarrett armed with his gun by a construction digger. This didn't look like a promotional picture but I don't remember seeing this in the episodes I've watched on TV (haven't watched the DVDs yet). Was it from an episode of the show?

United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 16:25:07 (PDT)
As far as deleted scenes are concerned, if you mean bloopers, the following is also in the report of the 1996 Convention:

Someone asked about Five-O blooper reels. There was a suggestion that this sort of footage was suppressed because of Jack Lord. Both Kam and Zoulou said this was unfortunate, because there were some terrifically funny boo-boos.

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 13:59:51 (PDT)
As to why Kam wanted to quit, there is nothing specific as to whether he wanted out, or the producers wanted him out. But in my report on the 1996 convention, there is the following:

When asked about his demise at the end of the tenth season in #238, A Death in the Family, Kam said that he originally wanted Chin Ho to "retire gracefully," and fought the idea of having his character murdered. There was even talk of the production company suing Kam for breaking his contract! Then someone told him that it was an honour if you were a regular in a TV show and you were knocked off ... this meant that no one else could play your character. Later Kam said it was a Hollywood superstition that "if one of the regulars leaves, the show falls down." Someone in the audience said, "Oh, this must mean that everything after the fourth season [when Zoulou left] was no good!"

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 13:58:06 (PDT)
My FAV Don Stroud movie role of all time: "Joe Kidd" (Sorry Mr. Mike for being "off-topic...) "I know it's a crappy deal, buddy,...but that's ALL YOU GOT!!"
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSa - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 13:52:29 (PDT)

"..there was a scene on the doorstep of Steve's sister's house."

United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:46:49 (PDT)
At the start of my last message it should have said "the holy grail of things unreleased on CD and DVD.

I'd forgot to ask about "Once Upon A Time" from the first season. When it was shown on Granada Plus I was hoping I'd see scenes in and around Los Angeles. Of what I remember of the episode (and I was excited about this two-parter because McGarrett was heading out of Hawaii on a case) there was a scene on the doorstep of Steve's sister, where the garden and pathway could be seen. The rest of the story seemed to have been shot on a studio set.

Were there ever any deleted scenes from the entire series of Hawaii Five-O?

United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:44:45 (PDT)
From my point of view the holy grail of anything Hawaii Five-O related on CD or DVD is:

the second season episode "Bored, She Hung Herself"
the early 1975 series Khan!
the 1968 TV movie/film The Countefeit Killer
the 1968 or '69 film The Name of the Game is Kill
the full version of the documentary which was on the Season 1 boxset
the 1997 TV pilot
the Morton Stevens Hawaii Five-O CD soundtrack
a CD of scores and songs from the entire series.

That's all I can think of, although that Jack Lord appearance on the Glen Campbell TV show mentioned below sounds interesting.

United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:15:45 (PDT)
Don't know if this is a topic we've already covered, but does anyone know WHY Kam's character was eliminated from the show? We've talked about Zulu's dismissal. Surely Kam after all those years didn't say or do something to anger JL? Can't imagine that he would up and quit a gig that was his best regular paycheck of his acting career. And it's also hard to believe the writers were that desperate for a story that they would whack a main character. Contract renewal dispute?? The ep in question is season 10's finale, which leads one to believe that it was planned. I scanned Mr. Mike's article below and didn't pick up anything. Anyone have any scoop on this??
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSa - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:02:23 (PDT)
Oh.... The cast of the 5-0 remake did not mention Chin's death to producers because they did not want to hurt his feelings and take away his ability to make a few well needed bucks... Chin said nothing- the writers put him in so he just wanted to get paid!
Honolulu, - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:11:19 (PDT)
The Gary Busey 5-0 pilot never aired on TV... I liked it somewhat but Chin still being alive really ruined the flicks continuity that's why I made him a ghost... Gary Busey was still a druggie and missed many of his roll calls... The Russian mafia scenes were OK but I have never heard of a Russian mafia here...Yakusa and Triad yeah, but Russian? But I did love the scene when the lovely 5-0 female was looking for her dog outside the Russian's hideout... That itself was worth the price of the CD's... I got my copy from Mr. Mike.. He has lots of good CD's avail, just contact him on his email link/// the prices were really cheap too so it won't cost you a bundle...I got about 5 disks from him including Bored he hung himself and a Glen Campbell special with Jack Lord singing as his special guest...
Honolulu, - Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 09:59:37 (PDT)
Thanks, Mr. Mike, for the link regarding Chin Ho's reappearance in that remake. I remember reading that somewhere....Totally amazing, isn't it!
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 22:01:51 (PDT)
I've always been a fan of Don Stroud. Some of you may have already seen this interview. He talks briefly about Hawaii Five-0 and his relationship with Jack Lord. I found it quite interesting but skip it if you are easily offended...,0
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 20:48:01 (PDT)
According to an interview that Kam Fong gave on a Hawaii public TV channel, the interior scenes for the pilot episode ("Cocoon") were filmed in Los Angeles. So were various scenes for Once Upon a Time, the two-part episode where McGarrett spars with a quack doctor played by Joanne Linville.

By the way, I have made a DVD of a TV movie starring Khigh Diegh called Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders. This show stars various other Five-O stars like Mako, James Hong, Keye Luke, Soon-Tek Oh and Beverly Kushida. This movie was written by Nicholas Meyer, who wrote and/or directed some of the Star Trek movies, including The Wrath of Khan; the music is by Leonard Rosenman.

Also have made a DVD of The Invaders mini-series from 1995 which starred Scott Bakula and, in a cameo-like role, Roy Thinnes. This Invaders remake is very crappy, on par with the Five-O 1997 pilot.

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 17:18:48 (PDT)
ringfire - Thanks for answering my question about episodes of Hawaii Five-O shot outside of Hawaii.

It was an interesting read as well your story Barbara, about the 1997 TV pilot.

u - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 17:07:56 (PDT)
Regarding Chin Ho's Lazarus-like appearance in the remake, see this link:
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 17:05:47 (PDT)
Thanks, Barbara. That's actually a really sad story, if true.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 16:55:56 (PDT)
Chris.....What I read was that apparently the producers weren't all that familiar with the show or at least weren't aware that Chin Ho had been killed. And from what I understand is that Kam Fong was having some financial difficulties so when he was asked to do the show, he jumped at it assuming that somehow they would explain his return which they never did. All those who were aware kept their mouths shut so that Kam Fong would be paid. When the producers found out, they were furious. But shame on them. They certainly didn't do their homework. Maybe it was meant to never air since I heard it was really bad.

Mr. Mike, maybe you can confirm this for us. Thanks.

Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 16:54:41 (PDT)
How could Kam Fong have been involved in this project? Wouldn't he have been aware that his character was dead? Just wondering.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 13:26:46 (PDT)
"That Gary Busey pilot never aired, right? Never saw it but heard it was a complete disaster. Not really mentioning McGarrett was a mistake (as was including Chin Ho who happened to have been killed during the series run)." Barb, I don't think it every aired, but Mr. Mike could confirm this (or not). I was in grad school at the time it was made so I saw very little tv, but I would have caught wind of that! Here's Mr. Mike's input from this website, which gives a reasonable explanation as to the "why" it never aired..."Filmed in Hawaii, starring Russell Wong and Gary Busey as well as several “old guys” (Zulu, Herman Wedemeyer, Harry Endo, Moe Keale). This was supposed to revive the Five-O franchise, but it was allegedly canned by CBS when someone noticed that Kam Fong (Chin Ho), who was killed off in the original show, was still alive, thanks to a blunder by the producers – DUH!!"
Big H
Raleigh, North Cacklelackee - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 09:41:29 (PDT)
That Gary Busey pilot never aired, right? Never saw it but heard it was a complete disaster. Not really mentioning McGarrett was a mistake (as was including Chin Ho who happened to have been killed during the series run).

Doesn't sound like that pilot was a labor love as it would be with Ed Bernero at the helm. What I love is that he happens to love AND respect the original series. I sure hope CBS can find room in its schedule soon for it. I know there are many remakes that go down the tubes and don't resemble the original in any way. But I think Ed's vision is exciting. He has the experience of writing/producing a contemporary cop show but has that all-important love and compassion for the original and will do it justice. I can hardly wait to see what he does with it.

Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 14, 2009 at 06:03:46 (PDT)
Haven't heard from Kimo lately, I guess he is still a guest of the County at 9-Thousand - O-Triple-C... I kinda miss his rantics--- Glad to see some of you out there see a future for 5-0.2.0 ... If any of you were lucky enough to see Gary Busey's 5-0 pilot, you may remember that hardly any inference to what happened to McGarrett was ever mentioned in the intro except they mentioned his name once just before Danno was shot... Personally I think the cargo ship scene in Singapore files provided the miraculous spark of conception for the son of McGarrett, but remember the show was G rated so of course they did not show anything graphic... Even Ricky and Lucy had seperate beds back then but somehow Little Ricky Jr. popped out! I'd say more but then I might get blocked again!
Honolulu, - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 23:07:39 (PDT)
Someone asked about what episodes were filmed outside of Hawaii. As far as I know there were only 2 - "Nine Dragons" in Hong Kong and "The Year of the Horse" in Singapore. As for "The Singapore File" that was all shot on location in Hawaii. Though I gotta admit that in the dark of night downtown Honolulu looked pretty convincing like the streets of Singapore. Especially with all the Chinese signs/lights in Chinatown! Then the ending shootout takes place outside the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples on Oahu (I took pictures of that beautiful and serene place when I visited last year AND I rang the bell that Steve and Nicole rang for good luck). As for some of the Washington DC scenes where you see snow falling outside the window I'm pretty sure that was just a set with fake snow being tossed outside the set window. Very simple trick.

Speaking of Chris McGarrett's mom I can't believe no one mentioned Cathy Wallis from season 3's "Time and Memories". Steve REALLY loved her and begged her to marry him. Maybe they did get back together. Also Diana Muldaur is still around. She can make a guest appearance on the new show. So far Marj Dusay and Diana Muldaur are the best candidates!

Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 21:00:11 (PDT)
I watch season 9 currently and the eps are indeed mixed up. One ep is in the Iolani Palace and the next in the Territorial Building. Tonight I watched "A capitol crime" and I was wondering why Danno let's Hawley talk to McGarrett. There's no need because the girlfriend wouldn't know about that nor about what Hawley demands if McGarrett didn't tell her. Or did I miss something?
Berlin, - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 14:27:20 (PDT)
I can't remember how the Season 8 premiere "Murder - Eyes Only" started. Did they start with a long teaser, like with "Nine Dragons"?
United Kingdom - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10:25:29 (PDT)
Five-O Lover - Did they return to the format started from the fifth season onwards, with there being no teaser before the title sequence (not including the Jack Lord episode promos), with the next Season 9 episode after "Nine Dragons", "Assault on the Palace"?

I read something in the Booking Hawaii Five-O book that there are a couple of later Season 9 episodes which were aired out of order (something to do with the work done on Iolani Palace. Correct me if I'm wrong).

United Kingdom - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10:23:15 (PDT)
Mr. Mike, thanks for the mention of Nakadai, didn't realize he was still alive. I'm looking forward to seeing the Human Condition, have heard so much about it but have never seen it. Loved Nakadai in The Face of Another and When a Woman Ascends the Stairs(one of my all-time faves) as well as the Kurosawa samurai flicks.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 07:14:08 (PDT)
What happened on that freighter, anyway??? LOL, Marj Dusay was in "The Twenty-Four Karat Kill" in season 1, too. She played the saucy, even smug, Andrea Claire Dupraix, a government undercover agent. At the very end, Johnny Fargo (Kaz Garas) has closed Dupraix in the hold of his fishing boat. Then, McGarrett shoots Fargo and kicks open the briefcase filled with bogus money and sends it flying through the air. Right there: DuPraix has freed herself and is walking forward when McGarrett goes back to her. They put an arm around each other, and he asks her if she is all right. She nods and looks off in a vague way that makes me wonder whether she thought the taping was over. She seems like she has stopped being DuPraix and is Dusay answering Jack Lord, not Dupraix answering Steve McGarrett. Did anyone else pick up on this?

Well, I'm off! See you in about eight days. Aloha! P.S. Do the code numbers (below) seem like ZIP codes to you? LOL

Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 03:50:10 (PDT)
"Whoa, Big H! Let's not confuse posters, please. You have me confused with "Five-0". " sincere apologies, 5-0 Lover...will be more careful. Really enjoyed the discussions on Nicole Wylie's possibility of being McG's son's mother and bringing her back in the new series? (if it ever happens) for the "connection." Love the closing scene AND SCORE in the Singapore File. Evidently, something happened in those bunk beds that we didn't see (or it was edited!!) Darn....
Big H
Raleigh, NC USA - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 19:33:19 (PDT)
Thanks, Mike!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 19:05:47 (PDT)
RE: Paragraphs...

I have made a change so you can break your posts into paragraphs (like this one).

I tried this once before and the results were really discouraging, because sometimes there was more than one space between paragraphs, which looked crappy.

Please try to avoid doing this.

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 17:31:21 (PDT)
In "Nine Dragons," the teaser serves two functions: First, it does tease us into watching the show. Second, however, it shows McGarrett's terrifying escape from Wo Fat and the Nine Dragsons gang in Hong Kong. Segue to Hickam AFB in Honolulu, and he narrates, "The following took place two weeks ago." It leads up to what we saw in the teaser and goes forward from there. You're right! It is one FANTASTIC episode! As I've said before, it's a crying shame that it did not win any awards.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 16:38:59 (PDT)
My apologies. Have just looked at the FAQ's page again (it's been a while since I last looked at it) and have read that Moe Keale died a few years ago (I included in a post further down the guestbook page a list of who I'd like to see appear in a possible new Hawaii Five-O show, including Moe Keale).

I noticed when testing out my copies of the previous Hawaii Five-O DVD boxsets how long the pre-title sequence teasers were (this is before the fifth season, when the teasers were shown after the title sequence before the main part of the episode was shown). Probably around the same running time as the teasers for Seasons 5 & 6 of Mission: Impossible on DVD (the original series), maybe a bit longer.

Now what I remember may not be accurate, as it must have been around 10 years ago when Hawaii Five-O was shown on Granada Plus. They didn't show the series all the way through in one go. They must have only had the licence to show the first few seasons. Initially it was shown at 10 pm - 11 pm weekday nights. I lost track of how they showed future seasons. The one Christmas Granada Plus showed a couple of the season premieres which were also feature length episodes - first "Nine Dragons", they went backwards with "Murder - Eyes Only". I loved both of them. Classic episodes, no doubt about that. I was watching "Nine Dragons" and a while later was wondering when the title sequence was going to start. It could have been about 15 minutes later when the title sequence started. What was also strange was the sound of the theme tune. It was a thundering, thick (not as in unintelligent) sound.

I learnt from the Karen Rhodes book, and on the Home Theater Forum some weeks ago now, that from the fifth season onwards the teaser was shown after the title sequence and not before. So how come a long teaser was shown before the title sequence in "Nine Dragons"?

Is there any way to break posts in the Guestbook into paragraphs?
United Kingdom - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 16:23:34 (PDT)

Correction to my last post:

" of the few stories in the 12 seasons of the show where McGarrett and any of the Five-O team ventured outside the Hawaiian islands."

I know that the Season 9 feature length premiere "Nine Dragons" was filmed outside the Hawaiian islands, but were any other Hawaii Five-O episodes filmed in other countries? The eleventh season feature length finale "Year of the Horse" was partly set in Singapore, but did they film on location there?

Some of the episodes I saw on Granada Plus had McGarrett in Washington. One of the neat touches I liked was the slightly dimly lit corridors with the snow falling outside (seen through a window if I recall).

I don't think they should change the theme tune much. Of course they're going to update it but I wouldn't want the elements of what made the theme tune one of the best to be forgotten about. Same goes for the title sequence. I quite liked what they did with the title sequence for the 1997 TV pilot.
United Kingdom - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 15:59:27 (PDT)

Ah yes, I remember "The Singapore File", one of the few stories in the 12 seasons of the show where McGarrett and any of the Five-O team ventured (which has just made me think of The Ventures, who released a single version of the show's theme tune) away from the Hawaiian islands.

Really like the suggestions you've posted Barbara (and Five-O Lover).

My only problem if CBS shows a new Hawaii Five-O series is the running time of each episode. Episodes of the original show ran as long as 50 minutes. I think the only non-cable US TV shows these days which are longer than the standard running time of between 37 and 43 minutes are Fringe and Dollhouse. I think when you watch old TV shows with a much longer running time on DVD, you're disappointed when current US TV shows are as much as 12 minutes shorter (especially with Law & Order: SVU and Supernatural).
United Kingdom - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 15:51:14 (PDT)

Five-O Lover and WaveCrest: I agree that bringing back Chris McGarrett's mom is a good idea. It could just be a recurring role but it would add continuity to the show. And I also agree that Marj Dusay (Nicole Wylie in "Singapore File") would be perfect. Nicole and Steve did seem to hit it off very well........The best part is that not only is Marj still acting, she also seems like she is now available. She plays Alexandra Spaulding on "The Guiding Light" and that show is going off the air as of this coming Friday (after 70+ years on the air). It also happens to be on CBS so she is part of the CBS family which is convenient if the remake is also on CBS. Can't imagine it wouldn't be with it's history and with Ed Bernero's connection to "Criminal Minds" on CBS. She is still beautiful and feisty and could probably tell a good story or two about the "old days."........I think there would have to be a back story about how Chris came about since Steve was never married on the show. And I think it would be best to have that back story be about someone we are all familiar with rather than just any actress. ..... How does everyone else feel about this??
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 14:27:52 (PDT)
Wave Crest, I like your idea for bringing back Chris' mother (whoever she was). Nicole Wylie would be my favorite, for I thought she and Steve really clicked ("Singapore File," Season 2), and, yes, Marj Dusay is still alive and still acting. It couldn't be Margo, the photojournalist in "Thanks for the Honeymoon." She was so wrapped up in her career that Steve would have had to rear Chris. LOL. Cathi, of course, died before they could have had a baby. Besides, if they had conceived in Season 9 and delivered in Season 10 (1977-1978), the child would barely be 30 years old, a bit young to lead Five-0. Chris would have had to have been born between 1968 and 1974 to be the right age, now. Oh! This is fun!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:53:11 (PDT)
Barbara - I do remember reading on the web (possibly on the Home Theater Forum) about the head of Five-O being called Chris McGarrett. I also read a while ago now an interesting question for a discussion - who would be his mother? I haven't seen a lot of the show from the eighth season onwards, but I know there were a few episodes scattered through the 12 seasons where McGarrett had girlfriends.

And if one of McGarrett's girlfriends in the series was Chris McGarrett's mothers, and the actress who played her is still alive, that would be great continuity if she guest starred in an episode.

Some people may want a new Five-O series to keep a distance from the original series and have it's own identity. It would have to be done right though if there were connections to the original series. I'd like to see James MacArthur, Al Harrington, Moe Keale, Lori Wilson and William Smith make cameos (is Douglas Mossman still alive?).

They could bring back stories which were never followed up (from the Karen Rhodes book I read that an organisation seen in the Season 5 premiere "Death Is A Company Policy" should have made a return, and there was the organisation which Wo Fat was connected with).
United Kingdom - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:07:39 (PDT)

Yo Ringfire, PHL to HNL is more like 10 1/2 hours in the air. I used to make the trip every spring when I lived in AC. Either way if you're in town drop me an email or call 808-772-3470 and we can set up a meet. I usually go to Hooters around 4pm to see my favorite Hooter girl,,, Sat night I'll be at Oceans 808 (collared shirt required) in the Restuarant Row Bldg on the corner of Punchbowl and AlaMoana Blvd. Parking after 10 pm is free in the underground lot and the cover is $10... You'll see my Captain America Harley not far from the stairs...Oceans is off to the right of the parking lot stairs past the Japanese nightclub and just to the left of the atrium bar at the end. See ya there...Aloha
Honolulu, - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 06:29:53 (PDT)
Speaking of "The Human Condition" (I am soooo glad this was released, finally I can see Part Two!), it would be cool if the star of this show, Tatsuya Nakadai (who is almost 80 years old), could appear on Five-O, assuming our favorite show is ever reincarnated in some form. Think about it -- a genuine Asian actor playing an Asian part! Maybe he could play an elderly yakuza or something.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 06:08:56 (PDT)
SEASON 9 EVALUATIONS: "OLDEST PROFESSION - LATEST PRICE" * * * * * As the title indicates, the victims in this episode are prostitutes. Keith Caldwell (Ned Beatty, in one of his sleaziest roles ever) is blackmailing them. He works for Matthew Pendleton (Robert Whittans), a hood, who has moved to Honolulu from Detroit. It seems an easy way for Pendleton to establish himself; after all, the law scarcely rises to the defense of prostitutes. * * * * * Except, after a non-paying prostitute is seriously wounded by an exploding gift, the police become involved. We learn that this is the third prostitute to be hit; the first two are dead. McGarrett points out that there is big money in extortion and correctly deduces that organized crime will be involved. * * * * * Next, Caldwell calls Cory (Elaine Joyce), who agrees to meet him for Bloody Marys. He tells her that he is an auto parts distributor from Chicago and tries to draw her into a discussion of what is happening to the prostitutes. She tells him that girls don’t pay; men do, and leaves. * * * * * A group of prostitutes meets to decide whether to pay the demands ($3,000 per girl) or to stand up to the blackmailer. As Cory told Caldwell, she favors resisting; the girls will just have to be more careful about who they admit to their homes. Another girl reminds her that the girl who received the bomb “gave every man the third degree before she let him in and still was washed up on Sunset Beach with half the ocean.” Most of the prostitutes seem to feel that the occasional case of extortion is a price they must pay for the work they do. * * * * * Unable to convince the others to join her in opposing the demands, she goes to McGarrett and asks for his help. Although he refuses to make a deal of amnesty for her information, she provides it, making his investigation much easier – and saving her life, for Caldwell seems to be especially interested in her. * * * * * As often happens, McGarrett finds the thread necessary to unravel the mystery when he asks whether there was a phone booth near the building where the woman was injured by the exploding gift. Not only was there, but there was a photographer taking pictures of tourists. Among his pictures are shots of Caldwell talking on that pay phone. * * * * * Caldwell learns where Cory lives and is about to kill her when the police arrive. Caldwell escapes from the condo but not from McGarrett, who chases him through the mud, up from a ditch, and over a curb with the rear end of the Marquis Brougham fish-tailing all the way (We need to send McGarrett for driving lessons). * * * * * All in all, this is an excellent episode, dealing with the legal concept that there is no protection under the law for those engaged in illegal activities. The ending is unsatisfactory, for we do not see Pendleton being arrested, even though Danno and Chin Ho have let him know that he is a suspect. As too often happens, we are left to assume that he was arrested or expelled from the islands. * * * * * My Rating: C (80%). Although this is a current events case, and it is portrayed well, it takes the position that criminals are entitled to police protection, even when their illegal activities create the situation. Would anyone care to debate the issue?
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 04:14:06 (PDT)
Ringfire, I just watched "Blood Money is Hard to Wash." One of the better episodes I've seen lately. The humor of McGarrett trying to run Jovanco out of town was superb. Jovanco being shown up as an idiot was, too. Re: blowing up the office, as they said after the fact, they should've run that gift past Che Fong. In fact, it should be standard procedure for any unexpected packages arriving in the office, wouldn't you think? Well, it would be today, at any rate. The anti-litter campaign in Texas is "Don't mess with Texas." I think Hawai`i's anti-crime campaign would have to be "Don't mess with McGarrett." Fantastic episode! Thanks for the tip.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 20:31:49 (PDT)
Hey WaveCrest.....I have been wondering the same thing myself. Last I read, the Hawaii Five-O series was still "in development.".....Okay now, this is just a WILD guess. But from what I understand, Thomas Gibson's character in "Criminal Minds" (Ed Bernero - Exec. Producer) was hanging in the balance at the season finale. Wouldn't it be interesting if that character dies, thus freeing Thomas Gibson up to play Chris McGarrett, Steve's son, who is supposed to be the head of Five-O in the new series. Gibson would be such a great choice for that character, wouldn't he.....Oh, well just my opinion.........Anyone else have any news???
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 19:29:34 (PDT)
Ringfire, thanks for the info. I've gotta go in and watch that right now! See you later.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 19:24:09 (PDT)
Are there updates on what's happening with the new Hawaii Five-O TV series? Things seem to have gone very quiet in the past few months.
United Kingdom - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 16:17:20 (PDT)
Sorry, forgot to add to my previous comments that I hope as well the two films Jack Lord made around the time he started work on Hawaii Five-O are released on DVD: The Counterfeit Killer (the one I most want to see on DVD) & The Name of the Game is Kill.
United Kingdom - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 16:15:16 (PDT)
Not long now till the sixth season comes out on Region 2 in the UK! Each new season set of Hawaii Five-O is something to look forward to because of the care and effort put into the presentation and the remastering of the episodes.

I decided over a week ago to pre-order the Region 1 seventh season set as it will not be released in the UK until the end of March 2010.

The sixth season set will have the most Jack Lord episode promos so far (23 out of 24 episodes).

I'm hoping that maybe if the remaining seasons are released, that the short-lived series Khan! is released on DVD as well. Maybe as well the 1997 Hawaii Five-O TV pilot could be included as a DVD extra, along with the full version of that documentary included in the Season 1 set (as I think clips from future seasons were not included).
United Kingdom - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 16:12:17 (PDT)

Hey Lover, the episode where a bomb blows up in McGarrett's office (delivered inside an ornament) is from the season you are currently watching - season 9. It's toward the end of the season in the episode "Blood Money is Hard to Wash". A very good episode with Dane Clark (who played Jesse the hostage-taker in season 7's "The Hostage") guest-starring as a mobster from Cleveland named Victor Jovanko! He describes Honolulu as "Cleveland with coconuts". He wants to muscle in on the action in Hawaii. Of course McGarrett has a difference of opinion about that. That of course means that McGarrett must be eliminated. Thus the bomb delivered to the office. Well, I'll let you watch and see what happens next. Directed by Allen Reisner ("Hookman"). Enjoy! P.S. And no, it's wasn't a special effects trick. The explosion on that set was quite real.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 15:34:51 (PDT)
Whoa, Big H! Let's not confuse posters, please. You have me confused with "Five-0". I'm not going to Hooters tonight. I'm not even in Honolulu - this week. Next week, I will be over there, but I will not be going to Hooters. I will, however, be going to Haleiwa Joe's on the North Shore, and I do plan to do some souvenir shopping, possibly at the Aloha Tower Marketplace, although I expect those shops are too expensive for my thin pocketbook. * * * * * For those of you who haven't been over, consider going on the cheap. Make your reservation using Expedia. Take the lowest fare you can find, even if that means making an extra stop along the way. One flight I saw stopped in Kona for three hours before going on to Honolulu. Wow! That's a nice bonus, huh? Then, stay at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel near Kapiolani Park. It's only half the price of the next price up (about $85-$89 per night), yet it enjoys a good reputation. * * * * * Eat two meals each day at McDonalds (or like equivalent) and one meal a la Hawaii. A good, yet inexpensive, luau is Gertrude's - much less expensive than the Polynesian Cultural Center. * * * * * Use tour buses and trolleys to get around as much as you can. E Noa Travel and Roberts Travel both offer affordable rates for tours of everything from Pearl to the Circle Island Tours. You'll find them online easily, and they're often less expensive than tours offered through Expedia or your hotel. * * * * * Granted, you will need a car to see some sights, but rent the car through the hotel for only the day(s) you actually need it and go for the cheapest car they have. * * * * * This is the way my husband and I go over, although we do splurge and stay at The Ilikai through one of their specials/packages. Through the end of the year, they are offering what they call the Double Five-0 Special (honoring Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood as well as Five-0's importance in their history). The first night is $50, while subsequent nights can be as low as $89 for a mountain view, $110 for the ocean lagoon view, or $139 for a sunset ocean view (more with kitchens, two bedrooms, etc.). Their Fifth Night Free plan can be even less expensive. To our advantage, tourism is hurting badly in Hawaii, so rates are far below the usual. * * * * * Just go either now, in October, or early November. Once the holidays arrive and the surf's up, the rates will go up, as well.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 13:48:47 (PDT)
"I'll be having my dinner tonight at Hooters in the Aloha Tower Marketplace.." Gee, thanks for rubbing it in, Five-O Lover, while us smucks are stuck here in North Cacklelackee...
Big H
Wish I were there, in H-land... - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 13:03:14 (PDT)
Re: "McG probably in all likelihood had TWO offices, ergo, we see from time to time two different window scenes" - - That makes sense. I wish we had someone to ask who worked on the show and would know the answer. * * * * * Is it possible to use special effects to make it appear that a scene has blown up? I hope Rick lets us know which episode it was. I'd like to see that. * * * * * More than likely, they moved pictures of different scenery behind the windows to provide the views they wanted us to see outside. It could even be moving pictures. I know that, in the "olden days," when it appeared that people were driving a car, they would actually be sitting in a car, while movies of scenery played behind them. * * * * * For the first few seasons, the window behind McGarrett's desk was a single window, while, later, it was a pair of French doors.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:42:27 (PDT)
"I'll be having my dinner tonight at Hooters in the Aloha Tower Marketplace... Stop by Ringfire..." - I'd love to but it's like a 9-hr flight from Philly to Honey-lulu so I doubt I'll make it tonight. But I'll see you there tomorrow night. Now on to Orbitz... Wait, hold it. Ed Bernero is calling...
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11:35:39 (PDT)
Re: Mr. Mike's pic....I always thought that upper-right window that the camera always zooms to was the window right behind McG's desk, and the the windows/doors at the patio/balcony were right there where he kept his couch that he would nap on when pulling an overnighter on a case. Oh, well....but on the two musical "offices" theory proposed by Ringfire, I think he is on to something here. Here's the reason...I recall in one ep (and Rick is gonna kill me b/c he always looks up these eps that I can't remember the name of) that a bomb goes off INSIDE McG's office, and everything is torn all to, windows, pictures, etc. Now, we all know how the 5-0 producers loved to save money by cutting corners (read: use lots of stock shots to the expense of a gazillion continuity errors), so why would they "blow up" the real office just to film this ep?? Later in that same ep, they're refurbishing the same office?? Would they do this if they filmed only from one office? I dont' think McG probably in all likelihood had TWO offices, ergo, we see from time to time two different window scenes?? Somebody shoot holes in that....
Big H
Hawaiian-like, weather HERE today!! - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 10:04:56 (PDT)
I'll be having my dinner tonight at Hooters in the Aloha Tower Marketplace... Stop by Ringfire... I'll be the one wearing the 5-0 badge...
Honolulu, Hi - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 09:46:56 (PDT)
Just got may DVD of the Japanese epic The Human Condition trilogy, from the Criterion Collection, in the mail today. Thinner case than usual, overlapping discs. When even the prestigious Criterion starts overlapping their discs, I think it's a given everyone else is going to be doing it. I'm afraid that's what we can expect from season seven and all the future seasons of Five-O. Like Big H said, it amounts to changing the horses in midstream, in other words, a pain in the butt for true collectors.
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 08:50:12 (PDT)
"Oh! That's good, Ringfire! We'll let you write that episode for Hawaii Five-0 2.0." - Thanks, Lover. As a matter of fact I'm having lunch with Ed Bernero later today and will try to bring this up during our meeting. Wish me luck.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 08:11:36 (PDT)
This is McGarrett's office, which faces King Street:
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 20:25:19 (PDT)
CORRECTION: Yesterday, I wrote, "In 'All the King's Horses,' Senator Oishi tells Senator Colt..." Senator Oishi told Senator Irwin. My mistake. I apologize.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 18:26:29 (PDT)
Oh! That's good, Ringfire! We'll let you write that episode for Hawaii Five-0 2.0.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 18:01:23 (PDT)
The interesting thing is that between McGarrett's detective skills and Che Fong's super-advanced technology and the fact that they have taken over the Iolani Palace, it would only be a matter of time before they solved the case of what "really" happened to Queen Liliuokalani while she was imprisoned there in that palace. LOL. Yeah, seems like something that Steve and Che would look into whenever they had some down-time in between cases. "Che! Get over to the Queen's room on the double! I want you to go over this bed sheet with a fine tooth comb!" (starts snapping his fingers) "Something just doesn't add up. It's too pat. You could put a ribbon around this one and mail it in!" Che promptly gets his lab equipment and goes to work. Kono and Chin are standing in the doorway giving each other blank stares that seem to say "Dat haole boss of ours has lost his mind, bruddah".
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 16:33:31 (PDT)
Actually, the residential furnishings from the palace were sold at auction when the Kingdom was overthrown and the palace became the state house. Since its inception in the late-1960s, The Friends of `Iolani Palace have been trying to locate those items. The search is a slow and tedious one, although pieces have been recovered. A few years ago, a man came forward who thought he had Queen Lili`uokalani's music cabinet. Certain details on the cabinet gave plausible evidence that it might have belonged to her. He had no proof by way of a bill of sale, for example, so there has been no way to determine whether it actually is her cabinet. The news story about it is on You Tube: Tune in. It's fascinating.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 16:31:12 (PDT)
Makes sense to me! Wonder what they did with all the royal beds and other fancy trimmings? Screw THAT, right? McGarrett's got a rock to protect from the scum! "What'ya got, Danno?"
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 16:20:59 (PDT)
Actually, Ringfire, I think someone suggested not long ago that Five-0 had virtually taken over the palace. At least, McG was saying "they" would be right down when Che Fong or Doc Bergman called with evidence. I can see it, now: McG has all of the second floor, where, indeed, he plays musical offices; the forensic and pathology labs are in the basement; and the first floor is on reserve for future expansion. Whaddaya think of that?
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 15:46:28 (PDT)
Yeah, when I was on a business trip to Honolulu last year and was touring inside the Iolani Palace (where indeed no picture taking is allowed) I was mentally going through all the different episodes of Five-0 and where I remembered certain events occurring. I tell ya - one can definitely get a headache trying to make sense of it all. As was already mentioned regarding the "V for Vashon" episode, NO WAY could that mean that McG's office window was in the rear! It has to be either front (with a view of King St.) or west (with a view of Richards St.) though I don't seem to recall the Iolani Chapel being there in that episode (as it would be when facing Richards St.) so I have to assume that it was facing King St. Yet in all the other episodes we can clearly see the State Capitol outside of McG's office which suggests that the office is in the rear (northeast, to be precise). GO FIGURE! It almost seems like McG was playing "musical chairs" with different offices in the building. Hey, there's an idea! McG has multiple offices in the building - in different wings of the building, facing in all different directions! And they're all exact "clones" of one other! Maybe McG is restless. You know how he loves to snap his fingers multiple times when solving a case? What if changing room locations also helps?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 14:53:55 (PDT)
About that plastic case thing with all the discs in one case as compared to the cardboard shell w/slim cases-- I have several that are like that. Among them are:

"Hotel" #1 "Family Ties" #1 "Matlock" #1 "Hardcastle and McCormick" #3

I hope that "Five-O" does not adapt that packaging style.
Ben Masters
Fountain Inn , SC USA - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 14:39:07 (PDT)

Actually, in "V for Vashon," the building that the French doors overlook is the YWCA Building on Richards Street. Richards connects South King Street and South Beretania Street on the west side of the palace and the State Capitol. In that scenario, McGarrett's office is in the southwest corner of the palace. * * * * * Now, that doesn't hold water when, in "Rest in Peace, Anybody," he enters the suite through the center door and turns right to go back to his office, which would, thus, be in the northwest corner of the palace. There, he would not have a direct view of the State Capitol, which is offset from the palace to the East, and his view out the west windows would give him a view of the offices of the City and County of Honolulu at 1060 Richards Street (just north of the YWCA). * * * * * In "V for Vashon," he is able to look directly at the YWCA from that southwestern location in the palace. * * * * * So, again, it was all taped on a sound stage, but the carpenters did a GREAT job of replicating the architectural details. * * * * * I'll be in Honolulu next week and will try and take some pictures to illustrate the exterior details. I'll post them on my blogsite for you. No interior picture taking is allowed, sad to say. Still, if you go back to the episodes in question, you can use these notes to help place the doors and rooms in question.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:42:52 (PDT)
"One could also argue that the zoom on the southeast corner window WAS NOT meant to establish McGarrett's office but rather just a zoom to establish the best profile of the building or the main entrance to the Five-0 offices, which would actually make that Jenny's office or the main lobby. Then it would make sense that McGarrett's office would be in the far end of the lobby - the northeast corner of the building - facing the State Capitol Bldg." Hmmm....Five-O Lover, I'm not meaning to dispute or discount your words here (not having been to H-land yet..I have to rely on "the show for my geographics)...but in "V for Vashon, The Father", if I remember correctly, the assassin rents a flat that "seems to be" directly across from the front of the Palace with a clear view to McG's window, ergo he would then be able to make the shot which kills our hero. Wouldn't that lead the viewer(s) to automatically presume that McG's office is that front-right corner of the Iolani with windows/doors facing the front? Straighten me out if I'm wrong here...
Big H
Raleigh, North Cacklelackey - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:24:52 (PDT)
I have only 3 more words to say- "Diamond Head Studios"
Honolulu , Hi - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 09:29:40 (PDT)
Well, yeah, that much was always obvious. Usually it was after the commercial break that the camera would zoom in on the southeast corner second-story window of the Iolani Palace (supposedly McGarrett's office) which of course is facing King St. The outside view from within McG's office (with the palms and capitol bldg. in background) would of course be facing Beretenia St. I've learned to live with that obvious quibble. But on the whole the artwork outside of the window replicating the capitol bldg. was indeed very well done and the interiors of McG's office were always shot in such a clever way that it's virtually impossible for the viewer to pick out discrepancies or mistakes. Even those who are familiar with the palace and its surroundings. One could also argue that the zoom on the southeast corner window WAS NOT meant to establish McGarrett's office but rather just a zoom to establish the best profile of the building or the main entrance to the Five-0 offices, which would actually make that Jenny's office or the main lobby. Then it would make sense that McGarrett's office would be in the far end of the lobby - the northeast corner of the building - facing the State Capitol Bldg. Of course you would have to discount all the royal bedrooms in the palace on that floor. But I think that's pretty much a given seeing as how this is supposed to be the headquarters of the state police unit.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 08:46:56 (PDT)
SEASON 9 EVALUATIONS: "ASSAULT ON THE PALACE" * * * * * After the spell-binding, bone-chilling “Nine Dragons,” “Assault on the Palace” was a major come-down. It is enjoyable to watch, but it departs from reality in some critical places. * * * * * The story centers around Kamehameha Day. While Steve, at the behest of Governor Jameson, is ensuring that the day will be safe for all Hawaiians, nefarious forces are at work, planning to steal $10 million from a bank along the parade route. They will blow open the door of the bank’s vault at the same time that a cannon fires during a re-enactment of a similar event, which allegedly took place in 1889. * * * * * Now, here are a couple of disconnects: First, the perpetrator (Clu Gullager), who is a historian and museum curator, suggests the re-enactment to the Kamehameha Day committee. He selects a band of criminals to replace the band of actors chosen for the re-enactment, then locks up the actors while the criminals rob the bank. This seems redundant to me. Why didn’t he simply select the criminals in the first place? * * * * * Second, the doors of bank vaults can’t be blown off with simple plastic explosives, which is what these bank robbers used. Well, they could have back in Butch Cassidy’s day, had plastic explosives been available, but in the fall of 1976, bank vaults were virtually impervious to penetration by such means. * * * * * If there was any realistic point to the caper, it is that the historian/mastermind missed a point in history. In the 1889 caper, other buildings were invaded, but the bank was not. Yes, criminals tend to trip themselves up, and in this case, the missed point appeared in a paper written by the historian/mastermind, and that is what tipped off McGarrett as to who was behind it all. * * * * * For Doc Bergman fans, Doc appeared wearing a nicely tailored suit, instead of the too-large, dowdy suits he usually wears. His hair was longer and seemingly curlier than usual, too! * * * * * I’ll give this episode a grade of D- (70 out of 100). If it had not had its enjoyable elements, it would have failed completely. * * * * * Going back to “Nine Dragons” for a moment, I should have stated that, when the story segued from Hong Kong to Hickam, the story went back to a point two weeks earlier. I’ll give “Nine Dragons” a grade of A+ (98 out of 100 possible).
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 20:13:18 (PDT)
The palms and view of the state capitol were purely art work. You may have noticed that, in some episodes, Steve's office appeared to overlook South King Street and the Ali`i `Iolani Hale across the street, while in most episodes, it appeared to overlook the state capitol. In the first case, Steve's office would have been in the southwest corner of the second (first, for you Europeans) floor, while in the second case, it would have been in the northeast corner. Then, there is a discrepancy about where the doorway to the Five-0 suite is located. In the pilot, Steve reaches the top of the staircase on the western side, then crosses to the southeastern corner of the second floor (Queen Lili`uokalani's bedroom). In "Rest in Peace, Somebody," he enters the suite through the center door on the western side (King David Kalakaua's library). In "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney," Danno, George Howard, and the HPD SWAT team must turn corners along corridors to get back to the entrance to the Five-0 suite. Such corners and corridors do not exist. If that's not confusing enough, consider this: When a new scene opened with a view of the exterior of Steve's office, it showed the turret on the southeast corner of the palace. In actual fact, the turret is much too small to be Steve's office. In fact, The Friends of `Iolani Palace do not know how the four turrets were meant to be used; they are too small for most uses. In later seasons, the view of the turret is taken not from the front of the palace but from the east side. In the earliest seasons, however, when temporary additions still protruded from the eastern and northern lanais, this view would have been difficult, if not impossible. As some have noted, the windows seen in Steve's office don't track with the windows in the palace. In the earliest seasons, he is able to walk through jibe windows and onto a lanai, while, later, he walks through French doors behind his desk and onto a lanai. If his office were, indeed, in one of the turrets, he could walk through a jibe window, but there would be only one on the wall, not two, side by side, as see in the side wall of Steve's office. All in all, proof that Steve's office was only a set constructed to reflect the door and window mouldings seen in the palace. The construction crew did a very good job, too; the details are nearly perfect, down to the finish.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 19:33:37 (PDT)
I haven't seen season 9 in many, many years but I thought that was the one (and only) season where the offices looked totally different. I even remember in one scene they had a sign saying "Temporary 5-0 Offices". Is that accurate?
Steve D.
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 17:53:46 (PDT)
What always amazed me when they filmed the show from season 1 thru season 8 in the Diamond Head studio is that outside of McGarrett's office window you could always see full-size (at least that what they looked like) palms swaying and you could always make out the outline of the State Capitol Building (governor's office) as it would be viewed if you were to look out the window of Iolani Palace. If this was all model-work then it looked FANTASTIC! I don't remember exactly what the view was like outside of McGarrett's window starting with season 9 once they moved to the Territorial Bldg. Is the imagery still the same? I guess it wouldn't make sense for it to be the same. Unless we, the audience, are not supposed to notice that the Five-0 office has moved. I don't seem to recall McGarrett making an announcement to his staff "Attention everyone! We are making a move the the Territorial Bldg. across the street." Or did he?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 15:21:14 (PDT)
Big H... maybe Elegy In A Rain Forest?
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 14:50:55 (PDT)
SEASON 9 EVALUATIONS: "NINE DRAGONS" * * * * * The Season 9 DVDs were waiting for me at the post office when I returned from my son’s wedding. I’ve just watched the first episode, “Nine Dragons.” What a show! Why this episode didn’t win awards defies all logic. * * * * * The two-hour season opener (1976-1977) offers Wo Fat at his most villainous to date. It seems like he may claim his much-wanted victory over McGarrett, but that can never be. This is McGarrett’s series, after all. * * * * * The show begins with McGarrett’s escape from Wo Fat by diving from a boat and swimming until he is rescued by a young woman in a Chinese junk. He cannot remember who he is or how he came to be there. That mystery is solved when he sees his picture in a newspaper. As the woman is taking Steve to the Hong Kong PD, Wo Fat’s henchmen, members of the notorious gang, the Nine Dragons, see him and take off after him. * * * * * Segue to Hickam AFB in Honolulu, where vials of poisonous chemicals arrive for delivery to professors at UH, where they will be used in a study with a visiting professor from China. The professor is not the professor, at all. Instead, the person who arrives is Wo Fat, who has killed the real professor. Wo wants the chemicals for his own purposes – of course! * * * * * Through the use of noxious gas, which knocks out the professors and the HPD officers guarding the poisonous chemicals, Wo Fat manages to get the chemicals and escape to Hong Kong. McGarrett receives the governor’s blessings to go after him for however long it takes to find him and recover the chemicals. Governor Jameson is mellowing. It wasn’t all that long ago when the good governor said he couldn’t have Steve leave Five-0 unsupervised to go after a criminal. Does anyone remember who/which episode that was? * * * * * As McGarrett leaves the Hong Kong airport, he is captured by Wo’s henchmen, who are posing as the Hong Kong PD officers who were to have met him. He is brainwashed with drugs and treatments that would drive most of us permanently mad. Then, he is forced to give a televised speech denouncing the United States, which he says is going to contaminate the water supply in Peking for the purpose of killing Chinese leaders and planting their own leaders. In fact, it is Wo Fat, who plans to use the poisonous chemicals to poison the water supply in order to take over China. * * * * * With the help of the Hong Kong PD, McGarrett manages to stop the film from being shown and recover the poisonous chemicals. Wo is said to have died, but McG doubts that and flies back to Honolulu quite convinced that they will meet again. * * * * * Fantastic show! Great storyline, excellently enacted. But, wait! There’s more! * * * * * We see scaffolding surrounding the `Iolani Palace. Ah! The restoration continues! A sign says no one can enter without a hard hat, yet we see Danno stepping around the scaffolding sans hard hat as Five-0 moves from the palace. * * * * * Then, we see the Territorial Office Building (TOB), which stands across South King Street from the palace. First, we see exterior shots as the camera pans from the Ali`i `Iolani Hale to the TOB. Then, we see interior shots, showing lime-green walls in what is to be Five-0’s new offices. The trained eye will pick up on some of the marvelous detailing in that beautiful structure – but you’ll have to look fast. You will also notice how the sound reverberates, reminding us that this is no sound stage. This is the real thing with traffic passing outside. * * * * * The USAF cargo plane on which the chemicals are delivered to UH is a C-141 StarLifter. We see it land and taxi to where McGarrett waits with a full contingent of security personnel. The StarLifter made its maiden flight on December 17, 1963, the 30th anniversary of the first flight of the DC-1 (predecessor to the famous DC-3 a/k/a Gooney Bird) and the 60th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It entered USAF service in June 1965 and served until May 6, 2006, after 41 years of service. In “Nine Dragons,” this first dedicated fanjet airlifter in USAF inventory is shown in the gray-and-white livery it acquired in the early 1970s, in response to pitting of its unpainted aluminum skin. This is not the first time we’ve seen the StarLifter on Five-0. The first time was in the pilot episode, “Cocoon,” when Jonathan Kaye arrived for his meeting with the governor and McGarrett onboard the StarLifter. * * * * * No doubt about it: “Nine Dragons” is at the top of the list of must-see/must-keep episodes. * * * * * Evaluations of other Season 9 episodes to follow as viewed.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 14:19:08 (PDT)
On the hairstyle thing once again....pretty sure there's an ep where McG is "in the field" somewhere in a mountainous area close to the shoreline and the wind gets under his hair and flips it completely to the other side like a flap...they tried to edit most of it but couldn't completely. Don't ask me the ep b/c it's been years since I've seen it....I know someone's going to ask me to go through all 200+ eps now. I remember when I first saw it I said..."What that HIS HAIR?!?!?!?" LOL...
Big H
Wish I had..., that Problem!! - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 13:58:00 (PDT)
But you'll recall that just a year earlier - in '68 - we saw 2 episodes where the trials were being held at the State Judiciary Building (the one across from the Iolani Palace with the King Kamehameha statue in the front). We see Tokura (Ricardo Montalban) tried there in "Samurai" and Matskukino (James Shigeta) arrives there at the end of "Deathwatch". That's also where the D.A. Charlie Kaddison gets drilled by the gunman in the opening of that same episode. This would seem like the most likely place for the trial to have taken place in "King's Horses". It just seems like too many things are taking place at the Iolani Palace - Five-0 office, the courtroom, the governor's office. Plus, I'm pretty sure that the writers were actually trying to make us believe that all these building were different. I don't think they really meant for the audience to go "Ahhh... all this is taking place in the same building - the Five-0 building". I can almost overlook the fact that the governor's office is meant to be in the same building as the Five-0 office (at least until season 4 or so when we actually see McGarrett taking frequent walks across the rear lawn of the palace to where the State Capitol Building is situated) but to also have the criminal trial/proceedings in the same building is a bit too much.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 11:45:35 (PDT)
To Chris: I bought some dvds this past weekend of some older tv shows dating back to the 60s at a lower end retail chain and I got them at a steal on discount...but, there were 3 dvds to the pack (I think) with the same type packaging (i.e., overlapping, ...not indivdually sleeved, etc.) It does appear to be the wave of the future, bruddah. If CBS/P does change the type of packaging mid-stream, I for one will miss the slick boxing that the earlier seasons have.
Big H
Raleigh, NC uSA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 10:10:12 (PDT)
Ringfire, there is no mistake here. Until March 1969, when the new state capitol building opened, `Iolani Palace was the state capitol building. The governor's officee was there. The attorney general's office was there. Others, too, but these I know were there. In the pilot episode, the governor really was seated in the governor's office; in fact, the demi-lune-style desk is still used by the governor in the new state capitol building. The attorney general really was in the attorney general's office. In "All the King's Horses," Senator Oishi tells Senator Colt that, when he first became a lawyer, he tried cases in that room, which was the night court; that would date back to about the 1920s or 1930s. So, everything shown was accurate at that point in time, and, from time to time, the Five-0 team did return to the palace to take such pictures as standing on the lanais, traversing the center hallway, mounting the koa wood staircase, etc. In several episodes, most notably "Rest in Peace, Somebody," we see evidence of restoration work within the palace. Holes have been cut in the plaster in the upstairs center hall to expose wiring. Walls have been removed in the dining room, thus exposing the studs. It's a regular study of architectural history! Wow!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 07:56:03 (PDT)
Anyone notice in season 2's "All the King's Horses" that the supposed courthouse where the proceedings against Mike Finney (James Gregory) are held is actually the IOLANI PALACE! Mr. Mike, you may want to add this info to your anal-ysis. You can clearly see this on numerous occasions - McGarrett and the Governor are chatting on the Iolani Palace balcony (supposedly the courthouse balcony after a meeting with Senator Oishi (Keye Luke)) and this is especially evident at the end when McGarrett blasts the hitman on the "courthouse" steps - really the Iolani steps! Then as the episode closes with McGarrett and the boys standing on the Iolani steps, the camera pans out and you can clearly see the Iolani entrance on King Street where the King Kamehameha statue stands across the street (in front of the REAL courthouse). Wonder why they didn't use the real courthouse as they did in "Samurai" or "Deathwatch".
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 06:36:32 (PDT)
A friend of mine bought season two of Mannix, also released by CBS Paramount, and I noticed that the packaging is different, instead of a cardboard "shell" holding three thin plastic cases, the whole season is contained in one very thin plastic case with overlapping discs. I'm assuming this is the wave of the future, and that all CBS Paramount releases from now on, including the remaining seasons of Five-O, will be packaged this way. Does anyone out there know if this is the case(no pun intended)? The advantages for the company are obvious, cheaper packaging, and they still charge the consumer the same price. Advantages for the buyer? The only one I can come up with is that it takes up less shelf space. As for the disadvantages: It's less attractive, for one thing, no spine with the title or logo of the show written in big letters. No room for the episode information that used to be written on the slide-in cases, such as plot synopses, air dates, unless they include a booklet. Plus, the overlapping discs are a pain in the butt, and probably lead to a greater number of scratches. Still, as I said, this does seem to be the wave of the future. I hope I'm wrong, but...
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 05:40:48 (PDT)
Re: "Both hairstyles had to be shellacked within an inch of their lives and wind was a major enemy"... Humidity was a major enemy, too. The shellac became sticky, the hair lost its shape, and all that was left was a rat's nest. Yuck! But we wore them, anyway! LOL
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Sunday, September 06, 2009 at 07:04:56 (PDT)
Men wear pompadours. Women have bouffants. Jackie Kennedy's hairstyle was a bouffant. The bouffant was quite the rage when I was in college in the sixties. The pompadour not so much. Both hairstyles had to be shellacked within an inch of their lives and wind was a major enemy.
Buffalo, NY USA - Saturday, September 05, 2009 at 11:45:05 (PDT)
Hmmm, what is the difference between a pompadour hairstyle and a bouffant hairstyle?
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, September 05, 2009 at 09:06:44 (PDT)
S7... The Hostage, I'm curious if you would give it 3 stars on a re-analysis. I watched it last night and it's worse than I remember. Very slow, with ridiculous dialogue between McG and Jesse. (The way McG, Danno, and Frank move to and from behind the table in the hall is laughable.) To break up the boredom a cast of characters is sprinkled through the show for no more than a scene or two. The volunteer hostage, the estranged wife, the preacher, the reporter, the colonel. It reminds me of the board game Clue.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, September 04, 2009 at 20:55:36 (PDT)
Both Find a grave and IMDB say Josie Over died of Multiple myeloma.
Lake Worth, FL 33462 - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 18:55:10 (PDT)
GK posted that Josie Over died a horrific death. Anyone have any ideas how? What was it? Speaking of Josie, I just noticed on IMDB that she was married to Don Over! Somehow I never made the connection. Don usually played judges on Five-0, most notably in "Jury of One" at the close of season 5. Anyhoo, he looked old enough to be her father!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 12:03:24 (PDT)
Never a big fan of Elissa Dulce. She had a great body but her face...ummm... I don't know... just seemed really flat. Also something about her nose and wide mouth didn't appeal to me. Josie Over was ok. However, she looked high all the time. I guess that's the best I can do to describe her. She always looked like she was in a daze. Like she was strung-out or something.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 11:57:19 (PDT)
On the topic of Jack's hairstyle, a good friend of mine's band is named Jack Lord's Hair. Swear to it on a stack of bibles :o) On another topic, watched the first two eps of season 2 the last day or so, and all that talk of Mark Lenard's look and performance in To Hell With Babe Ruth, made me focus in a little more closely this time around... GOD was it awful... I almost burst out laughing a few times, like when he jumps down from that bunker he has climbed up and around only to jump down and squat peering and bouncing around, he looked like a video or cartoon character doing that, totally chezzy and silly, and the make up was just hideously laughable... It's ironic, because Will Kaluva looked retarded made up as an Asian in By The Numbers, yet here in this ep as Takuma, barely looks oriental, yet Lenard is so rediculous looking he looks more like a Klingon than an oriental or even caucasion in the ep. Totally bizarre ! Also on the hot babes front, my vote still goes for Elissa Dolce, however, Barbara Luna is pretty smokin' in the first ep of season two. I kinda dug Josie Over as well, poor woman died a really ugly horrific death as a young age in real life ! Very sad...
Millersville, PA US - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 11:01:52 (PDT)
Any Hawaii 5-0 fans living on Oahu with memorabilia interested in showcasing their mementos in an on-going display that is planned for the Ilikai hotel, please contact Note: there would be no or very minimal compensation other than to acknowledge who / where the items came from.
Waikiki, HI USA - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 10:45:31 (PDT)
I've always heard it called a "pompadour."
Big H
Raleigh, NC Anywhere - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 10:34:03 (PDT)
Andy, I was going to make a wisecrack about your wanting a Jack Lord hairstyle, but, then, I remembered that I teased my hair this morning by way of seeing if I could dress up my hairstyle for my son's wedding this weekend. Accordingly, I demur to your good taste.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 08:21:47 (PDT)
Huh? Name for Jack Lord's hairstyle? I think it is called "the Jack Lord hairstyle." As far as images are concerned, go to and search for Jack Lord, and then print them out.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 06:36:51 (PDT)
jack lords hairstyle the name andi need lots of photos toshow to my hairdresser xan any body help
andy corr
middlesbrough, tsanxy uk - Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 05:26:01 (PDT)
Ladies, you put together quite a list (after a little encouragement) and kudos to Nadja for not missing Kas Garas, who played a hunky playboy-gigolo type in about every 5-0 ep he was in. However, I was rather a little disappointed in that you failed to mention the obvious hunk which Rick had to assist you with. To Ringfire: She wasn't slutty!!...she was...pouty!!! LOL....
Big H
Cool City, NC Really! - Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 09:27:22 (PDT)
Cute, Rick. Real cute! (snorts indignantly)
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 05:22:40 (PDT)
Five-O Lover, as I was told Mufi Hannemann is the brother of Nephi.
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 23:24:51 (PDT)
"30,000 Rooms..." was one of my earliest Five-0 memories. Long before I ever saw the two Filer episodes. Granted Filer is a much more interesting character than David Wayne's and "Over Fifty? Steal" in particular is one of the all-time best episodes (and an obvious inspiration for "30,000 Rooms"), however, the latter is still a classic caper episode with a great nostalgic trip down memory-lane! One of the best from season 6!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 22:00:07 (PDT)
All the times I've been to Hawaii, I still haven't heard anyone say "ain't no big thing bruddah"....You know you're a diehard Five-O fan if you know the words to that song, lol..

Has anyone seen "30,000 rooms & I have the key" recently?....It's been a good while since I've seen that one (have it in the que @Netflix), but I remember it not being as good as "Over 50, Steal"...
Pittsburgh, PA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 20:51:28 (PDT)

OK.. to be fair here's one for the ladies...
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 19:56:51 (PDT)
Yeah, Nancy Kwan, Brenda Scott, and Robyn Millan were all hot as well. Millan especially in "One Big Happy Family". Well, ok, she's slutty. But still. Anyway, I still gotta go with Marsh and Luna as the HOTTEST! Also, don't know her name (she had a bit part) but there was this super-HOT chick in season 5's "You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich" that tries to seduce Bill Edwards, and later William Shatner, by the pool-side. She is in a bikini and has a gorgeous tan... and a body TO DIE FOR! She gets my vote as the BEST BODY on Five-0!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 19:22:17 (PDT)
A question: Is Nephi Hanneman related to Mufi Hanneman, the mayor of Honolulu?
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 17:59:52 (PDT)
Guess the men guest stars just weren't that hunky! Couple of my favorite "regular guests" were Doug Mossman (in his various roles) and Duke (Herman Wedemeyer). Honestly guys, Hume Cronyn and Khigh Diegh!!?? "No chance, no chance!" LOL!!! I agree with Ray Danton, Nephi Hannemann and Tommy Fujiwara (his smile). Kono does seem like a brown-eyed teddy bear, and I enjoy Chin Ho's gentle humor. The guys have an easier job of picking females since women were always guests until the later seasons. (I'm only familiar with the seasons on DVD.)
50 lighthouse
Huntington, WV USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 16:42:48 (PDT)
I just finished watching "A Bird in Hand", and it was everything advertised in the website, and then some! In short, it was awful. Didn't Delvecchi realize his cause would have been better served had he just ignored the tour bus? Nobody would have recognized him anyways. Interesting note-when Angie is kidnapped and brought back to the mill, it sounds like she dropped the F Bomb. She might have said "Look...", but I replayed it a couple of times, and it sure sounded otherwise. Finally, at the end, when Delvecchi comes running along the catwalk shouting "My gold!", does he remind anyone else of Stewie Griffin from Family Guy?
Plainfield, il U.S.A. - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 16:33:58 (PDT)
Ladies, you need to get organized... here's a few more for the gent's...
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:57:27 (PDT)
Okay, there two guys with brown eyes I find very attractive: Richard Yniguez and Ray Danton.
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:53:03 (PDT)
Okay, "gueststars". As said before I prefer blue eyes ;-) so I like Monte Markham, good actor and seems kind of sensitive. Kaz Garas is rather hot ;-). Barry Bostwick in "The year of the horse" is very attractive. It took me some time to recognize him as Mayor Winston of "Spin City". Very interesting and a great actor is Tommy Fujiwara. So I guess that's my list so far ;-)
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:42:49 (PDT)
Hume Cronyn as a hunk??? Surely, you jest! Meaning no disrespect, Miss Daisy... uh, I mean, Miss Tandy. LOL. Well, I did think Bill Edwards, who played numerous support roles before he became Jonathan Kaye, was cute. At least, he had a cute smile. And, of course, John Ritter was adorable, both as the weird hippie and as Jack Tripper on "Three's Company." As for serious beefcake-type hunk, I can't think of anyone. Sadly, Stewart McMillan - uh, I mean, Rock Hudson - did not guest star on Five-0. In the Season 6 episode, where Steve, Danno, and Duke sail to San Francisco to solve the embezzlement caper, I thought NBC could at least have loaned McMillan fot the scene where the SFPD arrests the business manager to hold for extradition back to Honolulu. See? All that competition among networks, and it hurt the end product. Shucks!
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:40:18 (PDT)
I meant to say Robert Drivas, but I couldn't think of the character Chris Vashon's real name. I also forgot Don Stroud. He made every bad guy good! At least good to look at. Considering today is his birthday, I don't know how I forgot him.
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:27:48 (PDT)
In reference to 5-0 hunks: of course, Jack Lord and James MacArthur. But how about Nephi Hannemann from various eps, including "Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?" A personal favorite is Vincent Eder, Johnny from "King Kamehameha Blues." Note all the shirtless shots! I love the smooth way he says, "Consider it handled." Of course I can't mention KK Blues without mentioning the always wonderful Brandon de Wilde. One more: Chris Vashon!
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 13:10:44 (PDT)
LOL, Big H!! I feel sorry for all you gals. Now I see why you stick with McGarrett... ONLY McGarrett. But seriously, what about Sal Mineo or Tommy "Grease-Hair" Sands? George Chakiris? Bert Convy? Monte Markham? James Darren? What about James Bond himself - George Lazenby?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 12:46:24 (PDT)
Five-0 lover: Those guys were all "stars" or regulars of the show, with the exception of Tasi....I'm talking "guest stars" Ringfire and I were talking about hot babe guest stars. Geeez..did Jack Lord really have all you gals that starstruck?? Ok, I'll help you get 'bout Hume Cronyn and Keigh Deigh?? Here's some beefcake for you girls with Hume's pic:
Big H
Raleigh, Nc UsA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 12:31:56 (PDT)
A list of hunks for Five-0... Hm... There were very few, since Jack was the star and, like all stars in that day before ensemble casting, he kept center stage reserved for himself. Back then, it was essential to survival, lest a young actor take over and push the star out to pasture. At any rate, I'm making two lists. First, the HUNKS: (1) Jack, of course, but primarily in his McGarrett persona, (2) William Smith a/k/a James "Kimo" Carew (Dig that scene when he takes his shirt off (What episode was that???)), (3) Al Harrington a/k/a Ben Kokua. (Those big, brown eyes really melt me), and (4) Manu Tupou a/k/a Tasi Tanuvasi in "A Matter of Mutual Concern." Then, there are the interesting characters, whom I would like to know either in their real identities or in the roles they played: (1) Richard Denning a/k/a Governor Paul Jameson (I love his infectious smile and like the way the governor thinks. I would enjoy debating the issues with Governor Jameson), (2) Gilbert "Zulu" Kauhi a/k/a Kono Kalakaua (Dear, sweet teddy bear and a good musician), and (3) Moe Keale a/k/a numerous thugs before he became Truck Kealoha (He was also a good musician, but I especially liked him as the strong, nearly silent bodyguard in "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave"). Okay, Nadja, whaddaya got?
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 10:13:09 (PDT)
Ringfire: re yesterday's post over hottest vote is for Barb Luna, with Linda Marsh and Sabrina Scharf coming in somewhere in 2nd & 3rd (very close). Now, there were LOTs of other babes over the life of the series, but this is probably the cream. Nadja??...where's that hunk list?? I haven't seen any REAL names yet....
Big H
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 09:15:49 (PDT)
Five-O Lover, I think we accept of course more from fictional characters. Because we like it dramatic and as long as it not touches our real life we're always fine with it. And we have more time to think about the actions of fictional characters than real ones and so we come to a better understanding. The real life is too fast, very often, to analyze the actions of others and the own much less.
Nadja, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 05:43:58 (PDT)
I think "V for Vashon" is the only three parter of the show.
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 05:33:33 (PDT)
There was never a 3-part 5-0 episode correct?.....I know "Miami Vice" had a 3-parter, towards the end of the shows run, it was where Crocket was on a boat when it exploded & for a while, he thought he was his alter ego Burnett (name he used when he went undercover)...
Pittsburgh, PA - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 05:19:51 (PDT)
"Two or three outbursts" LOL. Something tells me that, in police work, one had better have more than two or three outbursts if he expects to survive! Police work is not an easy thing to do. So, for all the talk about Jack Lord lashing out, perhaps he had to for the preservation of sanity. Acting/directing/producing on a tight timeline surely must be as stressful as police work. Interesting that people accepted McGarrett lashing out of frustration in his police work when they did not accept Jack Lord lashing out. Hm... This just might merit a little research. Do we accept more from fictional characters than we do from real people?
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 04:37:03 (PDT)
Yeah, Kono was a very likeable guy and I liked him more than Ben. But even if it sounds immature and superficial but I'm attracted to steely blue eyes ;-). And Danny was actually too nice and too smooth even if he had two or three outbursts.
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 04:01:33 (PDT)
I've never been a Jsmes MacArthur fan, Nadja, although I do admit to adoring Kono. What an adorable teddy bear! (although he would probably lynch me for saying that. LOL). It always made me furious when everyone picked on him about his weight, especially Chin Ho, who was far from trim, himself.
Five-0 Lover
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 02:59:56 (PDT)
I agree with you, ladies. No Top 5 ;-) But I'm surprized, seems there's no James McArthur fraction here. I admit to read fanfics sometimes and they're all so Danny-concentrated that I thought there have to be a lot more James McArthur fans out there than Jack Lord fans. I'm glad to see at least it's not the case here ;-)
Berlin, - Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 00:26:56 (PDT)

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