Classic American Television Show Once Again A Hit
Most people have seen the new hit television show Hawaii Five-O, a contemporary remake of the classic show from the 60s and 70s. But did you know that in 1977 an episode of Hawaii Five-O was filmed on Kauai?
The name of the episode was To Die In Paradise (episode 212 of 281), and the storyline involved a famous singer who is kidnapped by thugs and taken away on boat which then wrecks in a storm on the rugged and remote Na Pali Coast. Since “Danno” used to surf in this area, McGarrett sends him to find the kidnappers. McGarrett journeys to the end of the road nearby to deliver the ransom.
The original crime drama Hawaii Five-O was one of television’s longest running programs ever running from 1968 until 1980 and then continuing in reruns. The popular series involved ongoing battles against crime in the Islands including international espionage. The police team was portrayed as occupying offices in Iolani Palace.
The original series was filmed almost entirely in the Hawaiian Islands with occasional filming at other locations including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Los Angeles.
The New Hawaii Five-O
The pilot for the new Hawaii Five-O was filmed on Oahu in March of 2010 and the show has been a hit drawing nearly 20 million viewers an episode in its first season.
The plot of the new show pays homage to the original show and involves a new elite federalized task force combatting crime in the Islands. However the crime fighters don’t follow the normal chain of command and instead report directly to the Governor.
In this new recreation of Hawaii Five-O, the iconic Detective Steve McGarrett – who was originally played by the square-jawed Jack Lord – is now played by Alex O’Loughlin, a decorated naval officer. O’Loughlin is an Australian actor who previously was a vampire private investigator in the television series Moonlight.
Scott Cann plays Detective Danny (“Book ‘Em Danno!”) Williams who was played by James MacArthur in the original series. In the new show Danno is an ex-New Jersey cop who relocated to Hawaii and is committed to keeping it safe for his eight-year-old daughter.
Former Lost actor Daniel Dae Kim plays the role of Detective Chin Ho Kelly who is an ex-Honolulu police officer who was a former protege of McGarrett’s father and was falsely accused of corruption before being asked to join the Five-O team.
Rounding out the four person elite crime fighting team is Chin’s cousin Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), a local girl who just graduated from the police academy and is also the cousin of Chin.
In the new series Lord returned to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and was convinced by the governor to head up the new crime fighting team with no red tape and blanket immunity to hunt down the worst offenders.
Fun Facts About Hawaii Five-O:
The once popular show Magnum P.I. was created in order to get more use from the expensive production facilities that had been constructed for Hawaii Five-O after that show ended.
Some mentions of Hawaii Five-O during the first episodes of Magnum P.I. implied that the show took place in the same fictional world as Magnum P.I.
Part of Hawaii Five-O’s legacy is its theme song which is played by marching bands at U.S. high schools and colleges including the University of Hawaii where it is their fight song (unofficially).
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