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'Hawaii Five-O'

What to Know About the Show and Its Cast

This newer version of the show is based off the 1968 version. If you haven't seen either version of the show, the show(s) is about when Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu from being in the Navy in order to find his father's killer. The Governor then offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). 

This show has been on the air since September of 2010 and it is now on its eighth season. If you've ever watched/seen this show, you would probably recognize four of the actors in the later seasons of the show, the way you would recognize these actors from another TV show if you seen it and that show is Lost. Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Jerry O'Quinn, and Henry Ian Cusick are the four actors that you would recognize in the later seasons of this show; Jorge plays Jerry Ortega in Hawaii Five-0 and Jerry plays Joe White in Hawaii Five-0, Daniel Day Kim plays Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Henry Ian Cusick plays a terrorist in Hawaii Five-0, but in the show Lost, Jorge plays Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, Jerry plays John Locke, Henry Ian Cusick plays Desmond Hume in the show Lost, and Daniel Day Kim plays Jin-Soo Kwan in the show Lost. That is just a fun fact of a few of the cast. Another fun fact about this show is that if you pay attention really closely in the first episode of season one, you'll recognize another actor if you watch The Walking Dead. The actor that you would recognize in that episode would be Norman Reedus. He plays in Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse, who was the brother of the guy who killed Steve McGarrett's dad. 

A third fun fact about this show and/or the cast is, in August of 2010, Scott Caan injured his knee while filming a stunt for the show, and tore an ACL. The injury was written into the show. A fourth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that, on this version of the show, Chin (Daniel Day Kim) and Kona (Grace Park) are first cousins. However, in Hawaii Five-O (1968 version), the two were not related. A fifth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that Daniel Dae Kim was the first person cast. He was followed by Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, and then Scott Caan. A sixth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that the Hawaii Five-O name comes from Steve’s father. When he and his sister were kids, Steve’s father used to call them Five-O-ers, because Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state. A seventh fun fact about the show and/or cast is that, on this show, Steve’s middle name is Jack, in honor of Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett on the 1968 version of Hawaii Five-O; while on the original series, Steve’s middle name was “Aloysius." 

An eighth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that Leonard Freeman, the producer of Hawaii Five-O (1968), named Wo Fat after a now-defunct restaurant in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The Wo Fat building remains on the National Register of Historic Places. A ninth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that, after seven seasons, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park quit over salary disputes. A tenth fun fact about the show and/or cast is that in the 1968 version of Hawaii Five-O, Kono and Governor Jameson were male. An eleventh fun fact about the show and/or cast is that William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) appeared in August Rush (2007).

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