We Love Hawaii Five-0

TV & Radio Satellite Week (UK)

29 Sept, 2001

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CLAIM TO FAME: The catchphrase "Book 'em Danno" and the fact that it was America's longest running cop show, spanning 12 years.

WHY WAS IT TOP OF THE COPS?  Possibly because of the stunning, palm-fringed scenery.  Or maybe because of the catchy theme music and rolling-wave opening credits.  But probably not for the acting.

NOT EXACTLY AWARD-WINNING THEN?  Jack Lord, who played stoic detective Steve McGarrett, never seemed to show any emotion.  His face was as immobile as his bouffant hairdo.  And his cute sidekick Danny "Danno" Williams, played by James MacArthur, wore a permanent expression of surprise on his boyish face.

AND WERE THERE MANY SURPRISES?  Not as far as the flimsy plots were concerned.

SO WHAT WAS THE STORY?  Steve McGarrett was the head of a special police squad based in Honolulu who reported directly to the Governor of Hawaii.

A CUT ABOVE YOUR AVERAGE PLOT?  There was no run0of-the-mill detective work for McGarrett, Danno and crew, who only went after the really top-drawer criminals such as  psychopathic killers and members of the local underworld.

TRIAD TROUBLE?  Something like that.   Perhaps the most cunning and elusive villain was Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) McGarrett's nemesis, a criminal genius who turned up every now and then with some new, dastardly plan or other.

DID DANNO BOOK HIM?  No.  It wasn't until the final episode Woe to Wo Fat, in April, 1980 that McGarrett finally brought his arch enemy to justice.  By that time, MacArthur had already left the series, taking many viewers with him.

WAS THERE LIFE AFTER HAWAII?  When it ended, Lord made a mint because he'd cleverly bought the rights and sold them for a fortune.  He retired on the proceeds to a beachfront condo in Honolulu and died in 1998 at the age of 77 from congestive heart failure.  MacArthur now publishes a magazine for the elderly.

AND NOT FORGETTING McGarrett's right hand men, native islanders Kam Fong who played Detective Chin Ho Kelly and Zulu who played Detective Kono Kalakaua.

MOST MEMORABLE  EPISODE:  The lat one was perhaps the silliest - not just because Wo Fat (who was 70 at the time) and McGarrett (who was 60) dulled it out in hand-to-hand combat, but because McGarrett wore a bad wig to disguise himself as a scientist.

BLUFFERS TRIVIA:  Rank 'n' file policemen in the series were played by local off-duty cops who donated their fees to a police charity.

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(This article gives credit to weblink: www.mjq.net/fiveo    I'm not sure if we should thank Mr. Mike or not!!!)

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