September 20, 1998 marks the 30th anniversary
of thebroadcast of the Five-O pilot episode "Cocoon". The regular series debuted on September 26, 1968.
Hawaii Five-O was the longest continuous-running police series in television history, airing from September 1968 to April 1980. With few exceptions, it was filmed entirely on location in Hawaii. The authenticity and beauty of the scenery is listed by its fans as the number one draw; second come the actors and the characters they portrayed.
Another attraction is the intelligent writing and intriguing plots of the series, and its wonderful title theme (regarded by one critic as "the greatest TV theme of all time") and incidental music. Its authenticity was further enhanced by the use of many local Island residents in guest roles, which for some -- such as Thomas Fujiwara and Kwan Hi Lim -- led to further roles in other series.
Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett, head of an elite four-man state police unit investigating "organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type." James MacArthur played his second-in-command Danny ("Danno") Williams, with local actors Kam Fong, Zulu, Al Harrington, and Herman Wedemeyer, among others, playing members of the Five-O team. The series was famous for the stellar guest actors who appeared in episodes, including Helen Hayes, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Nielsen, Herbert Lom, Hume Cronyn, and many more. McGarrett's nemesis, the evil Wo Fat -- "a Red Chinese agent in charge of the entire Pacific Asiatic theatre" -- was played by Khigh Diegh.
Five-O 30th anniversary in Honolulu -- January, 1999
(December 3, 1998 update) A celebration of Hawaii Five-O's 30th anniversary is being planned in Honolulu. There was originally an article in the Honolulu Advertiser saying this was going to be on December 2nd, "Jack Lord's birthday" (Lord's birthday is December 30th) but according to the organizer of the event, Carey Anderson, who was one of the propmasters on the series, it has been rescheduled for January 22, 1999, one year and one day after Jack Lord's passing. (Carey can be reached at 808-261-6540 in Hawaii.) Various cast and crew members who worked on the show have been contacted and are expected to attend. More details are expected in the next few weeks.
Some merchandise connected with the 30th anniversary is available through the following links. These links are provided for information purposes only.
Introductory poster -- Five-O badges -- Other merchandise
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EPISODE GUIDE -- GOOFS, TRIVIA AND MORE...A collection of facts and trivia about Five-O, usually combined with "turgid analysis." Some of this information may not be considered "politically correct" today -- there are words which will be objectionable to certain sensitive individuals, so if you might be offended, then read no further! There are also plenty of spoilers. Mrs. Rose Freeman, wife of the late creator of Hawaii Five-O, describes this part of our site as an "outstanding presentation." Enjoy! Copyright ©1994-1998 by Mike Quigley. No reproduction of any kind without permission.
= One of the very best episodes, a must-see.
= Better than average, worthy of attention.
= Average, perhaps with a few moments of interest.
= One of the very worst, a show to avoid.
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"GENTLEMEN, FIRST I WANT YOU TO TURN THESE WEB PAGES INSIDE OUT:"
- DANNO, FIGURE OUT THE BASIC M.O.:
- The Hawaii Five-O FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- A list of Five-O directors and writers
- Facts and rumours about a new Five-O TV show or movie.
- What's happened to some of the stars of Five-O.
- Five-O fans gather at Mahalo Con in Burbank and Honolulu (fall of 1996).
- A picture gallery from the above, showing some stars as they are today.
- Whatever happened to McGarrett's Mercury?
- Where can you see Five-O ... on TV ... on video.
- CHIN HO, YOU'RE IN CHARGE OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS:
- Composers for the Five-O episodes
- Check the CBS Collection at the UCLA Library for Five-O scores (see "H" under "Title Index").
- Photo of Morton Stevens, composer of the Five-O Theme and numerous episode scores.
- There was a Five-O soundtrack album... REVISED!
- The Five-O soundtrack album in MP3 format
- Lyrics to the Five-O theme ... hard to believe.
- Lyrics to "It Ain't No Big Thing," heard numerous times during the series.
- The Five-O theme song in MIDI format, 10K in size (for those with slow modems)
- The Five-O main theme (623K) and end titles (334K), both in WAV format
- Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer sings the Five-O theme on Saturday Night Live (WAV format, 458K).
- The Post-Industrial-Acoustic-Counterpunk band Hookahman from Edmonton, Canada is proud to have recorded
the worst versionof the classic Five-O theme song. It is on their latest album. (WAV format, about 600K)
- Musical themes from the show, all in WAV format: "Memories" (185K);
The "military" theme (349K); The "violin" theme (101K)
- A blatant plug for my own music!!
- KONO, ANALYZE THESE NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE STORIES FOR CLUES:
- From 1969 -- TV Guide article about Jack Lord.
- From 1969 -- TV Guide article about why James MacArthur got the role of Danny Williams.
- From 1971 -- infamous TV Guide article: "Jack Lord, Superstar".
- From 1971 -- Photoplay article: Jack Lord & Jim MacArthur -- Working Together, Keeping Apart"
- From 1973 -- TV Guide article on James MacArthur.
- From 1977 -- "Hawaii Five-O nine years later"
- From 1979 -- Photoplay article about Five-O's twelfth season stars.
- From 1993 -- Hawaii Magazine article Five-O Forever.
- From 1996 -- National Perspirer article on Jack Lord's health with an alleged recent picture of Lord.
- From 1997 -- James MacArthur (Danno) writes about the new Five-O pilot.
- CHE FONG, RUN THESE SOUNDS THROUGH THE OSCILLOGRAPH...
- McGarrett tells Danno to "Book 'em"
- McGarrett says to Danno, "Book 'em ... murder one, two counts" (118K)
- McGarrett tells a punk not to give him any mouth! (44K)
- McGarrett says "Book him" and tells the Feds to get off his case! (from pilot movie, 1.5 megs)
- DUKE, SOMEONE IS TRYING TO MAKE FIVE-O LOOK SILLY...
- The Five-O Drinking Game (Sirah style)
- Five-O parodies by SCTV and Paul Hogan/Benny Hill.
- The MAD Magazine Five-O parody -- pages one, two, three, four, five, six (each around 250K)
- The Cracked Magazine Five-O parody -- pages one, two, three, four, five, six
(each around 250K)
- The 13th Season (Some "lost" episodes I have uncovered)
- BEN, I WANT THE POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER OVER HERE ON THE DOUBLE!
- TV Guide cover featuring Jack Lord, September, 1971
- TV Guide cover featuring Jack Lord, September, 1973
- Five-O on location (the episode is Not That Much Difference, #21).
- Jack Lord's autograph.
- Mounted displays with Jack Lord's autograph. (#1) (#2) (#3) (#4) (#5) (#6) (#7) (#8)
- Danno visited Vancouver early in 1998. Jerry Pickard (left) and Mike Quigley met him for dinner.
- LORI, GET EDDIE SHERMAN TO LOOK IN THE STAR-BULLETIN'S BACK ISSUES!
- News of the 1996 Five-O Conventions (out of date, but has some cool graphics and facts).
- McGarrett's car is for sale.
- An analysis of the Five-O main title including the hips and the boy.
- An adult appreciation of Five-O in the column "Honolulu Lite".
- A young adult's response to his first viewing of Five-O.
- KIMO, SOME PEOPLE WANT TO WRITE ABOUT OUR "OTHER" CASES...
- Five-O comic from "TV Action", England, 1973 -- pages one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight
(each around 150K)
- A plug for Karen Rhodes' Hawaii Five-O book and an interview with her.
- Pau Hana -- excerpts from Five-O fan fiction.
- Submission guidelines for Pau Hana.
- A sneak preview of Bill Koenig's Five-O/Man From U.N.C.L.E. crossover story.
- TRUCK, CHECK OUT WHY WE'RE IN THE NEWS AGAIN...
- Vancouver Sun article on the Five-O Home Page.
- CBC interview about the Five-O Home Page.
- The Five-O Home Page featured on CBS News Up To The Minute.
- Our site is the winner in the Vancouver Province Super Site contest (November 6, 1997).
They write: "Talking about sheer work, takes us to the next winning site -- The Hawaii Five-O Home Page ... created by Mike Quigley of Vancouver. As he said in his description of the site, it's 'more than you ever wanted to know about the TV show' but it's still a lot of fun. Quigley has to be a fanatic on this. Who else would put up the lyrics to the song It Ain't No Big Thing, which he says was heard numerous times during the series?"
- Mike Quigley is Vancouver radio station CFOX's "Geek of the Week" (November 6, 1997)
- Read the Hawaii Five-O Usenet newsgroup. Note: not all servers carry this.
- JENNY, HERE IS SOME MATERIAL THAT SHOULD BE FILED, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE...
"THEN, GENTLEMEN, MAKE THESE WEB SITES A TOP PRIORITY:"
- Bill Koenig's analysis of the Wo Fat episodes
- Carol Coley's Jack Lord Page
- Central Dispatch, home of The Hawaii Five-O Fan Club, info on IRC, and the Five-O mailing list.
- The Hawaii Five-O Car Page
- Heather Henderson's Jack Lord Page and James MacArthur Page.
- Jeff Fox's Five-O Trivia page
- A Five-O page in French.
- Joe Roberts' Five-O page.
- Home page of Karen Rhodes, author of Booking Five-O.
- Laura Woolger's William Smith Page.
- Liz Clare's Herman Wedemeyer Home Page
- M&E; Five-O Page (in German)
- Mark Musante's Five-O page.
- Teresa's Fan Fiction Page
- Tiki Traders' Hawaii Five-O Trivia, Background Info
- Tim Krell's Five-O Fun Page.
- Todd Witteles' Five-O page.
- Tap into the Honolulu Police Department's "Iron Brain."
"AND FINALLY, CHECK OUT THIS 'MR. MIKE' CHARACTER ... WHY IS HE SO OBSESSED WITH OUR OPERATION? WHAT ARE HIS OTHER INTERESTS? WHAT MAKES HIM TICK?"
- Mr. Mike's "boring home page"
- His rap sheet, containing a recent mug shot! Plus another picture of him "on the job".
- His X-Files Corner
- His interest in true crime
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