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Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0

Photo Credit:  Justin Stephens/CBS
  • Premiered: 
    September 20, 2010
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of the series, Hawaii Five-0 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Det. Steve McGarrett is a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father's murder. While he's there, Hawaii's Governor persuades him to head up the state's brash new FIVE-0 unit, a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out crime on the Islands. McGarrett takes the job only because he has the Governor's backing, no red tape, and full blanket authority to hunt down the state's biggest criminals. McGarrett is joined by: Det. Danny 'Danno' Williams, a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-Honolulu Police Detective, and former protege of McGarrett's father, wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol. Even as he's hunting down bad guys, McGarrett tries to bring closure to his father's case while repairing his relationship with his estranged sister Mary Ann. Chin's cousin, Kono, is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department's elite, but currently facing an investigation by Internal Affairs. Dr. Max Bergman is the quirky coroner who lacks social skills but has mad piano-playing skillz. At the end of Season 2, McGarret's mother returns, the team loses its Chief, and Kono was thrown into the water. Now, in Season 3, can Chin save Kono after his gut-wrenching decision? Plus, what will happen now that Steve found his mother? And how quickly will the team track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family?

For its fourth season, this series moves to Fridays at 9pm ET/PT on CBS, with the Season 4 premiere on September 27, 2013. In the season opener, McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, and gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam's secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law -- and turn on his own -- in order to find a kidnapped Catherine.

Season 5 of HAWAII FIVE-0 premiered on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "A'ohe kahi e pe'e ai," he island of O'ahu goes on lockdown when Five-0 hunts a terrorist who starts using weaponized drones on civilians. Meanwhile, McGarrett and Danno must go for a mandated review with a psychologist, resulting in a session which looks a lot like couples therapy.

HAWAII FIVE-0 returned for its sixth season on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Mai ho'oni i ka wai lana malie," a murder leads Five-0 to investigate a centuries-old Oahu palace raid involving pirates, buried treasure and a killer who is using a stolen painting as a map. Also, the morning after their wedding, Kono and Adam are threatened and tortured by Gabriel, and Danny shows concern for McGarrett regarding Catherine's return to the island.

The seventh season of HAWAII FIVE-0 premiered on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Makaukau 'oe e Pa'ani?," when the bodies of two serial killers are found on Five-0 property with chess pieces in their mouths, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilante as fear grows that tourists aren't safe in Hawaii. Rosalind Chao guest stars as Governor Keiko Mahoe.

Season 8 of HAWAII FIVE-0 premiered on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS, as Meaghan Rath joins the cast as Tani Rey, the newest member of Five-0. In the season opener, "A'ole E 'Olelo Mai Ana Ke Ahi Ua Ana Ia," McGarrett and Danny recruit Tani Rey to join the task force when diabolical hacker Aaron Wright (guest star Joey Lawrence) releases a dangerous arsonist from prison. Joey Lawrence joins his brother, Andrew, when he guest stars as Aaron Wright, a hacker. Randy Couture also returns as a guest star. In the season's third episode, Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns.

The ninth of HAWAII FIVE-0 premiered on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS, with Mark Dacascos returning as McGarrett's nemesis, Wo Fat. In the season opener, "Ka owili oka'i," after Steve's CIA agent friend is killed, McGarrett lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Also, Tani wrestles with whether or not she will tell McGarrett about the murder weapon she found at Adam's house. This episode, titled "Cocoon," is a retelling of the original series' pilot episode and was written by the late Leonard Freeman, creator of the original HAWAII FIVE-O and current executive producer Peter M. Lenkov. On Friday, January 4, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, CBS debuted "Hala I Ke Ala O'i'ole Mai," the mid-season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, with Michelle Borth, Chris Vance and David Keith returning in an episode directed by Carl Weathers. Still reeling from the murder of one of their ohana, Steve and Catherine (Michelle Borth), along with Danny, Junior and some old friends, Harry Langford (Chris Vance) and Wade Gutches (David Keith), hunt down the killer. Also, Tani and Grover investigate when a bag of human bones, discovered inside an abandoned storage locker goes missing.

HAWAII FIVE-0 returned for its tenth season on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, with Katrina Law joining the cast as Quinn Liu. In the season opener, "Ua 'eha Ka 'ili I Ka Maka O Ka Ihe," a new ally helps McGarrett and Five-0 when mob bosses on the island are being targeted by an assassin. Also, Five-0 says goodbye to one of their own. Guest stars: Rob Morrow (Cullen), Katie Wee (Brooke), Paul S.W. Lee (Dr. Paulson), Eddie Anderson (SWAT Commander), Roland Nip (Zhang), Wes Zane (Yakuza Leader), Hank Holliday (Mayor), Grace Lee (TV Anchor), Dennis Takeshita (Yakuza Leader #2), Lehua Kalima (Singer #1), and Ryan Souza (Singer #2).
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 CBS Home Entertainment released HAWAII FIVE-O THE FINAL SEASON on DVD with all 22 action-packed episodes plus over 50 minutes of special features that includes an emotional interview with Alex O'Loughlin, a special look at the "Magnum P.I." crossover over and more! In the final season, Lieutenant Commander McGarrett (O'Loughlin) and the Five-O find themselves reeling from the shots fired at the headquarters. After the smoke clears, McGarrett recognizes a few familiar faces including his mom, Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti), and imprisoned hacker Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence). The elite task force soon finds allies in their quest to wipe out crime that washes up on the islands' sun-drenched beaches. Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) makes a special appearance in an action-packed Magnum P.I. crossover episode. Run Time 5 hours and 41 minutes. A MUST OWN for HAWAII FIVE-O fans. Buy and binge now! (Click the red "Buy DVDs" button on this page.) (Click the RED "Buy DVDs" button on this page.)

- Desperate Measures (Magnum P.I. Crossover Episode): When Junior (Beulah Koale) is kidnapped as leverage to retrieve the stolen list of undercover CIA agents, and most of Five-0 is rounded up by the CIA to prevent them from interfering, Tani (Meaghan Rath) and Quinn (Katrina Law) ask Magnum and Higgins for their help.

- Shorelines - Aloha: Cast, writers, and crew look back over the final season's biggest moments and reminisce about the end of the series' 10-year run.

- Reflections on Five-0: An Interview with Alex O'Loughlin - A revealing interview with series lead Alex O'Loughlin, who shares his thoughts on the final chapter in Steve McGarrett's story.

- Deleted Scenes Extended Scenes Gag Reel

* A Complete Series Collection of HAWAII FIVE-0 will be released at a later date.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by CBS Television Studios


  • - Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • January 14, 2013: First time fans vote for the ending of an episode.

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 16, 2011: Laura Hills dies
  • May 16, 2011: Governor Pat Jameson dies
  • December 12, 2011: Malia Waincroft and Chin Ho Kim are married
  • May 14, 2012: Chief Vincent Fryer dies
  • September 24, 2012: Malia dies
  • October 25, 2013: Billy Harrington dies
  • May 8, 2015: Kono Kalakaua and Adam Noshimuri are married