Hidden Nods to the Original Hawaii Five-0

Through the past five years, HAWAII FIVE-0 has often honored the original “Hawaii Five-O” series with references to its predecessor hidden within the episodes. In celebration of the 100th episode that airs Friday, Nov. 7, following is a list of those nods to the legendary original series hidden within the current one:

• Pilot – McGarrett’s 1974 Mercury Marquis is the actual car from the original series. It was owned by Jack Lord himself and is seen several times throughout the series.
• Pilot – “Book’em Danno” – The most famous line from the original series was said for the first time in the pilot and often repeated throughout the series.
• Pilot – Danny (Scott Caan) is the only member of Five-0 to wear a shirt and tie – similar to how the original Five-O team always wore suits to the office.
• 102 “Ohana” (Family) – Kono (Grace Park) first refers to McGarrett as “Boss” in this episode and continues throughout series. Kono on the original series often called McGarrett “Boss.”
• 103 “Malama Ka Aina” (Respect the Land) – In this episode, the mother who took Grace (Teilor Grubbs) to hide in the bathroom is played by Helen Kuoha-Torco. Helen was the original Tahitian dancer featured in the main credits of the original series.
• 104 “Lanakila” (Victory) – McGarrett’s sister, Mary Ann McGarrett (Taryn Manning), shares the same name as McGarrett’s sister in the original series.
• 105 “Nalowale” (Lost) – First appearance of Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka), named after the main Medical Examiner in the original series.
• 107 “Ho’apono” (Innocent) – Robert Loggia plays retired Navy man Ed McKay and also played an ex-cop named Russell Hendrix in “The Execution File” episode of the original series.
• 109 “Po’ipu” (The Siege) – Ric Young, who plays General Pak, also played a travel agent (as Eric Young) in the episode “Nine Dragons” in the original series.
• 109 “Po’ipu” (The Siege) – McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) gives his address as 2727 Piikoi St. In the original series, Steve McGarrett also lived on Piikoi St.
• 112 “Hana ‘a’a Makehewa” (Desperate Measures) – We first meet Sgt. Duke Lukela, played by Dennis Chun. Dennis not only had a few smaller roles in the original series, but he is also the son of Kam Fong who played the original Chin Ho Kelly.
• 112 “Hana ‘a’a Makehewa” (Desperate Measures) – Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) makes his first appearance. Wo Fat was the main bad guy on the original “Hawaii Five-O.”
• 113 “Ke Kinohi” (Beginning) – We first meet surf shop owner and instructor Mamo Kahike played by Al Harrington. Al played series regular Ben Kokua in the original “Hawaii Five-O.”
• 118 “Loa Aloha” (Long Goodbye) – Clyde Kusatsu, who plays Judge Kamalei, also appeared in the original show’s ninth season episode “Yes, My Deadly Daughter.”
• 119 “Na Me’e Laua Na Paio” (Heroes and Villains) – The episode features the first appearance of recurring character Jenna Kaye as a CIA analyst. Jenna is a nod to original series character Chief of Pacific Operations Counter Intelligence Jonathan Kaye.
• 121 “Ho’opa’I” (Vengeance) – While interrogating Agent Marsh, McGarrett says “I answer to God and to the Governor, neither of whom are going to help you right now.” This is a reference to the original series pilot “Cocoon” when it’s said Steve McGarrett only takes orders from the Governor and God, “and sometimes even they have trouble.”
• As of Season Two, McGarrett’s Silverado’s license plate reads F6-3958, a nod to the original series where Jack Lord’s McGarrett had this plate number for his personal state issued car, used for both the 1968 Park Lane and 1974 Marquis Brougham.
• 202 “Ua Lawe Wale” (Taken) – Homeland Security Agent Lori Weston, played by Lauren German, is a reference to Det. Lori Wilson, the member of Five-O in the final season.
• 202 “Ua Lawe Wale (Taken) – Tom Sizemore plays Captain Fryer in Internal Affairs. This is a nod to the original series character Bernie Fryer, who was also a big shot in Internal Affairs.
• 219 “Kalele” (Faith) – Ed Asner reprises his role as renowned smuggler August March from the original series episode “Wooden Model of a Rat.”
• 219 “Kalele” (Faith) – In August March’s home, we see a collection of miniature sculptures from Japan. These sculptures are a wink to how in the original series episode, March framed McGarrett for stealing one of these priceless statues.
• 223 “Ua Hala” (Death in the Family) – Karl Herlinger, playing Toothpick, had a small role as “Baseball Kid” in the premiere of Hawaii Five-O’s final season.
• 302 “Kanalua” (Doubt) –Ed Asner once again makes a ‘final’ appearance as original series villain August March.
• 303 “Lana I Ka Moana” (Adrift) – While fishing, McGarrett wears an unusual straw hat, a nod to the style of hats Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) wore in the original series.
• 307 “Ohuna” (The Secret) – Russell Wong, who plays Kong Kiang, also appeared in the 1997 pilot as Nick Wong, an FBI agent who the Lt. Gov. appoints to be co-director of Five-O.
• 315 “Hookman” – For the new series, undoubtedly the biggest homage to the original Hawaii Five-O is the remake of fan-favorite “Hookman.” With a modern day update of the story and using original locations, shot compositions, original title and style of opening credits, the cast and crew created a meticulous reboot of this original episode.
• 315 “Hookman” – Local character actor Terry Plunkett, who played several small roles over the years in the original series, makes an appearance as the Mailbox Proprietor.
• Season Four makes its first use of the original Five-O theme as the score during the show. The theme can be heard in episodes 401, 407 and 422.
• 401 “Aloha Kekahi I Ke Kahi” (We Need Each Other) – Capt. Grover was an original series character that Five-O meets in the seventh season episode, “The Hostage.”
• 407 “Ua Nalohia” (In Deep) – Cathy Foy, who plays coffeehouse waitress Nani, appeared in the original series twice. Once as a receptionist in “Head to Head,” and again as a telephone operator in “Though the Heavens Fall.”
• 413 “Hana Lokomaika’I” (The Favor) – Chin Ho’s father is named Kam Tong, a nod to Kam Fong, the actor who played the original Chin Ho Kelly.
• 415 “Pale ‘la” (Buried Secrets) – Clara Williams gets her name from Danny’s aunt in the original series. Interestingly, on the original series, Clara Williams is played by Helen Hayes, the real-life mother of original Danno, James MacArthur.
• 501 “A’ohe Kai e Pe’e Ai” (Nowhere to Hide) – After getting a call from the drone pilot, Sgt. Duke Lukela tells Pua to “Patch him through to McGarrett.” This line was used in the original series.

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