Yeah, I know Hawaii Five-O would really be better suited to Child of the 1970’s, but with the news that a remake of the series is in the works, and the fact that the original show was still just about being made in the eighties (and was almost certainly still on UK TV screens into the 80s) I thought it would be nice to visit this landmark show.
Mention the name of this show to anyone and you can bet that the first thing they’ll do is start “da daaing” their way through the brilliant theme song whilst pretending to paddle a canoe frantically. The end credits of the show featured a big canoe full of rowers battling against a giant ocean wave, and is an image most will certainly remember whether they ever watched the show or not.
After all the pretend paddling is over, most people would probably then quote the show’s catchphrase – “Book ’em Danno” – which was said by Steve McGarrett to officer Danny Williams at the end of most episodes (if not all) when they had finally caught their man.
Hawaii Five-O was basically a cop show set (and filmed) in Hawaii, which meant it was far more colourful than most police dramas thanks to the location and all those colourful tropical shirts. Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord) headed up the police department on Hawaii, tracking down and bringing to justice a succession of murderers, drug barons and mafia bosses.
The show has certainly made its mark on the history of television however, not least due to it’s theme tune and title sequence (I will always remember the weird fish eye effect when looking at a bunch of aeroplanes). The format of the show was immediately copied left, right and centre, but none topped it, and the show ran for an impressive 12 seasons from 1968 until 1980.
The new version of the show is currently filming in Hawaii, and is being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who were also behind the recent Star Trek movie. Confirmed cast members are Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel has appeared in *lots* of shows over the years, but most recently Lost) and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua. Kono was originally a male character, but playing an originally male role in a remake will come as no surprise to Grace, as she played Boomer in the recent Battlestar Galactica series.