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The Cast of Hawaii Five-O: Who’s Who in the Hit Crime Drama?

The Cast of Hawaii Five O
The Cast of Hawaii Five O

The Cast of Hawaii Five-O: This is a crime drama series set in Hawaii about an elite state police task force led by Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord). The original series ran from 1968 to 1980 with Lord as Steve McGarrett. For its 2010 to 2020 reboot series, Alex O’Loughlin took on this role alongside Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, amongst many other actors who joined or left during its run.

In this article, we will look at some of the main cast members from the reboot series and their roles on it.

Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett

Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett

Alex O’Loughlin is an Australian actor best known for portraying Steve McGarrett, a former Navy SEAL who leads Five-O task force. McGarrett is known as an experienced and dedicated policeman but often clashes with Danny over their differing approaches to solving cases; additionally he has an incongruent relationship with his family – particularly Doris who once worked at CIA.

O’Loughlin appeared in all 240 episodes of Hawaii Five-O and directed three episodes over its final two seasons2. Additionally, he appeared in crossover episodes with Magnum P.I. which features some characters from Hawaii Five-O3.

Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams

Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams

Scott Caan is an American actor best known for portraying Danny “Danno” Williams, one of McGarrett’s partners on Five-O. Danny is known for being both sarcastic and loyal in his service of McGarrett; often criticizing McGarrett’s reckless actions as well as Hawaii culture. Additionally, Danny shares custody with Rachel of their daughter Grace whom they both share custody over.

Caan appeared in all 240 episodes of the series and wrote four episodes during its initial six seasons, earning himself nominations for several Golden Globe Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Limited Series or Miniseries or Television Film) including his Golden Globe nod as Danny.

Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly

Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly

Daniel Dae Kim was an award-winning Korean-American actor best known for playing Chin Ho Kelly on Five-O. Chin was wrongfully accused of corruption and joined Five-O in order to clear his name; using his knowledge and connections across Hawaii he often helped solve cases and find resolution. Chin had an intense romantic interest named Malia whom he later married.

Kim appeared in 168 episodes from seasons 1 through 7. After departing after a disagreement over pay parity with O’Loughlin and Caan, Kim later became Dr. Jackson Han on another series titled The Good Doctor.

Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua


Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua

Grace Park, an actress from Canada-America, played Kono Kalakaua on Five-O. Kono was once an accomplished surfer who joined Chin’s cousin Chin as Chin’s cousin Chin’s younger cousin on Five-O as its youngest member as their rookie cop, often going undercover or using physical abilities to catch criminals. Additionally, Kono had an onscreen romance with Adam Noshimuri (the son of former Yakuza boss).

Park was seen in all 168 episodes from season one through season seven of this show from season 1-7, leaving due to contract disputes with O’Loughlin and Caan over pay parity issues4. She later went on to star as Katherine Kim in another series called A Million Little Things4.

Other Cast Members of Hawaii Five-O

The reboot series also featured other cast members who joined or left Five-O throughout its run, such as:

  • Chi McBride plays Lou Grover, an ex-SWAT commander from Chicago who becomes part of Five-O’s team in season 4.
  • Masi Oka is Max Bergman, an eccentric medical examiner who joins Five-O until season 7. Jorge Garcia portrays Jerry Ortega, an influential conspiracy theorist whom Chin befriends early in season 5. They become unofficial members of Five-O in season 5.
  • Ian Anthony Dale plays Adam Noshimuri, Kono’s husband and a former Yakuza member who joins Five-O officially during Season 8.
  • Kimee Balmilero will reprise her role of Noelani Cunha, a medical examiner who takes over for Max in Season 8.
  • Meaghan Rath plays Tani Rey, an ex-police academy cadet who joins Five-O in season 8.
  • Beulah Koale reprised her role of Junior Reigns from season 8 of Five-O. Reigns is an ex-Navy SEAL who joins Five-O and joins their team.
  • Katrina Law plays Quinn Liu, an ex-Army CID officer who joins Five-O’s team during season 10.

FAQ: The Ultimate Guide to Your Questions

Q: When did Hawaii Five-O begin and end?

A: Hawaii Five-O’s reboot series premiered on September 20, 2010 and ended April 3, 2020 after 10 seasons and 240 episodes.

Q: Why did Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park leave the show?

A: Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park left the show after season 7 due to an ongoing contractual disagreement regarding pay parity with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, whereby they reportedly requested equal pay but were given 10-15 percent less than what their co-stars received.

Q: Does Hawaii Five-O depict real events?

A: No, Hawaii Five-O isn’t based on any real events; rather it is a fictional series that follows an elite state police task force in Hawaii. Some episodes may however draw inspiration from events or crimes which happened there or elsewhere.

Q: Is Hawaii Five-O connected with Magnum P.I.?

A: Yes, Hawaii Five-O is linked with Magnum P.I., a spinoff series featuring Thomas Magnum as a private investigator living in Hawaii. Both shows share characters and locations, and have even seen crossover episodes such as Kamekona being an informant in Magnum P.I.

Q: Where can I watch Hawaii Five-O online?

A: Hawaii Five-O can be watched online through various streaming platforms, such as CBS All Access, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video – however its availability will depend on your region and subscription plan.

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