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Dennis Chun, the son of the original Chin Ho Kelly, Kam Fong, has a recurring role as HPD Sgt. Duke Lukela. The role of Duke is also a tribute or reference to actor Herman Wedemeyer, who played Duke in the original series. Dennis Chun also had roles in the original series, as three different, unrelated characters, in three different episodes, one during the 1973-1974 season, and two during the 1974-1975 season. (imdb.com)

The HPD lab technician Charlie Fong introduced late in Season One is based on the character Che Fong in the original series. This also holds true with Lori Weston (introduced in Season Two) - named similarly to Sharon Farrell's character (Lori Wilson) during the 12th Season of the original Hawaii Five-O, and Max Bergman (introduced in Season One, recurring in Season Two, but with on screen credit for every episode in Season Two of the updated series), who was based on the character of Doc Bergman, as played by Al Eben in the original series, although he was sometimes simply credited as either "Doc" or "Coroner" in 51 episodes, beginning with the fourth season, and he also portrayed three other characters before the fourth season, two of those were also a doctor. (imdb.com)

The title of the original series, Hawaii Five-O (1968), and that of the updated series, Hawaii Five-0 (2010), are pronounced the same: "Hawaii Five-Oh". However, they are spelled differently. The former uses the capital letter "O" as a pronunciation spelling for the number zero. The latter uses the numeral "0" instead. (imdb.com)

Richard T. Jones, as the second governor, Sam Denning, succeeded Jean Smart, the first governor, Pat Jameson. Both roles are a reference or tribute to the role of Governor Paul Jameson, and the actor who played him for the entire run of the original series, Richard Denning. (imdb.com)

The wife of the original series creator, Leonard Freeman (who died in 1974, age 53), was actress Joan Taylor (known after her marriage by her given first name, Rose, along with her husband's family name, Freeman, making her Rose Freeman), died on March 4, 2012. After her death, she was the dedicatee "In Loving Memory Of Rose Freeman" on the March 19, 2012 broadcast of Hawaii Five-0 (2010). (imdb.com)

In the updated series, Steve's middle name is Jack in honor of Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett on the original series, while in the original series, Steve's middle name was "Aloysius" (pronounced AL-oh-wish-uss). (imdb.com)

William Sadler, who portrays Steve's father, Jack McGarrett, and 'Christine Lahti (I), who portrays Steve's mother, Doris McGarrett, were both born in April 1950, Sadler on April 13, 1950, and Lahti on April 4, 1950, just nine days apart. (imdb.com)

James MacArthur who originated the role of Danny "Danno" Williams in the show's original incarnation was scheduled to make a guest appearance during the first season. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to make an appearance. (imdb.com)

This is the second attempt to remake Hawaii Five-O (1968). The first had been the sequel Hawaii Five-O (1997), which featured Grace Park's Romeo Must Die (2000) costar Russell Wong. (imdb.com)

During season two of the updated series, McGarrett's Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab truck is shown with license plate number "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. (imdb.com)

Leonard Freeman, the producer of the original Hawaii Five-O (1968) series, named the Wo Fat character after a now-defunct restaurant in Honolulu Chinatown. The Wo Fat building remains on the National Register of Historic Places. (imdb.com)

In the updated version, Chin and Kono are first cousins. However, in the original version the two were not related. (imdb.com)

In the updated series, Danny Williams got his nickname from his daughter Grace, who called him "Danno" because she could not pronounce "Daniel" (or Daddy, by inference) when she was learning to speak. In the original series, no reason was specifically given for why Danny's nickname was Danno, and Danno did not have a daughter. (imdb.com)

The character of Wo Fat, the principal arch-villain of both the 1968 original (as portrayed by Khigh Dhiegh) and 2010 rebooted series (as portrayed by Mark Dacascos), appeared just eleven times (in thirteen episodes, as some were two-parters) in the 1968 original series, over the course of twelve years/279 episodes, including the pilot (or first episode) of the original series, and the last episode in 1980, entitled "Woe to Wo Fat." In the 2010 reboot, Wo Fat was also introduced in the pilot (or first episode), but has already appeared in nine episodes, up to and including the third season premiere. To put this in perspective, in the original series, Wo Fat appeared in thirteen episodes out of 279, or approximately one out of every 21.5 episodes, but in the 2010 reboot, Wo Fat has appeared in nine out of forty-eight episodes (through season three premiere), or approximately one out of every 5.33 episodes, much more frequently than in the original. Both incarnations average between twenty-three and twenty-four episodes per season. (imdb.com)

When this show first premiered in 2010, the character of Kono Kalakaua (played by Grace Park) was written to be a rookie cop in her mid-20's. Park was actually 36 years old when the show premiered. Her character is supposed to be younger than commanding officer Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin). In real-life, Grace Park is two years older than Alex O'Loughlin. (imdb.com)

Terry O'Quinn plays recurring character Cmdr. Joe White, who was McGarrett's instructor at Seals School. O'Quinn previously played Capt. Boone, a "CAG" (for Commander, Air Group - the senior pilot aboard any aircraft carrier) in JAG (1995). JAG, _"NCIS" (2003)_ and Hawaii Five-O are all linked by crossing characters. (imdb.com)

In NCIS: Los Angeles (2009) {Touch of Death (#3.21)}, the crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0 (2010) characters appearing on NCIS: LA, at the beginning of the episode, while on the NCIS government jet from Honolulu to Los Angeles, it is revealed that Danno's full title (with name) is Detective Sergeant Danny Williams and that Chin's full title (with name) is Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly. This would mean that Chin outranks Danno, even though Danno is ostensibly the second in command of Five-0 Task Force (and clearly in command since McGarrett has been AWOL since Alex O'Loughlin has been in rehab for the last 4-5 episodes of season two), which is the opposite of the normal order for those ranks, where a Detective Lieutenant would always outrank a Detective Sergeant. Further, in the new series, McGarrett is often referred to as "Commander McGarrett," a reference to his naval rank, while in the original series, while McGarrett continued to be a US Naval Reserve Officer, he was never referred to by his Navy rank, unless the episode involved his Naval connection. McGarrett was officially called "Detective McGarrett," and sometimes chief or head of Five-O, and Danno and Chin were only credited by their names, or occasionally referred to as Detective, but without a military style rank, and Danno was always clearly second in command, after McGarrett, without any ambiguity. (imdb.com)

Daniel Dae Kim was the first actor cast. He was followed by Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park, and then Scott Caan. (imdb.com)

On the original series, Kono and Governor Jameson were male. (imdb.com)

CBS wanted to bring the series back one year sooner for the 2009-2010 season, with Edward Allen Bernero in charge of production. The plot would have been a sequel with Steve McGarrett Jr. taking over the unit from Steve McGarrett Sr. It didn't go beyond the scripting stage. In 2009, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci took over and decided to reboot the series instead of make it a sequel to the original. (imdb.com)

In August 2010, Scott Caan injured his knee while filming a stunt for the show and tore an ACL. The injury was written into the show. (imdb.com)

Chin Ho was originally dismissed from the Honolulu Police Department after being falsely accused of taking bribes. Steve chose him for the task force because he didn't believe the accusations, and because Chin Ho was his father's former partner. It is later revealed in the latter half of Season 1 that Chin's uncle was the one who was involved (to pay off medical bills where Chin became a fall guy who took the blame where he was protecting his extended family) which resulted in his reinstatement to HPD as a lieutenant. (imdb.com)

Al Harrington, who played Detective Ben Kokua on the original series, has a recurring role as Mamo Kahike. (imdb.com)

Danny's favorite team is the New York Jets and when he moved to Hawaii he adopted the University of Hawaii's football team as his favorite college team due to the similar color scheme to the Jets' uniforms. (imdb.com)

The Five-O name comes from Steve's father. When he and his sister were kids, Steve's father used to call them Five-Oers, because Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state. (imdb.com)

The series premiered on September 20, 2010, exactly 42 years to the day from the premiere of the original series. (imdb.com)

Michael Shanks auditioned for the role of Danno Williams. (imdb.com)

In the original series, Five-0's offices were purported to be on the second floor of the I'olani Palace, which in the late 60's to early 70's was in fact a state office building, but has since been restored as a royal residence museum. Five-0's offices for this series are depicted as being in Alii'olani Hale (right across the street), a state office building of similar architecture built in the 1870's which actually houses Hawaii's Supreme Court. (imdb.com)

Grace Park plays Kono, a role originally played by Zulu. This marks the second time Park has starred in a re-imagined television series playing a role originated by a man, the first being Boomer from the rebooted "Battlestar Galactica" (2004) series, a role played in the original by Herbert Jefferson, Jr. (imdb.com)

When CBS announced this series for the fall of 2010, they released the opening credits from the pilot online. They featured an electric guitar version of the classic theme, and it was met with mixed results. Producers revealed they hadn't decided whether or not to use it on a permanent basis, so they decided to stay with the classic. They brought in a full orchestra to re-record it, and three of the members had even played on the original. The electric guitar rendition of the Hawaii Five-O theme song was later used on promotional advertisements. (imdb.com)

The car the group is seen driving around in is a 2010/2011 Camaro LT with a V6 engine, the RS performance package, and police lights added to the front end. (imdb.com)

This is the second attempt to remake "Hawaii Five-O" (1968). The first had been the sequel Hawaii Five-O (1997), which featured Grace Park's Romeo Must Die (2000) costar Russell Wong. (imdb.com)


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