CBS Reveals Secret Tributes to the Original ‘Hawaii Five-0’ That Have Been Hidden Throughout the Run of the Series Remake

Oct 30, 2014  •  Post A Comment

CBS today sent out one of the more interesting press releases we’ve seen lately, in connection with the upcoming 100th episode of the network’s current drama series “Hawaii Five-0.”

The release runs through a list of 33 hidden tributes to the original “Hawaii Five-0” that have been hidden throughout the run of the remake, going all the way back to the 2010 pilot.

The orginal series, in which Jack Lord starred as Steve McGarrett, aired from 1968-1980 on CBS. The remake, which is in its fifth season, will air its 100th episode Nov. 7.

Here are a few examples:

• In the pilot for the remake, 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.

• In the episode “Malama Ka Aina” (“Respect the Land”) during the first season, 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.

• In the episode “Kalele” (“Faith”) during season two, 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.

Please click here to see the full list of hidden tributes in the CBS press release.



  1. I grew up on the original Five-O, my all time favorite. This list of comparative events in the 2 shows is FANTASTIC! I will provide another very good one. In the current show the painting behind McGarrett’s desk shows a Schooner Sail Boat. In the original series, the exact same picture was on the wall behind McGarrett’s desk. I pick up on many of likeness between the two, but your list is the best. Also Duke Lukella is a police officer (sargeant) in both. The original shows’ governor was played by Richard Denning. I believe the second governor in the reboot was named Governor Denning.

  2. Could someone please tell me who painted the picture of the schooner sail boat behind MaGarrett’s dest.

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