Hawaii Five-0 Scene Spotting: Team's reunited, island looks great and... wait, who's in the car??

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

By Christine Strobel

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Nail biter! Don't know if it's the new directorial style with the flickering zooms on the characters and scenes or the dramatic music or a more confident cast rolling into its second season, but the premiere episode was tight!

I wholeheartedly congratulate the writers: I did not see that twist at the end (see video). (And I never thought I'd be saying this, but poor Victor Hesse!)

Nevertheless, time to catch our collective breaths and jump into the scenes. (Photo: McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) does the perp walk, but not for long. Mario Perez/CBS.) Let's fly:


  • We open with a quick shot of Le'ahi, aka Diamond Head
  • Flight over the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon
  • Kono (Grace Park) is treading water on her board between Lanikai and Waimanalo, near the Mokulua Islands.
  • The governor's funeral is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) gives the pimp hand to Wo Fat's (Mark Dacascos) bodyguards.
  • Hickam Air Force Base is where we meet Cmdr. White (Terry O'Quinn) walking down the belly of a C-17.
  • Halawa Correctional Facility is where McGarrett gets shanked by Victor Hesse. Ouch.
  • McGarrett ditches the ambulance on South Street near the old Advertiser building, and hides in an alley by the old printing press.
  • Overhead of the Ala Wai Canal.
  • McGarrett dispenses with the cop by apartment buildings on what looks like Salt Lake Boulevard.
  • Valley shot leading to Dr. Max Bergman's (Masi Oka) house looked like Nuuanu, just south of Oahu Country Club.
  • Cmdr. White is on Tantalus, where McGarrett and Danno (Scott Caan) join him.
  • Chin Ho and Dr. Max ditch McGarrett's car in the hills above Mokuleia (could see Waialua in the background) on Oahu's North Shore.
  • Sometimes they just give it to you! Wo Fat's boat is in the Ko Olina Marina.
  • McGarrett hides out at Kamekona's shave ice shack at Ala Moana Beach Park.
  • Danno and Chin Ho collect a hidden camera from the Governor's Mansion on Beretania Street, downtown Honolulu.
  • McGarrett hides out at Kamekona's shave ice shack at Ala Moana Beach Park.
  • Nice shot of the Waianae Coast as Five-0 goes after Wo Fat's boat.
  • Overhead shots of Waikiki and the Hilton Hawaiian Village, leading to...
  • ... a final shot of Aliiolani Hale, aka Five-0 headquarters.

Miss any locations? Fire them into the comments below or tweet us up!

The Quotable Danno

Is it me, or is every character competiting with Danno for best quips? Giving a nod to Cmdr. White's "Let me guess... the governor had it coming?" — we'll move forward with the best of the Danno-isms.

  • "I'm not wearing a tie cause there's no dress code for an out of work cop."
  • "You, my friend, are a ray of sunshine today."
  • "Hey, zip it, Kermit."
  • "I am happy on the inside."
  • "Screwdriver? I left it at home with my hammer."

As for the newly unmasked Jenna Kaye, that should breathe some new energy into the Wo Fat saga. And was McGarrett's father in cahoots with the ultimate villain? We'll fly to the locations each week as we try to figure it out.

Fave Clip

The handshake that had "Lost" fans all a-twitter.

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