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Additional Reading Material

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 24, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Links to additional reading material related to Jack's biography have been posted on the Biography page.  These links cover the schools and church he attended and the places he lived.

Of special interest are links to photographs of Jack and Marie's apartment buildings in New York and West Hollywood. Although both have been renovated or restored since their time there, they retain the original flavor and show us what they were like back then.

Was Jack Controlling?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 18, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Read "Was Jack Controlling?" 

in Biography / Getting to Know Jack / Was Jack Controlling?

Mrs. Bush

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 17, 2018 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (2)

How very sad it is that Barbara Bush, wife of former-President George H. W. Bush, has passed away of heart failure. She was 92 years old and had been married to President Bush for 72 years.

The same love that sustained her marriage enabled her to give generously to those in need. She worked for literacy and for cancer research. More to the point, she had such a kindness about her that she drew others to herself. At the same time, she could be outspoken when the need arose.

A children's hospital in Maine and a park in Texas were named in her honor.

Rest in peace, Mrs. Bush. You will be deeply missed.

"The Creation" by Franz Joseph Haydn

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 16, 2018 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (1)

More on the Anderson Estate

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 12, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (2)

According to a Facebook friend who lives in Hawai'i, the Anderson Estate already has been razed. I've been unable to find links to news reports about it. I did find this link to drone footage of what the estate looked like in its final days. See how overgrown the landscaping had become. One can only imagine what the house looked like inside. Sad, so very sad.

Dial M for Murder

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 10, 2018 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Once again, Hawaii Five-0 beloved semi-regular Joe Moore and Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak will appear together on stage. This time, they will appear in the 1950s classic, Dial M for Murder. The play will be held in eleven performances at the Hawai'i Theatre, from June 21 through July 1.

Learn more about it on Be sure to follow the link to their advertisement on YouTube. It’s hilarious!


Soon-Tek Oh Passes Away

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 8, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Soon-Tek Oh, one of Five-0's best bad boys, passed away on Wednesday, April 4th, at the age of 85. Born in South Korea in 1932, he passed away in Los Angeles, California, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.

Mr. Soon-Tek appeared in eight episodes of Hawaii Five-0, beginning with the pilot, "Cocoon," in which he appeared as one of Wo Fat's lab technicians. He portrayed a good man, Tom Wong, in Season 5's "The Jinn Who Clears the Way" in which he quite painfully came to realize that Wo Fat was using him and, as his family's new patriarch, helped McGarrett recover a stolen military device before it could be delivered to Red China.

He is perhaps best known for his ability to conjure up highly emotional facial expressions for the roles he played. These are seen especially in "The Jinn Who Clears the Way," when Tom Wong realizes Wo Fat, a man he has long admired and respected, is responsible for the deaths of his father and his brother, and in "The Defector" (Season 8 ), when his character, Chaing, wants McGarrett to believe his compatriots are trying to kill him.

Soon-Tek Oh was very active in the promotion of Asian actors in respectable roles and not simply as victims of crime or as enemy agents.

And Another Death

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 3, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (2)
Screen capture from "The Gunrunner"
Hawaii Five-0. Leonard Freeman Productions / CBS Television, 1968-1980

The Anderson Estate appeared in 12 episodes of Hawaii Five-0 before it became known as Robin's Nest, beach estate of potboiler author Robin Masters, in Magnum, PI. Now, news has come down that it is going to be razed. Although it has been known for many years that the house needs extensive repairs, it is tear jerking to see this picture of Spanish Revival architecture come to the end of its life. 

Although only the exterior of the Anderson Estate was seen on Magnum, PI, interior scenes were seen in most episodes in which the house appeared in Hawaii Five-0, especially in "The Second Shot," "Cloth of Gold" and "Woe to Wo Fat."   

The house was purchased by a member of the Obama administration two or three years ago. The initial rumor was that it was purchased for Obama's post-presidential residence, but that was later discounted when the Obamas purchased a different house.

Nephi Hannemann

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 3, 2018 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Hawaii Five-0 beloved semi-regular Nephi Hannemann passed away on Sunday morning, April 1st. The brother of former Honolulu mayor, Mufi Hannemann, Nephi appeared in eleven episodes, perhaps most notably “Run, Johnny, Run” in which he played Navy defector John Mala, and “Is this Any Way to Run a Paradise?” in which he played the super-strong shop teacher, Aku, who carried a metal lid to the top of a smoke stack to protest air pollution. He was 72 years old.

Happy Easter!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 1, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

"Thirty Pieces of Silver"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 28, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In "Cocoon," after Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh) leaves the SS Arcturus, the traitorous intelligence agent, Miller (Andrew Duncan), goes to the ship's captain (Wright Esser) and presumes to tell him when to cast off and to ensure that McGarrett's body does not float back ashore, as intelligence agent Hennessy's did. The captain lets Miller know exactly what he thinks of him when he says,

You'll get your thirty pieces of silver.

The line comes from the Holy Bible (Matthew 26:14-15), which is set a short time before Jesus was crucified:

Then one of the Twelve [the disciples of Jesus], who was called Judas Iscariot,

went to the chief priests and said, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him

[Jesus] over to you?' They paid him thirty pieces of silver . . .

Birthday Wishes

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 27, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Happy Birthday!




Richard Denning


Born on this date in 1914 in Poughkeepsie, New York.



Did you Know?


Richard Denning appeared in all 12 seasons of Hawaii Five-0

without the benefit of a contract.


Thank you, Honu!

American Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 16, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II met March 14-18, in St. Louis, Missouri. These men, who served as civilian mariners on civilian ships during World War II are in their 90s and above in age. They were drafted by Washington and forced to serve, yet they have received virtually no benefits -- no GI bill, no medical benefits, no retirement benefits -- even though Congress declared the Merchant Marine to be a recognized branch of the military in 1986.

The Anheuser-Busch company helped to sponsor the conference and honored these men by inviting the men to their farm for a tour and to meet their Clydesdales. The St. Louis suburb, Chesterfield, Missouri, hosted the men at the Veterans Honor Park. There, the mayor of Chesterfield greeted the men, both as a group and individually. The Missouri Patriot Riders escorted the men to the park. In addition, the St. Louis media outlets gave the veterans full court press.

Sheila Sova, their spokesman, reported that some of the veterans were reduced to tears by the outpouring of appreciation and kindness.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your bravery and your service.

American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II

Meet Mary Ann McGarrett

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Nancy Malone, who portrayed Mary Ann McGarrett Whalen in Season 1’s two-part episode “Once Upon a Time,” was much more the women’s libber than her traditional character on Hawaii Five-0.

* After appearing successfully on stage and the small screen, she studied directing at the American Film Institute and became a successful director, first in standard television fare and later in films that informed the public about such issues as Alzheimer’s and abuse.

* She co-produced and directed The N.Y. Pops Tribute to Bob Hope, at Carnegie Hall to raise funds for the Pops’ music outreach programs for New York public schools.

* She taught classes at the University of California – Los Angeles, New York University, the National University of Ireland, and others.

Read more about it:


Five-0 Hired the Best Guest Stars

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Here's a challenge for you.

Tell us your favorite films in which the actors went on to become Hawaii Five-0 guest stars. 

For inspiration, read the list on

Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / H50 Stars in Notable Works.

Send your favorites to me at memoriesofhawaiifive0(at), using the format shown,

and I will post them on the new Comments for Jack's Blog page. Thank you.

For further inspiration, note that . . .

Steve's Girl submitted three movies produced by Steve McQueen's production company, Solar Productions, while I posted two John Frankenheimer movies. All feature some of Five-0's best guest stars.

When (If) the web provider resolves the posting problems, I will transfer your comments

from Comments for Jack's Blog to the comments section for this post.

Sylvia Kunin : Doc Bergman's Mrs. Doc

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Al and Sylvia Eben

Provided by and used courtesy of the Seattle Public Schools

Honu sent this link to a wonderful interview with Sylvia Kunin, wife of Al Eben (our beloved Doc Bergman), founder of the Young Musicians Foundation, and esteemed advocate for music education: A Conversation with Sylvia Kunin.


Al Eben’s birthday is coming up on Sunday, March 11th.


Here’s some background information that I posted some years ago on Memories of Hawaii Five-0:

Doc Bergman’s Mrs. Doc

Upon doing a little searching, I learned that Mrs. Eben is a fascinating woman and a gem to the cause of music appreciation and education.

Sylvia Kunin was born in Detroit, in 1913, the daughter of Russian immigrants. When she was three years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, where they lived in a Jewish enclave. Mrs. Eben says, “Everybody we knew had a piano. Even if you couldn’t afford lessons, you had a piano.”(1) Her father managed to provide ninety cents each week to pay for her piano lessons. It did not come without a price; he expected her to take her music seriously. She did and went on to become a classical pianist.

She was still Miss Kunin when her career took her to Minneapolis and New York before she went overseas, to Switzerland. There, between 1936 and 1938, she studied under classical pianist Artur Schnabel. The stresses of being a professional pianist, as well as her small hands, which could not reach a full octave, caused her to abandon that career and return to the United States.(2) Soon, she met Al Eben, and in 1939, they were married.(3) A few years later, they became parents to a son, Barry.

In 1951, Sylvia Kunin Eben began producing talent shows backed by chamber orchestras by way of teaching music appreciation to young people. They were conducted by cellist Robert LaMarchina and evolved when, in 1955, she founded the Young Musicians Foundation and the Debut Orchestra.(4) Mrs. Eben went on to host television programs on which her young musicians performed. Some of those, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, went on to establish names for themselves in music.

In 1966, the Ebens moved to Hawai`i, intending to retire. By 1968, however, Al Eben was appearing in Five-0; by 1972, he had a semi-regular role as medical examiner Doc Bergman. That year, Sylvia Eben started a new series for Hawai`i Public Television to introduce children to classical music.(5) As music programs faded from public school curricula, Sylvia became determined that music education would not fade in entirety. Her series, A Musical Encounter, caught on, and in 1975, the couple returned to the mainland, where she expanded the series on the Public Broadcasting Service. She had produced 55 episodes in May 2002, when she was nearly 89 years old, but that was not to be the finale, as she had expected.

Following the death of her husband of 64 years in 2003, Mrs. Eben remained active with the Young Musicians Foundation and lent her support to orchestras in and around Los Angeles. Later that year, she took A Musical Encounter home to the place of its origin, Honolulu, Hawai`i. She continued to produce episodes of A Musical Encounter through her firm, Musical Encounter Productions of Seattle, Washington, well into her later years. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 101.


Watch a segment from the 65th episode of A Musical Encounter, filmed in Seattle, Washington, on September 10, 2008, when Sylvia Eben was 95 years old.

Read a good, yet brief, summary of what A Musical Encounter is all about.


(1) “Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases.” March 10, 2006.

(2) Cariaga, Daniel. “Celebrating Years of ‘Musical Encounter’ : Music : Sylvia Kunin has produced the series for 21 years. Now, for her 80th birthday, she’ll be honored on the show Sunday onn KCET” in Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1993.

(3) Obituary for Al Eben, Los Angeles Times. July 26, 2003.

(4) Robert LaMarchina.

(5) Cariaga. Ibid.



More about "The Great Tea Race of 1866"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 6, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (2)
This print poster (not a painting, as it turns out) and frame of The Great Tea Race of 1866 by Montague Dawson appeared on McGarrett's office wall on Hawaii Five-0 through all 12 seasons. Now, it hangs on the living room wall of Honolulu columnist and author Charley Memminger, who sent it to us. Mahalo nui, Charley!

P.S. If you have not read Charley's novel, Aloha, Lady Blue, you should. You'll enjoy the references to Hawaii Five-0 and all the places we came to know so well from watching the show. See Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 Trivia for some quotations from Charley's book.

Montague Dawson's "The Great Tea Race of 1866"

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 5, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (2)

I received a message from Charley Memminger, former columnist for the Honolulu Star Bulletin, about the fate of the sailing ship print that hung on McGarrett's office wall.

It seems that the print had been abused, shall we say, by rats and was about to be thrown out. Charley rescued it and managed to have it restored. Today, it hangs on his living room wall. It's still in the same frame, even. How 'bout that!

You can read more about this painting on Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Five-0 Headquarters.

Thank you for letting us know what happened to McGarrett's sailing ship, Charley. We're glad it's once again in good hands.

ME-TV -- Which Character Doesn't Belong?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Honu has sent us another quiz from ME-TV. See if you can spot one of our favorite characters:

Which of These TV Characters Does Not Belong?

Thanks, Honu!


Procedural & Technical Errors

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In response to Honu's posting of ME-TV's H50 goofs, Steve's Girl wrote . . .

Do you remember, H50 (of course you do) the sections "McGarrett's Mistakes" and "Technical Errors"

on MofH50 where we were listing goofs like that (2010)? Oh yeah, as time goes by.

I looked up those procedural and technical errors and have posted them here: