Remembering Jack Lord

Historic Filming Locations


More historic locations were used for filming than simply the 'Iolani Palace and other buildings in the Capitol District. Some were early Hawaiian cultural and religious sites. Some were the residences of Hawaii's early businessmen. Some reflected more modern Hawaiian culture and history. Here are just a few:

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial


No list of Five-0 historical sites could begin without the USS Arizona Memorial. Designed by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis and built in 1962, the memorial straddles the sunken ship in its resting place near Ford Island. Entombed within the ship to this day are the remains of 1177 servicemen, who died aboard the ship during the Japanese attack on O'ahu on December 7, 1941.

We saw the memorial in "Time and Memories" (Season 3) and "Murder - Eyes Only" (Season 8). In "Murder - Eyes Only," we saw the tour boats carrying visitors from the visitor's center to the memorial and heard a portion of the actual introduction that is given by Navy tour boat operators during the ride. 

The introduction explains the significance of the memorial's design: The 21 windows (seven windows on each side and the top) represent a 21-gun salute to the fallen. The tree-shaped windows on each side of the shrine room, at the back of the memorial, represents the tree of life (or the olive branch, representing peace). The raised ends and sunken center represent America's high point before the war, its low point during the war, and its height after the war. The back wall of the shrine room lists the names of all who were killed in the attack, both aboard the Arizona and at other facilities at Pearl Harbor.

On May 27, 2017, the memorial was damaged when a tug piloting the USNS Mercy pushed the large hospital ship into the boarding ramp at the east end of the memorial. The ramp was repaired, and the memorial was reopened. Then, on May 27, 2018, a tour boat officer noticed a crack in the memorial near the point of the 2017 accident. When repairs failed to hold, the memorial was closed indefinitely until proper repairs can be made. 

Did You Know?

-- The mast on which the American flag flies is affixed to the mast on which the flag flew aboard the USS Arizona.

-- Alfred Preis, architect of the memorial, was interned at Sand Island during World War II. As a native Austrian, he was felt to be a danger to the United States during the war years. I'd say Mr. Preis got up, dusted himself off, and started again very nicely.

-- Bunker C fuel oil continues to leak from the sunken ship to this day. Its rainbow-like colors on the waters of the harbor are called the sailors' tears. Containment "ropes" are used to keep the fuel oil from spreading to other parts of the harbor.

-- Principal funding for construction of the memorial was provided by the Territory of Hawai'i; private donations raised following a televised salute to RADM Samuel Fuqua, the senior surviving officer aboard the Arizona; benefit concert given by Elvis Presley; proceeds of sale of plastic models of the USS Arizona sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association and Revell Model Company; and federal funds from legislation initiated by Senator Daniel Inouye.

The shrine room, showing the memorial wall and the tree of life


Pantheon Saloon

Kono is seen entering the Pantheon Saloon in "Dear Enemy" (Season 3)

A small portion of the imported bar can be seen.

Screen capture. Hawaii Five-0. Leonard Freeman Productions / CBS Television, 1971.

This piece of Old Hawai‘i has been closed to business for about 25 years, yet it retains its influence in Chinatown, Honolulu. The Pantheon Bar first opened its doors under the auspices of Joseph Silva in 1883. Its large wooden bar was shipped in and made the journey around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America.

It occupied three locations during its lifetime. In 1900, the building housing the Pantheon was demolished by the health department following two deaths from the plague in the building next door. The building, located at 1129 Nu‘uanu Avenue, was rebuilt in 1911 and to this date houses the old wooden bar. The sidewalk before the Pantheon is notable, as well. Its granite blocks are reinforced with discarded ballasts from 19th century sailing ships that had imported tea and exported sandalwood.

The Pantheon was popular with King David Kalākaua even before it became popular with visiting sailors. It played host to merchant seamen, navy seamen and members of the other armed forces, tourists, and locals, alike, for about 100 years, although its closing date remains an elusive research datum.

The Pantheon Bar appeared in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0, “Dear Enemy” (Season 3) and “Draw Me a Killer” (Season 6).

Since its closing, the Pantheon has been the subject of dispute over how it should be used. In 2000, rumor spread that the restaurant next door would take over the space and refurbish it while retaining the old wooden bar. Over the past few years, the Hawai‘i Theatre Center, which occupies the land behind the Pantheon, has wanted to obtain the land where the old saloon sits in order to expand its facilities. It is another battle in the never-ending war between historical preservationists versus developers. 

The theater center points out the fact that the Pantheon is in a sad state of deterioration and needs to be taken down. Historical preservationists would like to retain the structure and restore it. Perhaps, the answer lies in the suggestion that the Nu‘uanu Avenue façade be retained to reflect what once was.

The closing of the Pantheon Bar is remembered in the movie Goodbye Paradise (1991) in which the Paradise Bar is closed in order that a developer can refurbish it as an upscale restaurant and bar. Several Hawaii Five-0 alumni appear, including Joe Moore, Elissa Dulce Hoopai, Kwan Hi Lim, James Hong, Danny Kamekona, Dennis Chun, Rod Aiu, the voice of our beloved Kam Fong Chun, and Five-0 casting director, Dick Kindelon.

NOTA BENE:  An article by historian Peter Young is drawn from newspaper articles from 1870 through the early 20th century. It paints quite a lively picture of what life was like at the Pantheon Saloon: Young, Peter. Pantheon Saloon. Images of Old Hawaii. June 26, 2018.

Read more about it:

Campbell, Jeff. Hawaii. Ebook edition, p. 130.

Chinatown’s Rejuvenation.

Donnelly, Dave. “Renewed Nuuanu” in Hawaii Today in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. February 4, 2000.

Keany, Michael. “Austin and Pantheon Buildings” in HONOLULU Magazine.

Ruby, Laura and Ross Wayland Stephenson. Honolulu Town. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2012, p. 107.

Battery Harlow

Battery Harlow as seen from Diamond Head Road

Joel Bradshaw (public domain)

Numerous military sites were constructed in and around Honolulu before and during the two world wars. One receiving considerable air time on Hawaii Five-0 was Battery Harlow. Built in 1906, it was housed at Fort Ruger, the Army camp sited inside and around Diamond Head Crater. 

It was the hideout used by the kidnappers in "The Ransom" (Season 3). It was where McGarrett and Intelligence met in "The Ninety-Second War" (Season 4). It was the site to which McGarrett & Co. were led to "watch the birdie" in "Fools Die Twice" (Season 5). It was the hideout of the People's Attack Group in "The Young Assassins" (Season 7). It was where Officer Sandi Welles (Amanda McBroom) and McGarrett hid from Kim Chee's henchmen in "Loose Ends Get Hit" (Season 8).  

See more pictures:

Entrance to Diamond Head Crater


A gun emplacement atop Diamond Head



The Mansions

The Charles Cooke House on Manoa Road was seen in "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave" (Season 4) and in "Ring of Life" (Season 7). 

Photographer: Joel Bradshaw (public domain)

The Anderson Estate on the Kalaniana'ole Highway in Waimanalo was seen in 12 episodes of Hawaii Five-0, including interior scenes in "Sweet Terror" (Season 5) and "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12). This screen capture is from "You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich - But It Helps" (Season 5)

Leonard Freeman Productions / CBS Television, 1968-1980

The Clarence Cooke House on Old Pali Road was seen in "Wooden Model of a Rat" (Season 8) and "Dealer's Choice - Blackmail" (Season 10).

Photographer: Joel Bradshaw (public domain)

And there were others, including 

*  The Walker Estate on the Pali Highway, which was the Nelson Blake home in "The Ransom" (Season 3), "Let Death Do Us Part" (Season 9), and the Barlow home in "Invitation to Murder" (Season 10).

*  The house that resembled the Walker Estate that was home to astrologer Agnes DuBois in "Horoscope for Murder" (Season 11).

*  Andy Kamoku's house in "A Lion in the Streets" (Season 12). It greatly resembled the Chun house at 808 10th Avenue in Kaimuki (Is it the same house?).  You can see a picture of that house on Click on "historic places," then scroll down to the address of the house.