The Best Episodes of Hawaii Five-0

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2018

Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii's former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett are Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, a relocated ex-New Jersey cop who is committed to keeping the islands safe for his children; Captain Lou Grover, who formerly headed Hawaii's SWAT unit; Jerry Ortega, the islands' local conspiracy theorist; and Tani Rey, a bold, recent police academy graduate. Helping them is Adam Noshimuri, a friend with old ties to a deadly crime family; Junior Reigns, a former SEAL who comes to McGarrett looking for a job; Kamekona, a local entrepreneur who has his pulse on the Island; Sgt. Duke Lukela, a trusted member of the HPD; and medical examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha. The state's brash Five-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.

Ua Hala

#1 - Ua Hala

Season 2 - Episode 23

(Death in the Family) Five-0 is in hot pursuit of a shooter who guns down one of their own, while another team member is forced to choose which of their kidnapped loved ones will live.

star 8.38
460 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Paul Zbyszewski, Elwood Reid
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Oia'i'o

#2 - Oia'i'o

Season 1 - Episode 24

(Trust) When Five-0 gets too close to the truth about Wo Fat and his associates, the criminal mastermind retaliates by trying to destroy the team. They’ve always played by their own rules, but when the Governor can no longer protect them, it’s time for Five-0 to pay the consequences of their actions.

star 8.32
460 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski, Peter M. Lenkov
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Aloha, Malama Pono

#3 - Aloha, Malama Pono

Season 3 - Episode 24

(Farewell and Take Care) When a plane lands on Oahu with four bodies on board and a missing terrorist detainee, the CIA tasks Five-0 with finding him before he carries out an attack on U.S. soil. Meanwhile, Kono is on the run from the police for a murder she did not commit, and McGarrett’s prison visit to Wo Fat ends with a shocking discovery.

star 8.27
576 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz, David Wolkove
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Ua Hopu

#4 - Ua Hopu

Season 2 - Episode 22

(Caught) Just as McGarrett finally gets his hands on his arch nemesis Wo Fat in a special ops raid, he’s blindsided when he finds that the Japanese Yakuza is hot on their trail and wants them both dead.

star 8.27
456 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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Ho'onani Makuakane

#5 - Ho'onani Makuakane

Season 4 - Episode 10

(Honor Thy Father) The attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran leads Five-0 to use decades old evidence to investigate a deadly crime committed within the internment camps on Oahu during World War II.

star 8.25
674 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Ken Solarz
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Ki'ilua

#6 - Ki'ilua

Season 2 - Episode 10

(Deceiver) McGarrett finds himself in need of the Five-0’s help when he goes to North Korea with Jenna Kaye to deliver a ransom to rebels who are holding her fiancé hostage. Meanwhile, the Five-0 investigate the murder of an investigative reporter who seems to have ties to Jenna.

star 8.24
488 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Paul Zbyszewski
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Kalele

#7 - Kalele

Season 2 - Episode 19

(Faith) When McGarrett's sister is arrested for smuggling diamonds, he enlists the help of an ex-con to set up a sting.

star 8.24
452 votes
Writers: Joe Halpin
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Ha'i'ole

#8 - Ha'i'ole

Season 2 - Episode 1

(Unbreakable) While McGarrett sits in prison awaiting trial for the murder of the governor, Danny brings him a surprise visitor to help clear him. Meanwhile, Kono is suspended from the force, pending an internal investigation.

star 8.23
522 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Paul Zbyszewski
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Ha'alele

#9 - Ha'alele

Season 2 - Episode 20

(Abandoned) A murder case hits close to home for Max when he is convinced that The Trashman, a serial killer with ties to his past, is on the loose. In order to convince Five-0 of his suspicions, Max reveals shocking information about his childhood.

star 8.22
472 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Elwood Reid
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Ma'ema'e

#10 - Ma'ema'e

Season 2 - Episode 5

(Clean) The FIVE-0’s investigation into the murder of the state’s women’s volleyball coach leads them to find out more bad news about Kono, and Chin Ho reconnects with his former fiancée, Malia.

star 8.17
474 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau

#11 - Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau

Season 1 - Episode 23

(Until the End is Near) With the invaluable information that was shared by Agent Jenna Kaye, Five-0 is closer than ever to capturing Wo Fat. Their mission takes an abrupt turn, however, when Danny is exposed to a lethal neurological agent that presents an even greater threat: bio-terrorism on the island.

star 8.17
449 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov
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Ike Maka

#12 - Ike Maka

Season 2 - Episode 9

(Identity) When the Five-0 discover a John Doe in the trunk of a stolen car, they not only have to find a killer, but also need to figure out who the physically-altered victim was. Meanwhile, a homeless Danno is sleeping on McGarrett’s couch.

star 8.14
452 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Mike Schaub
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Ku I Ka Pili Koko

#13 - Ku I Ka Pili Koko

Season 4 - Episode 19

(Blood Brothers) Five-0 is set up when a bad tip leads them to an abandoned building that is rigged to explode with McGarrett and Danny trapped inside.

star 8.14
658 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, David Wolkove
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Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi

#14 - Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi

Season 4 - Episode 1

(We Need Each Another) After McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters, compromising Kono and Adam's secret location in Hong Kong and forcing McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own in order to find a kidnapped Catherine.

star 8.14
723 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Ken Solarz
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Ho'opio

#15 - Ho'opio

Season 3 - Episode 22

(To Take Captive) When the body of a young girl who was kidnapped 10 years earlier is discovered, Five-0 must hunt down the kidnappers who have now taken their next victim. Meanwhile, Kono asks Catherine for a favor that could damage her relationship with Adam.

star 8.13
543 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Noah Nelson
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Pu'olo

#16 - Pu'olo

Season 2 - Episode 14

(The Package) Chin Ho shares news about Joe White that rocks McGarrett to his core; Danny is forced to play midwife when his ex goes into early labor.

star 8.13
450 votes
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, David Wolkove
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Kame'e

#17 - Kame'e

Season 2 - Episode 3

(The Hero) At his mentor's request, McGarrett persuades Max to redo the autopsy on a SEAL, thought to have committed suicide, in order to investigate his murder. Meanwhile, Chin Ho worries about Kono hanging out with a group of dirty ex-cops, including Frank Delano.

star 8.12
491 votes
Writers: Elwood Reid
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I Helu Pu

#18 - I Helu Pu

Season 2 - Episode 16

(The Reckoning) When the team almost causes an international incident, Lt. Gov. Denning decides that one of them should be fired; Chin Ho faces the harrowing task of choosing a Valentine's Day gift for Malia.

star 8.12
459 votes
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski
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Mea Makamae

#19 - Mea Makamae

Season 2 - Episode 4

(Treasure) The Five-0 take to the beautiful waters off Hawaii to investigate the murder of a deep sea diver known for his valuable shipwreck finds.

star 8.10
476 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Alex Kurtzman
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Ka 'oia'i'o ma loko

#20 - Ka 'oia'i'o ma loko

Season 4 - Episode 3

(The Truth Within) A conspiracy theorist helps Five-0 when a missing artifact is the key to solving a double murder.

star 8.09
667 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
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Pukana

#21 - Pukana

Season 4 - Episode 11

(Keepsake) Chin’s life is put in danger when a murder investigation reveals that the person behind the crime may be a serial killer. Meanwhile, Danny and Grace find a mysterious puzzle box washed up on the shores of Oahu.

star 8.08
650 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Bill Hayes
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Wahine'inoloa

#22 - Wahine'inoloa

Season 3 - Episode 8

(Evil Woman) McGarrett plays cat and mouse with a smart and seductive therapist he believes murdered her patient. Meanwhile, Catherine must hunt down one of Doris's old targets who is now seeking revenge.

star 8.07
458 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta, Courtney Kemp Agboh
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O ka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi

#23 - O ka Pili ‘Ohana ka ‘Oi

Season 4 - Episode 22

(Family Comes First) When Grover's daughter is kidnapped by an old nemesis, he is forced to help steal $100 million in order to get her back. Meanwhile, Wo Fat escapes prison and heads back to Oahu.

star 8.06
651 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Ken Solarz
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La O Na Makuahine

#24 - La O Na Makuahine

Season 3 - Episode 1

(Mother's Day) The team goes after Wo Fat and Delano for the death of an important person. Steve must resolve the issues between him and his "dead" mother, once he finds her alive and well.

star 8.06
464 votes
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O Kela Me Keia Manawa

#25 - O Kela Me Keia Manawa

Season 4 - Episode 12

(Now and Then) Captain Grover is aided by McGarrett in his search for a friend who has disappeared, after it seems like he's committed murder. Kono persists in her quest to find Adam.

star 8.06
675 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: John Dove
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