The BEST Episodes of Hawaii Five-0

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Network: CBS

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; 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; 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.

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Ua Hala

#1 - Ua Hala

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 14, 2012

(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 8.22
2,380 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Elwood Reid, Paul Zbyszewski, Peter M. Lenkov

#2 - Aloha

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 3, 2020

(Goodbye) Danny is abducted and badly wounded by Wo Fat’s wife, who is after the cypher Steve’s mother left him. Steve works to solve the case his father left for him 10 years ago.

star 8.17
536 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: David Wolkove, Matt Wheeler, Peter M. Lenkov

#3 - Oia'i'o

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 16, 2011

(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 8.05
2,953 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski, Peter M. Lenkov
Aloha, Malama Pono

#4 - Aloha, Malama Pono

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2013

(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 8.01
1,930 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: David Wolkove, Ken Solarz, Peter M. Lenkov

#5 - Ki'ilua

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 2011

(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 7.97
2,865 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski, Peter Lenkov
Ua Hopu

#6 - Ua Hopu

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2012

(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 7.97
2,459 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
Ho'onani Makuakane

#7 - Ho'onani Makuakane

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2013

(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 7.97
1,961 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Ken Solarz, Peter Lenkov
Ka No'eau

#8 - Ka No'eau

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2014

(The Painter) When a man from Detroit is killed on the streets of Oahu, the team is shocked when they discover the killer's motives. Chin risks everything to help Danny.

star 7.96
1,237 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Ken Solarz, Peter M. Lenkov
O ke ali’I wale no ka’u makemake

#9 - O ke ali’I wale no ka’u makemake

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 13, 2016

(My Desire is Only for the Chief) In order to stop a meth epidemic on the Island, McGarrett and Danny go undercover as drug pilots, but when McGarrett is seriously wounded, Danny is forced to break their cover and land the plane in order to save his partner’s life.

star 7.94
1,365 votes
Ihea 'oe i ka wa a ka ua e loku ana? (1)

#10 - Ihea 'oe i ka wa a ka ua e loku ana? (1)

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 3, 2020

(Where Were You When the Rain Was Pouring?) Part 1 of a crossover with Magnum P.I.. When a list of undercover CIA agents is stolen, Steve and Five-0 enlist the help of Magnum, Higgins, Rick, and TC to get it back and protect national security. Higgins gives Tani some personal advice. The crossover continues on Magnum P.I. S02E12: Desperate Measures (2).

star 7.90
638 votes
Directors: Katie Boyum
Writers: David Wolkove, Eric Guggenheim, Peter M. Lenkov
A 'ohe ia e loa'a aku, he ulua kapapa no ka moana

#11 - A 'ohe ia e loa'a aku, he ulua kapapa no ka moana

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 27, 2020

(He Cannot be Caught for He is an Ulua Fish of the Deep Ocean) After Steve receives a posthumous letter from his mother that contains a cypher, Danny is attacked by someone willing to kill to steal it. Five-0 must help Lincoln Cole, an anonymous good Samaritan who’s in the crosshairs of some very dangerous people.

star 7.89
547 votes
Directors: Roderick Davis
Writers: David Wolkove, Peter M. Lenkov

#12 - Ho'opio

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2013

(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 7.89
2,041 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Noah Nelson, Peter M. Lenkov

#13 - Ha'i'ole

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 2011

(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 7.88
3,085 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski, Peter M. Lenkov
Ku I Ka Pili Koko

#14 - Ku I Ka Pili Koko

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 11, 2014

(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 7.88
1,629 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, David Wolkove, Steven Lilien

#15 - Ha'alele

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 9, 2012

(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 7.87
2,695 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Elwood Reid
O ka Pili 'Ohana ka 'Oi

#16 - O ka Pili 'Ohana ka 'Oi

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2014

(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 7.87
1,537 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Ken Solarz, Peter Lenkov
Hana Komo Pae

#17 - Hana Komo Pae

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2016

(Rite of Passage) Danny chaperones Grace’s winter formal but terrorists seize the venue and hold everyone hostage in order to kidnap a diplomat’s son. Also, Danny and Grover are shocked to learn that Will is Grace’s secret boyfriend.

star 7.86
1,760 votes
Directors: Brad Tanenbaum
Writers: Rob Hanning
Kanalu Hope Loa

#18 - Kanalu Hope Loa

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2014

(The Last Break) Three young women rob a tour bus, but things go horribly wrong when a man is killed and the women unknowingly steal something of great value, thereby putting their lives in danger.

star 7.86
1,223 votes
Directors: Joe Dante
Writers: Sarah Byrd

#19 - Wahine'inoloa

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

(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 7.85
2,127 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
Writers: Courtney A. Kemp, Stephanie Sengupta
Ua ho'i ka 'opua i Awalua

#20 - Ua ho'i ka 'opua i Awalua

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 13, 2017

(The Clouds Always Return to Awalua) As Max prepares to say goodbye to his Five-0 ohana, they must investigate a murder during a police convention on the Island.

star 7.85
1,764 votes
Ua 'eha ka 'ili i ka maka o ka ihe

#21 - Ua 'eha ka 'ili i ka maka o ka ihe

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

(The Skin Has Been Hurt by The Point of The Spear) A new ally helps McGarrett and Five-0 when mob bosses on the island are being targeted by an assassin. Five-0 says goodbye to one of their own.

star 7.85
729 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: David Wolkove, Matt Wheeler, Peter M. Lenkov
Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi

#22 - Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2013

(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 7.84
2,289 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Ken Solarz, Peter M. Lenkov
Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono

#23 - Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono

Season 7 - Episode 25 - Aired May 12, 2017

(The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness) McGarrett risks his life when Five-0 attempts to rescue young girls trapped in a sex-trafficking ring. Also, Kono, deeply affected by the case, makes a life-changing decision.

star 7.83
1,685 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Eric Guggenheim, Peter M. Lenkov

#24 - Lekio

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 27, 2012

(Radio) Five-0 crosses paths with Tony Archer, a retired NYPD bomb expert who is now a private investigator on Oahu, when they investigate the death of famous talk radio DJ Bobby Raines.

star 7.83
2,704 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Kyle Harimoto
He ke'u na ka 'alae a Hina

#25 - He ke'u na ka 'alae a Hina

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 5, 2017

(A Croaking By Hina’s Mudhen) When McGarrett gets a tip that someone is plotting a terrorist attack on Oahu, Five-0 searches for those behind it before it’s too late. Also, Chin and Abby have a very difficult decision to make.

star 7.83
1,748 votes