Magnum P.I.'s Jay Hernandez takes his Ferrari for a spin around Hawaii.

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By Nate Millado

From Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. to Love Island and the upcoming NCIS: Hawai'i, the Aloha State has been the unsung co-star of many hit CBS shows—not to mention the jaw-dropping backdrop to some of our favorite Watch photo shoots. Bask in the beauty of Hawaii's stunning vistas, majestic mountains, and picture-perfect beaches featuring Alex O'Loughlin, Jay Hernandez, Arielle Vandenberg, S.W.A.T.'s Shemar Moore, and NCIS' Wilmer Valderrama.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year to celebrate all things Steve McGarrett! Enjoy our fun and festive take inspired by Alex O'Loughlin from on CBS' hit reboot Hawaii Five-0.

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"A perfectly chiseled jawline!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin sits astride a motorcycle overlooking a Hawaiian coastline.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Alex O'Loughlin has one handsome mug.

"Two hazel eyes!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin stares piercingly into the camera while resting his head against a rockface.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Criminals and fans go to pieces under that piercing gaze.

"Three little catchwords!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin reclines in a field chair next to a vintage motorcycle.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Come on, say it with us: Book 'em, Danno!

"Four CBS roles!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin removes his sunglasses against a backdrop of the ocean.

Photo: Emily Shur

Prior to Hawaii Five-0, Alex O'Loughlin starred in the CBS dramas Moonlight and Three Rivers, as well as CBS Films' The Back-Up Plan, opposite Jennifer Lopez.


"Five-Oh Hawaii!"

Alex O'Loughlin hiking by the ocean with walking stick Photography by Nino Muñoz.

The term started as slang for the 50th state, but thanks to the classic Hawaii Five-0 television show, now it also means police.

"Six-pack to die for!

Alex O'Loughlin standing in field of tall grass displaying his abdominal musculature.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Fans are #grateful that H50 isn't filmed in the Arctic.

"Double-0-Seven!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin looks pensive as he looks down at the guages of the vintage motorcycle he is riding.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Fans think Alex O'Loughlin would make a sizzling James Bond! Fun fact: The actor actually screen-tested for the role of 007!

"Eighth month of the year"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin looks onward as he sits in a field holding a camera.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Alex O'Loughlin was born in August—and we're thankful he was!

"No nine-day wonder!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin sits seaside and plays the guitar while smiling,

Photography by Emily Shur.

With 10 seasons, Hawaii Five-0 is anything but a short-lived sensation.

"Hang ten for surfing!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin stands kneedeep in the surf as he splashis water at the camera.

Photography by Emily Shur.

Since moving to Hawaii, Alex has become an avid wave rider. His wife and kids surf too!

"Eleventh-hour rescues!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin squats amid tall grass gathering his gear to resume travel on his vintage motorcycle.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Daring stunts, action sequences ... and carguments!

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

"Twelve years a classic!"

Actor Alex O'Loughlin leans against a vintage motorcycle.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Fun fact: The original Hawaii Five-0 series ran from 1968-1980. That's 22 total seasons of H50 you can binge-watch on CBS All Access right now!

Stream all seasons of Hawaii Five-0 and classic Hawaii Five-0 on CBS All Access.

Photo Credit: Justin Stephens/CBS.


If you watched the sun-soaked procedural drama Hawaii Five-0, you probably have a favorite episode for every season (there are 10 of them!). In honor of the show's final farewell, we've curated a list of our top 10 episodes. If you're about to start binge-watching, consider this a spoiler alert!

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Hana 'a' a Makehewa

The cast of Hawaii Five0

The Five-0 celebrates Christmas.

Photo Credit: Neil Jacobs/CBS.

Season 1, Episode 12

The closer the team gets to catching the killer, the more enthralled we are! In this episode, Five-0 spends a tense Christmas negotiating a hostage situation when the man who killed McGarrett's father threatens to detonate an explosive. And that's just the beginning...

Ha'i'ole

Scott Caan Daniel Dae Kim and Alex OLoughlin in Hawaii Five0

McGarrett escapes from prison.

Photo Credit: Mario Perez/CBS.

Season 2, Episode 1

In the season 2 premiere, McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin) escapes from prison with the help of—you wouldn't believe it!—the man who killed his father. This fugitive storyline kept us on the edge of our seats.

I ka Wa Mamua

Terrence Howard,Scott Caan and Sydney Tamiia Poitier in Hawaii Five0

Danny's past haunts him.

Photo Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Season 3, Episode 6

This episode gave us the background we needed to love Danny's character (played by Scott Caan) even more. As McGarrett tries to distract Danny from the bomb strapped to him—casual, right?—Danny tells us the story of the most emotional case he tackled during his years as a cop.

Ho'onani Makuakane

Alex OLoughlin and James Saito in Hawaii Five-0

McGarret investigates a Pearl Harbor veteran.

Photo Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Season 4, Episode 10

This episode focuses on the investigation into the attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran by a man who—get this—accuses the veteran of having murdered his father decades earlier. And on top of that, the would-be murderer has connections to McGarrett's past. Can you say "drama"?

Ina Paha

Alex OLoughlin and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five0.

McGarrett experiences what would have been.

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Season 5, Episode 7

"Ina Paha" means "If Perhaps," and this episode gives viewers a glimpse at what could've been for their favorite H50 characters had they taken different paths in the past. Fun fact: This marks the series' 100th episode.

O ke Ali'l Wale No Ka'u Makemake

Alex OLoughlin Daniel Dae Kim Chi McBride Grace Park and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five0

The team helps Danny.

Photo Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Season 6, Episode 25

The season finale cements the team spirit and brotherhood between McGarrett and Danny. Incorporating everything from undercover work to a meth epidemic to a grave injury, this episode is a true celebration of "ohana" (family).

Hana Komo Pae

Chosen Jacobs and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five0

Danny chaperones winter formal.

Photo Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Season 7, Episode 8

Who can resist a story set at a high school dance? While Danny is chaperoning his daughter's winter formal, terrorists seize control of the venue in hopes of kidnapping a diplomat's son. A high-stakes hostage situation combined with a bit of teen drama (for comedic relief) makes this a nail-biter.

Na la ‘Ilio

The cast of Hawaii Five0

Five-0 goes to the dogs.

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Season 8, Episode 2

What do you do when your only witness is a dog? That's right, a dog. This episode gives viewers a lighthearted take on an ambushed drug bust—plus it introduces one of our favorite characters, Junior Reigns (played by Beulah Koale).

Pio ke Kukui, Po'ele ka Hale

Alex OLoughlin in Hawaii Five0

McGarrett flees to Montana.

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

Season 9, Episode 10

In one of the most wrenching storylines of the season, McGarrett and Joe White (returning guest star Terry O'Quinn) flee to Montana after an attack on McGarrett. But they aren't safe there either. A bloody ambush and an emotion-packed ending make this episode an instant classic.

Aloha

Alex OLoughlin and Anthony Dale in Hawaii Five0

McGarrett and Adam in the series finale.

Photo Credit: Photo: Karen Neal/CBS

Season 10, Episode 22

We hate to say goodbye to H50, but we still love this episode. The series finale wraps up all the mysteries about McGarrett and packs plenty of high-stakes drama. Complete with flashbacks and farewells, this was the ending that Hawaii Five-0 fans deserved.


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As the CBS mega-hit Hawaii Five-0 builds toward its epic finale, we thought it only fitting to bid an extra-fond aloha to two of the show's biggest fan faves. Alex O' Loughlin and Scott Caan—aka ex-Navy SEAL Steve McGarrett and his wisecracking sidekick Danny "Danno" Williams—share a chemistry that's powered the scenic and sun-soaked police procedural from the start, and to thank them for 10 seasons of spills, chills, and more than a few shirtless thrills, we're spilling a few of our own reasons for secretly crushing on these bad-ass boys of summer.

Don't miss the Hawaii Five-0 series finale on Friday, April 3 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Alex O’ Loughlin Makes Good Choices

Black and white photo of Alex O'Loughlin hiking.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Having starred on two previous dramas—Moonlight and Three Rivers—that didn't last past a season, O'Loughlin told Watch in 2017 that he was uncertain about taking a role in Hawaii Five-0. "I didn't know anything about Hawaii. I asked everyone, 'What do I do? Is this the right move?'" But move he did—at the urging of friends and colleagues—and the rest is TV history.

Alex O’ Loughlin Has A Sense Of Place

Black and white photo of Alex O'Loughlin.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

"People say these islands either embrace you or push you away," O'Loughlin told Watch in 2017. "I found myself, as a gift from the islands, being blessed in and given a Hawaiian name. I found all sorts of things drawing me in deeper and deeper."

Scott Caan Is Endearingly Humble

Black and white photo of Scott Caan sitting in a garden.

Photography by Emily Shur.

"I'm just trying to have fun," Caan told Watch in 2011 when we brought up his Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor. "It's a nice thing when people say nice things about you. ... I didn't realize I was insecure until I turned 30. I always thought I was the [bomb], and then I turned 30 and I'm like, 'Wait a minute, I've got all kinds of fears and insecurities.' So, it's a nice thing."

Scott Caan Learns From His Past

Black and white photo of Scott Caan smoking a cigar in a hot tub.

Photography by Emily Shur.

"I've done so many stupid things in my life that at this point, if I don't have to risk getting hurt, I won't," Caan told Watch in 2011, on the subject of doing his own stunts. "I've fallen off horses, motorcycles, cliffs, skateboards, surfboards, busted my head open, and gotten stitches and surgeries all over my body. They don't pay me enough to hurt myself on this show."

Alex O’Loughlin Takes It For The Team

Black and white photo of Alex O'Loughlin shirtless.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Though O'Loughlin elected to do most of his own stunts throughout Hawaii Five-0's early seasons, he soon learned this was a mistake. "I blew one of my knees, I've torn ligaments and tendons, ankles, both shoulders, both wrists," he told Watch in 2017. "My current favorite injury," he said at the time, "is two herniated discs in my lower lumbar, which I'm receiving stem cell treatment for to avoid surgery."

Alex O’ Loughlin Keeps His Cool

Black and white portrait of Alex O'Loughlin wearing a leather jacket.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

"I've had the great fortune of being exposed to a lot of Navy SEALs, who've helped me with the character," O'Loughlin told Watch in 2017. "They're terrific guys," he said. "But being like them requires a specific sort of energy, and I have to manufacture that energy. At the end of the day it's like, 'Keep calm and have another cold one.' "

Scott Caan Brings The Chemistry

Black and white portrait of Scott Caan.

Photography by Emily Shur.

In his 2011 interview with Watch, Alex O'Loughlin recalled his first meeting with his new co-star, and told us that despite Caan's apparent distractedness, their chemistry was instant. "... He'd just landed, and we got in the van and drove to the table read. He was texting his new girlfriend at the time, and I was like, 'Really?'," O'Loughlin said, chuckling. "But I realized in that moment that, OK, this is cool. We just riffed. The bromance began."

Alex O’Loughlin Is A Family Guy

Black and white photo of Alex O'Loughlin riding a vintage motorcycle.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

When he was a few years into filming Hawaii Five-0, friends from his native Australia helped O'Loughlin rebuild a midcentury home with "spectacular bones" that he discovered in Diamond Head. He later married the Hawaiian surfer and model Malia Jones with whom he had a son, Lion, and completed the family picture with his teenage son Saxon, and Jones' son Spike from a previous marriage.

Alex O’Loughlin Believes In Something Bigger

Black and white photo of Alex O'Loughlin hiking.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

"I'm about to use the G word to embrace the scope," O'Loughlin told Watch in 2017. "I don't know what's out there. I don't know whether there's a God or whether there's lots of gods or whether there's just universal energy, but I know from what's happened that there's something bigger than me."

Don't miss the Hawaii Five-0 series finale on Friday, April 3 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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