Iconic Five-O location averts closing (apparently)

OK, Hawaii Five-O isn’t a spy show, but it did have some spy stories and it starred Jack Lord the screen’s first Felix Leiter. So this is fair game for us.

Five-O had a memorable main title, thanks to the theme by Morton Stevens and the title design by Reza S. Badiyi. One of the key moments was the set up for Lord’s “Starring” credit when a camera zooms in on lawman Steve McGarrett standing on a balcony of the Ilikai Hotel. The hotel also showed up in a number of episodes.

The Ilikai nearly closed, although it apparently received a reprieve, according to THIS FEB. 25 NEWS STORY. We hope that’s still the case. In any event, this gives an excuse to show you this main title from the first season: