The History of Hawai‘i: A Fall TV Season Without “Hawai‘i Five-0” Has Us Looking Back to Our 1970 Interview with Jack Lord

For 133 years HONOLULU Magazine has kept its readers and advertisers at the vanguard of fashion, insight and fun. Starting out as “Paradise of the Pacific” in 1888 with a commission from King Kalākaua, we’re the oldest continually publishing magazine west of the Mississippi. Here is a look into our archives.


Jack Lord

As we face the first fall TV season without Hawai‘i Five-0 (sob), we look back at the Jack-of-all-trades who started it all.


“After a tour of duty as a merchant marine officer, (Jack) Lord won a football scholarship to New York University, where he majored in fine arts,” HONOLULU writes.


It was his work on military training films during the Korean War that inspired him to sign up for acting classes, while he worked as a Cadillac salesman. His role as a boundary-pushing cop in the top-rated Hawai‘i Five-0 (as Steve McGarrett) cemented his place in Hollywood history, but he told HONOLULU his fine arts background helped him through: “Painting is my release and my renewal.”


The Whitney Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others, acquired pieces of his work. And, if that wasn’t enough star power (good Lord!), the Kāhala resident’s photography also appeared in national and international magazines.


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