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The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0' 

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Updated April 3, 2020 4k votes 941 voters 23.2k views 247 items

There are so many good episodes of Hawaii Five-0, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Oia'i'o" the best, or is "Hai'ole" your favorite episode of Hawaii Five-0? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Hawaii Five-0 are, let's rank every Hawaii Five-0 episodes from all ten seasons, from best to worst.

Hawaii Five-0 is a modern reboot on CBS of the 1968-1980 series Hawaii Five-O. The series centers on Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett (Alex O'Laughlin), who leads the DPS task force, an elite team that only answers to the state's governor. Hawaii Five-0's original cast included Scott Caan (as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams), Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Taryn Manning. In its first year, Hawaii Five-0 was named "Favorite New TV Drama" at the People's Choice Awards and Caan was nominated at the Golden Globes for his work. It's not really a serialized show, so you can pick and choose which episodes to watch.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Hawaii Five-0, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Hawaii Five-0 episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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O ke Ali'l Wale No Ka'u ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 13, 2016

Season 6, Episode 25

In order to stop a meth epidemic on the Island, McGarrett and Danny go undercover as pilots, but when McGarrett is seriously wounded, Danny is forced to break their cover in order to save his partner's life.

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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: September 19, 2011

Season 2, Episode 1

While McGarrett sits in prison awaiting trial for the murder of the governor, Danny brings him a surprise visitor to help clear him.

3
Ina Paha (If Perhaps) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: November 7, 2014

Season 5, Episode 7

When McGarrett is kidnapped by Wo Fat, he experiences what would have happened to the team if they had taken a very different path. William Sadler returns as McGarrett's father, and musician Gavin Rossdale guest stars as the nefarious Johnny Moreau.

4
Deceiver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: November 21, 2011

Season 2, Episode 10

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 fiance hostage.

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Until the End is Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 9, 2011

Season 1, Episode 23

Danny is exposed to sarin while Five-0 tries to track down Wo Fat, and Chin Ho's plan to quietly return the money his uncle stole hits a snag.

6
Ku I Ka Pili Koko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: April 11, 2014

Season 4, Episode 19

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. Xzibit guest stars.

7
Hana Komo Pae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: November 11, 2016

Season 7, Episode 8

While Danny chaperones Grace’s winter formal, terrorists seize the venue and hold everyone hostage in order to kidnap a diplomat’s son.

8
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: September 20, 2010

Season 1, Episode 1

Upon returning to Hawaii to investigate his father's murder, decorated Naval officer Steve McGarrett is recruited by the Governor to head up an elite new police task force - his rules, her backing, no red tape.

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Trust is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 16, 2011

Season 1, Episode 24

After one of governor Jameson's assistants is killed, McGarrett discovers that the governor may have been working with Wo Fat and may have been the target of his father's investigation.

10
Lana I Ka Moana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: October 8, 2012

Season 3, Episode 3

McGarrett and Danny's relaxing day at sea takes a deadly turn when their boat is hijacked and they are left to die in the middle of the ocean.

11
Olelo Ho'opa'I Make is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: January 20, 2013

Season 3, Episode 13

When Chin is kidnapped in the night and dropped in the middle of Halawa Prison dressed as an inmate, he must fight for his life. Lindsay Price guest stars.

12
I Ka Wa Mamua is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: November 12, 2012

Season 3, Episode 6

When Danny is forced to remain completely still while bomb technicians disarm a bomb, McGarrett distracts him by getting his partner to tell the story about his toughest and most emotional case from his days as a cop. Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Terrence Howard, rapper T.I., and Kendall Jenner guest star.

13
Hookman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: February 4, 2013

Season 3, Episode 15

Five-0 investigates when a mysterious man targets police officers for revenge and McGarrett is the next. Peter Weller, Max Weinberg, and Charlie Murphy guest star.

14
Huaka'I Kula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: December 10, 2012

Season 3, Episode 10

An Aloha Girls camping trip with Grace turns deadly when an armed man takes McGarrett and a little girl hostage. Tom Arnold guest stars.

15
Pono Kaulike (Justi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: March 6, 2015

Season 5, Episode 18

McGarrett enlists Joe's help after Danny and Chin are arrested for deadly past transgressions. Terry O'Quinn and Jimmy Buffett return.

16
Desperate Measures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: December 13, 2010

Season 1, Episode 12

It's Christmas in Hawaii, but instead of celebrating, Five-0 is negotiating a hostage situation when Victor Hesse, the man who killed McGarrett's father, threatens to detonate an explosive that he's strapped to Chin Ho's chest.

17
Caught is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 7, 2012

Season 2, Episode 22

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.

18
Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: February 6, 2012

Season 2, Episode 15

A dirty cop from Danno's past comes to the island to exact revenge on Danno and his family for ruining his life, forcing the Five-0 to find a way to help their teammate.

19
Ho' onani Makuakane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: December 13, 2013

Season 4, Episode 10

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.

20
E Mālama Pono (Hand... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: February 24, 2017

Season 7, Episode 18

MacGarrett and Danny finally track down the missing Uranium, which has been used to build a bomb located in the middle of the jungle. Singer Darius Rucker Guest Stars as Desmond Abati, the Bomb Maker

21
Kahania (Close Shav... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: March 13, 2015

Season 5, Episode 19

McGarrett and Odell come under siege in Odell's barbershop when they try to protect a young man who is being hunted down by a gang. Michael Imperioli returns.

22
Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 14, 2012

Season 2, Episode 23

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.

23
To Protect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: January 23, 2011

Season 1, Episode 16

When the sole witness in a high-profile murder case disappears, Five-0 must head into the jungle to locate and protect her from assassins who are closing in fast.

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Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: May 12, 2017

Season 7, Episode 25

McGarrett risks his life when Five-0 attempts their most dangerous rescue yet of young girls trapped in the sex trafficking ring they have been tracking this year.

25
Nā lā 'īlio (Dog Days) ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Hawaii Five-0'

Original Airing: October 6, 2017

Season 8, Episode 2

McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns.