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The Best Episodes of Hawaii Five-0

Every episode of Hawaii Five-0 ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Hawaii Five-0!

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). Steve's team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny "Danno" Williams, and Kono Kalakaua.

Genres:CrimeDramaAction & Adventure
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "Hawaii Five-0" is "Oia‘i‘o (Trust)", rated 8.9/10 from 959 user votes. It was directed by Brad Turner and written by Paul Zbyszewski. "Oia‘i‘o (Trust)" aired on 5/16/2011 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Ho‘onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father)".

  • Oia‘i‘o (Trust)
    8.9/10 959 votes

    #1 - Oia‘i‘o (Trust)

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2011-05-16

    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.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Paul Zbyszewski

  • Ho‘onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father)
    8.9/10 1,023 votes

    #2 - Ho‘onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father)

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-12-13

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ha‘i‘ole (Unbreakable)
    8.7/10 936 votes

    #3 - Ha‘i‘ole (Unbreakable)

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-09-19

    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.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Paul Zbyszewski

  • Ua Hala (Death in the Family)
    8.7/10 733 votes

    #4 - Ua Hala (Death in the Family)

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2012-05-14

    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.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Paul Zbyszewski

  • O ke ali’I wale no ka’u makemake (My Desire Is Only For The Chief)
    8.6/10 586 votes

    #5 - O ke ali’I wale no ka’u makemake (My Desire Is Only For The Chief)

    Season 6 Episode 25 - Aired 2016-05-13

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ki‘ilua (Deceiver)
    8.5/10 794 votes

    #6 - Ki‘ilua (Deceiver)

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-11-21

    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.

    Director: Kate Woods

    Writer: Paul Zbyszewski, Peter M. Lenkov

  • I Ka Wa Mamua (In a Time Past)
    8.5/10 696 votes

    #7 - I Ka Wa Mamua (In a Time Past)

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-11-12

    When Danny is forced to remain completely still while bomb technicians disarm a bomb that he has accidentally almost triggered, McGarrett distracts him by getting his partner to tell the story about his toughest and most emotional case from his days as a cop in New Jersey.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi (We Need Each Another)
    8.5/10 796 votes

    #8 - Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi (We Need Each Another)

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-09-27

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Inā Paha (If Perhaps)
    8.5/10 869 votes

    #9 - Inā Paha (If Perhaps)

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-11-07

    When McGarrett is kidnapped by Wo Fat, he experiences what would have happened to the team if they had taken a very different path, on the 100th episode.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Peter M. Lenkov

  • Pa'a ka 'ipuka i ka 'upena nananana (The Entrance is Stopped with a Spider’s Web)
    8.5/10 522 votes

    #10 - Pa'a ka 'ipuka i ka 'upena nananana (The Entrance is Stopped with a Spider’s Web)

    Season 6 Episode 24 - Aired 2016-05-13

    Trapped inside a dilapidated building in Oahu’s Chinatown, Five-0 must protect a wounded Gabriel and plan their escape when enemy gunmen storm the building looking to kill him and anyone who gets in their way.

    Director: Stephen Herek

    Writer: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

  • Ua Hopu (Caught)
    8.4/10 630 votes

    #11 - Ua Hopu (Caught)

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2012-05-07

    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.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Stephanie Sengupta

  • Ku I Ka Pili Koko (Blood Brothers)
    8.4/10 578 votes

    #12 - Ku I Ka Pili Koko (Blood Brothers)

    Season 4 Episode 19 - Aired 2014-04-11

    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.

    Director: Maja Vrvilo

    Writer: N/A

  • Ke Kinohi (The Beginning)
    8.3/10 731 votes

    #13 - Ke Kinohi (The Beginning)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-01-03

    McGarrett discovers new clues in his mother's murder when his sister is kidnapped.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Nicole Ranadive

  • Mai Ka Wa Kahiko (Out of the Past)
    8.3/10 687 votes

    #14 - Mai Ka Wa Kahiko (Out of the Past)

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2012-02-06

    When Danno and his family are targeted by a vengeful dirty cop from Danno's past, the team steps in to help.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: N/A

  • Olelo Ho‘opa‘i Make (Death Sentence)
    8.3/10 652 votes

    #15 - Olelo Ho‘opa‘i Make (Death Sentence)

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-01-20

    Chin Ho is kidnapped and wakes to find himself trapped in Halawa prison disguised as an inmate. With no time to waste, the team must bypass the rules to save Chon Ho’s life.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ho‘opio (To Take Captive)
    8.3/10 666 votes

    #16 - Ho‘opio (To Take Captive)

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2013-05-06

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Aloha. Malama Pono (Farewell & Take Care)
    8.3/10 621 votes

    #17 - Aloha. Malama Pono (Farewell & Take Care)

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2013-05-20

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Akanahe (Reluctant Partners)
    8.3/10 594 votes

    #18 - Akanahe (Reluctant Partners)

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-11-15

    McGarrett and Grover must work together to protect national security after they are tasked by the Governor to serve a warrant to a young computer hacker.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

  • Na hala a ka makua (Sins of the Father)
    8.3/10 563 votes

    #19 - Na hala a ka makua (Sins of the Father)

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2014-01-31

    An escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence abducts Danny and McGarrett; Grace punches a person at school.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: N/A

  • Ka No'eau (The Painter)
    8.3/10 581 votes

    #20 - Ka No'eau (The Painter)

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-10-17

    When a Detroit hit man is taken out by one of his colleagues on the streets of Oahu, Five-0 is shocked to learn the killer's surprising motives. Meanwhile, Chin puts his career on the line to help Danny get the money he needs to save his brother's life.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Peter Weller

  • Kahania (Close Shave)
    8.3/10 579 votes

    #21 - Kahania (Close Shave)

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2015-03-13

    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. Also, Jerry is wrongfully accused of committing a series of home invasions.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

  • Hana Mao 'ole ka ua o Waianae (Endlessly Pours the Rain of Waianae)
    8.3/10 400 votes

    #22 - Hana Mao 'ole ka ua o Waianae (Endlessly Pours the Rain of Waianae)

    Season 9 Episode 25 - Aired 2019-05-17

    Five-0 continues to hunt down escaped criminal Aaron Wright before he can sell cyber-weapons to the highest bidder. Also, the lives of McGarrett and the team are put in danger when a visitor comes to headquarters to make amends.

    Director: Eagle Egilsson

    Writer: David Wolkove, Matt JL Wheeler

  • Hana ‘a‘a Makehewa (Desperate Measures)
    8.2/10 746 votes

    #23 - Hana ‘a‘a Makehewa (Desperate Measures)

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-12-13

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

    Director: Chris Fisher

    Writer: Carol Barbee

  • E Malama (To Protect)
    8.2/10 721 votes

    #24 - E Malama (To Protect)

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-02-07

    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.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Carol Barbee

  • Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau (Until the End is Near)
    8.2/10 714 votes

    #25 - Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau (Until the End is Near)

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2011-05-09

    With the invaluable information that was shared by Agent Jenna Kaye, Five-0 is closer than ever to capturing Wo Fat. Their mission takes an abrupt turn, however, when Danny is exposed to a lethal neurological agent that presents an even greater threat: bio-terrorism on the island.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: N/A