This feature was originally published on January 23, 1998
Jack Lord, longtime resident of Hawaii and star of the television series "Hawaii Five-O" died Wednesday night, January 21, 1998 at his home in the Kahala area of Honolulu with his wife, Marie, at his side. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
A veteran of both theater, film and television, Lord will be remembered best for the role that made him famous, that of Steve McGarrett, the head of Hawaii Five-O, the fictitious Hawaii state police force. From 1968 to 1980 in 284 episodes, Lord was a weekly visitor in homes of millions of television viewers worldwide playing Steve McGarrett, head of an elite four-man state police unit investigating "organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type."
The show first broke into the top 20 in the annual Nielsen ratings for the 1969-70 season remaining there except for one year until the end of the 1978 season.
Filmed entirely in Hawaii "Hawaii Five-O" was the show which first brought the islands to the eyes of many on the mainland. It was the first of a series of shows to be filmed in Hawaii.
Lord had been reported ill for several years and it is thought to have been this illness which prevented him from taking part in the "Hawaii Five-O" remake pilot filmed last year. The pilot was never aired.
Here are some wonderful quotes from Jack regarding his feelings about Hawaii and how it became part of him and he of it.
"People say to me all the time, 'Do you like Hawaii?' and I say, 'No, I love Hawaii.' My wife and I really have a deep affection for this place."
"I find the people here very friendly. There's a sweetness, a gentleness, a naivete that is found nowhere else in the world. They are called the 'Golden People' -- a marvelous mixture of Polynesian and Caucasian and Oriental, a strange and interesting blend of bloods, cultures and philosophies -- a unique people. I think 'Golden People' suits them perfectly. Gold doesn't tarnish."
"One of our great joys is that we've been accepted here by the Hawaiian people. This year, they invited me -- a Caucasian -- to be grand marshal of the Pa'u Riders in the Aloha Day Parade. This is considered an honor, even for Hawaiians. It was the first time in the history of the parade that a haole has been so honored, and one that I shall treasure as long as I live."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jack and Marie Lord Fund, which benefits local charities. Donations can be sent to the Hawaii Community Foundation, 900 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813.