Fans have become too familiar with the aerial shot coming from the beach featuring the now iconic white balcony of the McGarrett home.
Steve McGarrett has sat on the beach with some of his closest friends…from Danno to Grover while drinking beers most of the times. From the Governor – who came donned in his Hawaiian shirt and flip flops and bringing along six packs of beers, to Jerry – who made breakfast buffets as his way of saying “thank you” to McGarrett for allowing him to stay (hide out) in his house. He and Catherine have had dinner by the beach. And yes, how many times did a shirtless McGarrett come out of the water in front of this beach house? He once had his entire team watch a football game with him. Steve inherited the house from his father, John McGarrett. In other words, it’s like “base camp” to everyone who has ties with Five-0.
But this is all fiction!
In reality, this beautiful 1936 home is listed on the Register of Historic Places of Hawaii as the Bayer Estate. It is now owned by Richard and Susan “Sooz” Mirikitani. She has welcomed strangers from all over the world because, “It’s our way of sharing a piece of Hawaii’s architectural history with others.” Their home is quite known to have hosted hundreds of weddings over the years.
Suspended in Time!
Whether you are a bride walking down the aisle or you are a Hawaii Five-0 fan, just being at this intimate beachside property gives everyone a rare experience of relaxing in the old Hawaiian tradition that seems so serenely suspended in time. When you close your eyes and listen to the waves, you get that sense of peace and tranquility and a feeling of awe that you are in a wonderful place.
Bayer Estate a.k.a The McGarrett’s
Sooz Mirikitani recalls, “They (scouting team) were looking for a place that has a very ‘old style’ feeling because they wanted the home to belong to McGarrett’s father. She adds, “First they went to the Manoa Valley. The homes in the valley were great but they did not have a view of the ocean, plus they wanted it to be a two-story dwelling.” The scouting team of the pilot episode ended up at her door steps, followed by the CBS producers who also fell in love with their home. Overtime, the show has built an exact replica of the interior of the home inside the Hawaii Five-0 soundstage in Diamond Head, but the exterior shots are still filmed at the Bayer Estate. You cannot, after all, replicate that gorgeous beach front.