Honolulu (January 13, 2011) – The memory of James G. MacArthur, the late film and television star who was best know in his starring role as Danny “Danno” Williams in the original “Hawaii Five-O” television series of the 1970s and early 1980s is being honored with a Celebration of Life at the historic Hawaii Theatre on January 30, 2011 in a public event.
MacArthur’s widow, H.B. MacArthur, will be attending the event with other family members and friends. This is the last of three planned memorials for MacArthur; one was in his hometown Nyack, New York; one was in Palm Desert where he lived with his wife, H.B.; and the final one is in his beloved Hawaii.
The event will be hosted by Jimmy Borges, friend and colleague, and will feature speakers close to MacArthur including “Hawaii Five-O” colleague Al Harrington; longtime friend, Philip Altfeld; and friend, colleague, and Broadway actress, Caroline Lagerfelt.
The event will also feature Hawaiian entertainment by H’lau Ka No’eau; requested vocal selections from Jimmy Borges with Dan Del Negro, Maila Gibson with Ben Vegas, Broadway actress Mary Gutzi, and Jordan Segundo; as well as a video montage done by his son, Charlie MacArthur.
With a career that spanned over fifty years on radio, stage, movies and television, James MacArthur is best known for both his early work as a Disney star in movie classics such as “Kidnapped” and Swiss Family Robinson,” and his starring role as Danny “Danno” Williams in the popular original television series of “Hawaii Five-O.” The catchphrase “Book’em Danno” has become part of pop history.
It was during his “Five-O” years that he met his wife, H.B. (Dunst) MacArthur at the Waialae Country Club where she was the golf pro.
MacArthur has been a supporter of the Hawaii Theatre since 2003. He was the celebrity spokesperson for the Hawaii Theatre’s Seat Campaign which allows donors to attach inscribed plaques on seats throughout the Theatre for donations of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 (depending on the seat location).
MacArthur has a seat in the middle of the center orchestra of the Theatre which will be draped with maile for the event. MacArthur had also performed onstage at the Hawaii Theatre in Joe Moore’s 2003 production of “Dirty Laundry.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that people make tax-deductible donations to the Hawaii Theatre in MacArthur’s name to further the Theatre’s mission. Information also available 24/7 at www.hawaiitheatre.com.