Tribute to actor James MacArthur

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Actor James G. MacArthur will be honored with a Celebration of Life at the historic Hawaii Theatre on January 30.

The event is free and open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that people make tax-deductible donations to the Hawaii Theatre in MacArthur's name. 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; and the final one is in Hawaii.

The event will be hosted by Jimmy Borges and will feature "Hawaii Five-O" colleague Al Harrington; longtime friend, Philip Altfeld; and Broadway actress Caroline Lagerfelt.

The event will also feature Hawaiian entertainment, 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.

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."

Event information is available from the Hawaii Theatre box office located Downtown at 1130 Bethel Street (between Hotel and Pauahi Streets).

Donations can be made by cash, imprinted check, or by credit cards in person or over the phone. The donations are fully tax-deductible and you will receive a memento ticket that will act as your donation receipt. Charge donations by phone during regular box office hours by calling (808) 528-0506. Major US credit cards and JCB cards accepted. Information also available at