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Friends, fans, family bid final aloha to James MacArthur

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By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The marquee announces the show. And on Sunday, the show at the Hawaii Theatre was all about James MacArthur, the actor who was immortalized as "Danno" on the original Hawaii Five-O.

MacArthur died last October at the age of 72. While he was best-known for his "Five-O" work, his career in radio, television and movies, spanned more than half a century. 

Sunday's memorial service was the last of three such services; the first was held in his hometown of Nyack, N.Y., the second in Palm Desert, Calif., where he lived after leaving Hawaii. 

MacArthur was a big supporter of the Hawaii Theatre. A light shone down upon seat J8, which he sponsored, in the center orchestra section, decorated with flower and maile lei and his picture.

Many had things to say about him, including his wife and family who were in attendance, as well as friends and fellow actors.

"People came from the mainland, and there's many, many friends of Jim's and mine here in Hawaii, and then so many fans showed up today," said MacArthur's wife, H.B. "And they're all expressing their aloha to one of their own, because Jimmy really did have a local spirit, and he became one of them."

"Hawaii offered him a life and a spirit different from what he had known, its natural beauty, slower pace, isolation, its kind people, its easily made friendships," said longtime friend Philip Altfeld, who delivered the eulogy at all three services.

Al Harrington also paid tribute, calling MacArthur a kama'aina. "He was in our words, koa: he was a warrior. In our words, he was pono: he was just. In our words, he was akamai: he was smart. And it ends up the totality of James MacArthur, Renaissance man, Hawaiian style."

The service also included performances by friend Jimmy Borges, singers Jordan Segundo and Mary Gutzi, and hula by Halau Ka No'eau.

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