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Freeman sisters honor their parents, Hawaii Five-0 pioneers, by giving back to Hawaii

Susan, Lisa and Robin Freeman Susan, Lisa and Robin Freeman
The cast of Hawaii Five-0 celebrating their 100th episode The cast of Hawaii Five-0 celebrating their 100th episode
Many people gathered at the Hawaii Five-0 headquarters to help celebrate the 100th episode. Many people gathered at the Hawaii Five-0 headquarters to help celebrate the 100th episode.
The daughters of Hawaii Five-0 pioneers Leonard and Rose Freeman, are honoring their parents by giving back to the local community.

Robin Freeman Bernstein, Susan Freeman Mann and Lisa Freeman established the "Leonard and Rose Freeman Fund," in honor of their parents. Leonard was the founder and producer of Hawai‘i Five-0, and their mother Rose was the advocate for the show after Leonard passed away. The Freeman sisters say that their parents loved the islands and felt strongly about giving back to the community. 

"It's our way of keeping them close to us and honoring their hard work, their devotion to each other, to us and to the island," Bernstein said. 

"When we hear our father's name it's more than the man who created Hawaii 5-0, he was our father and this is just one other way we can do what he taught us to do, especially when it comes to Hawaii," Freeman said.

The fund will go toward local non-profit organizations and artists. 

"Our father was devoted to writers and artists, as we are, and we are focusing on the creative factors that are all around us here," Freeman said. "Every artist needs to have a foundation so they can discover their own process without the constant stress and trauma of financial concerns. This fund is outside of the box so that real art can start to germinate from the heart, opposed to from the result,"Freeman said. 

The fund is managed by Hawaii Community Foundation, which also administers the Jack & Marie Lord Funds, which supports 12 non-profit organizations in Hawaii. Jack Lord was Steve McGarrett in the original Hawaii Five-0. 


The sisters plan on distributing the awards at the end of September.

"Our family is blessed because of this beautiful, beautiful land, and all the people that have supported us for all these years," Freeman said. "Susan, Robin and I are committed to giving back."

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