With a generous gift that included real estate assets, Jack and Marie Lord showed their love for Hawaii through a legacy that continues to sustain many different programs.
You might not think that a television show from long ago would create a legacy, but donations from both the lead actor and the creator of the Hawaii Five-0 series continue to benefit Hawaiians to this day.
Known for his iconic role as the first Steve McGarrett of Hawaii Five-0, Jack Lord and his wife Marie left their significant assets—including their real estate holdings—to the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF). Their generosity has made it possible for charities such as Hospice Hawaii and St. Francis Healthcare to bring closure to families at a time when they are most in need; the Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs Foundation to bring technology and trained dogs to those with disabilities; and PBS Hawaii to create HIKI NŌ educational programs.
"Real estate assets make it possible for HCF to bring benefits and opportunity to so many worthy causes across the state and present an attractive estate planning option for families looking to give back," Kelvin H. Taketa, CEO of HCF, told Honolulu Magazine in "Hawai‘i Five-O Actor's Legacy Lives on Through His Philanthropy."
The Lords' generosity began with just a $50,000 gift to HCF. That later grew to over $40 million in 2006, which was one of the single largest gifts in the U.S. at the time. In addition, the daughters of Leonard Freeman, creator of the series, set up a family fund that also benefits HCF.
The number of organizations that benefit from the couple's legacy ranges from providing hospice care to supporting the arts and helping the poor through the local Salvation Army agency to helping the Hawaiian Humane Society. Their love for the people and the island is evident in the size of their gift as well as the broad number of programs they support.
Reference: Honolulu Magazine (May 30, 2016) "Philanthropy: Hawai‘i Five-O Actor's Legacy Lives on Through His Philanthropy"