Monday, January 12, 2015

Hawaii Five O: Ua'aihune (Stolen) - TV Review

"Ua'aihue" - Hawaii Five-0 S5 E11
Kono and Chin Ho during an art heist

Hawaii Five O, Season Five, Episode 11, Ua'aihune (Stolen). From CBS (link),

When a tourist is killed after unknowingly transporting a stolen Van Gogh, an undercover Kono and Chin enter the world of black market priceless art and are taken hostage. Also, McGarrett asks Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to help train Kamekona to beat Chef Sam Choy in a shrimp cook-off, on HAWAII FIVE-0.

I lived on Hickam AFB (next to Pearl Harbor) from September 2009 - August 2013.  One of the local cable stations broadcasted the original H50 at 6 pm and Magnum PI at 7 pm.  My kids laughed at Hawaii in the 70s and 80s respectively.  

The H50 reboot exploded on the scene with its pilot in September 2010.   Over the past four years, the series has been hit or miss ... the hits feature military themed story lines.  The misses bogged down in the overarching storyline with Wo Fat portrayed by Mark Dacascos - we'll come back to him later.

Earlier in Season Five, Wo Fat met his demise, freeing up the characters to give fans what they love - Danno's endless carguments; Kono's surfboard lessons; Max's deadpan diagnosis; Jerry's conspiracy theories; and Kamekona's shrimp truck.  

I commend the writers for U'aihue - they delivered a fast paced episode best described by Churchill, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key." Surprising, it is Jerry who discovers the key.  

The action takes place in upscale neighborhood of Kahala - check out my pictures from Kahala at this link and link.  It is always breathtaking to watch the Hawaiian scenary.

The secondary storyline - the Shrimpapalooza - added comic relief infused with heartfelt moments.   Kamekona presented his best shrimp dish to Morimoto during his first training session.  Morimoto was disappointed and advised Kamekona to cook with his heart.  Morimoto asked Kamekona how he learned to cook.  Kamekona replied he learned in Halawa Correctional Institute ... to which Morimoto challenged him to cook like that.  So Kamekona pulled out his car battery, connected it to a boiler plate, heated up the bottom of a coffee can; sliced garlic with a razor blade; and added "butter" from single serve containers (Morimoto picked up the discarded container in amusement).  Morimoto then announced Kamekona was ready for the Shrimpapalooza.   You'll have to watch the episode to find out what happens!  

Sam Choy is a local chef turned television personality.  He operates several restaurants throughout the islands, including Sam Choy's Seafood Grille on Hickam AFB, overlooking the harbor.   Sigh.  Hawaii.

Hickam Harbor

The show's writers and casting director deserve an extra lei for the special nuances embedded into the scripts:

- The tourist mom told Steve that her kids wanted to come to Hawaii after seeing it on their favorite TV show.   Hmmm ... which one would that be?

- Willie Garson guest starred as an art forger-turned-informant.  He is best know for his role as Mozzie on White Collar as ... an art forger!

- Rebecca Mader guest starred as a bounty hunter who returns art to its owner for a fee.  Her character flaunted an Aussie accent and flirted with Steve ... who is portrayed by Aussie Alex O'Loughlin.   Rebecca's character is the second woman this season to have an Aussie accent (and flirt with Steve).  As one fan tweeted, "How many Aussie characters will the writers throw at Alex before he breaks?"

- Jerry inquired about the art thief's mansion-turned-fortress:

Jerry: The real question is how is he getting out? After that alarm went off this place is as impenetrable as the the Dread Fort?
Steve: What?
Jerry: Game of Thrones. Anyone?

- Kamekono refers to  Morimoto as the Iron Chef.  From the Food Network (link),

Based upon the Japanese cult sensation, Iron Chef America carries on the legend of Kitchen Stadium and the famed "secret ingredient." Each week, world-class chefs battle the legendary Iron Chefs of America: Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces, Michael Symon, Marc Forgione and Geoffrey Zakarian. Alton Brown serves as Commentator and Mark Dacascos is Chairman.

Wo Fat is the Chairman on Iron Chef - it doesn't get any better than that! 

Oahu chief celebrating excellence

If you are not watching H50, especially in the winter, then now is the time to start.   CBS broadcasts H50 on Friday nights, 9 pm EST.  You can also watch on line at or on demand.

Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 17, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 18.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

"Ua'aihue" - Hawaii Five-0 S5 E11
Morimoto coaches Kamekono at Shrimpalooza


  1. I love Fabio who was on Top second favorite chef is Bobby Flay

  2. Jamie Oliver. Love his recipes and he is not too hard to look at.
    Karen T.

  3. Right now I really enjoy the show The Chew with group of 5 that cook various items.

  4. I have really enjoyed Rachel Khoo's Little Paris Kitchen. Her workspace was even smaller as mine & I always believed that to be impossible :) She's one of my favorite TV chefs!

  5. I loved the cooking story line and the appearances of Iron Chef and Sam Choy and their rivalry. I really like it when shows incorporate pop culture bits - it's great fun and makes it seem more real. But how did I miss Mozzie (I love him on White Collar).

  6. David Chang is my favorite.

  7. I don't have a favorite celebrity chef. It would be great if any of them came to my house to cook for me. 😃

  8. I don't have a favorite one either.

  9. We see a lot of Jamie Oliver, the British chef, on our TV sets here in Australia. He is young & cute , so no hardship.

  10. My favorite celebrity chef has always been Martin Yan. He had a show called yan Can Cook on TBS and the man is just too funny.

  11. I like Curtis Stone, good recipes, cute and great accent. LOL.

  12. Giada DiLaurentis.

  13. Ree Drummond is my favorite Food Network cook. I've met Seamus Mullen.

  14. I enjoy watching 'The Chew' - I love the hints that Carla Hall gives, and the yummy cozy dishes she shares.

  15. One of my favorites is Rocco DiSpirito.

  16. I really enjoy the cooking shows and in particular I enjoy The Chew, I watch it everyday. I like all the chefs on the show. It is a fun show, just at the right time of the day.

    1. I forgot, I really like the Pioneer Woman as well.

  17. I really like the guy who did Good Eats! He was hilarious! :-)

  18. I love Hawaii Five-0 and the bromance between Steve and Danno is just too funny! Love all those inside jokes by the writers too, just like finding those Easter Eggs in books. My favorite celebrity chef is Curtis Stone, I just started watching his new Food Network show, Kitchen Inferno. So much fun if I could cook like them!