Monday, May 4, 2015

Hawaii Five O: Mo'o 'olelo Pu - TV Review

Mo'o 'olelo Pu

Mo'o 'olelo Pu - Sharing Traditions:

When Kono goes on a solo outrigger trip around the Hawaiian islands in honor of her mother, she hits a patch of wild weather and must fight to stay alive. As Five-0 searches for Kono, they investigate a man busted for cooking meth who claims he received a threat on his son’s life if he didn’t continue making the drug.

Mo'o 'olelo Pu opens on Bellows Beach - a stretch of ocean front land own by the federal government.  I posted pictures on my travel blog here and here.  Bellows Beach was a favorite hideaway when I lived in Hawaii ... so this episode is off to a great start.  

Each segment of this episode opens with an appropriate quote, including surfing icon and swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, "Out of the water, I am nothing."

The H50 gang comes out to wish bon voyage to Kono on Bellows Beach.  Kono's father also brings her mother, stricken by an aneurysm, to bid Kono farewell.  We learn that Kono is making this voyage in honor of her mother, who made the voyage herself from Oahu to Molokai (it is 26 miles between the two closest points of each island).     

Mo'o 'olelo Pu

Shortly after Kono's departure, she encounters bad weather which capsizes her wa'a - an outrigger canoe.  She is able to rescue her satellite phone, a bag of sand, and her paddleboard (she places her phone in the bag for the sand to dry it out). Over the next few hours, Kono struggles to stay aboard her paddleboard.  She has flashbacks to her mother teaching her to surf,  "You’re going to get knocked off your board many times…the only thing that matters is you get back up."  

Once the weather passes, Kono reads the stars, including Na hiku (the Big Dipper), Hokupa'a (the North Star), and 'Iwa Keli'i (Cassiopeia).  In the morning, she hallucinates her mother is also in the water, leading her leading her back to land.   Kono realizes she is imagining her mother and breaks down in anger.  

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She is forced to spend one more night on the water but notices her satellite phone is finally dry.  She is able to reach Chin Ho before more bad weather disconnects the call.  Steve asks the Coast Guard to launch a search. When the commander delays an aerial search due to the weather, Steve replies, "I will go."   Ultimately, the weather passes, the helicopters launch, but the H50 team is unable to locate Kono.  Instead, Kono paddles her way to shore by the morning.  The episode ends with the H50 team receiving a call that Kono is safe.

Hawaii Five O (link) tweeted trivia during the broadcast:

Kawika's prayer "hele e ka wa'a" translates to "in strength to the canoe on its journey across the ocean." #H50

Kawika is performing the pi kai blessing, a purification ceremony for newly-made wa'a involving ti leaf and salt water. #H50
The momoa,the hull of the wa’a, is a nonfunctional feature of the canoe believed 2 serve as a seat for a paddler’s ancestral spirit. #H50

Paddlers on the Hokule'a, a 60ft double-hulled wa'a, replicated the voyage made by ancient Polynesians b/n Tahiti & Hawaii in 1975. #H50

The shark god Kamohoali'i in Hawaiian mythology guided lost canoes back to land #H50

Ian Neville-Niel, who plays the chopper pilot, is a real coast guard helicopter pilot #H50 

This episode was all about Kono.   The director showcased her dedication to Hawaiian traditions and her inner strength when she needed it.   Mo'o 'olelo Pu is now my third favorite episode, just behind the Pilot (link) and Ho'onani Makuakane - Honor Thy Father (tribute to December 7, 1941, link).   

Watch Mo'o 'olelo Pu  on (link) or on demand.   

May is National Military Appreciation Month.  For the month of May, I am giving away one grand prize of books and swag from the authors featured this month (link). Plus five more commenters - one for each branch of service - wins a book choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Do you have sea legs?  I do not.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 1.

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

This episode reminded me of Eddi Aikau, a legendary surfer and lifeguard at Waimea Beach Park.  I posted pictures on my travel blog at this link with a special tribute to Eddie.   Because Eddie would go.


  1. I have never been on a really big boat. But on smaller ones out in the ocean, never had a problem. I love snorkeling.
    Five O is on Netflix!

  2. I do not have sea legs or "sea stomach." I wish I did.
    There is a great documentary on Netflix by 30 for 30 called The Legend of Eddie Aikau. It's very good.
    Thanks for the review. I still miss Hawaii!

  3. I have never been on a large boat either. But say no to sea legs. Got sick sick once and I try to stay away from boats.

  4. Unfortunately, I got seasick the last time I went to watch, no, I don't have sea legs. I haven't been watching the series this year, but enjoyed your recap. Thanks!

  5. No I don't have sea legs, but I love the ocean. So I have "put up" with it a couple of times. Just to enjoy the seas beauty. I do enjoy swimming in the sea :D

  6. I best appreciate the sea from dry land. I get sea sick so easily.

  7. I get sick the first night and then I am fine.

  8. No sea legs for me!!!!! Unless my feet can touch the bottom of the ocean.

  9. I actually don't know since I've never been on a boat on the ocean! I would love a chance though :) thanks for sharing!

  10. Sea legs? I'm not sure. Enjoyed your post.

  11. Sometimes I don't do too well on small boats, but I do love large cruise ships.

  12. I used to, but not sure about now since it's been many years.

  13. I've only been on one boat and I was fine.

  14. I've only been on one boat and I was fine.

  15. saw that episode - I think I'm ok on the sea, but haven't tested myself much

  16. I've never had a chance to find out if I have sea legs.

  17. I guess I do; tho have not been on a boat many times.
    Karen T.

  18. I used to have see legs, but age and balance issues have made them less reliable. We did watch this episode. It is nice to see them highlight some of the Hawaiian traditions. We do not often realize or appreciate the cultural variety and richness within our own country.

  19. I don't have sea legs.

  20. What SUP board is Kona on in this episode?