In spite of all obstacles, “Hawaii Five-0” has never ceased to uncover crimes around the Aloha State. Now on its seventh season, the elite police team has recently learned to deal with both the U.S. and Hawaii’s sovereign state in order to put a criminal behind bars.
In season 7 episode 14, “Ka laina ma ke one” (Line in the Sand), the specialized task force, led by Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), was investigating a murder case suspect named Kahnua Noe (Kalani Queypo). Based on the report, Kahnua Noe and the murdered Akemoto were involved in a number of burglaries in the past. The duo was captured, but for technical reasons, Kahnua was jailed and Akemoto was freed.
Kahnua escaped from the authorities and hid in the sovereign land of the Nation of Hawaii. Apparently, the Hawaiian nation had a settlement with the US which granted the organization independence from U.S. law and jurisdiction. This means that they could not simply raid the place and capture Kahnua.
Things got more complicated when a shrewd federal agent named Lincoln (Lou Diamond Phillips) wanted to take over the case. Worried about a bloody battle, McGarrett pleaded, and Lincoln gave the team a day to solve the crime.
McGarrett found a gun in Kahnua’s storage. Kahnua admitted that he continued his wrongdoing as ordered by his boss Devon Berris (Jeffrey D. Sams), but he never killed Akemoto. Berris went to see Kahnua to force him to take the fall but “Five-0” arrested the former instead. It turned out that Akemoto knew what Berris had done to Kahnua so he confronted him. Berris denied the accusation and killed Akemoto.
In the next episode titled “Ka pa’ani nui (Big Game),” “Hawaii Five-0” will embark on a “predatorprey” kind of pursuit. They suspected that a former Nazi war criminal is in the area and is using an old leprosy colony as a hideout.
“Hawaii Five-0” season 7 episode 15 is scheduled to air on Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.