In an unusual fashion “Hawaii Five-0’s” season premiere on Friday opened with its own lore of pirates invading Honolulu in 1884. The band of buccaneers pillaged the community until they take over the King’s palace (where the present day H50 task force resides). From there the dinner guests are robbed of their jewels. One pirate even asked a lady what is that scent? She eloquently states, “Bath, you should try it sometime.” Before leaving the palace, one of the marauders took a painting off the wall. They finally came to the king’s secret vault where bars of gold and other riches awaited them.
If this story sounds vaguely familiar, it may ring of deja vu from Tampa’s own legend of Jose Gaspar or Gasparilla. Supposedly his vast buried treasures are somewhere hidden off the shores of Tampa Bay. None of which has yet to be recovered. In this first episode of the new season titled “Mai ho`oni i ka wai lana mâlie” (“Do Not Disturb the Water that is Tranquil”) shows present day Honolulu of someone watching a VHS cassette tape from 1975. It’s an interview from one of the last surviving pirates, who was then 104-years old, telling his seafaring tale (hence the show’s opening flashback). Also shown was the viewer shot to the head, while an unidentified person took out the old-fashioned video tape. The “Hawaii Five-0” task force is called on the day after Kono’s and Adam’s wedding celebration. Chin Ho was unharmed after the cliffhanging Season 5 finale.
His ex-brother-in-law Gabriel took off in the parking lot, while Chin went back in time for his cousin’s wedding ceremony. It seems the story of the pirates of Hawaii is a tale Chin heard during his childhood. Apparently the deceased interviewer on the video was a historical buff author working on a book about the pirate’s buried treasure. Whoever took the video seemed to think it may contain clues of this treasure. En route to the treasure location, thanks to Jerry’s armchair detective work with a painting that was stolen back in the 1880s now in a museum, Steve and Danny have another of their trademark carguments. Steve reveals in confidence he plans to propose to Catherine.
Danny is shocked and amazed by his partner’s tender side. When they’re hiking up to the treasure hunt, Danny decides to open his big mouth and reveal that Steve and Catherine are getting married. Meanwhile, Kono and Adam are enjoying their idyllic honeymoon with a glorious ocean view on the lanai over breakfast made by Adam. The doorbell rings and its Gabriel who tazes Adam and later Kono. What follows are some gruesome torture scenes. Gabe wants the access codes of Adam’s payout fund to the yakuza, which is a very hefty sum. At times this was extremely difficult to watch, especially with Kono.
People are asked to leave the museum due to a gas leak. Someone with a gas company uniform takes down the painting seen in earlier scenes. As he walks away a security guard asks him to put up his hands, a female museum guest walks by and he grabs her as a hostage. Luckily the painting is recovered, though the would-be robber and his hostage disappear. It seems the so-called female hostage and her accomplice staged the whole act. The hostage, as it turns out, is the great-granddaughter to the original pirate in the old video.
Jerry looks at the painting from the museum and the historic photo from the King’s palace. He notices something different with each frame. It turns out the modern day frame holds the key to the treasure’s locale. Off they go to a residential home. The great-granddaughter and her partner have tied up the family, and dug a huge hole inside the house. The Five-0 task force took out the coveted treasure chest; all it contains is a candlestick and some other junk. Jerry arrived at the scene and knew exactly of its contents. This so-called original pirate had worked at the museum in the 1940s. He was later fired for stealing those same items. The whole treasure bit was a hoax or was it? It’s almost similar to Gaspar’s story of his claimed treasure troves.
When Adam decides to give Gabe the codes after all after seeing his wife being mercilessly tortured, Kono was able to grab a scalpel and kill the guard. She races over to the bank where her husband’s transaction has taken place. A shoot out occurs while Adam was shot several times by Gabe. Once again he takes off while Kono tends to her gravely injured husband. The last scene has Kono waiting in ICU where Adam is still in surgery. Steve, Danny, Chin, and Grover all come to be with her. If you’ve seen the original TV drama on CBS of “Hawaii Five-O,” none of the main characters marriages ever lasted. They sadly ended in tragedy just like what happened to Chin Ho’s brief marriage to Malia, Gabriel’s sister.