A man is being chased through the jungle by the HPD, but just as they’re about to grab him he burrows under a wire mesh fence and into a compound. When the cops point guns at the people on the other side of the fence and demand that the suspect be handed over, guns are pointed back at them. The suspect is one Kanuha Noe (Kalani Queypo, a native Hawaiian) wanted for murder; and the compound is the property of – indeed, the territory of – the Nation of Hawai’i, which regards itself as a sovereign state, and entitled under international law to provide sanctuary to kanaka maoli.
Now, what I didn’t know – until I paused the episode at this point and did a bit of poking around the internet – is that the Nation of Hawai’i is a thing, and Bumpy Kanahele, the Nation’s spokesperson and negotiator, is a real life activist. And so, not for the first time by any means, H50 illuminates a corner of Hawaiian history and politics of which I was unaware, and does so – if I may say so – respectfully and sympathetically as well, with particular reference to the treatment of the indigenous population.
Bumpy has no particular problem with turning Noe over to the Five-0; provided, that is, that it can be proved he’s responsible for the murder they want to pin on him. Steve and Chin, in turn, are fine with that. However, the US Marshals – led by a narrow-eyed Lou Diamond Phillips – have other ideas: it’s a murder; he’s a fugitive; it’s a Federal matter; and the Five-0 has until sundown before they go in and take Noe by force. It’s not the best H50 ever, but it’s another one for the list of episodes in which the show, commendably, gives something back to the islands which host it, and teaches me something in the process.
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