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‘Hawaii Five-0’ pays tribute in special Pearl Harbor episode

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"Ho’ onani Makuakane” (Hawaiian for “Honor Thy Father’) is unlike any episode “Hawaii Five-0” has ever presented on Friday night. Coincidng with the recent 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day is their special tribute. In its opening scene, instead of the incessant montages of surfers and string bikini-clad sunbathers at Waikiki every week, viewers see actual newsreel footage of an idyllic Hawaii before December 7, 1941.

Next is a re-enactment on that fateful day where one serviceman is having breakfast in the mess hall, followed by the sudden attack on Honolulu. The camera stays on him as he runs for cover, while others are gunned down around him. Finally he comes to the aid of another fellow serviceman. Then it fades into present day December 7, 2013. It’s the same veteran 72 years later at a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri Memorial.

Afterwards, a suspicious Asian-American male attempts to gun down one of the veterans at the ceremonial presentation. This is where the Five-0 task force gets involved. Throughout the remainder of the episode focuses entirely on the gripping story of a Japanese-American, David Toriyama (James Saito), whose father was murdered at an internment camp in Honoluilui or known by the internees as “Hell Valley.”

It is through flashbacks we learn something about a forgotten part of history that’s extremely painful to watch. Toriyama talks about how in Hawaii the Japanese-Americans and other non-Asians got along beautifully. Everything dramatically changed on that “date which will live in infamy.”

The closing scene takes place nearby the USS Arizona Memorial, which is seen each week in the show’s opening credits montage, with Steve McGarrett and David Toriyama honoring their grandfather/father’s ties to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It wraps up with the following fade-out: "Dedicated to the Greatest Generation and All Those Who Fight for Our Freedom."

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