Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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A Death in the Family 

Chin goes undercover to investigate a protection racket. But when he's recognized, the leader kills him and dumps his body at the Iolani Palace. Steve sets out to get the one who killed him... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kam Fong ...
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Cappy Pahoa
Jimmy Rego
Jean Marie Hon ...
Suzy Kelly
Vic Malo ...
Billy Swan
Rodney Philip Aiu ...
Kimo Napali (as Rod Aiu)
Kini Pahoa
Gary Kau ...
Yung Sen
Kinau Wilder ...
Screaming tourist
C.K. Huang ...
Chinese merchant
Lydia Jade ...
Maria Marville ...


Chin goes undercover to investigate a protection racket. But when he's recognized, the leader kills him and dumps his body at the Iolani Palace. Steve sets out to get the one who killed him. He brings in the head of the organization behind the protection racket and asks for his help. He refuses. Chin's daughter arrives and Steve tells her what happened. It turns out that she knows the daughter of the head of the organization and uses her relationship with her to see if she can find out who killed her father. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 May 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the only episode where Chin Ho Kelly (Kam Fong) wore a mustache. See more »


[In the next scene after the death of Chin Ho Kelly, Steve is staring out the window with the shades closed. There's a knock on the door]
Det. Steve McGarrett: [solemn] Come in.
[Danno and Duke Lukela walk inside Steve's office]
Det. Steve McGarrett: I've just phoned Chin's daughter in San Francisco. She'll be here for the funeral.
Dan Williams: How did Suzy take it?
Det. Steve McGarrett: How would any daughter take it, Danno, and yet, to tell her that her old man's just been murdered? It broke her heart. I shouldn't have let him go undercover. He was too well known.
Duke: Steve......
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Well-Done Presentation
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Hawaii Five-O's" twelve-year tun, the episode "A Death in the Family" was the most interesting episode of its time. Chin Ho Kelley was undergoing a sting operation. The trek was meant to be a drug ring. The problem: Chin Ho Kelley had no idea that the mastermind of the ring was James Rego. The mastermind to the trade (unfortunately) resulted in the fatal ambush of Chin Ho Kelley after his cover became compromised beyond recognition. Steve McGarrett (obviously) found out the killing involved cocaine trafficking and extortion -- not to mention racketeering. McGarrett sought justice for this vicious murderer. He slugged James Rego until he could not take anymore beatings from the ruthless ambush of Chin Ho Kelley. Nobody -- but nobody -- ever called McGarrett a pal when a mastermind into the killing mortally wounded a peace officer. "Hawaii Five-O" should have aired a two-hour special episode titled "Hawaii Versus Rego" to start the 1978-1979 Television Season (aired September 28, 1978). The reason: the District Attorney would have sought the death penalty for James Rego on the charges of first-degree murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and racketeering. Any Questions?

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