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The Descent of the Torches 

In a rare episode to delve deeply into native-Hawaiian culture (the last episode for Alvin Sapinsley, the show's most daring writer and perhaps its best), McGarrett and company are called ... See full summary »

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Det. Steve McGarrett
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Danny Williams
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Chin Ho
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Duke
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Professor Alika Kalei
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Philomena Underwood
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George Atkins
Nephi Hannemann ...
Mahina
Lee J. Lambert ...
Eddie
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Charles Underwood
Jimmy Enocencio ...
Sarka
Lydia Jade ...
Mrs. Kalei
Kelii Taua ...
Kahuna
Bill Lacy ...
Helicopter pilot
Rex Wills II ...
Paul Lowry
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In a rare episode to delve deeply into native-Hawaiian culture (the last episode for Alvin Sapinsley, the show's most daring writer and perhaps its best), McGarrett and company are called in when an archaeological dig on The Big Island reveals secret tunnels headed underneath the ocean, which could lead to the grave of King Kamehameha I. Or at least somebody believes so, donning a royal robe and mask to frighten off -- and later kill -- two members of the archaeological dig. This is a rare episode in which the killer is not revealed until the end; in fact, McGarrett has to mark the case as unsolved because the killer cannot be brought to justice. (See also "Invitation to a Murder," episode #10.20, from later this season.) Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 October 1977 (USA)  »

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About halfway through the episode, when McGarrett is speaking with Philomena Underwood (Geraldine Page) at her dig site, his arms are separated from his body when the shot is taken of him from the front, as though he had his hands on his hips, but in the reverse angles taken from behind him, his arms are hanging down, directly against his body. See more »

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