Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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Dead Man's Channel 

A young college student hires Magnum to find her father, an archaeologist. His boat was found adrift in Nehoa Channel, an area that local Hawaiians believe is cursed and non-Hawaiians should not enter.

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A young college student hires Magnum to find her father, an archaeologist. His boat was found adrift in Nehoa Channel, an area that local Hawaiians believe is cursed and non-Hawaiians should not enter.

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Slow to develop but worth seeing for the underwater footage
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A grad student hires Magnum to find out what happened to her father, Captain Hammond, an archaeologist who vanished while diving at a site in the sacred Nehoa Channel.

Several times Magnum is warned by a Hawaiian priestess against venturing into the channel. According to legend, the waters of the channel are forbidden to "haoles" (foreigners) because they are the sacred waters of Ta'aroa. In actuality Ta'aroa is a Tahitian, not Hawaiian, diety. I believe the Nehoa Channel is fictitious as well.

Captain Hammond was working on a competing theory against another archaeologist, Professor Martinez, who believed that the Spanish Conquistadors had made contact with Hawaiians pre-dating Captain Cook. Some of this controversy has a basis in reality.

Despite the best attempts of someone to keep Magnum from getting on a boat, we finally get out to sea at about the 30 minute mark in. The underwater footage of Magnum and Marion Hammond scuba diving among Hawaiian coral reefs is the best thing going for this episode. The story is too slow in developing and when it unfolded turned out to be rather preposterous. A mystery at sea in need of a tighter storyline. A story about buried treasure in forbidden waters should have been more fun. 6.5/10.


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