Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club 

A Kahuna places a curse on Rick and the King Kamehameha Club.

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Remi Abellira ...
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A Kahuna places a curse on Rick and the King Kamehameha Club.

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The title refers to Kamehameha I or Kamehameha the Great, who conquered the Hawaiian Islands in the 18th/19th centuries and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. By developing friendships with the major Pacific colonial powers, Kamehameha preserved Hawaii's independence. He is still honored over all of the rulers and historical figures in Hawaiian history. See more »

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Hawaiian curses and greedy landowners ***SPOILERS****
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The King Kamehameha Club is the private beach club managed by Rick, of which Magnum is a member and Higgins its director by proxy. A kahuna, a Hawaiian priest, places a curse on Rick and the club. Shortly thereafter a man dies while racing Magnum during a club-sponsored event.

There is a scene where Magnum and TC enter a sugarcane field during a harvest, when large sections of cane fields are set on fire. It is a very cool scene, especially if you haven't seen something like it before.

There are peripheral characters whose importance to the story are not clear til later. One is a casual friend of Magnum's who swims at the club, a humble Hawaiian named Charlie. Another is a pushy, sensationalist TV reporter named Christine. Third is Sidney Dolinger, the principal landowner of the King Kamehameha Club, who wants the land to stay in "the hands of all the people." As much as a private club can benefit "all the people," I suppose. Insert smirk.

Aggressive reporter Christine seems so determined to embarrass the club and bring it down. Her character was so over-the-top annoying, I found myself hoping she was guilty of something. The only thing left was for Magnum to actually connect her to the King Kamehameha Club, which he finally does. It wasn't clear to me how she convinced the kahuna to place a curse on the club. I wouldn't expect he could do it for money.

The only character left to explain is sage-like Charlie, who turns out to be the "magical Hawaiian" he seemed from the outset. The final scene is a nod to Hawaiian superstitions, as well as Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.

An above average offering from this series. 8/10.


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