Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise? 

Someone calling himself "Kahili" (the Hawaiian god of battle) wages his own personal war against polluters. At first the pranks are bad but not dangerous, like climbing a ladder to the top ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nephi Hannemann ...
Aku (as Nephi Hanneman)
Harry Endo ...
Maura McGiveney ...
Miss Weston
Al Eben ...
Richard Morrison ...
Lai Han
Fred Titcomb ...
Senator Patterson
Ed Fernandez ...
Curator Sumi (as Edward Fernandez)
Jenny (as Peggy Ryan Sherman)
Ted Scott ...
Emory Grace
Mitch Mitchell ...
Edgar Hackbart


Someone calling himself "Kahili" (the Hawaiian god of battle) wages his own personal war against polluters. At first the pranks are bad but not dangerous, like climbing a ladder to the top of a huge chimney with a 125-pound ceremonial shield and capping the chimney (thus blowing out the furnace inside and chasing everyone out of the factory). However, Kahili's actions get steadily more violent. After blasting a crop-dusting plane with a shotgun (he pulls the pilot to safety), Kahili types up a list of the five worst polluters in Hawaii and entitles it "Kahili Death List." One of the five suffers a heart attack and another flees, so Kahili goes after the most heavily guarded of the three and breaks his neck with one hand. Can Five-O identify Kahili (whose face is never really seen) and capture him without getting shot or beaten to death? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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14 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In this story, Aku (Nephi Hanneman) uses the name "Kalihi". Kalihi is a neighborhood of Honolulu. See more »


When Kaili shoots down the crop-duster plane, he has the item in his hand, which he leaves at each of the crime scenes. (a half gourd with a carving of the Hawaiian god Kaili, adorned with tern feathers). The one he carries to the plane has green and yellow feathers, but the one Danny has after the ambulance arrives has purple and yellow feathers. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: [Steve is trying to find out about the feathers found on the war mask] Perhaps you can tell me where this bird comes from.
Miss Weston: Well. there are only two nests left at Rabbit Island... There used to be hundreds.
Det. Steve McGarrett: What's happening to the species?
Miss Weston: Between oil spills, pesticides, and sewerage, the white tern's been virtually annihilated.
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Not a great episode...but perhaps still pretty timely.
31 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The idea behind this episode isn't bad at all, however, later in the show it all becomes a bit silly and incoherent. That's a shame, as the notion of an environmental crusader disrupting life in Hawaii in the name of an ancient Hawaiian god is pretty good--especially since pollution was a much more serious problem in 1971 (despite the news shows making it seem like it's getting worse, things were far worse in the early 1970s--just ask an old person, like me, who remembers).

The show begins with a very difficult to complete 'prank'. Someone has managed to climb to the top of an incinerator tower over the weekend and place an aluminum lid on it to protest the pollution. Oddly, a Hawaiian religious item is left there with a note that the act was done by Kaili--an ancient Hawaiian god of war, also known as 'Kū-ka-ili-moku'. How any one person could climb the tower with a 125 pound lid is hard to believe, but a witness says she saw this happen! However, the environmentalists on the island love this act of disobedience--as it has drawn attention to the decay on the islands.

Later, though, after a couple peaceful attacks by Kaili, things get worse--and the public's support for this environmental crusader wanes. That's because their acts of sabotage now include shooting down a crop-duster (and nearly killing the pilot) and publishing a death list of polluters who will die by Kaili's wrath. When the most notorious among them is killed brutally, Five-O knows they must act fast to catch the maniac.

The film ends with a rather horrific ending, though how McGarrett handles this final showdown seemed pretty slap-dash. In fact, the final portion of the show seemed like a bit of a letdown--especially when the person killing in the name of Kaili became a total nut-case--even threatening to kill people who were crusading to HELP the environment. This inconsistency really took away from the value of the show, but the parallel between the show and the modern actions of the Earth Liberation Front (an environmental terrorist group) is pretty interesting and still timely. In fact, it's too bad that the ELF isn't mentioned very often on TV despite their extreme methods.

By the way, Richard Morrison plays an Asian man and looks about as Asian as Nipsy Russell! I loved this show, but also know that their casting decisions for Asians were often stupid...and a bit offensive. Aside from Morrison, some other "Asians" appearing on the show over the years include Ricardo Montalban, David Opatashu and Ross Martin! Yikes.

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