HAWAII FIVE-0 3.10 ‘Huaka’i Kula’ (‘Field Trip’)

A camping trip turns deadly for McGarrett and Danny as Kono reconnects with her Yakuza love.

Hilary Rothingby Hilary Rothing

Episode Title: "Huaka'i Kula" ("Field Trip")

Writer: Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters

Director: Eric Laneuville

Previously on "Hawaii Five-0"

Episode 3.09 "Ha'awe Make Loa" ("Death Wish")


After a somewhat subpar episode last week, "Hawaii Five-0" was back to old tricks with a girl scout trip gone wrong, a couple of fun guest stars and even a yakuza or two thrown in for good measure.

When McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) tags along with Danny’s (Scott Caan) daughter, Grace’s "Aloha Girls" field trip, you know something is going to go wrong. And that something is Tom Arnold.

Before we get into that, I need to let you know that the "Aloha Girls" aren’t your everyday Samoa cookie-pushing girl scouts. These kids know how to cauterize wounds, dig their way out from under supply sheds and assemble cell phones from scrap parts. So you can see things aren’t looking good for Tom Arnold from the get go.

And it’s why these select group of elite 'tween girls are so psyched to listen to McGarrett talk about wild boars, gutting pigs and the "kill zone." Which causes "Aloha Girls" scout master, Madeline (Hey, it’s Lesley Boone from "Ed") to compare McGarrett to Colonel Kurtz. Little does she know, her own personal apocalypse is about to start now.

Enter Tom Arnold, playing a lost hiker with a bad leg injury. When McGarrett goes looking for a missing camper, he finds her attending to Tom, or rather "Ron," as his character is named. McGarrett and Lucy the Aloha Girl think Ron just wants to be rescued, but it's really a bag of missing diamonds he’s after.

And thus begins a jungle hostage situation as Ron forces McG and Lucy to trek through the woods with him on a search for the diamonds. Multiple meltdowns from Ron, who slowly becomes unhinged as McGarrett makes him paranoid about his infected wound, make this a pretty funny hostage situation. Except for the scared and crying little girl. In the end, McGarrett makes his eventual move and gets the better of Ron, but his partner is close behind. Meanwhile, Danny communes with nature as the Aloha Girls scout master helps him track Ron and his hostages through the jungle.

We know it’s never a good idea for the 5-0 boys to do any kind of nature-theme recreating. The last time Danny and McG went on a fishing trip they were boat-jacked by a killer pirate. How could they think spending a night in the woods with a bunch of 'tween girls would go any better? And I don’t mean that the way it sounds.

Guest stars Tom Arnold and Lesley Boone made this little camping trip turned harrowing hostage crisis pretty fun to watch. And we were treated to a cool "Lost"-style jungle chase between 5-0 and the big baddie with a machine gun. Meanwhile, back in civilization Kono was witness to a yakuza family reunion which is sure to end badly.

Remember when Kono was dating yakuza prince, Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale)? Well, that’s still happening. And now his brother, Michael is in town with all his scary tattoos and he’s not down with making the family business legit. Kono seems to catch on to this, but when Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) warns her about Michael, she naturally becomes defensive.

Though it’s been a while since we revisited this storyline, I’m glad to see it resurface. As the youngest and newest member of the force, it makes sense that Kono would be a little naïve. Plus the whole relationship thing makes it even harder for her to resist the ridiculously handsome Adam. And of course, it’s another break from the Momma McG/Wo Fat saga. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if these two storylines merge again in the end.

As a whole, "Huaka'i Kula" was a great episode. Both guest stars were put to good use and the "case of the week" was a nice change of pace as it allowed us to spend some time with Kono and her yakuza boy toy. I’m interested to see where their storyline is going and if/how it collides with Momma McGarrett and Wo Fat. Till then, this 5-0 "Field Trip" was a satisfying detour from the usual high speed chases and high tech forensics. Too bad McGarrett didn't get a chance to show the girls how to turn a "thin mint" into a deadly weapon.