Hawaii Five-O

Season 1 Episode 25

The Big Kahuna

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 1969 on CBS
7.7
out of 10
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Sam Kalakua, a distant uncle of Kono, is being tormented by what he thinks is an apparition of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire. The Governor makes a personal request of McGarrett to look into the case.

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  • The goddess Pele makes an appearance - or does she? - to frighten old Sam Kakaua off of his land in this spiritual season ending episode. EEK! Don't look in your rear view mirror!moreless

    7.3
    Hawaii scenery/landmarks: The Diamond Head area, Portlock, Kahala, and the Ala Wai golf course with the Ala Wai Canal and the outer edge of suburban Waikiki in the background. The Pali Lookout is used for the final scene, and there's no way old man Kalakua could have climbed it to the top!



    Notable Stars: Sally Kellerman wore silver contact lenses in Star Trek's pilot episode called Where No Man Has Gone Before 2 years before, and later played Hot Lips on the M*A*S*H movie in 1970. Jerry Cox (Alistair Kemp) was a local TV star who played both the evil Super Spy and nephew Arnold on Checkers & Pogo, a local children's TV show. He also went by the pseudonym of Kim Chee!



    The Hawaii 5-O Homepage rates this episode as a 1 star, which does not do it justice. When I was a little kid and first saw this back in Hawaii, it scared me. I had heard a few Pele stories as a child, from the tale where she appears on the side of the road and then from your rear view mirror in your back seat - to the rumor that anyone who brings pork in their car through the Pali tunnel will suffer a vehicular (if not nervous) breakdown.



    Okay, so Sally Kellerman dreses up like Pele in this episode and looks like a Kabuki dancer - so what. So they mispronounce the goddess as "Pelly" when it should be pronounced "Paylay," I won't give minus points for that. So the effects look a bit cheap, I still enjoyed it all the second time around.



    Kono being a little spooked as he staked out Kalakua's house was priceless, and if a big guy like that could be frightened then so could I at 8 years old! I watched it in the dark and was scared out of my wits - especially when that spooky echoing bell sounded off for added effect. This is a fun episode if not taken too seriously.moreless
Jack Lord

Jack Lord

Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur

James MacArthur

Danny "Danno" Williams

Zulu

Zulu

Kono Kalakaua

Kam Fong

Kam Fong

Chin Ho Kelly

Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman

Eleanor Kalakua

Guest Star

John Marley

John Marley

Sam Kalakua

Guest Star

Peter Leeds

Peter Leeds

Barney Glazer

Guest Star

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Governor Paul Jameson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When McGarrett drives up to Eleanor's house and walks to the entrance, it is not Jack Lord but a stand-in playing the part until the scene switches to a close-up and Eleanor appears.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Chin: You believe in Pele, huh?
      Kono: You gotta be kidding. I ain't believed in Pele since I was four years old. (pause) You know, I suddenly feel like I'm four years old.

    • McGarrett: How can a man cling to the ancient beliefs in this day and age? Will you tell me?
      Kono: People got to believe in something, boss. Even if it's a high priest like the kahuna.
      McGarrett: I'll buy that, Kono.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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