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Five-0 team says “aloha” to Chin Ho’s wife

September 28th, 2012 by

In season 1 of Hawaii Five-0, we had a glimpse of a “paddle-out” funeral for a surfer, and fans worldwide were impressed with the beauty of the ceremony. We’ll see another on Monday, in “Kᾱnalua,” but this time emotions will run high as we say goodbye to Chin Ho’s wife, Malia, who fell victim to Frank Delano (William Baldwin.)

Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Grace Park Michelle Both

33 Responses to “Five-0 team says “aloha” to Chin Ho’s wife”

  1. avatar Elaine Vizard says:

    Very nice, thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful ceremony, and so meaningful. Love this tradition, wish we had it. Very touching, can’t wait to see this episode. xx Blessings to all the team of H50 who do such a wonderful job in keeping this program so respectful to the Hawaiian people. Your team makes a beautiful, interesting, amusing, action packed, and so much more show. What a team H5O, I applaud you all, every member who brings this show to our homes. Blessings to you and yours xx

  2. avatar Maria says:

    Seems like a very emotional scene among all the members of the H50 team. I like that the show respects the Hawaiian culture and people learn from it.

  3. avatar meikat says:

    Fong should be next to Kono and not Danny [but then Danno & McG will be a surfboard apart. hehehe].

    I wonder why Adam isn’t around…

  4. avatar Jen D says:

    I see Lori 2.0 is also there. :/

  5. avatar Ed M says:

    I hope the fans give Michelle Borth as Cath a chance. There were several things I didn’t like about the premiere but she wasn’t one of them. She is apparently still in the U.S.N. (McGarrett said she is “on leave” from Naval Intelligence – the civilian term would be “on vacation,” if they still use the term the same way that we did when I was in). She took no part in Five-0 activities, but was a vital part of the story.

  6. avatar Nate says:

    Michelle was a highlight of the premier. Those are easy scenes to look like you are trying to hard to be “tough” or show too much spiteful negativity towards Steve’s mom given the circumstances. She played it perfectly. She is going to be a great addition to the cast.

    Meikat asked about Adam. I hope that storyline gets addressed sooner as an issue of some sort. However, my understanding is that he was only used in the opener and isn’t scheduled to return for any filming for another week or two. So it’s pretty likely we don’t see Ian until mid-November at the earliest, unless he appears in episode 5 or after. He’s not on the cast list for the next three episodes.

    You can see the complete list of cast members and brief plot synopses for future episodes over at Alex fan site Alex O’ Loughlin Rocks, if you are ever wanting to check them out. Click on the press releases.

    What a beautiful ceremony and I love how they shot it.

    • avatar meikat says:

      Thanks for the info, Nate! Honestly, I don’t mind seeing him in the show every now and then. Ian Anthony Dale is one fine actor. But deep down I am more of a team Fong for Kono. hehehe! I am not saying that Ian and Grace do not have any chemistry, but you know, Fong is, in all fairness, also a good eye candy in the show I’d love to see often.:)

      The BTS for next ep is great! Can’t help but wonder though who kept falling from the surfboard. My first guess is Masi. But then, we must never underestimate the power of Hiro…I mean, Max, right?:)

      • avatar Nate says:

        Glad to help. My affinity for the potential in that story line has worn everyone out on this board for sure.

        I just think we have to stay tuned. There’s lots of room to go very interesting with that one. No sense leaving any bullets in the chamber.

        I know Grace mentioned in 2010 that she had no background with a board. She said she was scared to death filming the intro scene in the pilot where they offered her some “extra credit” working for 5-0. The waves were violent and kept knocking her into the drink from a standing position.

  7. avatar Hills says:

    It is a beautiful ceremony.

    It peaks my curiously about Chin’s and Kono’s family and makes me wish for some background on them.

    By cannon they established that Kono is Catholic. On the other hand it seems Chin’s side of the family seems to be the small number of the Island population that practices the native religion.

    • avatar Nate says:

      That’s interesting. My understanding is that the Catholic faith isn’t prevalent in Hawaii or Japan which is where Chin and her connections run?

      I know that it is more dominant in south east asian locations where you had heavy Spanish and French colonial influence. Philippines being an example that springs to mind when talking about Spain.

      • avatar Hills says:

        Actually the largest Christian populations on the Island from the last census data breakdowns I read are Catholic.

        The strong Catholic numbers comes from having large numbers of people from Filipinos ancestry who tend to claim Catholic roots.

        • avatar Nate says:

          Interesting. Is Christianity the leading religion like on the mainland?

          • avatar Hills says:

            Among individuals that practice. It’s pretty much an even 47/47 spilt between Christian and Buddhist. The last 5-6% is “Other” are the mixed bags of various- other Asian religions, Native Hawaiian, ect. Jewish runs dead last at about 0.00082% or something like that.

          • avatar Nate says:

            Thanks again Hills. That breakdown makes it unique as far as religion among US states. I’d be willing to bet that some form of Christianity would come in at 95% plus in every other state with the only possible exceptions being New York and Florida where there are very large Jewish populations.

            I learned something today. Now I can watch college football with a clear guilt-free mind.

    • avatar Ed M says:

      That’s interesting. Hills, I think you once said that Danny may be (lapsed) Catholic and I agree with that, but I’ve never formed an opinion about the religion of the other three. So maybe I missed something about Kono.

      • avatar Hills says:

        Danny gave Kono a St. Michael’s medal.

        It’s not a gift a someone would give to non-Catholic for a lot of reasons.

        • avatar Nate says:

          That’s what I call being on the ball. Ed has some competition on here as far as having an eye for detail.

          • avatar Terry says:

            I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I suspect the medal was more about tradition, than anything. I mean, Danny isn’t exactly what you would call a “believer.”

      • avatar Ed M says:

        I interpret that scene differently, I guess. I would say Danny, definitely yes, Catholic, since he is the giver of the medal. But I can still see it both ways for Kono. You could say Kono, definitely yes, Catholic, because she finished his sentence for him and told him that St. Michael is the Patron Saint of Law Enforcement. But her next sentence was “I’ve seen cops wear them.” – kinda saying (to me anyway) that no cop really close to her does. So that shows me the Kono, maybe, category. And in later episodes they’ve shown her to be tolerant of everyone’s beliefs. She participated in the paddle-out for Ian Adams. In the Halloween episode she was very tolerant of Hawaiian beliefs; I believe even stating that either her grandfather or uncle (I can’t remember which) strongly believed. When they investigated the murder of Max’s mother, Kono was respectful of the Protestant church they went to. Unfortunately Danny’s character hasn’t been given the same respect. As was discussed last week, he was very disrespectful of Hawaiian traditions in the Halloween episode. And when they went to the church that Max was left at, he said something to the effect that “churches are creepy places.”

        As to your saying that a religious medal is not an appropriate gift for a non-Catholic, I would agree with you. I’ve always been Catholic and would not consider it. But I also know some Catholics who believe more in “make disciples of all nations” and wouldn’t hesitate to do so if their purpose was to try to convert them.

        • avatar Hills says:

          “And when they went to the church that Max was left at, he said something to the effect that “churches are creepy places.”

          Actually I believe Danny said “Church folks are creepy”. He had just shook hands with our serial killer and was acting like the guy was making his skin crawl.

          I doubt Danny is very respectful to *any* religion. On the other hand the rituals of the Thin Blue Line seem to matter to him quite a bit. The episode with Meka’s funeral would be a pretty good example of that.

          It’s just not something you’d give a non-Catholic cop at a police academy gradation. Too much history and tradition surround what that medal means to Catholic cops and soldiers much less from a guy that grew up in a First Responder community with a Firefighter as a father.

          • avatar Ed M says:

            You’re right about what he said about the creepy church people. I was about to write that, but wasn’t sure it was right. But I remember it now.

            With no experience with the St. Michael medal and what it means to Catholic law enforcement officers, I’ll have to say you’re right in your last paragraph. And as I said, Kono very well could be Catholic because she finished Danny’s sentence for him and said “he’s the Patron Saint of Law Enforcement.” Perhaps while in the Academy she also became a Catholic Convert. But I’m not willing to say she is Catholic with more than a 65% to 75% certainty.

            BTW since you’re a Max fan, I hope you saw the deleted scene on the DVD where he and Danny are sitting outside the church discussing Max’s infancy, his mother and the Bergmans.

          • avatar Hills says:

            The medals meaning has much more cultural and traditional significance than religious.

            It goes back to the Irish and Italian and the other Catholic immigrate groups and how they were discriminated against when they came to the US. They weren’t allowed in to colleges and weren’t allowed to do anything but the ‘dirty’ and dangerous jobs of police, firefighting or fighting in the ranks as grunts for government work.

            It represents something that was used to discriminated against them and flipped it on its head and made it a symbol of pride and community. It’s kind of the same realm of why bagpipes are played at police and firefighter funerals and why the firefighters symbol is the cross of Saint Florian. People forget up until JFK you could still find signs that said “Catholics need not apply”.

            It’s just not something you’d give it to a non-Catholic. There are other traditional things Danny could have given Kono as a graduation gift. For example a Challenge Coin to start her collection.

          • avatar Ed M says:

            Wow, thanks, I didn’t remember any of that. (But I do remember my grandma calling us “mackerel snappers” because we couldn’t have meat on Friday.) So now I’ll agree and say she’s Catholic, but will also say that I don’t think she would have been Catholic from birth – she’s a convert. I tend to think her family is of another religion. The same episode in which she got the medal, she told the kidnap victim’s son, Evan, that she has a cousin who was married in Kyoto and she (Kono) made a thousand origami cranes as decorations. The ceremony could have been in a Catholic church since there are a half-million Catholics in Japan, but that is less than 1% of Japan’s population.

            The subject of religion would have come up early in Kono’s discussions with Danny, too, since they’d only known each other for a week at that point.

            In the Halloween episode last year (2.07) she said that her grandfather saw the Night Marchers once, and then she explained a heiau to Danny. And as Terry says below, she touched heads with the kahu (the caretaker of the heiau). I know that none of these things are conclusive proof that her family isn’t Catholic, but they point me in another direction.

    • avatar Terry says:

      It’s not uncommon for countries who have colonized by Christians to mix the old beliefs in with the new religion. Remember Kono touching foreheads with the kapu in last season’s Halloween episode?

      • avatar Nate says:

        Yeah it’s a hall mark of western religions to look up towards an idol, while you’ll see eastern religions often look inward, or even horizontally towards others or something in nature. I recalled that moment Terry and the unmistakable spiritual vibe from Chin and Kono in their customs and assumed they were eastern-based spiritually.

        Hills note about the character being Catholic surprised me.

        Some of the best characters in the show: Hawaii, it’s people and the uplifting customs and attitudes they display.

  8. avatar Diane says:

    This is a beautiful ceremony. I’m sure tears will be flowing. I’m so glad H50 shows the Hawaiian traditions so that we all learn more.

    Michelle is a wonderful addition to the cast. I did not like the character of Lori, but Catherine is perfect for McGarrett.

  9. avatar Linda N. says:

    First, mahalo Terry for sharing. Second, just watching this trailer was emotional. This is going to be a gut-wretching, emotional show for all loyal ohana members. The ‘paddle-out’ is such a beautiful ceremony and I commend the H50 writers and producers for following the Hawaiian tradition and also their cultural beliefs.
    As for Catherine (Michelle Borth) joining the show–I for one look forward to her input regarding the team. She is an asset to them and can also handle herself in rough situations as seen in episode 1. Congrats to all the cast and crew for all the hard work each and everyone puts into making HAWAII FIVE-0 the show it is!!

  10. avatar Jenni says:

    My only question is why is Steve wearing a shirt?! haha ;)

  11. avatar Shelley says:

    Wow I am really looking forward to this episode – it is going to be so emotional.

  12. avatar Radiant says:

    Thank you for the post! Yes, it was a very emotional and dramatic episode!

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