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Hawaii Five-0: Kahu (Guardian)

After someone foolishly tries to carjack McGarrett, he and Catherine meet a boy whose father is missing and may be in deadly trouble in the backwoods of Oah.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 12
Airdate: Monday December 17th, 2012

Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Noah Nelson (1)

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Jan 28, 2013
UK (sky 1) Mar 17, 2013
ZA (M-Net) Sep 05, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jun 08, 2014


Guest Stars
Taylor WilyTaylor Wily
As Kamekona
Dennis ChunDennis Chun
As Sgt. Duke Lukela
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Uncle Choi
Juan Gabriel ParejaJuan Gabriel Pareja
As Moku Bradford
Kainalu HecomovichKainalu Hecomovich
As Local Tweaker
Tristan Lake LeabuTristan Lake Leabu
As Ethan Awana
Andrew Elvis MillerAndrew Elvis Miller
As Bruce Awana
Lew TempleLew Temple
As Stuart Rizzi
David Rees SnellDavid Rees Snell
As Freddy Schumaker
Main Cast
Alex OAlex O'Loughlin
As Steve McGarrett
Scott CaanScott Caan
As Danny "Danno" Williams
Daniel Dae KimDaniel Dae Kim
As Chin Ho Kelly
Grace ParkGrace Park
As Kona "Kono" Kalakaua
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Dr. Max Bergman
Michelle BorthMichelle Borth
As Catherine Rollins


The episode begins with Cat and Steve having breakfast in Steve’s car. Cat is not too happy about this as she expected something more when Steve told her that they will be going someplace special; she was expecting something more romantic. Steve is trying to explain to her that this too is romantic, when a guy arrives and tries to carjack them. Guess he picked up the wrong car! Moments later the guy’s nose is bleeding and Steve hands the guy over to Duke. Steve then notices a young boy is cuffed to the table and Duke tells Steve that he is a hot head and needs some time to cool off. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Creedance Clearwater RevivalRun Through the JungleDanno & Chin on their way to Uncle Choi's
Kuana Torres KaheleHere Comes Santa in a Red CanoeOpening Scene into Steve & Cath eating lunch
Stasia EstepChristmas in the Rainbow StateEnd Scene with the Team at Kamekona's Shrimp Truck
(Unknown artist)Jingle BellsCatherine & Ethan playing Poker in Ethan's home

Episode References
The comic book Ethan reads 'R.I.P.D' is created by Showrunner Peter Lenkov you can read more about it here to be released in 2013

The helicopter seen in the background in the scene where Danno & Kamekona was purchasing the black helicopter is a bit similar to the one from Magnum P.I. The showrunner Peter Lenkov is a huge fan of Magnum and was also filmed in Hawaii. Image courtesy of Book 'Em Danno on FB

The helicopter that Kamekona brought from Makani Kai helicopters is a real company set on O'ahu has been used a lot in past episodes. They also do tours around Hawaii also George Takei took one when he was in Hawaii to do the episode. Around this time of filming they've just upgraded their helicopters with elevated doors that slide across.

The diner where Steve & Catherine eat breakfast is Hawaii's Famous Rainbow Drive-In where they sell the popular Hawaiian food 'Locco Mocco' is a beef patty with rice and sweet gravy the food was also mentioned in episode 2.07 - 'Ka Hakaka Maika'I where Joe & Kensi (from NCIS: LA) was eating that was delivered by Steve at Magic Island.

The Bond 007 mention at the end of the episode contains a bit trivia about Alex.

Alex actually was in the final screen test alongside Daniel Craig for the role in Casino Royale sadly it didn't go too well and Alex hates to talk about. But look at him now.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlex Kurtzman  |  Peter M. Lenkov  |  Roberto Orci
Co-Executive ProducerStephanie Sengupta  |  Steve Boyum  |  Jeffrey Downer  |  Bryan Spicer
ProducerJeffrey Downer  |  Bill Haynes (1)
Co-ProducerKyle Harimoto  |  Melissa Glenn  |  Peter Tassler
Consulting ProducerMichele Fazekas  |  Carol Barbee  |  Ken Solarz  |  Al Septien  |  Tara Butters  |  Turi Meyer
Associate ProducerPeter Tassler  |  Larry Goldstein
Production DesignerKeith Neely
EditorMaja Vrvilo
CastingJennifer Cooper (1)  |  Rachel W. Sutton
Unit Production ManagerCraig Cannold  |  Jeffrey Downer
First Assistant DirectorMichael Zimbrich
Second Assistant DirectorCarla Bowen
MusicBrian Tyler (2)  |  Keith Power
Music EditorGary Krause
Music SupervisorLiza Richardson
Set DecoratorJulieann Getman  |  Rick Romer
Location ManagerJim Triplett
Transportation CoordinatorJohn Reed
Property MasterJane Gulick
Construction CoordinatorKevin Wenger  |  Ken Scaife
Script SupervisorBrenda Lopez
Production CoordinatorLisa Lee Mitchell
Assistant EditorRichmond Riedel  |  Charrisma Snyder  |  Chris Oakes
Post Production SupervisorDrew Ysais
Supervising Sound EditorKelly Cabral
Re-Recording MixerAndy D'Addario  |  Adam Jenkins
Director of PhotographyJames L. Carter
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Cadiente
Production SupervisorJessica Petelle
Art DirectorScott Meehan
Sound MixerRobert Janiger
Executive Story EditorDavid Wolkove  |  Joe Halpin
Costume SupervisorAnthony Scarano  |  Michelle Moder
Makeup Department Head Jeff Dawn
Production AccountantWilliam Chico Powell
Chief Lighting TechnicianNewton Termeer
AssistantRyan Mannix
Casting AssociateLindsay Jameyson
Special Effects CoordinatorArchie Ahuna  |  John C. Hartigan
Supervising EditorScott Powell  |  Maja Vrvilo
First Company GripAne Tranetzki
Apprentice EditorJohn Pensky
Theme Song ComposerMorton Stevens
Edited ByJames D. Wilcox
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