This past week’s episode started off with a mock finish of the Molokai to Oahu SUP (stand up paddle board) race at Bellows Beach in Waimanalo.
Photo I took on Bellows Beach in Waimanalo last week
Ironically, I just finished this past week at that same beach for the Hawaii Association of Realtors’ Leadership Academy. It’s beautiful and much more scenic than where the real race finishes in Hawaii Kai. When the teenage winner of the race doesn’t show up at the podium, her parents soon realize she’s been kidnapped.
Meanwhile, the new governor is introducing McGarrett to his new partner, who used to work for Homeland Security. When the Five-O team sets out to investigate the scene and interview her parents, they find out that she has a heart condition and can’t go 24 hours without her medication.
Back at headquarters they discover some correspondence she had through social networking, which led to a lead who turns out was the owner of the kidnapping vehicle. After further digging, they uncover he’s got a rendezvous the following day at Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki.
View from Wailana unit #1104 (MLS# 1102956) above the Wailana Coffee House
Wailana Coffee House is a landmark restaurant in Waikiki that sits at the base of the Wailana condominium, where there are currently 7 units on the market. When the next alleged victim is brought in, it turns out the so-called kidnapper is a professional cult extractor and she was meeting him for his services.
After more research, they discover there was a cult that didn’t believe in modern medicine that the teenage girl was born into, and her mother wanted to save her life and gave her up for adoption due to her heart condition. It turns out that cult has a retreat on the island of Lanai.
This cute little home in Lanai City (MLS# 348122) can be yours for only $250,000
The Five-O team heads over there to rescue her from the cult and get her much needed heart medication. This is the first episode I’ve noticed where it looks like it was actually shot on a neighbor island. There have been several in the past that were supposed to be Kauai, Molokai, etc., however, looked like they created a set on Oahu.
The “on-location” scenes were really cool and unique, as Lanai truly is cool and unique…If you haven’t been to Lanai, I highly recommend going there. For us locals, it’s one of the best spots for a “staycation.”
This vacant lot on Lanai (MLS# 349556) can be yours for $1.3 million
Well, if you haven’t guessed it, McGarrett ultimately caught the cult leader and returned the SUP champ back to her parents safely on Oahu. If you’re considering living your Hawaii Five-O life in Waimanalo, the Wailana, or on the island of Lanai, contact me for more information.