Ha'alele (Abandoned)
Season 2, Episode 20
Air date April 9, 2012
Written by Elwood Reid
Directed by Jerry Levine
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Ha'alele (Abandoned) is the 20th episode of Season 2 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0.


With Steve having gone to Japan in search of Joe White, Danny takes charge of the team as they investigate a case of a serial killer known as the Trashman while Max reveals shocking information from his past that is connected to the case.



The letter Steve leaves for Danny.

Danny Williams arrives into his office and finds a letter that his partner, Steve McGarrett, has left for him, with Steve explaining that he's gone to Japan to find Joe White and as long as White is out there, Steve can't devote himself to the job.

Unfortunately, there's no time for Danny to cope as the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force finds themselves investigating the death of Angela O'Hara, with the death leaving Dr. Max Bergman unusually stunned and emotionally distant.

The team soon discover that Angela's death was connected to a serial killer known as the Trashman, who abducted his female victims, murdered them, and dumped their bodies alongside trash bags and that at the time, HPD, who were under intense scrutiny, ultimately arrested Richard Branch, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, although Branch has continued to protest his innocence to this day.

Things get intense when Max reveals that his biological mother was one of the Trashman's victims.

The team soon find a link between both the victims in the past and present: all the women gave birth and left their babies at the same parish.

The team believes that the caretaker may be the killer but once they've brought him in, they discover that the caretaker is suffering from arthritis, which means that the caretaker is innocent. Max realizes this while the team learns that the caretaker had an airtight alibi at the time of Angela's kidnapping: he was at the hospital with his mother while she had dialysis. He tells them that McKenna's assistant Sam also had access to the truck used to abduct Angela.

Max soon returns to the parish and finds that Deacon MacKenna is the true killer due to the fact that MacKenna was abandoned as a baby.

As Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua arrive, Max manages to break free and kill MacKenna in self-defense by stabbing MacKenna with a piece of glass.

Thanks to the evidence, Branch is finally released from prison with Max being there to greet him and the two men shake hands.

Meanwhile, Kamekona Tupuola arrives to ask the H50 team for help in finding his shrimp truck. The team investigates and discovers that the trunk has been impounded by the City of Honolulu as Kamekona forgot to renew his license.

Later, at an airport in Tokyo, Japan, Steve receives a phone call but ignores it as Steve prepares to board a plane.


  • It's revealed that the team now have new tac vests, i.e., ones that give their names, the fact that they're a member of Hawaii Five-0 and also Special Investigations.


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  • Steve heading to Japan was written into the series due to the fact Alex O'Loughlin was entering rehab at the time of the episode's airing, to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury which limited his appearance in the episode and forced O'Loughlin to miss the two crossover episodes with fellow CBS crime series, NCIS: Los Angeles.


Main Edit

Name Portrayed by Role
Lieutenant Commander
Steve McGarrett
Alex O'Loughlin A Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force for Governor Sam Denning.
Detective Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly
Daniel Dae Kim A member of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Officer Kono Kalakaua Grace Park Youngest member of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force, and Chin's cousin.
Dr. Max Bergman Masi Oka Chief Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.

Recurring/Guest StarringEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Kamekona Tupuola Taylor Wily An associate of the H50 team, and owner of The Shrimp Truck.
Dr. Charles Fong Brian Yang Forensic Scientist who works for the HPD and H50.


Name Portrayed by Role
Deacon MacKenna James M. Connor A man who is also the infamous killer nicknamed the Trashman.
Al Shepard Kevin Dobson A man who appears in the episode.
Creepy Guy Michael Gueso A man who appears in the episode.
Nancy O'Hara Stacy Haiduk Angela O'Hara's mother.
Cal Litoa Keahu Kahuanui A man who appears in the episode.
Angela O'Hara Elise Levin The murder victim.
Frank Bill Ogilvie A man who appears in the episode.
Sam Sherman Max Perlich A man who appears in the episode.
Richard Branch Pruitt Taylor Vince A man suspected of the Trashman serial killer but who is later found innocent and released from prison.
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