Mana'o (Belief)
Season 1, Episode 8
Mana'o 11
Air date November 8, 2010
Written by Jim Galasso
Paul Zbyszewski
Directed by Matt Earl Beesley
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Mana'o (Belief) is the 8th episode of Season 1 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0.


Danny is shocked when he discovers that the murder victim is his former HPD partner and sets out to investigate the killing, only to run into roadblocks as Steve, Chin, and Kono begin expressing their doubts about Danny's former partner, and Danny's left stunned after learning that Internal Affairs was investigating Meka after suspecting that he might have been a dirty cop.


The body of Detective Danny Williams's former Honolulu Police Department partner, Detective Meka Hanamoa, is discovered at a lūʻau.

Meka's widow, Amy Hanamoa, approaches Danny for help because she is worried something is going on with the investigation HPD isn't telling her.

As Danny and his Hawaii Five-0 colleagues Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett, Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly and Officer Kono Kalakaua dig into the case, the team learn that Meka's murder is being investigated by Internal Affairs of the HPD as they believe Meka was guilty of corruption.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Cage, refuses to grant them access to the case files and has put the entire HPD under gag order, however Detective Kaleo discloses that Meka may have investigated the Ochoa cartel. Steve and Danny track down an art dealer who works for the cartel who tells them the time and place of his next meet with Emilio Ochoa, the head of the cartel. He also reveals that there is a leak in HPD, but that only Ochoo himself know the identity of the dirty cop.

The team's findings increasingly incriminate Meka: he had booked a flight for one person to Singapore and concerned himself with wire transfers between Ochoa's shell corporation and an encrypted account in Singapore. After Steve and Kono openly suspect Meka of being the mole, Danny leaves angrily.

Trying to prove Meka's innocence, Danny visits Sang Min in jail as he had a mole in HPD but Sang Min won't tell Danny anything unless he gets something in return. So the only chance at identifying the mole is capturing Ochoa. Unfortunately, the plan hits a snag when Detective Kaleo shoots Ochoa, claiming that he was solely acting in self-defense but evidence reveals that Kaleo shot Ochoa in cold-blood and also up close and personal.

Steve and Danny confront Kaleo who is done for when Sang Min identifies him. Enraged, Danny attacks Kaleo.

In return for identifying Kaleo Danny takes Sang Min to see his family. Sang Min is thankful and rejects the offe to talk to them as he thinks he caused them enough pain.

A few days later and with Meka's name and good reputation stored, he is buried with full honors and with the entire HPD and Hawaii Five-0 Task Force also attending.


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Series RegularsEdit

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 Pat Jameson.
Danny Williams
Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and also Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly
Daniel Dae Kim Member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force who rejoins HPD after Five-0 is dismantled following Jameson's murder.
Kono Kalakaua
Grace Park Ex-pro surfer and youngest member of Hawaii Five-0 Task Force who recently graduated from the Academy, and Chin's cousin.

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Grace Williams Teilor Grubbs Danny's daughter
Sang Min Will Yun Lee A criminal and human trafficker.
Kamekona Tupuola Taylor Wily A confidential informant and an associate of the H50 Task Force.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Sergeant Cage Jon Seda An Officer with Internal Affairs.
Amy Hanamoa Dichen Lachman Meka's widow.
Detective Kaleo Jason Scott Lee The mole in HPD and who is also responsible for killing Meka Hanamoa.
Bastille Bronson Pinchot A lawyer/drug addict.
Emilio Ochoa Christian George The head of the Ochoa drug cartel.

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