Officer Kono Kalakua is a member of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and an expert sniper.
In addition to that, she is also a graduate of the HPD Academy and a cousin of fellow H50 member, Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly (2010).
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kono grew enjoying surfing and at the age of fifteen, was recruited by the CEO of Coral Prince Surfing, Ian Adams.
Several years went by with Kono blowing out her knee during a tournament which left her devastated over the fact that she could no longer compete professionally which also marked the end of her surfing career.
While recovering, Kono decided to follow in the footsteps of her cousin, Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly (2010) and become a cop with Kono entering the HPD Police Academy.
Hawaii Five-0 Season 1
Kono was out surfing when her cousin, Chin, recruited her for Five-0. The team needed someone who was an unknown to the criminals operating on the islands.
After graduating from HPD, she became an official and permanent of the unnamed Task Force with the Task Force later being renamed "Hawaii Five-0".
Hawaii Five-0 Season 2
In S2, she was under investigation by the Department of Internal Affairs, and lost her badge.
However, this was actually revealed to be a ruse so that Kono could get close to a group of dirty ex-cops as part of an undercover operation that she and Internal Affairs Captain Vince Fryer were working on together although her behaviour drew much concern from her H50 colleagues, most notably Chin and Steve.
Upon discovering the truth and after the case had been solved, an enraged Steve punched Fryer in revenge for Fryer knowingly using Kono as bait.
In Pa Make Loa (episode), Kono's findings about the doctor, Jarrod Prodeman who was running a smallpox trial disguised as a drug trial proved to be very helpful to the team as well as the NCIS team of Special Agent G Callen and Special Agent Sam Hanna who in the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 episode, "Touch of Death" used the evidence to confront Prodeman who they arrested on Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
In the season finale, she was kidnapped by Frank Delano who forced Chin to choose between saving Kono herself and his wife. After Chin picked his wife, Kono was later thrown overboard and seen struggling to survive but failing due to the fact that she had been bound and gagged.
Hawaii Five-0 Season 3
In the S3 Season premiere, she was still in the ocean, and about to drown until someone saved her. It turned out to be her boyfriend who Chin had managed to call in advance while racing to Malia's aid.
In the finale, she leaves for Shanghai with Adam and Doris McGarrett, Steve's mother after being framed for murder although she's eventually cleared.
Hawaii Five-0 Season 4
Hawaii Five-0 Season 5
In Ina Paha (episode), in an alternate reality where John McGarrett survived being shot dead by Victor Hesse and due to the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force not being created, the Kono of that reality is a model and champion surfer, regularly appearing in ads for TV.
Despite being the only female member and the rookie of the team, Kono established herself quickly. She is highly skilled in martial arts, and is loyal to her team, especially to her cousin, Chin.
Kono blames Chin's ex-fiancee Malia for leaving him. Kono is not afraid doing her job, and is quite a formidable cop.
Kono is currently learning more and more about the duties of being a cop. She does not easily forgive herself if she makes a mistake and she's also the only one who calls Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (2010) "boss."
Like her cousin, Chin, Kono shows deep loyalty to Steve. When Kono realizes the truth about Chin's leaving the force (the fact that her cousin took the blame for their uncle's crime) she becomes angry that Chin did not tell the truth. She tells Chin that after their Aunt Mele passes, Chin has to tell the truth.
Despite being the least-experienced police cop of herself, Danny and Chin, Kono has proven herself to be a quick study as she now serves as the sniper/sharpshooter of the team, often providing cover or protection for her teammates.
Hand to Hand Combat
Kono is easily capable of defending herself and is skilled in hand-to-hand, using various martial arts to assist herself in fighting with her preferred fighting style being Karate.
Like Steve and Chin, Kono is also skilled at using any and all kinds of technology at her own person disposal.
Interacting/Dealing with Children
Like Danny, Kono is very sympathetic towards children and can easily get a young child to interact with her.
Kono is a trained sniper, presumably learning to handle a rifle while attending the Police Academy. She frequently uses a Knight's Armament SR-25 and often provides back-up in situations, one such example being in the Season 2/NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 crossover episode, Pa Make Loa (episode).
- Her initial sidearm presented to her in Ohana (episode) was a Kel Tec PF-9. She then used a Smith & Wesson 3913 "Ladysmith". This later changed to a Smith & Wesson M&P in 9mm with Crimson Trace grip in Season 2 and 3.