3 Things I Learned From Watching Hawaii Five-0

3 Things I Learned From Watching Hawaii Five-0

I’ve been living in Hawaii since I was 5 years old. I thought I knew everything about these islands. But then I watched Hawaii Five-0 for the first time and I realized that I know so little about my home. Here are 3 things that I learned from watching Hawaii Five-0.

1. When someone drops in on your wave, you should punch their face.

100% true.

There are unwritten rules of surfing that every surfer should follow. One is to never “drop in” on someone’s wave. Waves are random occurrences and surfers can’t form a line for them. However, when a wave forms and surfer is at the curl, that surfer has a right to it and other surfers should move out of his path. When another surf jumps into a claimed wave, that is known as “dropping in.”

Before watching Hawaii Five-0, I thought the best thing to do would be to ignore people that drop in. After watching Hawaii Five-0 though, I realized that the best thing to do is to punch that person in the face.

2. Family members in Hawaii look nothing alike.

Apparently, the melting pot runs deep in Hawaii.
Apparently, the melting pot runs deep in Hawaii.

Kono is Hawaiian. Chin Ho is Chinese. Sid is Samoan. All three are cousins on Hawaii Five-0. Do you see a resemblance? I guess people in Hawaii have been mixing so long that blood relatives now look nothing alike.

For comparison’s sake, here’s how a typical mainland family looks like:

Photo by Martin PettittThey even share the same hairdo.

And here’s how the cousins on Hawaii Five-0 look like:

Typical relatives in Hawaii.

3. Shave ice owners have knowledge of all underground activity.

Kamekona aka the Shave Ice Guy aka police informant.

In the first episode of Hawaii Five-0, the police task force looked for leads to find the criminal that killed Steve McGarrett’s father. To aid their quest, they contacted an  informant, who turned out to be the owner of Waiola Shave Ice.

At first, I thought that a shave ice business owner would be too busy working and growing his business to go out and know about the men running illegal activity in Hawaii. According to Hawaii Five-0 however, this shave ice business owner has so much free time that he is able to mingle with various unscrupulous fellows, including the people that manage the local human-trafficking operation and the people in charge of cocaine distribution in Hawaii.

Closing Thoughts

I watched the new Hawaii Five-0 for the first time just this past weekend. This entire article was written to poke fun at some of the things I found odd in Hawaii Five-0, as a person that grew up in Hawaii. Yes, I know everything I wrote here is not true, so please don’t flame me.

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