The reimagined Hawaii 5-0 had so much to are living as much as upon its premiere in 2010, given its predecessor ran for twelve seasons and was once cherished through a complete era. The 2010 model made some adjustments, together with the nature of Kono Kalakaua—within the new sequence, Kono was once a woman.

Grace Park made her persona come alive; Kono had some catching as much as do, however she inspired her friends (and long term boss and coworkers) from day one. Kono was once one of the most unique 4; she contributed to creating the re-imagined 5-Zero what it was once, and created a brand new legacy for the nature.

I liked Kono’s interest for her paintings, her bravery, her kindness, and her determination to others. I additionally admired who she was once as an individual, and when she, at the side of Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), departed from the display, I dearly overlooked her persona.

Kono and Adam

I by no means truly understood their courting. Sure, there have been occasions when issues have been excellent and the 2 gave the impression blissfully satisfied, however it gave the look of the unhealthy outweighed the great on multiple instance.

No love tale is highest, however that perception appeared to be taken to extra with regards to this couple. Kono was once framed for homicide through Adam’s brother, and Adam later killed his brother to give protection to her. Ok, that presentations dedication, however there would’ve been some aftermath to type thru—greater than was once proven, even with the truth that the 2 have been fugitives for some time afterwards. Kono by no means gave up on him, however in all probability she must have.

Kono and Adam sitting on steps, looking at one another, Kono on the right and Adam on the left Hawaii Five-0

Adam and Kono have been proven persistently to have agree with problems with one any other. At one level Kono even cloned Adam’s telephone and requested Catherine to lend a hand her examine what he was once as much as. Kono continuously apprehensive that Adam was once mendacity to her or another way enticing in illegal activity; it by no means truly gave the look of she may transfer previous that. Adam saved making hassle for himself too—he later went to jail, even though he had killed considering it was once self-defense, and later grew to become himself in when it was once made up our minds he’d killed for no reason why.

They have been held hostage on their honeymoon and got here throughout a demise cult no longer lengthy after Adam’s jail unlock. They have been fugitives after they have been relationship. Such a lot of unhealthy indicators and issues going mistaken; in all probability Kono would’ve been at an advantage pronouncing good-bye to Adam. She and Chin even struggled for somewhat, as Chin distrusted Adam. There comes some extent the place love is occasionally no longer sufficient to take care of a wholesome, purposeful courting and it’s higher for each events to head their separate techniques.

Because it was once, they drifted aside when Kono went to the mainland and ended up divorced and broken-hearted. Had they ended it quicker, in all probability issues would’ve been more uncomplicated for the 2. Possibly Kono concept she couldn’t love anyone else the way in which she liked Adam, perhaps she was once afraid to depart, or in all probability she concept they may paintings thru anything else. They did paintings thru so much, however it wasn’t sufficient to stay them in combination without end.

Kono and Chin

Kono’s courting with Chin is among the issues that make her who she is. Chin is her older cousin; he’s been having a look out for her for nearly her complete existence. The 2 are very shut; best possible buddies, even. Chin helped her get the chance to enroll in 5-Zero and is, as Kono says herself, the explanation why she selected legislation enforcement as her new occupation. Chin is sensible and really protecting of Kono—he doesn’t truly approve of her courting with Adam Noshimuri (given Adam’s circle of relatives has heavy ties to the Yakuza), and he does what he can to stay her secure out within the box.

Kono trusts Chin implicitly; she was once the one member in their circle of relatives who believed in Chin and stayed through his facet whilst he resigned from the Honolulu Police Division, with many believing he had stolen an important sum of money from the asset forfeiture locker. In fact, Chin’s uncle was once answerable for the robbery and used the cash to pay for a brand new kidney, wanted desperately through his unwell spouse, Chin’s aunt. When Kono sooner or later reveals out the reality, she turns into offended, insisting that after their aunt passes, Chin in spite of everything tells the reality so his identify can be cleared.

Chin looking to his left with a small smile, and Kono looking to her right, Chin wears a blue shirt and Kono a purple shirt

Kono is offended as a result of she has observed the whole thing Chin has misplaced—his task, his buddies, his circle of relatives. Principally the whole thing. She will’t perceive why Chin would so willingly take the autumn for one thing he didn’t do, even supposing it was once for his or her uncle. This presentations how protecting Kono is of her cousin; she doesn’t like somebody accusing him of wrongdoing, let by myself coming after him. She deeply loves and respects her cousin and believes he merits extra, most effective in need of the most productive for him.

Kono’s loyalty to Chin occasionally makes her act rapidly—she harbors anger at Chin’s former fianceé Malia, believing Malia deserted Chin when he wanted her probably the most. Alternatively, Kono later learns Chin broke it off with Malia for her personal coverage throughout the fallout. When a bomb is strapped to Chin in Season 1, Kono is helping Steve spoil into the asset forfeiture locker to pay Chin’s ransom with no 2nd concept, although she may lose her task and be arrested. She insists that Chin tells the reality to finish his struggling; she doesn’t see issues Chin’s method, and which may be as a result of she remains to be younger and is jaded after witnessing the entire losses Chin sustained as soon as everybody within the police division started distrusting him.

She is there for him when he wishes her, particularly when Malia is killed. The devastating factor for Chin is that he had to choose from Malia’s existence and Kono’s—and he attempted to avoid wasting them each. Kono isn’t in any respect envious that Chin selected Malia—understanding her cousin like she does, Kono knew the entire time that Chin would attempt to save them each, without reference to the cases, and he did simply that.

Kono and Chin in the Season 3 premiere of Hawaii Five-0, looking at their computers, Chin looking pained and intense, Kono looking sad but focused

In many ways, Kono does turn out to be somewhat extra like Chin, which might lend a hand her perceive a few of Chin’s choices. In Season 2, Kono was once pressured to paintings undercover, and it made her appear to be she’d long past rogue, putting out with grimy police officers and going through the lack of her badge following the occasions of the Season 1 finale. Kono couldn’t inform somebody, particularly Chin, Steve, and Danny, what she was once truly as much as. Now and then, she needed to be downright merciless to throw Chin off observe. Chin, who have been thru what Kono was once reputedly going thru, attempted being there through her facet and even if worst got here to worst, he nonetheless approached her in a steady way. Simply as she believed in him, Chin believes in her, too.

In spite of everything, that undercover enjoy most probably helped Kono perceive why Chin had taken the autumn for his or her uncle, and the way he felt all over the ordeal. She couldn’t inform somebody what she was once as much as, and I may inform it was once killing her. She was once ready to take a nasty fall to avoid wasting her 5-Zero teammates, and she or he was once younger, nonetheless a rookie, when she was once pressured to adopt such an task. Steve punched out Fryer for controlling and manipulating Kono the way in which he did, however that also didn’t look like sufficient for the entire hell Kono had long past thru. Plus, it at all times afflicted me that Danny and Steve have been extra vulnerable to imagine Kono had long past utterly off the rails, however alternatively, Chin does know his cousin higher, having recognized her longer than Danny and Steve have.

Chin and Kono’s bond is among the issues that I liked maximum concerning the display, their friendship being one of the most display’s most powerful parts, in my view. They have been at all times shut, however Kono being there for Chin when nobody else was once instituted a brand new roughly agree with of their courting. Chin almost definitely by no means relied on somebody in his circle of relatives the similar method afterwards, given their remedy of him. Likewise, Kono almost definitely relied somewhat extra on Chin upon witnessing her circle of relatives’s response, and her religion in them almost definitely reduced reasonably as smartly. They may at all times agree with one any other, on the other hand, to imagine in and be there for every different—and everybody wishes anyone like that.

Kono’s Character

Kono has sturdy ties to her circle of relatives, particularly Chin, as discussed above. Alternatively, her courting along with her mother could also be vital—in a Season five episode they’re proven to be shut, and Kono embarks on an outrigger shuttle that her mom had deliberate to take years sooner than in her honor, as her mom, bothered through an aneurysm, is not in a position to head. Kono briefly reveals hassle due to a hurricane, however she doesn’t let it kill her—in truth, she does name for lend a hand, however she makes it to land herself. She won’t have succeeded in her adventure, however the truth that she did it in any respect nonetheless counts—to each herself and her mom, and that implies greater than phrases may ever categorical.

Kono adjustments somewhat extra through the years, as she sees extra of the darkness of humanity with every case she and 5-Zero tackle. It definitely chips away at her religion in humanity when she sees simply what persons are able to and prepared to do. Kono has been witness to a couple beautiful terrible issues, however she by no means we could it spoil her.

Kono smiling and looking to her right, wearing a purple shirt in Hawaii Five-0

Kono starts at 5-Zero as a rookie however, even though she’s nonetheless studying, she’s already extremely gifted. She will force with the most productive of them, as demonstrated through a police chase in “He Kane Hewa’ole,” she kicks some severe butt in “E Malama,” and she or he is proven to be very sympathetic against youngsters, as exhibited in “Ohana” and once more in “Ho’apono,” for instance. Early on, audiences realize those characteristics in Kono.

Kono is a fighter and a lover. You don’t need to get on her unhealthy facet, however in case you’re on her excellent facet, existence couldn’t be extra non violent. Kono demonstrates mad talents in a showdown with “Roman” in “Powehiwehi,” when she is left by myself with a CI (confidential informant) in a medical institution. She manages to struggle off Roman and win. By myself and with the entire stumbling blocks towards her, plus having to give protection to the injured CI, it’s indisputably daunting and Kono must be scared, however she makes use of braveness and will get each herself and the CI out safely—and takes out a critically badass felony whilst she’s at it. In “Ka Hale Ho’okauweli,” she and Adam are up towards a vicious demise cult and set up to flee, along any other prisoner, and grasp down the fortress till lend a hand can arrive—it’s one Halloween Kono would almost definitely desire by no means to bear in mind given its lifelike horror parts, however she fights her method thru it, and no longer everybody may say the similar factor.

Kono would additionally somewhat sacrifice herself than permit blameless other people to be harm. One of the vital vital examples of that is in “Ohuna,” when Kono lets in herself to be taken hostage, sparing a number of other people the similar destiny, and later enticing in a struggle that has her toppling out of a shifting armored truck onto the abrasive street. She dangers demise and severe harm, however she doesn’t think carefully about it. Danny commented sooner than in Season 2 that Kono’s been putting out with Steve an excessive amount of—he’s no longer mistaken. Kono’s picked up on a few of Steve’s riskier, borderline reckless techniques to get the task carried out and save others. Kono’s no longer suicidal, however it should come throughout that method every now and then, simply because it does with Steve. She’s lower than Steve’s stage, however whilst she will have seemed as much as her boss and collected some issues from him, a part of that has to return from who she is generally, too.

Kono holding a gun and wearing a vest, looking straight ahead, an intense look upon her face in Hawaii Five-0

Kono is a devoted individual, at all times combating for what she cares about. Whether or not it’s browsing, her cousin, a case, a sufferer, a pal or a circle of relatives member—Kono will struggle. She by no means provides up, and she or he’s rather tenacious when it comes right down to it.

Kono completely hates intercourse trafficking rings, which is totally comprehensible. She feels for the abused younger women, taking up their worry and trauma as though it have been her personal. Kono is proven to be deeply suffering from such circumstances; in “Puka’ana,” Kono harbors a seething anger and, whilst sitting in site visitors, finally ends up punching out the window (injuring her hand within the procedure) and tossing the keys of the driving force of the auto in the back of her when he continuously honks and yells at her. Afterward in that very same episode, Kono demanding situations one of the most abusers to a struggle and necessarily beats the crap out of him, explaining to Steve afterwards that he “had a knife.”

Kono takes out her anger at the mistaken individual to start with, and takes rather a possibility combating the abuser afterward, so perhaps there must be worry there, however with a bit of luck Kono discovered alternative ways to deal that didn’t contain destructive her hand or taking a deadly possibility enticing in a struggle that wasn’t vital. It’s no longer that it was once essentially out of line—Kono must be offended. What took place to these women was once terrible. But, Kono was once shouldering that ache in a much more non-public method than was once wholesome, for each herself and the case, and when that occurs, it doesn’t generally tend to lend a hand somebody. Actually, it simply made Kono really feel worse.

Alternatively, within the Season 7 finale, Kono leaves, off to run a role drive devoted to taking down intercourse trafficking rings. She closes a bankruptcy at 5-Zero and starts any other, pursuing her interest for serving to others in a brand new environment. I used to be unhappy to look her pass, however I revered her persona’s choice—alternate is part of existence, and occasionally targets shift and you have got to practice your interest, anyplace that can take you. Kono took it on wholeheartedly and eagerly, in a position to avoid wasting lives and take out the unhealthy guys—this time, at the mainland.

When she’s no longer shedding a shipment container at the chief of a cartel (see “Hoa Pili”), Kono has a softer facet. She helped out a former browsing rival, Rosie, when she was once going thru a difficult time—Kono may have selected to chorus from serving to, and even harbored petty emotions about competitions from years previous, however as a substitute she gave Rosie a excellent day and the 2 struck up an actual friendship. That comfortable facet of Kono’s even extends to criminals—in particular Sang Min and Gerard Hirsch.

Kono and Gerard Hirsch in Hawaii Five-0, Kono wearing a dress and looking speculatively ahead, with Gerard talking and holding up his hand in Hawaii Five-0

Whilst charged with guarding Sang Min in “Kapu,” Kono is to start with pissed off and annoyed with the duty. Alternatively, after Sang Min escapes, she tracks him down and discovers why—he’d long past to look his circle of relatives, however as a substitute stayed outdoor when he noticed any other guy within. Kono sympathizes with him and pulls strings to have Sang Min transferred again to Halawa, to be nearer to his circle of relatives. Circle of relatives is one among Kono’s comfortable spots, particularly children; although she despises Sang Min (more often than not), she nonetheless did a excellent deed—and that speaks volumes for her persona.

The similar can also be mentioned for her enjoy with Gerard Hirsch. Like Sang Min, Gerard has a tendency to be somewhat ahead with Kono, given his overwhelm on her, and Kono doesn’t truly take him critically. Her opinion of him adjustments when she meets his father and witnesses Gerard’s interplay with him—she if truth be told turns into his pal, instructing him to surf and later serving to him along with his crime scene cleansing trade.

Kono could also be fast to pass judgement on occasionally, however she is open to 2nd probabilities and doing the proper factor. She doesn’t at all times make buddies with other people she’s arrested, however the few occasions this does occur, they imply one thing to her, and she or he sees the great in them. Kono believes in other people from all walks of existence—she doesn’t normally pass judgement on them except they’ve dedicated a major crime. When characters like Sang Min and Gerard Hirsch redeem themselves, on the other hand, Kono reevaluates and finally ends up serving to them out one way or the other, which is an instance of her kindness and excellent middle.

Transformation from Surfer to Cop

Kono’s old flame in existence is browsing. She’s observed browsing in lots of episodes—she even takes at the tough activity of training the reluctant scholar in Danny to swim. Granted, Danny was once studying so he may surf along with his daughter, in order that almost definitely gave Kono the endurance had to educate him, however it was once nonetheless no simple activity.

Kono in a bikini with her hands on her hips looking at Chin, who's introducing Danny to his left and Steve stands on the right wearing sunglasses in Hawaii Five-0

In the first actual episode, she’s proven to be greater than only a surf-for-fun roughly woman. It’s a game she takes very critically and obviously has an inherent ability for; Chin remarks that she’s “off the charts” in the case of browsing, and he finds that she was once as soon as a professional surfer at the circuit. Audiences be told as time is going on that Kono was once recruited at fifteen and surfed professionally till she blew out her knee and needed to reinvent herself.

That couldn’t were a very simple procedure. Kono, harm and figuring out her dream occupation was once coming to an finish, indisputably wasn’t in a position to stand any such alternate. She was once most probably offended and broken-hearted, understandably so. Surfing was once all she knew; she’d just about grown up browsing and it have been her complete occupation from day one, what she had labored so arduous for. She wasn’t ready to have it taken away so all of sudden, so whilst she was once recuperating, she needed to have conflicting emotions, particularly when it got here to deciding what she was once going to do subsequent.

Within the Season 1 episode “Ohana,” Kono is urging Chin to wait her commencement from the police academy. He doesn’t appear so keen, given other people suspect he’s a filthy cop and he doesn’t need Kono to undergo any fallout from that. She’s adamant, on the other hand, and insists that she was a cop on account of him.

To me, that signifies that whilst Kono was once recuperating from her twist of fate, she closely depended on Chin, as she at all times has. She seemed as much as him and determined she sought after to do what he did. Even if legislation enforcement is the “circle of relatives trade” in Kono and Chin’s circle of relatives, because the display has expressed time and again, Kono didn’t make her choice in keeping with that. I’m positive it was once as a result of she sought after to practice in Chin’s footsteps, in addition to determine herself in a brand new environment.

Kono’s other from the remainder of her circle of relatives. She didn’t pass immediately to the police academy or got down to turn out to be a cop to begin with; she was once already making her personal trail and headed down it complete steam forward. Had she no longer had her twist of fate, she may have long past directly to surf for years yet to come and one way or the other stayed within the trade, selling merchandise and the like—in truth, the 5th season episode “Ina Paha” presentations an alternative truth, wherein 5-Zero by no means got here to be, and Kono is proven to be on TV and has remained a certified surfer.

Kono in Five-0, wearing a purple jacket and smiling, looking downwards to her left, in Hawaii Five-0 with a window covered by blinds in the background

In spite of everything, Kono sticks out to me as a result of she made the tough choice to change industries and existence—being a cop is hugely other from being a certified surfer, in the end. But, Kono installed each and every effort and sincerely cared, and if she made errors, she normally berated herself harshly for it till she made issues proper. Possibly that’s the disciplined athlete in her at paintings too, however it’s additionally Kono’s paintings ethic.

As a substitute of falling into depression, Kono selected to show her existence round and switch her twist of fate right into a victory. She was a cop, a revered and proficient one at that, particularly when it got here to era, martial arts, and serving to others. She was once a rookie at the elite 5-Zero activity drive; no longer unhealthy taking into account she was once simply beginning out, however she had Chin to thank for the creation.

I love her will and her energy to persevere; she needed to paintings thru a life-changing harm and she or he needed to learn how to be one thing else. She was once open to it and she or he embraced it, and she or he nonetheless surfed in her off-hours, discovering time for her unique interest regardless of the whole thing. Even though she was once instructed she may by no means surf professionally once more, she didn’t permit it to stay her down. She nonetheless surfs for enjoyable. Surfing is like respiring to Kono; it’s the whole thing to her. It’s how she detoxes, it’s how she has enjoyable, it’s what makes her be at liberty and so extremely satisfied. She by no means gave up, and she or he discovered a approach to let any other love into her existence: police paintings. That stability isn’t simple, however Kono makes it glance easy.

I love Kono for by no means giving up, for locating any other interest, and for operating arduous at it. Her persona contributed to creating the display what it was once; with out her, the dynamic simply wouldn’t were the similar—and along with her departure in Season 7, there was once an obtrusive distinction on account of her absence. She was once a part of the guts of 5-0, and she’s going to without end be a part of the legacy.



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