Friday's episode of Hawaii Five-0 pays tribute to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent executive order that established Japanese internment camps on the Pacific Coast.
"I think that not many people know about our country's past, and I think it's really important that these stories don't die," star Daniel Dae Kim tells TVGuide.com. It's nice when television can entertain and educate at the same time. I feel like it's a pretty unique opportunity to go beyond the crime of the week and delve into a chapter in our nation's history."
The episode (9/8c, CBS) begins with the attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran by a Japanese-American man who's convinced that his own father was murdered by the veteran in an internment camp. As McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), Danny (Scott Caan) and Chin Ho (Kim) investigate whether there's any truth to the man's story, they discover that he may have an unexpected connection to McGarrett.
According to Kim, showrunner Peter Lenkov had wanted to do an episode about the internment camps since Season 1. He was reminded of the idea after seeing a one-man show Kim produced in Hawaii about Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American who was a conscientious objector during World War II and was thrown in jail for his beliefs.
In filming "Ho'onani Makuakane (Honor Thy Father)," the cast and crew shot on location at actual historical sites, including near the grounds of former camps.
"There were actually five internment camps in Hawaii, and one of them was on the island of Oahu," Kim explains. "It's since been kind of razed, and attempts were made to kind of obscure it from being found. And so, the fact that it was found and we were able to shoot very close to it was an honor and a privilege. ... The art department has done such a good job of re-creating the environment. It was eerie, being on set, and I also felt a lot of reverence to the stories, the lives that were lived in the space. It's one of the great things about TV, that we're able to bring it back to life."
Hawaii Five-O airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS. Check out the first few minutes of the episode below:
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