The episode starts at a surfing competition… something Hawaii is quite famous for. Kono is hanging out in the water on a board. We learned in a past episode that she was on the circuit until she was injured. Her friend Ian wipes out and when they pull him out of the water to resuscitate him, they find he is dead, shot through the chest.
Steve and Danno lock down the beach to investigate and Steve quickly decides it must have been a sniper shot and that Ian (the CEO of the largest surf brand) was the target. His wealth means there are many potential suspects.
The 5-0 team figures out where the shot was fired from and Steve and Chin Ho take dirt bikes to the location to scout it out. They find a bullet casing and signs of Kupo members who try to preserve Hawaiian traditions and lifestyles against foreigners. After searching for members who have had trouble with the law recently they find two with records against them and Ian was the star witness for the prosecution. Steve and Danno go to the leader of the Kapu and he and Steve almost tussle but in the end they make nice, learn that the KupoÂ was friendly with Ian, and get a line on the two guys they are looking for. That turns out to be a dead end though.
Kono goes to find Ben, one of Ian’s other star surfers and they spend the day going down memory lane. Ben has some very unflattering stories he shares about Ian and his own father (who was Ian’s business partner). After remembering some of the good times they start to kiss but are interrupted when motorcycle thugs invade the camp they are at. Kono tries to subdue one of the attackers but he gets away. Ben runs to his tent to grab a rifle and runs the attackers off.
The next day Chin Ho finds out that the land the tent city is situated on was in hot demand by corporate interests. The front runner in a bidding war was a company owned by Ian. Kono decides she has to bring Ben in for questioning and at the same time Chin Ho finds out that Ben was recently named as Ian’s beneficiary in his will only days prior to the shooting. Ben had two motivations for wanting Ian dead and Kono tells Ben to turn over his rifle.
Kono managed to get a partial plate from the night before and this leads Steve and Danno back to the two ex-KupoÂ thugs from the previous day. When they decide to visit the pair a wild chase ensues. This leads them to the killer, who was contracted by Ian’s business partner.
A pretty good episode with many twists and turns. I give it 3 out of 4 hot surfers.