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Ho'oilina (Legacy) is the 5th episode of Season 5 of the remake version Hawaii Five-0, and 98th episode in the series.


On the fourth anniversary of his father's death, Steve meets a young woman whose father was murdered twenty years ago in a supposed robbery gone wrong with the H50 team banding together to solve the case once and for all. In the meantime, Steve keeps in contact with Danny who has taken a leave of absence from the team after the events of the previous episode.


Annually visiting father John McGarrett's veteran grave, Steve discovers it also gets flowers from Deputy D.A., Ellie Clayton. She was semi-fostered by John after he failed to solve the murder of her father, shopkeeper Paul, without known enemies.

Looking into the cold case, Five-O soon realizes it wasn't a mere robbery, and looks into alternative motives concerning contraband, as Paul was an addict and dealer before becoming a devoted single father. He had attempted back then to prevent a street kid being drawn into the fiendish trade.

Jerry is ever more convinced Thomas Farrow's antique books shop is a cover for counterfeit money, but the bugged book provides no solid evidence and Chin, finding out, orders him to undo the illegal operation, but Farrow is onto him already.


  • Mary McGarrett was mentioned, but doesn't appear.
  • Deb McGarrett is entering into Chemo therapy for her cancer.
  • Mary regularly sends videos of Joanie to Steve so he can watch her grow up.
  • Joanie is taking her first steps.
  • Steve leaves a quarter at his father’s grave marker.
  • John McGarrett tells Ellie that she is around the same age as Mary.



(Steve at his fathers grave)
Steve McGarrett: Hey, Dad. Spoke to Aunt Deb last week. Looks like she's gonna give chemo a shot. She, um she said to me, "The McGarretts are fighters." And Mary.. Mary's good. You wouldn't believe it, Dad, but she has, uh she's become such a strong woman. And she's such a great mother to that little girl. She sends me videos, like, every other day. I'm getting to watch Joanie grow up. It's amazing. Kid's starting to take her first steps. I really wish you were here for all of this. I think you would have liked being a grandfather.
(Steve takes out a quarter and kisses it, laying it on the grave marker)
Steve McGarrett: I miss you, Dad.

Ellie Clayton: When I was a kid, my dad owned a bar. One night, someone came in to rob it, and he was killed. Your father investigated.
Steve McGarrett: I'm sorry.
Ellie Clayton: He never found who did it, but your dad, he stayed in my life. Every few weeks he'd checked in, and on the anniversary of my father's death, he'd take me to lunch. We'd get some shave ice and walk on this beach. It meant a lot to me. It made a difficult day a little bit easier. I'll always be grateful for that. So, now, on the anniversary of his death, I come to pay my respects, honor his memory.
Steve McGarrett: When was the last time you guys spoke?
Ellie Clayton: It was shorty before he died, actually. He called me to tell he might have a new lead in the case.
Steve McGarrett: Did he say what it was?
Ellie Clayton: No. He followed a lot of leads over the years. None of them ever came to much. You know, no matter how many setbacks, your dad, he never gave up.
Steve McGarrett: Yeah. He was stubborn like that.

(Steve on his cellphone)
Steve McGarrett: Hey, Danny, it's me again. Um, I'm just checking on you, man. I just want to see how you're doing, and see how the family's holding up. Look, give me a call if you get a second, all right? I'm thinking about you, buddy. Bye.

Chin Ho Kelly: Your dad had some regrets. But you know what I think his biggest one was? Sending you and Mary away when you thought your mother had been killed.
Steve McGarrett: (uncomfortable/defensive) I mean he had to, he did that for our safety.
Chin Ho Kelly: Yeah, he did. But I think he came to believe it would have been better for you if he hadn't. That he should have kept you close, been in your lives every day.
(Steve is visibly choked up/regretful/sad; he takes a deep breathe and a moment to collect himself).


  • Alex O'Loughlin has a clearly visible sun burn on his neck and chest, and can been seen during his conversation in the Court Room in a blue shirt.
  • Scott Caan is credited, but does not appear.
  • Chin Ho Kelly is shown driving a classic Ford Mustang rather than his Chevy Traverse.


Name Portrayed by Role
Steve McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin A Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Chin Ho Kelly Daniel Dae Kim A member of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Kono Kalakaua Grace Park Youngest member Five-0 Task Force and Chin's cousin.
Dr. Max Bergman Masi Oka Chief Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.
Jerry Ortega Jorge Garcia A conspiracy expert and an associate of the H50 team.
Lou Grover Chi McBride Former leader of the HPD SWAT team, now a member of the H50.

Recurring/Guest Starring[]

Name Portrayed by Role
Kamekona Taylor Wily An associate of the H50 team, and owner of The Shrimp Truck.
Ellie Clayton Mirrah Foulkes A young woman and a state prosecutor Steve meets at his father's grave.
Thomas Farrow Greg Ellis A criminal.
Dr. Mindy Shaw Amanda Setton Assistant Medical Examiner.
John McGarrett William Sadler A former police officer, Chin Ho's mentor and Steve McGarrett's father.
Flippa Tupuola Shawn Mokuahi Garnett An associate of the H50 team, and cousin of Kamekona Tupuola.

Other Cast[]

Name Portrayed by Role
Paul Clayton Martin Copping Ellie Clayton's father.
Ned Burrows Nick Searcy A suspect.
Jimmy Sykes Steven Bauer The man responsible for murdering Paul Clayton, Ellie Clayton's father.
Jordan Lewis JR Lemon A man who appears in the episode.
Young Ellie Clayton Chanel Marriott Ellie Clayton as a child.
Young Steve McGarrett Nicolai Makana Perez Steve as a six year old child.

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