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The Smoke Seen in the Dream Now Rises (Pua a'e la ka uwahi o ka moe) is the 7th episode of Season 9 in the remake version of Hawaii Five-0.


McGarrett investigates a cold case from the 1940s, one that his grandfather and the famous Honolulu detective Chang Apana worked on, and he tries to deduce how the case could have been solved. Also, McGarrett and Danny get ready for the opening of their restaurant.


Now, both Adam and Tani were keeping a secret from everyone on tonight’s all-new episode of “Hawaii Five-0”.

The two realized that someone was setting up Adam up to take the fall for his sister’s murder. They could have turned to anyone on Five-0 for help and they didn’t. They instead chose to keep their investigation and no one had been any the wiser. No one had even suspicions when they all went to the grand opening of McGarrett and Danny’s restaurant. The new restauranteurs had worked really hard to achieve a dream that no one else had believed in and so they were allowed to live in the moment, however, there had been one guest there that had been looking forward to meeting McGarrett. McGarrett was introduced to retired HPD Detective Milton Cooper. Cooper had been the best friend of his late grandfather and he had whole stories about the man. He told McGarrett that his grandfather had wanted to become a detective in the HPD.

McGarrett had never heard that story and so he asked for more details. He wanted to know why his grandfather hadn’t been able to live out his dream and Cooper told him how Pearl Harbor had changed everything. McGarrett had served and died for his country. It was in his honor that Milton made sure to become a detective and he had tried to remember one another way. He had tried to close a case they had been investigating. It was about a missing a girl. Cooper and the older McGarrett had tried to solve it because it had been one case the legendary Chang Apana had never been able to solve and unfortunately they couldn’t solve it either and that’s why Cooper wanted to meet the grandson because he wanted to give him his grandfather’s old briefcase.

It had all the old case files in it and Cooper thought McGarrett would have better luck closing the case. McGarrett said he would look at it and followed through on his promise later that night. He looked into the case of the missing girl. The first Steve McGarrett and his friend, as well as his partner Cooper, had checked into the last whereabouts of this Lyla that disappeared and as they were investigating someone shot at them. The two were able to walk away from the encounter yet they didn’t forget that someone was willing to kill cops if it meant they could cover up whatever happened to Lyla. So they went to Lyla’s brother. They wanted to know what she had gotten mixed up in and he didn’t know. He knew that she got some work and so the cops looked into that lead.

They learned that Lyla worked at a plantation. Only she wasn’t working out in the fields and so the cops pushed until they found out she was working in the Big House because the owner of the plantation took a liking to her. The owner was Mr. Pettifer and he claimed that he loved Lyla like a daughter. It was why he didn’t want her to do back-breaking work and had even loaned her some money. Being in debt to a man like him could have made Lyla desperate and it was also a motive for Pettifer. Cooper and Steve were talking about it as they were driving and they were discussing everything that could have happened when again someone started shooting at them. They got into a shoot-out and the other car exploded.

The cops never found out who had been behind the assassination attempt. They instead saw a doctor for their wounds and saw someone that might have known Lyla. Lyla was hanging out a club and it turns out she befriended the singer. The singer wouldn’t talk to the cops out in the open and so she met them in the back. She said Lyla was seeing a guy in a fancy new car and before she could tell them who; someone shot her. The singer had enough juice in her to say that the boyfriend’s name was James, but that’s all she said and Steve and Cooper got into some trouble with her death. They weren’t supposed to be poking around in this case and so their Captain demanded their turn over their badges because their actions cost a young woman her life.

The Captain tried to stop his cops from doing whatever they wanted to do, only taking their badges didn’t discourage them and they continued to look into the case during their own time. They looked into a rich young man named James that would have been driving a new car and they found out about James Whitmour. He was young, wealthy, and had a fiancée who didn’t know he was sneaking around with a native girl. James had seemed like the perfect suspect and he would have if he hadn’t died on the same day that Lyla went missing. The cops pulled up James’s old file and he had been killed. Someone shot him and the position he was in indicated that he had been seated when he was killed. He was probably in his new car and so the guys wanted to know why that wasn’t in his file.

The file pretended like James had been killed in the alley and there had been no signs of his car. Someone covered up how he died and the guys thought it must have been James’s father. Whitmour Senior would have wanted to cover up that his son died in a car with a native girl and the guys even figured out who ordered the hit. The hit must have been ordered by a man named Earl Blackstone. Blackstone owned and operated illegal gambling den. He was also in a longtime feud with Whitmour Senior and killed his son in revenge. It explained why Whitmour went after Blackstone following his son’s murder and so if anyone would have answered; it would be Whitmour. The guys went to his home with backup and got into a shoot-out before they were finally able to get Whitmour alone.

They told him what they knew and they demanded to know where Lyla’s body was. She must have died with James and so they wanted her remains so that she could be buried properly. They were waiting for Whitmour to answer them when they heard the sirens and Pearl Harbor happened. It brought their investigation to an abrupt end and that’s why they were never able to close the case. Only McGarrett who had been searching through the file and reading it in honor of his grandfather – he solved where Lyla’s body was buried. She was dumped in the Whitmour’s old pool. Whitmour had ordered construction done at his home and he removed any evidence of ever having a pool. And so when McGarrett got a warrant to dig up, they found James Whitmour’s car and the body of Lyla Kekoa.

They later had a funeral for her that both McGarrett and Cooper attended and it got McGarrett thinking.

McGarrett realized that he’s a cop and that he’ll always be a cop, so he told Danny that he didn’t want to run a restaurant and Danny told him that Kamekona had already made an offer to buy them out.


  • Soft opening of the restaurant and Danny and Steve agree to get out of the restaurant business by selling to Kamekona.
  • The book that Danny is reading, is called, "The House Without a Key", is the first Charlie Chan novel.
  • While Steve is getting his burn treated, Danny waits for him, reading a police report of an incident which took place at "Wo Fat Chop Sui Diner". Wo Fat was Steve's nemesis for a large part of the show.

Deaths [1]


Steve McGarrett: What am I doing running a restaurant, Danny? What am I doing?
Danny Williams: Uh, is that a joke, or ...
Steve McGarrett: No, it's not a joke. And I'm really sorry. I know you're gonna be mad. Danny, being a cop is all I know now. And I love my job. Why am I gonna walk away from it? ... Dude, I'm sorry. I really am sorry. I didn't... (sighs) You're mad, right?
Danny Williams: If you're out, I'm out.
Steve McGarrett: What did you say?
Danny Williams: If you're out, I'm out.
Steve McGarrett: I thought you were sick of dodging bullets. You told me you didn't want to get shot at.
Danny Williams: I. I. I'd rather die from a bullet than die from the stress of running this place.
Steve McGarrett: Really? Seriously?
Danny Williams: Yeah.
Steve McGarrett: What about the... I mean, we got
Danny Williams: Kamekona calls me, like, twice a day. He wants to buy us out of our share, so (claps) Don't move, don't move. (Steve makes a face and fist pumps.) Okay. To
Steve McGarrett: Okay
Danny Williams: to us
Steve McGarrett: Yes.
Danny Williams: and our very short and-and beautiful
Steve McGarrett: Yes.
Danny Williams: but successful
Steve McGarrett: Passionate.
Danny Williams: Passionate, successful
Steve McGarrett: Yes.
Danny Williams: run as restaurateurs.
Steve McGarrett: And, if I may, to knowing when to quit.
Danny Williams: Cheers.
Steve McGarrett: Cheers.


  • This marks the 200th episode in this series.
  • Because the pre-credits sequence is set in 1941, the theme song for the opening titles was re-arranged and performed the 'big band' style.
  • The "Five-0" cast appears as characters from the 1940s.
  • This episode concludes the overall narrative story arc beginning in Season 8 involving Steve and Danny opening a restaurant, with them opting to sell the restaurant to Kamekona.
  • The Fleetmaster sedan that McGarrett and Cooper are chasing is the name of a post-World War II model by Chevrolet. In 1941 Chevrolet models were Master and Special Deluxe. In a reversal of normal, McGarrett is driving a Ford, while in the present he drives a Chevrolet with the suspects usually in non-GM vehicles.



Name Portrayed by Role
Steve McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin A former Navy SEAL and the leader of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force.
Danny Williams Scott Caan 2nd-in-command of the H50 Task Force and Steve's partner.
Lou Grover Chi McBride Former leader of the HPD SWAT, and newest member of H50.
Adam Noshimuri Ian Anthony Dale An associate of the H50 team, and Kono's Ex-husband.
Jerry Ortega Jorge Garcia A conspiracy expert and an associate of the H50 team.
Tani Rey Meaghan Rath Former HPD cadet, who was recruited by H50
Junior Reigns Beulah Koale Former Navy SEAL and turned into Five-0 Task Force
Kamekona Taylor Wily An associate of the H50 team, and owner of The Shrimp Truck.
Sgt. Duke Lukela Dennis Chun Sergeant with the Honolulu Police Department.
Dr. Noelani Cunha Kimee Balmilero Medical Examiner for the Hawaii Five-0 team.


Name Portrayed by Role
Milton Cooper Richard Herd A man who appears in this episode.
William Pettifer Chris Mulkey A man who appears in this episode.
Clarence Whitmour Mariano Farrar A man who appears in this episode.
Guard Ma'a Tanuvasa A man who appears in this episode.
Old Milton Richard Herd A man who appears in this episode.

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