Your keyboard is failing.
The reason you are seeing keys in a row fail in that manner is because the keyboard circuit pattern is laid out in a grid. Below is a photo of an external keyboard trace (same concept in the Mac keyboards). Somewhere along the middle trace, something is failing.
hjkl are all on the same "horizontal" circuit trace, but different vertical ones. Somewhere on this circuit, something has failed. It could be an external contaminate or the contacts could just be worn (it is a mechanical device, after all).
Update: I wrote a canonical Q/A on this topic that shows much better breakdown of the keyboard assembly and goes in depth as to what the issues could be.
There are a couple of things you could try:
Attempt to clean out any contaminate with compressed air (lightly) or with 99% isopropyl alcohol (don't use the regular "medicine cabinet" rubbing alcohol as it contains additives). Use a small amount on the affected key, allow to sit, then follow up with compressed air to completely dry it out.
Replace the keyboard. It's not an expensive part to replace, but it is time consuming. I have used this exact replacement keyboard on several MacBook Pros with great success. ifixit.com has a tutorial on how to do this
My preference is to replace the keyboard as problems of this nature seldom get better; they usually get worse. Just a note of caution, the keyboard is part of the top case assembly which means to replace it, you will have to disassemble everything to get access to it. If you are not comfortable doing this, have a professional tackle this job for.