Al Harrington, finest recognized to traditional TV followers as Detective Ben Kokua within the authentic “Hawaii 5-0” collection, died Tuesday. He was 85.
His dying was confirmed by relations, who mentioned he had been hospitalized lately after struggling a stroke, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Harrington additionally appeared within the CBS reboot of “Hawaii 5-0,” enjoying the recurring function of surf store proprietor and bus driver Mamo Kahike from 2011 to 2018.
Born Tausau Ta’a on Dec. 12, 1935, in American Samoa, Harrington was raised by his grandmother till he was 3, when his mom, Lela Suapaia, had him be a part of her in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Suapaia later married mainland-born Roy Harrington, who had come to Hawaii whereas serving within the US Military. Al bonded together with his stepfather and formally modified his surname to Harrington.
Harrington joined the solid of “Hawaii 5-0” in 1972, changing authentic solid member Gilbert “Zulu” Kauhi (Kono) because the Polynesian member of the “5-0” staff. Harrington’s three years on the present earned him a global cult following.
When Harrington left the present in 1975, he launched a second-act career as a Waikiki showroom headliner and recording artist recognized affectionately as “The South Pacific Man.” He retired from the stage in 1992, and spent the following 13 years residing on the mainland doing movie work in Utah and California.
Amongst his many other projects have been the Tom Hanks traditional “Forrest Gump,” a string of episodic TV visitor spots in tasks starting from “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Jeffersons,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Scrubs.”
He returned to reside in Hawaii in 2008 and was awarded the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Harrington is survived by his spouse, Rosa, sons Alema and Tau, daughters Summer time and Cassi Harrington Palmer, and several other grandchildren.