by Kate Feldman
from New York Daily News
Hawaiian actor Al Harrington, best known for playing Detective Ben Kokua in the original “Hawaii Five-0,” died Tuesday.
He was 85 years old.
According to the Honolulu Star-advertiser, Harrington suffered a stroke last week and was hospitalized.
A high school and college football player, Harrington joined the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” in 1972, replacing Zulu, who played Kono Kalakaua as the team’s only Polynesian member.
He had a recurring role in the “Hawaii Five-0” remake, alongside local surf shop owner Mamo Kahike, playing other minor roles including “Scrubs,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Jeffersons.”
Eventually, Harrington returned to Hawaii, where he became a teacher and began a second career with his dance revue show, during which he became known as “The South Pacific Man”.
In 2018, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.
He is survived by wife, Rosa, sons Alema and Tau, daughters Samar and Cassie and several grandchildren.
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