Al Harrington, known for his roles in the original ‘Hawaii Five-0′ and its reboot, dies at 85
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - “Hawaii Five-0” actor Al Harrington has died, his family confirmed Tuesday.
He was 85 years old.
Harrington was raised in Pago Pago, Samoa and moved to Honolulu as a child.
He played football on the state championship team from Punahou School and had an offer from the Baltimore Colts but decided to go on a two-year Mormon mission back to his native Samoa.
Harrington would later return to Punahou as a teacher and coach.
He was not only an entertainer, but became a Waikiki headliner at places like the Polynesian Palace and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. He earned the title “The South Pacific Man.”
Harrington also was a recording artist and in 2018 was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.
He played Detective Ben Kokua in the original “Hawaii Five-0” series and then had a recurring role in the CBS reboot series.
Harrington’s family said he was hospitalized recently.
This story will be updated.
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