“Hawaii Five-0” actor Al Harrington dies at age 85 after stroke


Al Harrington, the best-known Hawaiian actor for playing Detective Bencoqua in the original “Hawaii Five-0,” died on Tuesday.

He was 85 years old.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Harrington suffered a stroke last week and was hospitalized.

Harrington, a high school and college football player, joined the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” in 1972, replacing Zulu, who played Cono Kalakaua, as the only Polynesian member of the team.

He played a recurring role in the remake of “Hawaii Five-0,” playing Mamoka Hike, the owner of a local surf shop, as well as minor roles such as “Scrub,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Jeffersons.” I did.

Eventually, Harrington returned to Hawaii, where he became a teacher and began his second career at a dance review show. Meanwhile, he became known as the “Man of the South Pacific.”

In 2018, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Recording Arts Academy.

He survives with his wife Rosa, sons Arema and Tau, daughters Summer and Kashi, and a few grandchildren.