Kokua is a Hawaiian who likes to "catch the first shocks". He enjoys
being a Five-0 detective especially when there is unusual danger as in
impersonating a hit man as Don Makala.. He enjoys brainstorming with the team of
was raised on the fishing docks as his Dad was a fisherman He was able to
incorporate friends from the poor neighborhood such as Angie and Runy in his
quest to catch "the bad guys". Some of his friends were friends he
grew up with even though he had become a successful Five-0 detective he never
treated his old friends as if he
were better than they were. Even when questioning them he would say things as
"remember it is me, Ben Kokua".
usually wears his coat unbuttoned or does not wear a coat; even thought it is
always close by so he can put it on in a hurry when Steve sends him out on a
information finding mission.
close friends with Danny Williams. He tried to protect him when Danny is
unjustly accused of killing an unarmed teen. He almost hits a reporter after a
funeral when the reporter says
Williams was drinking and a hot head. Ben had earlier gotten Danny out of a bar
when a drunk was wanting to get in a fight because Danny would not move from in
front of the TV. Ben tries to protect Danny as a friend . He drives him to
the stables and tries to help him remember what happened during the time Danny
was riding horses and loses his memory.. When Steve tells Danny he is off the
case until he is better it is Ben that says in a kind voice "Steve is right.
Remember how you reacted when you heard the car backfire when we were in the
times when he is telling about someone's lover, he shoots a side glance at Danny
as if they share a secret (maybe they doubled dated!)
Ben enjoys a beer with friends after work as well as a hamburger. He enjoys telling friends "good night and good health brother".
enjoys working out at the gym to keep his body in terrific shape for things like
jumping over fences. He kept his body in the same shape as when he was the High
School football star. He went to Korea and returning home played on an adult
football team but the time schedule of Five-0 didn't leave him time for an
organized team. But he does squeeze in tennis and golf and some baseball games
when he can .
Harrington was born Tauasu Ta
in Pago Pago American Samoa. His grandfather Saimasina Swapaid
helped bring the gospel to that land in the early 1800's. In his sophomore
year at Punaho he changed his name to Alvin Harrington,
taking the name of his stepfather, Roy Harrington.
Until the age of 3 he was raised by his grandparents in the village of
Mapusaza. At the age of 3 his mother who was a nurse sent for him to
come to Honolulu. In 1953 Al was the first high school
All American to come out of Hawaii.
he was chosen to play Ben Kokua on Hawaii
Five-0, he was a history teacher at a local high school. He took two weeks of
Waikiki needed a South Pacific Man
he headlined a showroom . He put on a
head band and leaped on stage. Soon he had sold out shows and souvenirs
such as T-shirts that say "I love Al Harrington" and Al Harrington
dolls were on sale before each show. He always took time to sign autographs when
the show was over.
show was quoted as "jokes may be corny but they are clean". He said he
wanted to do a show that he could take his children to.
Thanks to Special Five-0 Investigator Rebecca Garth for getting the book on Ben!
(Note: Read an article in the Star Bulletin about Al and "White Fang" from 1996)