Farewell to Hawaii Five-0 Star Taylor Wily: Actor Passes Away at 56, Tributes Pour In

HONOLULU, HI – Actor Taylor Wily, known for his role in the reboot of crime drama Hawaii Five-0, has passed away at the age of 56. His entertainment attorney confirmed the sad news. The cause of his death has not been disclosed, but tributes have been pouring in for the actor who portrayed Kamekona Tupuola on the show.

Wily, who hailed from Hawaii, captured the hearts of many viewers with his portrayal of Kamekona. His performance was so beloved that he reprised the role in Magnum P.I. as well. Fans and colleagues alike have expressed their grief over his unexpected passing.

One of the executive producers of both shows, Peter Lenkov, shared his devastation on social media. He reminisced about the first time he met Wily during auditions and how he knew instantly that Wily was perfect for the role. Lenkov described Wily as family and expressed how much he will miss him.

Originally a sumo wrestler, Wily transitioned to acting after sustaining knee injuries in the late 1980s. He made a name for himself in the industry, with notable credits including appearances in Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. Wily’s performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall alongside Jason Segel and Mila Kunis also left a lasting impression.

Despite his various roles, Wily always held a special place in his heart for his work on Hawaii Five-0. He often spoke about how fortunate he felt to work on a show set in Hawaii, his home. His passion for acting and his dedication to his craft shone through in every performance.

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actor, as Wily’s legacy lives on through his memorable roles and the impact he had on those who knew him. Hawaii Five-0 fans will always remember him fondly as Kamekona, a character who brought joy and laughter to the screen. The world has lost a bright star, but Wily’s spirit will continue to shine through his work for years to come.