Taylor Wily, Beloved Actor from “Hawaii Five-0” Reboot, Passes Away at 56

Taylor Wily, known for his memorable role as Kamekona Tupuola in the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” has passed away at the age of 56. His entertainment lawyer confirmed his death but did not disclose the cause. Wily, a native of Hawaii, endeared himself to audiences with his portrayal of the lovable informant and reprised his role in the series “Magnum P.I.”

The news of Wily’s passing has elicited an outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes, particularly from those who worked closely with him. Peter Lenkov, the executive producer of “Hawaii Five-0,” expressed his deep sorrow on Instagram. “I am devastated. Heartbroken. I’ll post some detailed feelings in a few days. Just too hard right now,” Lenkov wrote, sharing a photo of himself with Wily. He recounted their first meeting at an audition where Wily, charming and full of personality, instantly won him over. “You came in with a towel on your head mopping up sweat, and I was smitten. You charmed me into making you a regular… on the show… and in my life,” Lenkov shared, adding, “You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother.”

Reflecting on their recent conversation, Lenkov noted how they laughed about how perfectly Wily fit the role of Kamekona, calling “Hawaii Five-0” their dream job and expressing gratitude for the magic they created together.

Before his acting career, Taylor Wily was a sumo wrestler, competing under the ring name Takamishu. His sumo career was cut short due to knee injuries, leading him to transition to mixed martial arts, where he competed in the early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. Eventually, Wily found his true calling in film and television, gaining widespread recognition for his role on “Hawaii Five-0,” a part he played from 2010 to 2020, and later appearing in seven episodes of “Magnum P.I.”

In an interview, Wily had described his role on “Hawaii Five-0” as the best job in the world, saying, “It’s the best job in the world — you get to play Hollywood but be right here in Hawaii.” His passing marks the end of a multifaceted career and a life that touched many both on and off the screen.

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