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 June 22, 2024

'Hawaii Five-0' Star Taylor Wily Dies at 56

Taylor Wily, a beloved actor and former athlete, has died unexpectedly at the age of 56.

Wily's passing was confirmed on a local lifestyle show, leaving the entertainment and sports communities in mourning, as the New York Post reports.

An icon on both the screen and in the sports arena, Taylor Wily, also known by his sumo wrestler name Teila Tuli, was renowned for his multifaceted career and warm personality.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1968, Wily first rose to prominence as a sumo wrestler under the name “Takamishu.” His notable strength and presence in the ring eventually transitioned into a successful career in acting.

Wily's diverse talents led him to varied roles, including his memorable portrayal of Kamekona in Hawaii Five-0, a role he held from 2010 until the show's conclusion in 2020. Over these years, he appeared in 171 episodes of the celebrated series and also featured in seven episodes of Magnum P.I.

His influence extended beyond these series; Wily made his mark in the entertainment industry with appearances in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and other television shows including Radical, MacGyver, North Shore, and Marker. His unique profile, stemming from his sumo and acting careers, made him a beloved figure among colleagues and fans alike.

Expanding Influence Through Entertainment

According to Lina Girl Langi, a musician and close friend of Wily, who emotionally announced his passing on her show “Island Life Live,” the news has deeply affected those close to him. “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of a Hawaii celebrity who was also a family friend,” Langi disclosed.

Langi fondly remembered Wily's persona off-screen, describing him as someone who appeared physically intimidating but was a gentle giant. “He would look physically menacing until you just folded right into a hug, and that was it. My heart is breaking,” said Langi in her tribute.

Peter Lenkov, executive producer for Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., also expressed his grief through social media. In an Instagram post, Lenkov shared his sorrow and disbelief, reflecting on his relationship with Wily.

“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. You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother,” Lenkov lamented.

Community Reacts to a Heartfelt Farewell

The announcement of Wily’s death was made public on June 23, 2024, a sad day for his fans worldwide. His passing has not only left a void in the entertainment sector but also among those who knew him personally.

Remembrances have poured in from family members as well. His sister Alyssa orchestrated a touching tribute alongside his nieces and nephews who sang Bob Marley's “Three Little Birds (Don't Worry About A Thing)” in his honor.

“Mourning and celebrating our favorite brother and uncle the way he would want us to,” Alyssa penned on Facebook.

Survived by his wife, Halona, and their two children, Wily's family is coping with this immense loss by clinging to the joyful memories shared. “Family, Food, Music and Good Vibes. Aurrrrrrighhhhh (in his voice),” Alyssa recalled about her brother, echoing his philosophy of life.

Why This Story Matters

The passing of Taylor Wily is not just the loss of a talented actor and sports figure; it is a poignant reminder of the impacts that public figures have on local communities and global audiences alike.

Wily used his platform to bridge the gaps between cultures, showcasing the rich tapestry of Hawaiian life and the spirit of Aloha to the world. His story underscores the human aspects behind celebrity lives, highlighting their roles as community icons and the void they leave behind.

Lessons to learn from this tragedy

Breaking down our grief, here are three takeaways:

  1. Cherish every moment: Wily's sudden passing teaches us to appreciate every day with loved ones, as life’s curtain can draw unexpectedly.
  2. Support in mourning: The communal gathering of friends and family celebrating his life reminds us of the power of community in the face of loss.
  3. Embrace life philosophies: Wily’s mantra for 'Family, Food, Music and Good Vibes' posits a vibrant approach to living life fully, a message worth embracing.

In conclusion, Taylor Wily, a cherished figure in both the entertainment and sports communities, leaves behind a legacy filled with joy, cultural sharing, and memorable performances. His portrayal of Kamekona will remain in the hearts of his fans and colleagues as a testament to his formidable talent and loving nature.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

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