Gilbert Lani Kauhi Actor

Gilbert Francis Lani Damian Kauhi (October 17, 1937 – May 3, 2004), also known by the stage names Zulu and Zoulou, was an American actor and comedian. He is remembered largely for his portrayal of "Kono Kalakaua" on the long-running television program Hawaii Five-O. Kauhi was born in Hilo on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. He began his career in Honolulu as a stand-up comedian, mimic, and singer, described by one journalist as "part Godfrey Cambridge, part Zero Mostel. His nightly live show was a popular attraction at C'est Si Bon Supper Club in the Waikiki section of Honolulu before, during, and well after his brief television career. In 1968 he landed the role of the burly state police detective Kono on Hawaii Five-O. He left after four seasons, frustrated by the image his character projected as a "dumb Hawaiian." "Jack Lord, the show's star, wouldn't let him do anything," said a co-worker. My friends think I'm a trained-animal act," he said, in a 1971 interview. " 'Yes, boss; no, boss.' Well, some day this animal will be laughing all the way to the bank." He later hosted a Honolulu show called "Big Z Movie Time". Kauhi was also an accomplished surfer;

Personal details

Date of birth
October 17th, 1937
United States of America
Date of death
May 3rd, 2004 at age of 66
Place of death
Cause of death
Diabetes mellitus

Starring TV roles

1. Code Name: Diamond Head

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
May 3rd, 1977

Guest TV appearances

Magnum, P.I.

Program genre

Police procedural
Crime Fiction
Adventure Film

External resources

Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the American CBS television network.nAccording to the Nielsen ratings, Magnum, P.I. consistently ranked in the top twenty U.S. television programs during the first five years that the series was originally broadcast in the United States. Originally appearing in a prime time American network timeslot of 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays, Magnum, P.I. was one of the highest-rated shows on U.S. television.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E13 January 7th, 1982
Alan J. Levi

The Brian Keith Show

Program genre


External resources

The Brian Keith Show is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 1972 to March 1974. The series stars Brian Keith and Shelley Fabares.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E08 November 9th, 1973


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