100 years

Hawai'i Community Foundation

Full Color
Al Harrington Portrait Al and Rosa Harrington

Photos courtesy of Rita Coury Photography Inc.

The Al and Rosa Harrington Legacy Fund was established to honor the legacy of Al Harrington as a respected community leader and beloved ambassador of aloha within the film and television industry. The legacy fund celebrates emerging artists from throughout Polynesia as they perpetuate diversified cultural representation in entertainment.

Al’s intellect and athletic ability led him to excel in sports and academics at Punahou and Stanford University. His hard work and talents opened more doors. Fondly referred to as “The South Pacific Man”, Al was one of the first actors to represent the Polynesian culture as a main character in the original CBS series “Hawai‘i Five-O.” He later created the wildly popular “The Al Harrington Show,” a cocktail and dinner show that he presented in Waikīkī for 23 years. The show helped launch the careers of many talented Pacific Islanders. Al’s life illustrates the motto that he and his wife Rosa lived by: “All you need is one shot, and you take it, no matter what.”

Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, in 1935, the endearing actor called Hawai‘i home for more than 80 years. Throughout his life, and in all its facets, he promoted Polynesian culture and represented the true aloha spirit, whether he was entertaining, in political arenas, or as an educator.

Al’s lifetime achievements continue to inspire others; his successes paved a way for others to succeed in their own dreams. Recognizing his heart, warmth, and accomplishments, the Hawai‘i Department of Tourism gave Al Harrington the official title “Mr. Aloha.” At that time he noted that, “Hawai‘i is an integral part of who I am.”

Al believed in the importance of diligent training, preparation, and readiness, and above all stewarding cultural values with every opportunity. The Al and Rosa Harrington Legacy Fund is dedicated to providing support and progressive opportunities for generations to come with an unwavering commitment to aloha.

Minimum online gift is $25.

For questions or additional information, please contact Donor Services at (808) 566-5560 or donorservices@hcf-hawaii.org.