‘Five-0’ star opens real-life shrimp truck

Mar. 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Les Kekahuna with Big T’s popular creamy scampi plate. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

Les Kekahuna with Big T’s popular creamy scampi plate. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

When it comes to personal branding by the stars of CBS television series “Hawaii Five-0,” Taylor Wily is the big winner. He parlayed his role as shrimp truck owner Kamekona into a real-life business.

Taylor Wily is Kamekona on the CBS series "Hawaii Five-0." (Courtesy photo)

Taylor Wily. (Courtesy CBS)

Shrimp lovers will find Big T’s shrimp truck at home at the Hilo Hattie flagship store, 700 N. Nimitz Highway, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, offering a range of plates from $8 minis and $12 full plates to $13 for the popular creamy scampi. Options include butter garlic, sweet and spicy, hot and spicy, or firecracker sauces.

What’s more, fans of the big guy might spot him there when he’s not on set.

The truck is manned by his cousin, Les Kekahuna, who grew up in Kahuku with roots in the shrimp business. An uncle was a honcho at the Kahuku shrimp farms, and the family would cook up shrimp and sell it outside their home.

“Before Giovanni’s made it commercial, the locals were already doing it,” said Kekahuna, who also sells $10 Big T T-shirts from the truck.

If you can’t make it there, find the truck at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s Kodomo No Hi Keiki Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

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