Jul 04

Nephi Hannemann

Personal Life:

Nephi Hannemann is an accomplished singer in the 1960s and ’70s as a Waikiki headliner and an actor who appeared in popular television shows Hawaii Five-O and One West Wakiki.

He is also brother to Mufi Hannemann, who was the former Mayor of Honolulu.




Hannemann attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii where he played football.


Professional Career:

In his acting career, Hannemann played several characters in various episodes of Hawaii Five-O from 1969 to 1979.

Hannemann recorded and released his solo LP “The Polynesian Man” in 1972, where his voice was compared to Don Ho and Tom Jones in popularity and versatility as a singing star. He had also been working on a second album with Lani Kai, but unfortunately, Kai died before its completion.

Hannemann was one of a group of singers in Don Ho’s “Hana Ho Review” at the former Forbidden City nightclub on Kapiolani Boulevard.

In 1974, played the character of “Lt. Kelani” in the American television police drama McCloud, and also in that same year he played a witch doctor character “Malakoma” in the Disney television movie – The Castaway Cowboy.

Hannemann has been involved in a number of business ventures, such as the Maui Quarterly that he and two partners established in 1983, which was a business and travel magazine, and as an advertising director where he was the main writer for seven years.

Hannemann also wrote scripts, screenplays and songs throughout the years. As of 2002, Hannemann was the spokesman for health care products made in Hawaii and Polynesia, under the name of “The Polynesian Man.”


Source – TV Gems, Wikipedia, Star Bulletin

1 comment

  1. Bill Hilton

    Nephi was one of, if not the best, friend mine during my 34 years in Hawaii. I believe he is now in the Los Angeles with his only child…Noelle.

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