1 9 7 7 (USA)
12 x 60 minute episodes
The Hawaii in this series not only had bright flowers, sandy beaches, swaying palms, towering volcanoes and garish shirts, it also had family clashes, dusty pickup trucks, milling cattle herds, drunken brawls, torrid love affairs and sinister strangers.
The sprawling Paradise Ranch was the private domain of autocratic Barrett Fears (John Dehner). He had built it into an empire that had made him one of the richest and most powerful men in all the Hawaiian islands.
Recently returned to help him run the ranch was his only son, 29-year-old Mitch (Cliff Potts), a free spirit whose radical anti-establishment attitudes were a source of constant conflict with his traditional father.
Mitch’s best friend – and the mediator between the two strong-willed Fears men – was Oscar Kalahani (Bill Lucking), the foreman of the Paradise Ranch. Oscar’s mother, Big Lulu (Elizabeth Smith) was the family housekeeper, while other sons Garfield (Moe Keale) and Kimo (Remi Abellira) were always around too.
Keke (Lucia Stralser) was Mitch’s spoilt, tomboyish 18-year-old cousin who also lived on the ranch.
Karen ‘Keke’ Fears