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Music Hawaiian Style

Updated on May 3, 2016

Whenever anyone would hear the song “Tiny Bubbles” they would associate it with a great Hawaiian entertainer and singer Don Ho. When anyone took a trip to the “Aloha State” the visit was never complete without seeing Don Ho in concert.

Don Ho got his start in entertaining by forming a small band to entertain customers in his parents cocktail lounge, Honey’s. In time he became popular and started entertaining in some of the bigger hotels in the Honolulu area. Finally Reprise Records heard of his success and signed him up. As a result his live albums became very popular; in 1965 he got his own show, “The Don Ho Show” and later on “Don Ho – Again”. The song “Tiny Bubbles” became his signature song.

Among his most popular songs are “Pearly Shells”, “I’ll Remember You”. “With All My Love” and the well-known “Hawaiian Wedding Song” among many others.

In 1976 he had his own ABC daytime comedy-variety show “The Don Ho Show” which was filmed in Waikiki Beach. He also enjoyed making cameo appearances as himself on such popular shows as "I Dream of Jeannie", "Batman", "The Brady Bunch", "Charlie's Angels", "Fantasy Island" and "McCloud".

Unfortunately after the 60s and 70s his popularity was now a thing of the past. However he always had an audience in Hawaii and performed for lots of years at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. In 1998 he opened his own restaurant Don Ho’s Island Grill.

Don Ho developed heart problems cardiomyopathy in 2005 but still continued to perform. In his personal life he had ten children, who performed at times with their father. One daughter named Hoku (the seventh child, her name meaning star in Hawaiian) often performed with her father and became a singer, launching her own musical career. She is best known for her 2000 hit “Another Dumb Blonde”.

Sadly Don Ho passed away on April 14, 2007 of heart failure at the age of 76.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      He sure does Shauna. That song Tiny Bubbles is most associated with him but he did have other nice songs as well. Not too many people relate to this kind of music.

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      Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

      The only song of Don Ho's I'm familiar with is "Tiny Bubbles". He sounds very much like a crooner, doesn't he?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Yes, Genna. His music used to make me smile and dream of the tropics.

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I wasn't familiar with this talented gentleman. What a beautiful, soulful voice! May he RIP.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 24 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      That's very true Bill. I do remember that I did enjoy listening to his songs at times. It was so refreshingly different.

      Yes, Ruby ten children is impressive. Nice to see at least one daughter has a musical career.

      You welcome Paula. Lucky you to have seen him in real life and to have such wonderful memories. BTW I was born in 1957.

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      Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      GRL.....I could just HUG you!! Thank you so much for bringing out my treasured memories of my time on Oahu, Hawaii for 4 days & nights with the Love of my Life!! (1969!!!) EEK! you may not have even been born?? LOL

      One of the evenings, we had dinner at "Duke Kohonomoka's" Club where Don Ho appeared nightly as the Star Guest! I have snapshots of him performing and even one with me on his lap. It feels like yesterday. I just love this! Thank you!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't remember seeing him on T.V. but I've always loved his song, ' Tiny Bubbles ' Ten children-WOW...

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I find it amazing that he was popular at a time when rock n roll ruled music.....that speaks to his personality and showmanship.