Music Hawaiian Style
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.
- Don Ho - Biography - IMDb
The icon of breezy island entertainment, Don Ho became synonymous with Hawaii and all it represented...colorful leis and shirts, festive luaus, ...