Hawaii Film Blog

Monday, April 16, 2007

Don Ho: 1930-2007

Don Ho, one of Hawaii's most famous and beloved entertainers, died of heart failure on Saturday in his Waikiki home. An Oahu native, "Mr. Waikiki" was so known because he was the biggest draw in the popular tourist enclave for decades.

Ho made a number of guest appearances on hit television shows such as "The Brady Bunch," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Charlie's Angels," "Fantasy Island," and "Sanford and Son." He also had his own morning variety show, the "Don Ho Show," that ran on ABC from 1976 to 1977. But he is, of course, best known for his singing career, and for recording the widely known "Pearly Shells" and "Tiny Bubbles."

Ho is survived by his wife, 10 children. 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

There will be a public tribute for Ho, tentatively scheduled for May 5th in Waikiki, where fans can pay their respects to one of Hawaii's icons.

Don Ho dies [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/15/07]
Admirers reminisce about 'Mr. Waikiki' [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/16/07]
Public invited for final aloha to Don Ho [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/16/07]
Don Ho - 1930-2007 - We'll Remember You [Hnl Star-Bulletin, 4/15/07]
>> Don Ho, Hawaii's best ambassador, dies at 76 [Hnl Star-Bulletin, 4/15/07]

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