Celebrate a Legacy Honoree Don Ho
Donald Tai Loy Ho – Don Ho to the world – began his music career modestly … singing at Honey’s Café in Kāne‘ohe to help his family’s business. As the word got out about the show, Honey’s became a gathering spot for great local entertainment. As his reputation grew, Honey’s opened in Waikīkī, taking advantage of the growing number of visitors looking for Hawaiian entertainment … and Honey’s continued to grow. In fact, his audience grew to the point that he moved to Duke’s at the International Marketplace in Waikīkī. In his long concert career, he also performed at the Hilton Dome at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where he set a record as the longest running show in Waikīkī.
Don’s musical career includes many memorable hits, but I’ll Remember You, and Tiny Bubbles became his signature numbers. His singing career spanned four decades as he entertained multiple generations of island visitors. As laid back as his image, he often went onstage without rehearsal and performed like the pro he was. In addition to his Hawai‘i shows, Don enjoyed successful runs at famous mainland venues such as the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, where he played to sold out audiences.
Breaking out of Hawai‘i, Don appeared on national variety and talk shows. As a Hawai‘i icon, his name became synonymous with Waikīkī and the laid back style that he made popular. He was an entertainer all the way through to the end of his life. And his personality and style have become part of Hawai‘i’s legend.