As the developer of the ʻIlikai Hotel in 1961, he created Hawaiʻi’s first luxury high rise resort. The project was innovative for its time, combining a hotel resort with condominiums for sale. As a landmark in Hawaiʻi, the hotel was prominent in television and movies, including the famous opening sequence for Hawaii 5-0. Outside of Waikīkī, he developed the Mākaha Resort, the first resort destination on the leeward coast of Oʻahu.
His involvement in the business community and politics made him an influential force within the state. His investments covered a broad range of businesses in Hawaiʻi, and he worked with partnerships to support many of Hawaiʻi’s business leaders, including Dr. Hung Wo Ching of Aloha Airlines.
Chinn Ho’s leadership extended to professional organizations – including the Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau board – where he contributed his expertise and insights into the development of Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry.
As an Asian-American success story, Chinn Ho showed that hard work, financial acumen, and inspiration can overcome barriers to success.