With his charismatic 'aint no big thing attitude' and lively kanikapila brand of entertainment Don Ho captivated audiences from the shores of Waikiki and beyond, earning international acclaim as Hawai'i's greatest entertainer.
A scholar athlete at Kamehameha Schools, Don Ho would go on to graduate from the University of Hawaii and later served as US Air Force pilot. But it was Do Ho's penchant for people and love of Hawaii that would launch a glittering 50 year career in the entertainment industry. The Do Ho Show was a wildly popular Waikiki feature, its success marked by a regularly packed crowd, 3 shows a night, 7 nights a week. It was a destination in itself for thousands upon thousands of visitors arriving in the islands.
Do Ho was a true Hawaii ambassador and made Hawaii accessible for everyone through guest appearances on television, his own on-air variety show, records, and engagements at large mainland venues. Known for his generous support of up-and-coming Hawaiian musical talent, he provided myriad platforms in which to showcase aspiring local performers.
Loved by a wide constellation of family, friends and fans Don Ho remained a consummate performer and continued his trademark show up until 2 days before his death in 2007. In the decade since his passing, Do Ho's legacy continues to shine bright. He is celebrated as Hawaii's greatest star, an island son who reached millions through his music and extraordinary generosity of spirit.
Don Ho statue at The International Marketplace in Waikiki.
The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu ʻUluʻulu Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaii. featuring Don Ho’s films, videos and personal memorabilia.