Sunday, April 15, 2007

One of America's greatest treasures is gone. Don Ho passed away Saturday morning in Hawaii. Ho is best known for his song Tiny Bubbles. His other well-known songs include I'll Remember You, With All My Love, and the Hawaiian Wedding Song.

Two things I remember most about Don Ho are his guest appearance on The Brady Bunch when the show visited Hawaii and his own show, The Don Ho Show, in 1976 and 1977.

Some other interesting facts about Don Ho:

Ho was a star high school football player who went to Springfield College in Massachusetts on an athletic scholarship. He grew homesick, returned to the islands and ended up graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in sociology.

Ho joined the Air Force during the Korean War. He piloted transport planes between Honolulu and Tokyo.

Ho took over his parents' struggling bar, Honey's, and turned it into a happening place for him and his band. Appearances at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood gave him a mainland following. Soon he was packing places such as the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Ho is survived by his wife, Haumea, and 10 children, including Hoku, who sometimes performed with her father.