Honolulu & All Hawaii Bids Aloha to Don Ho

Don Ho Dies on April 14, 2007

Don was 76 and died today of heart failure. I am stunned by this news. They called him a “Living Legend” but now he’s gone. Don was a Hawaiian icon — one that most of us grew up with. Talk about a way to burst a person’s Tiny Bubbles!

I grew up with that song from the time I was only three or four years old. Our babysitter would play it and we would sing along. I never knew what the lyrics meant. I always wondered how bubbles could “make you warm all over” if you were all wet.

As I got older, I finally figured out that the bubbles were the ones in the wine, not the bubble bath. You know, like the ones in soda? I still couldn’t figure out how you would keep warm that way. Um, I guess I should mention that I get it now.

Don Ho, Englebert, and Rod Young

Don Ho, left, is pictured here with Engelbert Humperdinck, center, and Hawaii’s local entertainer, Rod Young in a photo taken one January evening in the early ’80’s at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Yes, that is Engelbert, I was there when this photo was taken.

I was happy to find out from KHON Channel 2 News that Don was here in Honolulu and at home when it happened. He was rushed to Queen’s Hospital where he died at 10:30 am. I’m glad he was here at home; I don’t think he would have wanted to be anywhere else.

Aloha, Don, thank you for all the memories you left for locals and for so many visitors over the years! CNN has posted details and a nice write-up and photo compliments of The Associated Press.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kuanyin // Apr 16, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    The great Don Ho was a favorite of my partner…B. watched him perform when he was just a kid preparing to be shipped to Viet Nam, and he remained a life long fan.

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 16, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Hey Girl! How’s Maui dealing with this? Oahu can’t stop talking about it. Everyone is comparing notes about how they knew Don, when they knew him, what he and/or his music meant to them, etc. It’s rough for sure. So many years and so many lives touched. Thanks for your comment!

  • 3 Walt // Apr 17, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    That was a nice tribute.

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 17, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you, Walt. I thought the write-up on CNN’s site gave a tremendous amount of information. It surprised me that they were able to publish it so quickly. Thank you for visiting again and for your comment!

  • 5 Titania // Apr 18, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    I remember watching him at my Grandmother’s when I was little. Back in the 70’s. Now I am telling my age. He brought a lot of smiles and sunshine to many people.

  • 6 Evelyn // Apr 18, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Titania, don’t worry about your age. It sounds like we’re pretty close that way. 🙂 Everyone seems to have some sense of recognition for one reason or another. Thanks for sharing!

  • 7 Rise and Shine! | Homespun Honolulu // Apr 23, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    […] Don Ho’s funeral services are planned for May 5th. His ashes will be paddled out by canoe and scattered just offshore of Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. […]

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