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Don Ho has passed on.
Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 1413
From: So Cal
Posted: 2007-04-15 12:01 pm   Permalink

We saw him 3 years ago and he was fantastic. I was saddened to hear the news yesterday. I had hoped I would get to see him in august when we were heading back to Hawaii.... We will toast him for sure, he is one of the reasons I love tiki and hawaiian music.....sad


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Brad 'The Beachcomber' Owens
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Joined: May 17, 2003
Posts: 97
From: Augusta, Georgia
Posted: 2007-04-15 12:44 pm   Permalink

The entertainment at the luau on the 'otherside' just got bumped up a few stars.

Rest in Peace,

Brad 'Beachcomber' Owens

P.S. Ben, that was awesome JB and Mr. Ho? Awesome.


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Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
Posts: 1850
From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-04-15 12:48 pm   Permalink

Don Ho's souvenir program says it all...Aloha-The Fabulous Don Ho!

Here's to you Don! Aloha!


[ This Message was edited by: Psycho Tiki D 2007-04-15 12:51 ]

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Pepe le Tiki
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 325
From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2007-04-15 1:24 pm   Permalink

'The Big Luau in the Sky' has one more great performer. What a show it must be!!
R.I.P. Don Ho!

[ This Message was edited by: Pepe le Tiki 2007-04-15 17:58 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 335
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2007-04-15 3:22 pm   Permalink

Back in 2000, the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown ("Great Hotels" and some other travel series) had an episode of her island series "Girl Meets Hawaii" called "Hawaiiana" (about Hawaii collectibles and merchandise)...and near the end of the show she did a short bit on Don. I know some people don't like Samantha Brown and think she's too silly or something...but I uploaded the segment to YouTube, as I think what little there is of actual Don in it, is rather good at conveying his general great spirit. So especially for those that might never have seen footage of Don or footage of him in his later years...here it is:


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Joined: May 29, 2002
Posts: 113
From: Minneapolis, MN
Posted: 2007-04-15 5:46 pm   Permalink

It's been forever since I commented here, but I saw the sad news and felt I had to come back at least once. We'll always have his music and example to follow, but that is scant comfort today.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7928
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-04-15 7:00 pm   Permalink







Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Zombie Village SF, TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Ti

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Joined: Mar 20, 2006
Posts: 997
Posted: 2007-04-15 7:01 pm   Permalink

I, too, had just purchased some extra Suck 'em Up glasses at the Tiki Farm sale; very sad & surreal to come home and find the news. I had actually just sent someone an email saying I was able to get some more of the glasses, and saw the little headline immediately after hitting "send."

Very thankful that I was able to see him for a second time at the Beachcomber just two months ago. You could see that the health problems were taking a toll, but he was still Don. Mahalo, Mr. Ho. I'll remember you.

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5862
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-04-15 7:11 pm   Permalink

Hey Don,
You better not suck 'em all up, until we get up (or down) there!

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3601
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2007-04-15 9:12 pm   Permalink

Wow...man...that's too much. An American original.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2336
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2007-04-16 07:34 am   Permalink

I'm upset that I was never able to see him perform. The one time that I was in Waikiki with a reservation for his show, he flew out to Orange County for some reason.

A true legend and a hell of a singer. You'll be missed Don.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9223
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-04-16 11:44 am   Permalink

I didn't get to see him when I was in Oahu, as we were only there for a day and a half before going to Kauaii.
But I did get to see part of his show in Hollywood,about 5 years back, when the Dynotones were playing with him at the Key Club.

Adam Corolla( ex of the Man show/Love line,-now has a morning radio show)
He said that he talked to Don Ho one time, and he was funny.
He had heard that Don had a huge section of land on Hawaii. Then he asked him
if he grew any pot on the land, Don just laughed and smiled.

Surf's up Don, Mahallo

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Joined: Apr 02, 2007
Posts: 40
From: Pacific Northwest
Posted: 2007-04-16 11:47 am   Permalink

Yeah, I heard that this morning too!

It is sad that Don Ho, Elvis of Honolulu has finally gone... hopefully he's having a few Mai Tais in the Big Hukilau in the sky

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Joined: Jan 31, 2005
Posts: 88
Posted: 2007-04-16 2:05 pm   Permalink

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Coco Loco
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 820
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2007-04-16 2:15 pm   Permalink

So sad. Raising another toast to Don.

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