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Wednesday, October 7, 1998

‘Captain Honolulu’
was kids’ favorite

Whatever happened to "Captain Honolulu," who had a TV show in the 1960s?

Robert "Bob" Smith, who hosted the "Captain Honolulu" cartoon show for 10 years, died of cancer on Oct. 17, 1997, in Fresno, Calif., where he had lived since 1991. He was 69.

Smith started at station KHVH -- now KITV -- in 1958 as an announcer. He took on director and producer duties before the show began in 1959.

Smith initially played a character named "Sgt. Sacto," the right-

hand man to Captain Honolulu, who was never seen when the show first went on the air.

Later, when the station changed owners, Smith assumed the Captain Honolulu role because children knew him as the host of the show.

Smith's signature was a "mask" he'd shape by turning his hands upside down against his face, encircling his eyes with his thumbs and index fingers.

The Captain Honolulu show went off the air in May 1969. Smith continued at the station until 1976, working as a promotion manager then program director.

Smith left Hawaii in 1976. He worked in advertising and radio in Fresno, moved to Modesto in 1981 for more radio work, then returned to Fresno in 1991.

By Crystal Kua, Star-Bulletin

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