Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, November 16, 2001

Singers Hoku Ho, left, and her father Don Ho paid
tribute to the late Kane Fernandez early this year at
the Royal Hawaiian Hotel by singing the Kui Lee
Classic "I'll Remember You."

Hoku joins dad
Don on stage

By John Berger

There's a father and daughter reunion going on as Don Ho welcomes daughter Hoku back home for the week and back onstage as a special guest through next Thursday at the Hoku Hale Showroom in the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. Hoku, who has used a single name since becoming a national recording artist last year, joined her proud father on stage last night. She'll be part of the show nightly from Sunday through Thursday.

Hoku is home after three months on the road as one of the headliners of a Radio Disney tour with Krystal, Aaron Carter, the Baha Men and A*Teens. She is also celebrating the success of her hit single "A Perfect Day" from the "Legally Blonde" soundtrack album.

"Another Dumb Blonde," the first single off her "Hoku" album, was the only recording by a Hawaii artist to make the Billboard Hot 100 last year, and the album was the only one by a Hawaii artist to appear on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 2000.

"You First Believed," one of the most impressive songs on her self-titled debut album, proved Hoku could write and produce songs as well as sing them. She is planning to do more writing and more of the production work on the new album she is working on.

Catching Don and Hoku on stage is always a treat. The chemistry between them during Hoku's previous homecoming guest spots has been wonderful to see.

Hoku is also maintaining her commitment to avoid the nymphet image affected by some other blonde teenage pop vocalists.

Papa Don is, of course, a Hawaiian show business phenomenon in his own right. He and guitarist Benny Chong, one of the original Aliis, are perpetuating the legacy of Don Ho & the Aliis in excellent form.

Hoku and Don Ho

Where: Hoku Hale Showroom, Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, 2300 Kalakaua Ave. (parking entrance on Duke's Lane)
When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
Admission: Kama'aina rates $36 for dinner and show ($18 for ages 6-12); $25 for cocktail show ($12.50 for 20 and under); and $20 for show only ($10 for 20 and under); regular rates $52, $32 and $25 respectively
Call: 923-3981

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