Singing and Performing
as Long as She Can Remember
Hoku Ho was born
June 10th 1981 in Oahu, Hawaii to Don Ho and Patricia Swallie
Choy. The name 'Hoku' means 'Star' in Hawaiian. Of course, now
she has certainly lived up to her name, having become one of
Hawaii's brightest young stars.
Hoku's father Don
was famous for his song 'Tiny Bubbles' which was a hit in the
1960's. She often says that she has been singing and performing
for as long as she can remember, sharing the stage with her
Hoku with her father Don
Ho on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 1998.
"When I was a little
girl, he would carry me up on stage and stuff. I got my first
solo when I was 11 years old but I had been performing with him
for years before that, dancing hula and just doing little guest
appearances, doing sign language for certain songs and stuff
Hoku attended La Pietra -- Hawaii School for Girls
Hoku was performing with her
Dad in Maui when she was approached by songwriter Antonina Armato (who
has written for Mariah Carey and Vanessa Williams). Antonina encouraged
Hoku to meet record producers in Los Angeles and would later write her
fist hit song for her.
Hoku was attending the
Christian college Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego last fall
when Geffen offered her a contract in October. In october 1999 she
signed a three-year, $300,000 recording contract on the Interscope label.
"I've put my original goals of finishing college and recording an album
of contemporary Christian music on hold for a while to enjoy this," Hoku
said. "I'm ... really enjoying the whole width and breath of this
experience: the television, the cameras, the press."
Enjoys Playing Video
Games and Sleeping
Hoku at her
Manhattan Beach, Calif., home.
What does Hoku like
to do when she is not performing? "Mostly I just hang around
watching television or playing video games if I'm not sleeping,"
she said. "I dance all day or I have press or some event to
attend. And when I come home I crash big time. But I love it!"
Hoku is seventh of
of 10 children that Don has fathered. Hoku is the oldest of 2 by
Pattie with whom Don lived for 26 years before they split up in
1997. Hoku's mom lives in Huntington Beach, California. Hoku
currently lives in Manhattan beach near L.A but she says she