Almanac: Don Ho

And now a page from the “Sunday Morning” Almanac: Aug 13th, 1930, 87 years ago currently … the day thespian and musician Don Ho was innate in Hawaii.

Following service in the Air Force in the 1950s, Ho started behaving at his family’s bar with no suspicion at first of apropos a big-name performer.

Still, his recognition grew around the islands, and in 1966 he scored his mainland breakthrough with his big hit, “Tiny Bubbles”:

Don Ho sings “Tiny Bubbles” – Hollywood Palace 1/21/67 by
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From then on, the name Don Ho was all but synonymous with Hawaii, and he was a visit participation on the nation’s TV screens — as in a guest coming on “The Brady Bunch”:

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Famous for his laid-back style, Ho jokingly alluded to his recognition during a campaign representation for Robert Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign: “Someday we may have a Hawaiian boss … President Ho!”

Though THAT was never to be, Don Ho was famous as Hawaii’s spontaneous goodwill ambassador.

And prolonged after his death in 2007 at the age of 76, that goodwill continues … zero tiny about it.

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