Hōkū

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Hōkū
Birth name Hōkū Christian Ho
Born (1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 32)
Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Interscope/Geffen, Ola Vista
Associated acts 98 Degrees
Website http://hokumusic.com

Hōkū Christian Ho (born June 10, 1981), known simply as Hoku, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is the daughter of noted Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho. Her most popular singles are "Another Dumb Blonde," "How Do I Feel," and "Perfect Day."

Early life[edit]

Hoku was born on the island of Oʻahu in the state of Hawaiʻi to Patti Swallie and Don Ho. She is the seventh of Ho's ten children; his union with Swallie, who used to sing in his show, produced another daughter, Kaimana Grace. Hoku's name means "star" in Hawaiian.[1][2] Her father is 3/8 Hawaiian, with the balance his heritage being Chinese, Dutch, German, and Portuguese [3] and her mother is 1/16 Apache, 1/8 English, 1/8 Portuguese, 1/8 Chinese, 1/16 German, and 3/16 Native Hawaiian, 1/16 Czech, 1/8 Spanish, and 1/8 Mexican.[3]

Hoku attended Waikiki Elementary school then continued on to La Pietra: Hawaiʻi School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and briefly studied business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, but left during her first semester.[citation needed]

1999 to 2001[edit]

Hoku's debut single "Another Dumb Blonde", which was certified Gold, appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Snow Day. She later appeared on a Nickelodeon special with many other stars, such as Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Sean Combs, and Aaron Carter. She also performed as a top billing performer in all of the Radio Disney Live! 2001 World Tour concerts across the United States.

In 2000, she released her self-titled, debut album. In 2001, she recorded the song "Perfect Day", which was used as the theme song to the feature film Legally Blonde. It was also featured in the Barbie children's movie The Princess and the Pop Star. The song was later featured in both JCPenney and Sandals Resorts commercials.

Hoku was scheduled to record a second album with Geffen,[4] but it would never happen. Hoku soon parted ways with her label, Geffen Records, because she did not want the image that the company created for her, which she felt went against her beliefs. Hoku decided to take a break from the music industry and was not heard from for five years.

2006 to present[edit]

Hoku lives in Orange County, California with her husband Jeremy Clements (married in 1999)[citation needed] and their two children. Hoku gave birth to her second child in 2011. She often returned to Hawaii to perform with her father at his Don Ho Show at the Waikīkī Beachcomber Hotel in Honolulu, before he died in 2007.

With her husband, Hoku formed independent label Ola Vista Records in 2006; shortly thereafter released Listen Up, a five-song EP to the iTunes Store. Song titles included "If You Don't Want My Love", "Saturday Morning", "All I Need", "Closer", and "Listen Up".

In a blog post to her MySpace profile in July 2008,[5] Hoku stated that she had recorded many more songs than could be released on Listen Up and that additional tracks would be released on a future as-yet-untitled EP. As of November 2013, no further information has been released on her official sites.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album U.S. 200
2000 Hoku 151
2008 Listen Up

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S. Hot 100
2000 "Another Dumb Blonde" 27
"How Do I Feel"
2001 "Perfect Day" 121
2007 "It's Who I Am"
2008 "Listen Up"

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song Film
2000 "Another Dumb Blonde" Snow Day
2001 "Perfect Day" Legally Blonde
2003 "Summer's On" Arizona Summer

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role
2002 Nancy Drew Bitsy
2003 Arizona Summer Shawn

Television[edit]

Year Show Notes
2000 98 Degrees and Hōkū in Concert Disney Channel television special
All That As a musical guest
Hollywood Squares As herself on September 5 and September 8, 2000
In a Heartbeat As herself in Episode 1.9 "A Night to Remember", October 14, 2000
2001 World Music Awards As a performer

Commercials[edit]

Product Notes
Twix candy bar As singer
Bongo clothing As model/singer

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