Hoku

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Hoku
Born Hoku Christian Ho
(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 33)
Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Other names Hoku Ho Clements
Education La Pietra
Occupation Singer
Years active 1999–present
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Jeremy Clements (m. 1999)
Parents
  • Don Ho
  • Patricia Swallie Choy
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels
Website
hokumusic.com

Hoku Ho Clements[1] (born Hoku Christian Ho,[2] June 10, 1981), known mononymously as Hoku, is an American singer. She is best known for her 2000 hit single "Another Dumb Blonde".

Early life[edit]

Hoku, which means "star" in Hawaiian,[3] was born on June 10, 1981 in Oahu, Hawaii.[4] She is the seventh of singer Don Ho's ten children, and the older of two born to Ho and Patricia Swallie Choy, a background singer who once sang with Ho in his performances.[3][2] She grew up in the affluent Diamond Head neighborhood with Choy, sister Kaimana, Elizabeth Guevara (who also had two children by Ho), and half-sisters Kea and KeaLii. "We spent a lot of time trying to make it okay for the children, but I knew I had to get out of it," recalled Choy, who left Ho in 1997 after tiring of the living arrangement, taking Hoku and Kaimana with her.[3]

Hoku frequently performed with her father, who taught her how to write songs,[1] as a child.[4] She was initially unaware of her father's fame, learning from people's reactions after realizing who her father was. "I thought everyone's parents had shows at night," she said.[1] She graduated from La Pietra.[5]

Career[edit]

Hoku credits her father for her discovery.[5] "People helped me a lot, because of who my dad was," she said.[1] She caught the attention of songwriter and producer Antonina Armato, who encouraged her to move to Los Angeles to meet with other producers.[3][5] "She has a pure voice," Armato said. "I don't have to doctor it and use all the tricks of the studio."[3] Hoku was attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, dropping her last name when she moved from Hawaii,[3] when she was offered a $300,000 contract from Geffen Records. Armato assisted Hoku in securing the deal,[3] and Ho insisted that he and his lawyers review it before she signed. "I didn't want her signing something that wasn't good," he said.[5]

Hoku's debut single, "Another Dumb Blonde" (the theme song to the 2000 film Snow Day),[5] was released on January 18, 2000.[6] A day after its music video premiered on MTV, it was the network's tenth most-requested video.[5] The song was a top ten sales hit in the United States and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100,[3][7] additionally charting at number 47 in New Zealand.[8] Shocked by the single's success, Hoku dropped out of Point Loma Nazarene and began recording her first album Hoku (2000).[3] The album was released on April 18, 2000 by Geffen and Interscope Records and peaked at number 151 on the Billboard 200.[9][10]

Hoku planned to work on a second album for Interscope after the March 2001 release of her single "Perfect Day".[11] Struggling to find a niche in the pop music industry, she left the label, disagreeing with them regarding her image and marketing.[12] She wrote and funded an EP, Listen Up, which was released on August 1, 2007 through the singer's own Ola Vista Records.[12] She opened for Gwen Stefani's Neal S. Blaisdell Center shows of The Sweet Escape Tour later that month.[13]

Musical style and artistry[edit]

Jason Lynch of People has called bubblegum pop Hoku's speciality.[3] Hoku's AllMusic page lists her musical styles as teen pop and Europop.[4] She has been frequently compared to fellow pop singers Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears,[3][4][11][14] however, Charlotte Dillon of AllMusic has noted Hoku's distinct style, attributing it to the singer's Pentecostal faith.[4] "It's not very comfortable for me to be a sex symbol, especially because of my faith," Hoku has said. "That's why I enjoy being involved with the younger kids, because they relate to me being the girl next door."[3] In his review of Hoku, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Sure, it's commercial – that's what teen pop is all about – but never once do the record makers decide to push Hoku as a nymphet. Her songs are never sexual the way those of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera surely are."[14] Erlewine also noted that her young-sounding voice made it appropriate that her music was "targeted toward middle-school daydreams and junior-high dances".[14]

Personal life[edit]

Hoku became a Pentecostal Christian after first attending church in 1995;[3] she has said that nothing means more to her than music outside of her family and faith.[5] She married her manager, Jeremy Clements, in 1999. The couple eloped "for personal reasons," according to Hoku,[11] later saying that she was scared to tell her father because of his harsh attitude towards boys she previously dated, and how young she was at the time.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US Heat
[15]
Hoku
  • Released: April 18, 2000
  • Label: Geffen, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
151 8

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Listen Up
  • Released: August 1, 2007
  • Label: Ola Vista
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Track listing:
    1. "If You Don't Want My Love" – 3:27
    2. "Saturday Morning" – 3:33
    3. "Closer" – 3:36
    4. "All I Need" – 3:19
    5. "Listen Up" – 3:39

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[7]
US
Pop

[9]
NZ
[8]
"Another Dumb Blonde" 2000 27 29 47 Hoku/Snow Day
"Perfect Day" 2001 Legally Blonde
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

  • "Another Dumb Blonde" (2000)
  • "Perfect Day" (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Harada, Wayne (2007). "A Friend, Dad, Business Partner". The Honolulu Advertiser (Gannett Company). Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Alvarez, Gabriel; Robertson, Josh (February 16, 2013). "The 50 Hottest Celebrity Daughters: 25. Hoku and Kea Ho". Complex (Complex Media). p. 27. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Lynch, Jason (March 27, 2000). "Daddy's Little Girl". People (Time Inc.) 53 (12). Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Dillon, Charlotte. "Hoku | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Ryan, Tim (January 20, 2000). "Hoku follows her own star". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Another Dumb Blonde [US CD5/Cassette]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Hoku - Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Hoku - Another Dumb Blonde". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Hoku - Hoku | Releases". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Hoku - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Harada, Wayne (February 1, 2001). "Hoku Ho secretly married to manager". The Honolulu Advertiser (Gannett Company). Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Listen Up: Music: Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. August 1, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hoku Ho to open for Gwen Stefani". The Honolulu Advertiser (Gannett Company). August 4, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hoku - Hoku". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Hoku | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 6, 2014.