A Hui Hou Don Ho!
Photo: Charles Pfeil
Legendary singer and Hawaiian superstar Don Ho, known for his famous sing-along song "Tiny Bubbles", passed away recently at the age of 76. His heart finally gave out on him after suffering with heart problems for many years. He had a pacemaker installed last fall, and in 2005 he traveled to Thailand to undergo an experimental stem cell procedure for his ailing heart.
My partner was a huge Don Ho fan, and before he shipped off to Viet Nam, he and his military buddies often were in the audience singing along at the Waikiki Don Ho show. According to my partner, Ho's show usually started and ended with the same lyrics: "Tiny bubbles in the wine...make me happy...make me feel fine." This silly song was upbeat for men heading off to war.
Born August 13, 1930 at 1 a.m. in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ho was born a Leo with an Aries Moon. His natal Mars was conjunct his Gemini Ascendant. His natal Sun was trine his natal Uranus, often a mark of fame! His Moon was in his 10th house, a sign of someone beloved by the public. Even though such a natal chart would suggest someone who'd love the spotlight and fame, his longtime pal Cha Thompson was quoted in the April 30th edition of People magazine, "He knew how famous he was, but he could never understand it. I imagine right now he's looking down and thinking, 'Wow.'"
Don Ho's ancestry was Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and German. He was a star football player in high school, left the Islands on an athletic scholarship to Massachusetts, and then returned homesick for Hawaii. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1953 with a degree in sociology and then piloted transport planes for the Air Force during the Korean war.
After the war, he ran his parent's neighbourhood bar, Honey's. This bar was where he got started--playing songs he heard from the radio for a crowd that just kept growing. Later on he would play Las Vegas and Hollywood venues, star on his own television show, "The Don Ho Show" on ABC, and even appeared on the Brady Bunch.
He died on his third Saturn Return with Retrograde Saturn applying by about one degree to his Leo Sun.
Even though Don Ho's music and fame happened before my 'time', I love one of his most famous songs, and as I'm writing this post today, I can hear it inside my head, "I'll Remember You". Yes, I'll remember you Don Ho....as will all your worldwide fans. You left your mark!
I would love to be in Honolulu on May 5th when his memorial will be held. "A flotilla of canoes will carry Ho's ashes out to sea from Waikiki Beach," says People magazine. This will be such a touching memorial because Ho is so loved!
"Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends." Richard Bach