Hoku

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Hōkū
Birth nameHōkū Christian Ho
Born(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 31)
Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, United States
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsInterscope/Geffen, Ola Vista
Associated acts98 Degrees
Websitehttp://hokumusic.com
 
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Hōkū
Birth nameHōkū Christian Ho
Born(1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 31)
Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, United States
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsInterscope/Geffen, Ola Vista
Associated acts98 Degrees
Websitehttp://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."

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Early life

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 10 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] She is of European, Polynesian and Asian American ancestry: Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Dutch and German descent on her father's side and Hawaiian and Caucasian descent on her mother's side.

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[3] in San Diego, California, but left during her first semester.

1999 to 2001

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. This song was later featured in both JCPenney and Sandals Resorts commercials.

Hoku was scheduled to record a second albulm 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.[citation needed] Hoku decided to take a break from the music industry and was not heard from for five years.

2006 to present

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 January 2011, no further information has been released on her official sites.

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumU.S. 200
2000Hoku151
2008Listen Up

Singles

YearSongU.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

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

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRole
2002Nancy DrewBitsy
2003Arizona SummerShawn

Television

YearShowNotes
200098 Degrees and Hōkū in ConcertDisney Channel television special
All ThatAs a musical guest
Hollywood SquaresAs herself on September 5 and September 8, 2000
In a HeartbeatAs herself in Episode 1.9 "A Night to Remember", October 14, 2000
2001World Music AwardsAs a performer

Commercials

ProductNotes
Twix candy barAs singer
Bongo clothingAs model/singer

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