15 April 2007

Aloha and Mahalo

(At 76 years old, Don Ho was still a hit with the ladies)

Just when we'd thought we’d heard the word "ho" enough for one week, we learn beloved Hawaiian crooner Don Ho has headed off to that big luau in the sky. I never really got what his deal was. In my world, he wasn't quite as famous for his "Tiny Bubbles" lounge act as he was for his guest appearances on 70s TV shows like Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island and Sanford & Son. His most memorable cameo, however, was on the Brady Bunch's three-part episode in Hawaii. I only remember it in flashes: The Tabu Tiki thingy, Cindy's & Bobby's encounter with Mr. Ho where they ask him if he knows how to play the ukelele (as the laugh track goes wild), Bobby somehow ends up sitting on said ukelele, and then the entire family sits in a circle on some beach where they take turns blowing into a conch shell. And wasn't Vincent Price involved somehow? It seems surreal now. Anyway, farewell Don Ho. I'm sure a heavenly pig roast is being held in your honor as we speak.

4 comments:

MLXC said...

Funny. My mother was teaching my son to sing "Tiny Bubbles" this weekend while she was giving him a bath......

She must have been connected to him spiritually...

KJ said...

Certainly a tub favorite in our house too!

Anonymous said...

Ho Ho Ho

jal said...

The brady bunch episode was great!!! I love the haunted Tiki aspect and Don Ho. I remember him from the Merv Griffin show and his own daytime show. I'll miss the tiny bubbles.