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Honolulu, Hawaii Famous People


Alexander Adams (born 1780 in Arbroth, Forfarshire, Scotland), first harbor pilot under King Kamehameha I
Brian Adams (born 1964) in Kona, Hawaii, professional wrestler
Stuart Adamson British composer, died in Honolulu from a suicide.
Benny Agbayani, professional baseball player, born in Honolulu.
Keiko Agena, actress, Gilmore Girls, born in Honolulu.
Josh Agle, a.k.a. SHAG, artist
Daniel K. Akaka, first native Hawaiian US Senator
Bishop Stephen Peter Alencastre, s.s.c.c., Roman Catholic priest
Akebono (born Chad Rowan), sumo wrestler born in Waimanalo Hawaii.
Annie Montague Alexander, philanthropist and financier
Ben Alexander American actor
Wally Amos founder and owner of Famous Amos Cookies, lives in Hawaii.
Kristina Anapau, actress and model
Naveen Andrews actor in Lost (TV series), current resident of Hawaii.
Evelyn Ankers actress, died in Haiku, Maui
Chang Apana, folk figure who inspired Charlie Chan; worked for the Honolulu Police Department
George Ariyoshi, first Japanese-American elected governor
Samuel C. Armstrong, American Civil War general and founder of Hampton University
Paul Atkins, cinematographer
Sharif Atkins actor, starred in 2004 series Hawaii.


Raymond Bailey actor from The Beverly Hillbillies television show. He worked on a plantation before becoming an actor.
Buck Baker or Dr. William Baker conductor
Bob Ballard, discoverer of Titanic wreck, received degree from the University of Hawaii.
Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 2001
Chris Barron singer of the Spin Doctors; born in Honolulu.
Donn Beach restauranteer of Don the Beachcomber tiki restaurant. He died in Honolulu.
Anthony Begonia pianist, worked in Maui Hawaii before going to Los Angeles.
Larry Beil Journalist, graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's degree in journalism.
Barbi Benton model/actress, has a home in Hawaii.
Greg Beeman, director-producer
Henri Berger, composer and royal bandmaster of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Derek Bickerton, linguist (creole specialist)
Hiram Bingham I, missionary
Hiram Bingham II, missionary
Hiram Bingham III, US Senator from Connecticut, discovered Macchu Picchu
Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian princess and philanthropist
Charles Reed Bishop, banker, philanthropist, husband of Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Bill Bixby actor/director
Corbin Bleu actor, filmed on location for the television series Flight 29 Down in Hawaii.
Richard Blood, professional wrestler also known as Ricky The Dragon Steamboat or Ricky Steamboat or Rick Steamboat born in Honolulu.
Daryl Bonilla Hawaii based actor, born in Honolulu.
Richard Boone actor, who lived in Hawaii for seven years.
Robert Sidney Bowen, an author, died of cancer in Honolulu in 1977.
Tom Brady director, earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Beau Bridges actor, attended University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Darin Brooks actor on Days of Our Lives born in Honolulu.
Jason Brooks actor, splits time between Hawaii and Los Angeles.
Bulldog Hawaiian born actor, born in Honolulu.
Us Bumatai Hawaii based comedian and actor.
Ray Bumatai Hawaii based actor and producer. He died in Honolulu.
Gary Burghoff actor, owned a chain of yogurt stores in Hawaii in the 1970s.
John A. Burns, Second Governor of Hawaii from 1962 to 1974; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
Brian Burton actor, born in Honolulu.


William Robert Caddy World War II Medal of Honor recipient; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
Daryl Cagle, editorial cartoonist
Sarah Wayne Callies, actress
James Campbell, founder of the Estate of James Campbell, a major landowner in Hawaii.
Joseph Campbell author, lived and died in Honolulu
Glenn Cannon actor, Co-director of the Cinematic and Digital Arts Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
George Ham Cannon World War II Medal of Honor recipient
Steve Carlson musician, lived in Maui for 2 years.
Tia Carrere, singer, actress
Alexander Cartwright, father of American baseball
Josh Casaubon actor, stationed in Hawaii for four years with the United States Army.
Steve Case, former Chairman and CEO of America Online
Benjamin J. Cayetano, first Filipino American governor
Cedric Ceballos basketball player/rap artist
Byron Chamberlain athlete, born in Honolulu.
Michael Chamberlain film director, current resident of Honolulu.
Richard Chamberlain actor, current resident of Hawaii.
Wah Chang Hollywood designer
Ben Chapman actor, longtime resident of Oahu, Hawaii.
Duane "DOG" Chapman, bounty hunter, lived in Hawaii since 1989.
Leland Chapman bounty hunter, son of Duane "DOG" Chapman lives in Hawaii.
Tim Chapman bounty hunter, lived in Hawaii since 1992; works with Duane "DOG" Chapman.
Charo entertainer, longtime resident.
Tom Cheney, cartoonist
Brian Ching, soccer player
Elliott Cho actor, born in Honolulu.
Kam Fong Chun, actor
Herbert Choy, first Asian-American federal judge in U.S. history
Sam Choy, chef
Bryan Clay, Olympic athlete
Harlan Cleveland, DIKW
Ed Cobb singer, member of the group The Four Preps
Scott Coffey actor, born in Hawaii studied in Honolulu.
Francis Judd Cooke, composer
Captain James Cook British explorer; originally buried in Kealakekua Bay.
Mother Marianne Cope the successor to Father Damien; nicknamed
David Copperfield, illusionist, early career at Pagoda Hotel
Matt Corboy actor, born and raised in Honolulu.
Ed Corney, IFBB Hall of Fame Bodybuilder.
Tim Coston, born in Kailua, founder of the New Orleans Comedy Festival
John P. Craven PhD, JD ocean engineering scientist, developer of OTEC and law professsor
Archibald Cleghorn, father of Princess Victoria Kaiulani, and husband of Princess Miriam K. Likelike
Buster Crabbe, athlete and actor, studied at the Punahou School in Honolulu.
Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn, last Hawaiian princess
Richard E. Cunha cinematographer


Mark Dacascos, actor & martial artist, born in Honolulu.
Anthony Peter Damato World War II Medal of Honor recipient
Father Damien, Priest, Missionary to the Lepers of Molokai, Beatified
Ron Darling, baseball player, born and raised in Honolulu.
Gavan Daws, Shoal of Time author, Hawaiiana historian.
Frank Delima, comedian
Richard Denning actor
Martin Denny composer
Benjamin Dillingham, businessman
Walter F. Dillingham, industrialist
Jimmie Dodd actor, died in Honolulu.
James Drummond Dole, pineapple magnate
Sanford B. Dole, territorial governor
Richard Donner director, owns a beach house in Hawaii.
David Douglas botanist; namesake for Douglas-fir tree
Doris Duke, heiress, owner of "Shangri-La" residence on Black Point.


Aaron Eckhart actor, lived in Hawaii after high school.
Walter Edwards silent film director, died in Honolulu.
Yvonne Elliman, singer
Kate Elliott, science fiction-fantasy writer
Jean Erdman, dancer, choreographer
Brian Evans, actor/musician/politican, lives in Wailea, Hawaii.
Neil Everett, ESPN sportcaster


Nuu Faaola, former NFL running back
Mary Elizabeth Pruett Farrington Republican congressional representative
Mackey Feary, singer
Scott Feldman, baseball pitcher
Sid Fernandez, baseball pitcher, born in Honolulu.
Hiram Leong Fong first Chinese-American United States Senator from Hawaii; interred at Nuuanu Cemetery in Honolulu.
Kam Fong police officer/actor
Leo Ford ,actor, operated Pacific Paradise Tours
Patricia Ford, model
Herman Frazier, 1976 Olympic gold medalist, head of 2004 U.S. Olympic team.
Harry Fujiwara, professional wrestler, born in Hawaii.
John Fujioka actor, born in Olaa, taught public schools in Hawaii.


David Gallaher, writer, born in Honolulu.
Brickwood Galuteria politician, elected chair of the Hawaii Democratic Party in 2004.
Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, restauranteer of Don the Beachcomber tiki restaurant/bar phenomenon
Loyal Garner, singer
Brian Gaskill actor, born in Honolulu.
Thomas Gill, lieutenant governor and US Representative.
Henry G. Ginaca, engineer and inventor of the machine that peeled and cored pineapples being prepared for canning.
Jeffrey Gold film director, former resident of Honolulu.
Gary Goldman producer; graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Life Drawing and Art History from the University of Hawaii in December 1971.
Lauren Graham, TV Actress
Glen Grant, folklorist and author
Larry Grant actor, died in Honolulu.
Erin Gray, actress
Joseph Grimes, linguist, project leader for Hawaiian Pidgin Bible
Dave Guard, singer with Kingston Trio; born in Hawaii.
Klaus G-Unity, cool dog


Sammy Hagar musician, has a home in Maui.
John Halliday actor, died in Honolulu.
Bethany Hamilton, shark attack survivor, surfer
Laird Hamilton, surfer, monster wave rider, inventor of tow-in surfing.
Lance Hahn, musician, formerly of the band Beck born in Honolulu.
Medal of Honor recipient; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
Kayo Hatta, film director
Hilo Hattie also known as Clara H. Nelson; Hawaiian entertainer; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu; born in Honolulu.
Dick Haymes actor, lived in Hawaii in 1953.
Michael Haynes, professional wrestler, born in Honolulu.
Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema author, resident of Hawaii.
Cecil Heftel, United States Representative and businessman.
George Helm, Kahoolawe Ohana activist
Marie Helvin, top model of the 1970s and 1980s
George Herbig, astronomer
John Hillerman, actor, best known for his role in Magnum P.I.
Barron Hilton, heir of Hilton Hotel chain, was stationed in HI in WW II.
John Hirokawa, illusionist
Don Ho, entertainer; born in Kakaako and works in Waikiki Beach.
Hoku Ho, singer
Michael Hoffman film director, born in Hawaii.
Josh Holloway actor on the television show Lost (TV series) in Hawaii Kai, Honolulu.
Sean Hollywood(SI STUD)-The Casey Kasem of 80's Metal
Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, singer featured in Lilo & Stitch
Robert T. Hoshibata, Bishop of the United Methodist Church .
Christian Hosoi professional skateboarder of Hawaiian descent.
Victor Stewart Kaleoaloha Houston, United States Representative from the Territory of Hawaii
Kelly Hu, actress, Miss Teen USA 1985
Matthias Hues actor, moved to Hawaii.


Curtis Iaukea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Hawaii
Carrie Ann Inaba, actress and choreographer
Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator from 1963 for Hawaii.
Us Irons, surfer
Yuna Ito, Japanese pop singer from Honolulu.


Thomas Jaggar, geologist and founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
William Paul Jarrett, United States Representative from the Territory of Hawaii.
William Jefferson actor, died in Honolulu.
Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler and actor known as "The Rock"
Jack Johnson, singer, musician, songwriter, and documentary filmaker, born in Oahu.
Cris Judd actor, partly raised in Hawaii.
Gerrit P. Judd, missionary and advisor


Ka‘ahumanu, Hawaiian queen
Robi Kahakalau Hawaiian singer
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Olympic swimmer and ambassador of surfing, born and died in Honolulu; interred at Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu.
Carole Kai, singer and philanthropist.
Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist
Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess; interred at Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu.
David Kalākaua, king, interred at Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu.
Harry Kalas, sportcaster
Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka, ukulele luthier
Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, Prince of Hawaii
Emma Kaleleonalani Hawaiian monarch
Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, entertainer and singer
Stacy Kamano, actress
Kamehameha I, monarch that united the Hawaiian islands; interred at Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu.
Kauikeaouli Kamehameha Hawaiian king
Kamehameha V, last of the Hawaiian ali'i dynasty.
Gilbert Lani Kauhi, actor
Kaumualii; last king of Kauai
Guy Kawasaki, official Apple Computer evangelist
Princess Ruth Keelikolani, Princess of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and in her lifetime, the largest landowner in Hawaii, whose lands would later become the Bishop Estate
Klaus Keil, geologist, known for mineral keilite
Rabbit Kekai professional surfer, mentor was Duke Kahanamoku, born in Honolulu. He teaches surfing in Waikiki Beach.
Kekaulike; Hawaiian king; born in Maui
Douglas Kennedy actor, died in Honolulu; interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
Douglas Kenney actor, died in Kauai.
Ed Kenney, actor and singer
Keopuolani; Hawaiian queen
Isaac C. Kidd; World War II Medal of Honor recipient; died in Pearl Harbor; interred at USS Arizona Memorial.
Nicole Kidman, actress, born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rob Killen, muppett performer for The Aventures of Elmo in Grouchland; spent most of his life in Hawaii.
Harry Kim, first Korean-American elected mayor in US
Samuel Wilder King, Governor of the Territory of Hawaii and United States Representative from the Territory of Hawaii.
Robert Kiyosaki, author of financial books
Terence Knapp, actor and director, lives in Honolulu.
Konishiki (born Salevaa Atisanoe), sumo wrestler
Shogo Kubo professional skater, lives with his family in Oahu.
Clyde Kusatsu actor, born in Honolulu and graduated Iolani High School.


Bu Laia, comedian
George Parsons Lathrop, journalist, poet
Josh Lazie musician, lives in Hawaii.
Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe 1997
Christopher Lee, former president of production for TriStar Pictures; is now Chairman of the new Academy for Creative Media for the University of Hawaii.
Vicki Lawrence actress, entertainer, (she lived in Maui after the Carol Burnett Show and returned to California.)
George Lazenby actor, owns a home in Hawaii.
Jason Scott Lee, actor of Hawaiian descent; graduate of Pearl City High School.
Freddie Letuli also known as Father of the Knife Dance and Paramount Chief in American Samoa
Rob Levin, founder of the freenode IRC network and Executive Director of the PDPC
Lili‘uokalani, Queen, last Hawaiian monarch, interred at Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu.
John C. Lilly, dolphin scientist
Charles A. Lindbergh aviator, died in Kipahulu, Maui.
Oren Ethelbirt Long first governor of Hawaii; interred at Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu.
Tai Sing Loo Photographer, Born in Hawaii.
Gerry López, professional surfer, born in Hawaii.
Jack Lord actor, star of Hawaii Five-O. He died in Honolulu.
Edward Tsang Lu, astronaut.
King Lunalilo, King of Hawaii from January 8, 1873 until February 3, 1874
Rod Lurie film director, spent part of his childhood in Hawaii.
Arthur Lyman musician
Ben Lyon actor, died in Honolulu.
Lorenzo Lyons, minister and author of the beloved hymn "Hawai`i Aloha."

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, football player.
Kenneth MacDonald British actor
Peter Maivia professional boxer
Larry Manetti actor, best known for his role in Magnum P.I.
Ferdinand Marcos, former Philippine president, lived and died in exile in Honolulu.
Francis A. Marzen, religious leader
Thalia Fortescue Massie, wife of a Navy lieutenant, from the publicized September, 1931 rape case.
Vince Manuwai, football player.
Danny McBride actor, lived in Hawaii.
Kevin McCollum producer, graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu.
Gardner McKay actor/writer, died in Honolulu.
Glenn Medeiros, singer, songwriter
melody. (Melody Miyuki Ishikawa), singer of J-pop music
Stein Metzger, beach vollyball player and olympian
James A. Michener, novelist
Al Michaels sports broadcaster, began his sports broadcasting career in Hawaii in 1968.
Bette Midler, actress and entertainer
Danny Miller producer, partly lives in Hawaii and Ojai, California.
Patsy Takemoto Mink, United States Congresswoman and author of the Title IX Amendment to the Higher Education Act
Tau Moe singer, died in Laie, Hawaii.
Jason Momoa, actor and model, born in Honolulu.
Dominic Monaghan, actor in Lost (TV series), currently based in Hawaii.
Tom Moffat, entertainment producer.
Joe Moore, actor and journalist based in Honolulu.
Jon Moritsugu film director, born in Honolulu.
Jim Morrison lawyer/helicopter pilot lived in Hawaii.
Roger E. Mosley actor, best known for his role in Magnum P.I.
Tahj Mowry, actor, born in Honolulu.
Don Muraco, professional wrestler, born in Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
Arthur Murray entertainer, died in Honolulu.
Dave Murray musician with Iron Maiden; has a second home in Hawaii.
Musashimaru (born Fiamalu Penitani), sumo wrestler


Jim Nabors, entertainer and long time resident; splits his time in Honolulu or in Hana, Maui on his macadamian nut farm.
Linda Nagata, novelist
Al Noga, (american) football player
Manuel Nunes, one of three inventors of the ukulele


Barack Obama, US senator
Kimo von Oelhoffen, football player
Braxton Olita, guitarist for Ashlee Simpson's band
Bobo Olson, World champion boxer, hall of famer
Timothy Olyphant, actor
Danny Ongais, racecar driver
Ellison Onizuka, astronaut


Gabby Pahinui, musician
Richard Parsons, Time-Warner CEO
William A. Patterson, United Airlines president, 1934-1966
B.J. Penn, Former UFC welterweight champion
Jeff Peterson, slack key guitarist
Rick Pitino, basketball coach
Kawaipuna Prejean, Hawaiian activist
Kelly Preston, actress
Karen Pryor, behavioral psychologist & animal trainer


Maggie Q, (born Maggie Denise Quigley), actress-model (Hong Kong cinema)


Dominic Raiola, football player
Kealii Reichel (born 1961), Hawaiian singer, dancer, chanter and scholar
Syngman Rhee, first president of South Korea, later exiled to Hawaii.
James Richardson (1878-1974), Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet 1940-1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Eric Roberts actor, resident
Robinson family, owner of Ni'ihau Island, originally purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair (later Sinclair-Robinson)
Red Rocha, basketball player. Best known as the head coach of the University of Hawaii mens' basketball team, coaching the famous "Fabulous Five" era from 1970 to 1972.
George Rodiek, gardener Walker Estate, diplomat and Hindu-German conspirator
Peggy Ryan, dancer and choreographer


Stan Sakai, comic book creator
Harold Sakata, actor
Lenn Sakata, baseball player
Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992
Nicole Scherzinger, dancer-singer (The Pussycat Dolls)
Amanda Schull, ballerina and actress
Tom Selleck, actor
Bob Shane, singer with Kingston Trio
James Shigeta, actor
Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele musician
Branin Shimizu, Bodybuilder of the year 2005
Eric Shinseki, US Army general and 34th Chief of Staff
Beth Smith, bounty hunter, professional and personal partner to Duane "Dog" Chapman has lived in Hawaii since 1989.
Shannyn Sossamon, actress and musician
Claus Spreckels, developer
Rasha Spindel Entrant on NBC's The Biggest Loser: Special Edition with fiance Edwin Chapman
Mike Starr, bassist (Alice in Chains)
Ricky Steamboat, professional wrestler, born in Honolulu.
Jake Steinfeld, fitness host of Body by Jake which was taped in Hawaii.
Tom Stone, Professor at the University of Hawaii and surfer-waterman.
Don Stroud, actor
Sun Yat-sen, Qing dynasty revolutionary


Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, actor
Yuta Tabuse, basketball player
Takamiyama (born Jesse Kuhaulua, 1944), sumo wrestler
Lily Thai, adult actress
Paul Theroux, travel writer & novelist
Nainoa Thompson, native Hawaiian nagivator
Lorrin A. Thurston, son of New England Congregationalist missionaries, and a leader in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and subsequent leader of the Provisional Government of Hawaii with Sanford B. Dole
Lee Tonouchi, pidgin author
Haunani-Kay Trask, native Hawaiian professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii, and political activist
Jasmine Trias, singer, American Idol finalist
Esera Tuaolo, football player
Mosi Tatupu, football player
Mark Tuinei, football player
Bill Turner, Farrell Manager
Merlin Tuttle, mammalogist, Honolulu
Jasmine Trias, American Idol 3 contestant


Charles L. Veach (1944–1995), astronaut
Camile Velasco, singer, American Idol finalist
Brian Viloria, boxer and olympic athlete


Scott Waddle, commander of the USS Greeneville submarine during the Ehime Maru incident
Megan Ward, actress
John Waihee, first Native Hawaiian governor
Justin Wayne, baseball player
Adam West, actor on Batman and the Kini Popo Show
Jeff Widener, journalistic photographer (esp. noted for Tiananmen Square photo)
Michelle Wie, golf prodigy
Robert William Wilcox (born 1855), native Hawaiian revolutionary, soldier and later United States Representative from the Territory of Hawaii
Jerome Williams baseball player for the San Francisco Giants
Oprah Winfrey entertainer/entrepreneur, owns property in Maui.
Alan Wong, chef
Kirby Wright, novelist and poet born in Honolulu and raised on Oahu and Moloka'i
Robert Wyland, artist


Roy Yamaguchi, chef
Lois-Ann Yamanaka, novelist
Ryuzo Yanagimachi, cloning pioneer
Keone Young, actor
John Young, first European to become "Hawaiian ali'i" and buried in the Royal Mausoleum
Wally Kaname Yonamine, former Japanese baseball player



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