Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho performing in 2015
Background information
Born (1949-12-31)December 31, 1949
Kaimuki, Hawaiʻi
Genres Hawaiian
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments guitar, ukulele
Associated acts Kilauea, Tia Carrere, George Kahumoku, Jr.
Website www.danielho.com

Daniel Ho is a songwriter and producer specializing in Hawaiian music.


Daniel Ho (left) and George Kahumoku Jr. at the Slack Key Guitar Festival at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany

Born in Kaimuki on Oahu, he attended the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied composition before returning home to attend the University of Hawaii.[1] After graduation, Daniel returned to Los Angeles and formed a smooth jazz group named Kilauea.[2]

In the late 1990s, Ho started his own record company, Daniel Ho Creations (DHC), and recorded one of his first Hawaiian music albums with slack-key guitarist George Kahumoku, Jr.[3] He has since recorded 18 solo albums, produced over 50 albums, served as a guest lecturer at Stanford University, performed as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, and received four Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album as a producer.[2] In 2009, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian music album as an artist rather than as the producer of a compilation album, teaming up with Tia Carrere for the album Ikena. The DHC label has also received three Grammy nominations for Hawaiiana, He Nani, and Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, three Na Hoku Awards and several nominations, including the 2009 release Aloha Pumehana by Darlene Ahuna.[4]

In 2008 Ho appeared in and recorded several tracks for the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, under the pseudonym the Coconutz. He sang on three tracks that are remakes of 20th century pop hits, translated into Hawaiian, "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Everybody Hurts", and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".

In 2014 Ho was featured on the March/April cover of Making Music.[5]


  1. "Daniel Ho ~ Bio". Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  2. 1 2 "Masters Profile: Daniel Ho". Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  3. "Daniel Ho - Hawaiian Music Moves into a New Home". 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  4. "Guerrero, Hookena lead Hoku nominations". 2010.
  5. Yurco, Cherie (6 March 2014). "Daniel Ho: Hawaiian Musician Keeps the Passion in His Productions | Making Music Magazine". Making Music Magazine. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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