Top 10 Hawaiian-Born Pop Stars

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On this day in 1945, the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, was born in Honolulu, HI. Though the islands can’t claim as many famous musicians as, say, Chicago, there are plenty enough to make a Top 10.

So here they are: our Top 10 Hawaiian-Born Pop Stars.

10. Danny Barcelona: From the old, old (old) school of pop, the Waipahu-born Barcelona was the drummer with Louis Armstrong‘s All-Stars starting in 1958.

9. Jasmine Trias: American Idol finalist, Season 3 and native of Honolulu.

8. Mike Starr: Original bassist of Alice in Chains from 1987-1993.

7. Glenn Medeiros: Born in Kauai, Medeiros was a pop star as a teenager, hit big hit happening in 1990 with Bobby Brown.

6. Don Ho: If we need to tell you who Don Ho is, you need to get out more. Born, lived and passed away in Honolulu.

5. Israel Kamakawio’ole: The late singer and ukulele player who recorded the popular version of “Over the Rainbow” melded with “What a Wonderful World.” Born in Honolulu.

4. Arthur Lyman: Born in Kauai, Lyman was a One-Hit Wonder who popularized a certain brand of faux-Polynesian “exotica” with his song “Yellow Bird.”

3. James Mercer: Honolulu born member of the Shins, collaborator with Danger Mouse on Broken Bells, budding actor on Portlandia.

2. Jack Johnson: Poster boy for Hawaii-born pop stars, Johnson floated on shore in Oahu in 1975.

1. Bette Midler: Well, it’s her birthday and she’s divine. Doesn’t that qualify her as #1?

More of Michael’s Top 10 picks can be found here

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December 1, 2011 3:57 pm

What about Nicole Scherzinger?? She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

December 1, 2011 8:48 pm

What about bruno mars?

January 20, 2012 7:56 pm

ahaha How is Bruno Mars not on here?