Upon joining the Facebook group “You know you’re from Kaneohe if…“, thanks to a lead by reader Ann, soon after asking the members if anyone remembered Honey’s Place in Kaneohe, I got a response from FB member George West, who had found a couple vintage photos of Honey’s that he shared. Well I’ll be darned. I swear, I searched high and low for years online for that photo, and finally, BOOM! There it is! Mahalo George for the find!
Honey’s Place at the corner of Kamehameha Highway and Lilipuna Road, in front of Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center. The original home of Honey Ho, and son Don Ho. Circa 1960’s to early 1970’s.
Honey’s Place was the home and business of Honey Ho, late mother of the also late and great, world famous Don Ho, and also where Don Ho had his first gigs. It was known to be a regular hangout for Hawaiian entertainers in their heyday from the era, including Aunty Genoa Keawe and Gabby Pahinui, to name a few.
Don Ho with his mother, Honey, and wife, Melva, in 1980. Melva and Don Ho had six children together. Honolulu Advertiser library photo, July 20, 1980.
My parents bought a home in nearby Alii Shores in its early stage of development in the late 60’s, which was around the tail end of the era of Honey’s. Yet even at the very young age I was at the time growing up there, I do vaguely remember Honey’s! Being just a toddler at the time, all I remember was a brightly-lit “Honey’s” blue neon sign, as depicted. And that’s about it.
Anyhow, this was way, WAY before Windward Mall was built. Honey’s was then razed, and a brand new building was built to become Farrell’s (yes, Farrell’s). After Farrell’s, it became Smitty’s, which was a 24-hour coffee shop diner. After Smitty’s, it became Times Coffee Shop. then after that, IIRC, a credit union. Currently it’s Central Pacific Bank.
Central Pacific Bank in Kaneohe, circa 2013, at the corner of Kamehameha Highway and Lilipuna Road, in front of Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, next to Alii Shores (Pomai’s home town). Originally Honey’s Place, then Farrell”s, then Smitty’s. Photo courtesy of Google Street View.
Do you remember Honey’s Place in Kaneohe? Ever been there? Are there any facts about Honey’s you can confirm? Did you know Honey Ho or Don Ho?
P.S. Here I am yesterday at the beach, stabilized at 168 pounds, down from 207 pounds in May 2012 (and yes, I always wear the same old faded jeans shorts lol)…
I could use some ripping up, but kinda’ lazy with the weight training routine. Running and swimming, ’nuff. While I still want to get under 160, I’m happy where I’m currently at. The Japanese green tea seems to be working in keeping my aging metabolism in check. Not too bad for a mid-40’s guy. I FEEL great. That’s the main thing!