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Last modified: 11/28/08

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Famous Hawaiians

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Hawaii or spent some important time in Hawaii.

Benny Agbayani, baseball player

Daniel K. Akaka, first native Hawaiian U.S. senator

Annie Montague Alexander, philanthropist and financier

Dennis Alexio, kickboxer

Ray Ancheta (RCA), singer and actor

George Ariyoshi, Hawaii governor and first Japanese-American governor

Salevaa Atisanoe (Konishiki), sumo wrestler

Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America

Kula Dawn Barbieto, surfer

Henri Berger, bandmaster

Buddy Bess, publisher

Malani Bilyeu, singer

Hiram Bingham, missionary

Hiram Bingham II, missionary

Hiram Bingham III, U.S. Senator and discoverer of Macchu Picchu

Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian princess and philanthropist

Charles R. Bishop, banker, philanthropist

Ken Bradshaw, surfer

Andy Bumatai, comedian and filmmaker

Tia Carrere, singer and actress

Anthony Carter, basketball player

Alexander Cartwright, founder of American baseball and businessman

Steve Case, CEO of America Online

Samuel N. Castle, missionary

Benjamin J. Cayetano, Hawaii governor and first Filipino-American governor

Brian Ching, soccer player

Hung Wo Ching, airline executive, real estate investor, and agricultural economist

Herbert Choy, first Asian-American federal judge in U.S. history

Bryan Clay, Olympic athlete

Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn, Hawaiian princess

Coconuts Musume, pop group

James Cook, explorer

Amos S. Cooke, missionary and educator

Mother Marianne Cope, religious leader

Father Damien, leper-colony worker

Ron Darling, baseball player

Frank Delima, comedian

James D. Dole, pineapple magnate

Sanford B. Dole, president of the Republic of Hawaii, territorial governor

Jason Elam, football player

Jean Erdman, dancer and choreographer

Mackey Feary, singer

Sid Fernandez, baseball player

Hiram L. Fong, U.S. senator and first Chinese-American senator

Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, football player

Tadd Fujikawa, golfer

Sunny Garcia, surfer

Darien Gee, author

Lauren Graham, actress

Bethany Hamilton, surfer

Laird Hamilton, surfer and inventor of tow-in surfing

Don Ho, singer and entertainer

Hoku Ho, singer

Kelly Hu, actress

Egan Inoue, superbrawl champion

Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. senator

Andy Irons, surfer

James Jacobson, author

Thomas Jaggar, geologist and founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), wrestler and actor

Jack Johnson, singer, songwriter, and documentary filmmaker

Malia Jones, surfer and model

Gerrit P. Judd, missionary and advisor

Ka‘ahumanu, Hawaiian queen

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Olympic swimmer and surfer

Carole Kai, singer and philanthropist

Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist

David Kalākaua, Hawaiian king

Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, entertainer and singer

King Kamehameha I, Hawaiian king

King Kamehameha II, Hawaiian king

King Kamehameha III, Hawaiian king

King Kamehameha IV, Hawaiian king

King Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king

Nicole Kidman, actress

Q'orianka Kilcher, actress

Robert Kiyosaki, author of financial books

George Parsons Lathrop, journalist and poet

Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe

Jason Scott Lee, actor

Ashley Lelie, football player

Queen Lili‘uokalani, Hawaiian queen

Linda Lingle, Hawaii governor

King Lunalilo, Hawaiian king

Lei Maa, model

Francis A. Marzen, religious leader

Lokelani McMichael, triathlete and model

Al Michaels, sports broadcaster

Bette Midler, singer and actress

Patsy Takemoto Mink, U.S. representative and first Asian-American congresswoman

Jason Momoa, actor

Joe Moore, actor and journalist

Lauren (Peters) Moriarty, U.S. ambassador

Musashimaru, sumo wrestler

Barack Obama, U.S. senator and president

Bobo Olson, boxer

Tim Olyphant, actor

Ellison Onizuka, astronaut

Thumper Nagasako, in-line skater

Gabby Pahinui, music legend

In Young Park, violinist

Kawaipuna Prejean, Hawaiian activist

Kelly Preston, actress

Kalani Queypo, dancer and actor

Michelle Rodriguez, actress

Chad Rowan (Yokozuna), sumo wrestler

Harold Sakata, actor

Carolyn Sapp, Miss America

Tom Sellick, actor

James Shigeta, actor

Eric Shinseki, general

Claus Spreckels, developer

Don Stroud, actor

Rell Sunn, surfer and cancer spokesperson

Maa Tanuvasa, football player

Ruddy Tongg, founder, Aloha Airlines

Jasmine Trias, singer

Chris Truby, baseball player

Mark Tuinei, football player

Augie Tulba, filmmaker

Merlin Tuttle, mammalogist

Jeff Ulbrich, football player

Camile Velasco, singer

Brian Viloria, boxer

John Waihee, first Native Hawaiian governor

Cynthia Watros, actress

Michelle Wie, golfer

Oprah Winfrey, TV talk show host, actress, producer, book author, billionaire

John Young, first European to become Hawai‘ian ali‘i

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