The Most Famous Hawaiian: Celebrating an Iconic Individual

Choose the Hawaiian you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 07:08
Aloha fellow pollsters! Embark on a journey to the tropical paradise of Hawaii as we put the spotlight on its most famous and talented individuals. Our latest ranking on StrawPoll - "Who is the most famous Hawaiian?" celebrates the rich cultural heritage and exceptional personalities that hail from the Aloha State. From legendary musicians and iconic athletes to trailblazing leaders and beloved actors, this poll offers a diverse lineup of Hawaii's finest. So, grab your favorite lei, sip on a refreshing Mai Tai, and immerse yourself in the world of Hawaiian fame. Cast your vote for your top pick, or feel the spirit of aloha by suggesting a missing option. Mahalo and happy voting!

Who Is the Most Famous Hawaiian?

  1. 1

    Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    Former President of the United States who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii
    Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States serving from 2009 to 2017. He is widely regarded as one of the most beloved Presidents in recent history. Obama's presidency was marked by his charismatic leadership style, focus on social and economic reforms, and efforts to promote international cooperation.
    • Presidency Number: 44
    • Term: 2009-2017
    • Leadership Style: Charismatic
    • Domestic Focus: Social and Economic Reforms
    • International Focus: Promoting International Cooperation
    Barack Obama in other rankings
  2. 2
    Duke Kahanamoku
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Olympic gold medalist in swimming and known as the "Father of Modern Surfing"
    Duke Kahanamoku in other rankings
  3. 3
    Hawaiian singer and entertainer who popularized Hawaiian music
    Don Ho in other rankings
  4. 4
    Hawaiian musician and singer known for his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in other rankings
  5. 5
    Singer and actress who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii
  6. 6
    Nicole Scherzinger
    Toglenn · CC BY-SA 3.0
    Singer and actress who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and achieved fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls
    Nicole Scherzinger in other rankings
  7. 7
    Singer, songwriter, and producer who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii
    The 'Bruno Mars' Carpool Karaoke is one of the most popular segments of the show where James Corden picks up the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bruno Mars and they drive around while singing to Mars' hit songs.
    • Location: Los Angeles, California
    • Songs Covered: Bruno Mars' hit songs
    • Guest: Bruno Mars
    • Total Views (as of 2021): Over 225 million
    • Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
    Bruno Mars in other rankings
  8. 8
    Jack Johnson
    Peter Chiapperino: a concert photographer in Lexington, Kentucky · CC BY-SA 4.0
    Singer, songwriter, and surfer who was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
    Jack Johnson in other rankings
  9. 9
    Actress and singer who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. 10
    Kamehameha I
    Louis Choris · Public domain
    The first king of Hawaii who united the islands under one rule
    Kamehameha I in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous Hawaiian

  1. Impact
    How much of an impact did the person have on Hawaii and its people?
  2. Recognition
    How widely recognized is the person within Hawaii and internationally?
  3. Legacy
    Is the person still remembered and celebrated today for their accomplishments and contributions to Hawaii?
  4. Cultural significance
    How much does the person embody the culture and traditions of Hawaii?
  5. Achievements
    What significant contributions have they made to Hawaii in their field of expertise or otherwise?
  6. Popularity
    How much of a following or fan base does the person have within Hawaii and beyond?

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Hawaiian. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Hawaiian is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 186 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Hawaiian once every 24 hours. The rank of each Hawaiian is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous hawaiian

Hawaii is a beautiful tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, rich culture, and iconic landmarks. It is also home to many famous individuals who have made significant contributions to various fields, from music and entertainment to politics and activism. When it comes to identifying the most famous Hawaiian, there are many worthy candidates to consider. Some of the most notable names include Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States who was born in Honolulu; Bruno Mars, a Grammy-award winning musician known for hits like "Uptown Funk" and "Just the Way You Are;" and Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist and legendary surfer who is credited with popularizing the sport around the world. Other famous Hawaiians include actress Nicole Kidman, who was born in Honolulu; musician and actor Jack Johnson, who is known for hits like "Banana Pancakes" and "Upside Down;" and comedian Jo Koy, whose stand-up routines often draw on his experiences growing up in Hawaii. Despite the many famous individuals who call Hawaii home, the debate over who is the most famous Hawaiian continues to rage on. However, one thing is for certain: the Aloha State has produced some of the most talented and influential people in the world, and their impact is felt far beyond the shores of their home island.

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