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Walk in these Famous Footsteps on your Hawaii Vacation

Thousands of famous people have visited Hawaii over the years, and Hawaii has contributed several big stars to the world scene. What follows is only a tiny selection of that bunch:

Tia Carrere

Most recently seen on “Dancing With The Stars,” Tia was born in Honolulu. She’s known to be the voice of Nani in Lilo and Stitch, Relic Hunter and others. She’s currently in production with a movie being filmed and produced in Hawaii

Steve Case

Hawaii-born Steve Case. The founder of America Online and former Chairman of the Board of Time Warner was born and raised on Oahu and attended Punahou School. He continues to contribute to Hawaii interests and invest in the islands.

Jason Elam

Jason was the place kicker at the University of Hawaii before being drafted by the NFL Denver Broncos. After an all-star stint with the Broncos, he was traded to Atlanta, his birth state. He keeps a coconut in his locker to remind him of his love for the islands.

Bill Gates

The billionaire had a spectacular wedding on the island of Lanai, with private jets and helicopters, and with golf courses cordoned off. Some Lanai residents resented all the hub-bub, but it was a million-dollar wedding with a lot of that money going into state coffers.

Kelly Hu

Best known for her roles in “Scorpion King” and “X-Men,” Kelly is Hawaiian-blooded, was born and raised in Honolulu and attended Kamehameha Schools. She won the Miss Teen USA title and has since had a fine career in Hollywood that has included commercials, television series and movies.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole has a state of Hawaii birth certificate, having been born on June 20, 1967. The star of many screen hits, she was born to Australian parents and has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States as of 2006.

Matt Le Blanc

“Friends” star Matt married Melissa McKnight on the north shore of Kauai overlooking Anini Beach. The setting was tropical and private with lots of celebrities in attendance. The marriage is now over, but he visits the islands often.

Bette Midler

Bette was born and raised on Oahu. She became a very talented actress and singer and has gone on to be one of the most lustrous talents from Hawaii.

Kelly Preston

Born Kelly Smith and raised and schooled at the prestigious Punahou School on Oahu, the actress still makes frequent trips to Hawaii to visit friends and family — and to satisfy her craving for local food.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah owns two significant properties in Hawaii. She purchased a chunk of oceanfront property near Hana, Maui, and 1,000 acres on Maui located high on the slopes of Haleakala.

That doesn’t include the sports stars, including Shane Victorino (born on Maui), and Michele Wie (Honolulu).

So when you vacation in the islands, you’ll be in good company.

Posted by: Jamie Winpenny on Apr 27, 2009