Kelly Hu

Hu in 2010, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Kelly Ann Hu

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 13, 1968

Ethnicity: Chinese, smaller amounts of Hawaiian and English

Kelly Hu is an American actress, fashion model, beauty queen, and poker player. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. She has starred in the films Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave, X2: X-Men United, The Tournament (2009), and White Frog, and on the series Sunset Beach, Nash Bridges, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and, in voice role, Phineas and Ferb, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.

She is the daughter of Juanita and Herbert Soy Hong Hu. Kelly is of Chinese, and smaller amounts of Hawaiian and English, descent.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was named York Hon Hu. York was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was named Kam Ann Chang. Kam was Chinese.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was named Tom Po Tong (or Po Tong Tom in Western order). Tom was born on Maui.

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Lily Kam Yuen Lum (the daughter of Lum Tung/Tung Lum and Mary Ah Lan Chang). Tung was born in China. Mary was born in Hawaii, the daughter of Ah Tong Ako Chang, from China, and of Kaleiho’opio Kellett. Kelly’s great-great-grandmother Kaleiho’opio was the daughter of Richard Thomas/Tom Kellett, who was of half English and half Native Hawaiian descent, and of Kauia/Kaiuaa. Kaleiho’opio is pictured here.

Sources: Genealogy and obituary of Kelly’s father –

Obituary of Kelly’s father –

Obituary of Kelly’s maternal grandfather, Tom Po Tong (or Po Tong Tom in Western order) –


Curious about ethnicity

12 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Kelly’s mother is Juanita (Tom) Hu-Takara.

    Kelly’s maternal grandparents are Tom Po Tong (or Po Tong Tom in Western order) and Lily K. Y.

    This is the obituary of Tom Po Tong:

    Lily is still living.

  2. Manila says:

    I will give you a tip regarding her ancestry. It is too hard to find her grandparents as of now. This was her great-great-grandmother Kaleiho’opio Kellett: &

  3. JasonBaker says:

    So what percentage of White blood does she have?

  4. meagan says:

    represent for Hawaii

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