Vacation in Waikiki inspires crime no...

Vacation in Waikiki inspires crime novels - Features

There are 4 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 21, 2008, titled Vacation in Waikiki inspires crime novels - Features. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Honolulu detective Chang Apana is widely considered to be the prototype for fictional detective Charlie Chan.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 Oct 21, 2008
The article writes "Whereas Apana was something of a roughneck and unlettered -- he supposedly could only read Hawaiian, not English or Chinese"

Had the writer been familiar with the proliferation of Hawaiian language newspapers at the time and understood that Hawaiian was the dominant language of the islands until after the turn of the century; they would not have written the above.

Are you suggesting that a person literate in any other language but your own is uneducated? A fine example of elitism if I ever did see one.
Great Kid


#2 Oct 21, 2008
Very cool!!!!!!!!
Logan Lamech

Madison, WI

#5 Nov 5, 2008
That's very interesting. I have a friend who will be quite intriuged when I tell him about it.

Logan Lamech

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 5, 2008
whateva is spot-on. The msisionaries saved the language and taught in both hawaiian and English in their schools. The banning of the language came long after the missionaries were gone.

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