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Obake: Ghost Stories of Hawaii Paperback – March, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1566477048 ISBN-10: 1566477042
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About the Author

The late Glen Grant was well-known in the islands as a storyteller, folklorist, historian and author. For nearly twenty-five years he collected ghost stories which he shared in public talks, community programs, ghost tours and theater programs. In 1989 he was the recipient of the Tusitala Award by the Storytelling Association of Hawai'i. His occult writings also include: Honolulu Mysteries, The Secret Obake Casebook: Tales from the Dark Side of the Cabinet and Obake Files: Ghostly Encounters in Supernatural Hawai'i.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566477042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566477048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timmer on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim at a tour bus rest stop in Kauai - and for the next few days was on the edge of my seat as I read through each story. Before his death in 2003, the author was a popular teacher at the University of Hawai'i, and a tour guide who lead a Haunted Oahu Tour group. These tours must have been wonderfully frightful with all the stories and legends that he had collected over the years.

If you know nothing about Hawaiian ghosts (and I knew nothing), this book is a wonderful little intro, combining real-life accounts of the author with a few fictionalized stories based on real-life interviews (though some of these fictional stories were "hit-and-miss.") He is particularly interested in highlighting the multi-cultural aspects of these ghost tales as encompassing the ethnic diversity of Hawai'i (and this is what I enjoyed most about the book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on July 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Every place has its tales of ghosts, spirits, and hauntings. Hawaii is a bit unique because of the polyglot ("a mixture or confusion of languages") and multicultural nature of their society, bringing in old and new tales from Japan, China, the mainland US, Korea, and other countries and areas, as well as the legends of the native Hawaiians.

In Obake: Ghost Stories of Hawaii, storyteller and American Studies professor Glen Grant collects stories he has written on the supernatural. He always puts himself in the role of the skeptic, but then things just start happening... In this collection, Grant also reprints some of the tales of "Arthur McDougal," detective, another skeptic, but with a gun.

The spirits usually come out at night, but not always.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2013
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Meet Glen Grant at the book store he was running this is about the forth book I had bought. enjoyed reading this book went on the ghost tour that his friend was doing loved the times I had gone.
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Enjoyed this book because it mentions local haunts (no pun intended) so i could really picture in my head the stories location. however story telling was hit or miss. Could use a glossary, had to ask local friends some of the words meanings. Cool that they too had heard of some of theses stories, made it seem less fictiony.
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