Show and Tell Hawai'i

All about Charlie Chan

June 26th, 2010

To mark the anniversary of the birth of mystery writer Earl Derr Biggers, “The Charlie Chan Mystery Weekend” will be held in August. A downtown tour and a film screening are events planned.
Steven Fredrick will host; he’s a film historian with a keen interest in vintage flicks and characters that figured in Hawaii’s history.
Fredrick will lead a Charlie Chan Mystery Tour, a themed tour to Chinatown sites, on Aug. 22. The tour points out actual sites linked to Honolulu police detective Chang Apana, believed to be the one of the figures that inspired Biggers to create the Charlie Chan character in the 1920s. Chan is the subject of six novels and at least 40 films between the 1930s and 1950s.
The three-hour interactive walk, starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the foot of the Fort Street Mall, will cite Chan-related crime environs ranging from Apana’s/Chan’s one-time police station headquarters, coffee shops, gambling houses, movie theaters and the resident of Number One Son.
Those signing up for the tour are advised to bring sunscreen protection and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The walk covers two miles, and will include a 30-minute lunch break.
Cost is $30 per person and reservations are required. For those with military ID, cost is $20.
A related screening of Hawaii-themed films,including those featuring Charlie Chan, will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at a Hawaii Kai site. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for military with ID. Reservations are required.
For both events, call 395-0674 or email

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