Tour offers guests a look at Halekulani Hotel history
By Allison Schaefers
Aug. 26, 2013
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Halekulani Hotel tour docent Hi'inani Papapa-Blakesley, right, took guest Pauline Clarke on a tour of the hotel's old main lobby. The hotel has developed a 45-minute guided tour of the five-acre property.
COURTESY HALEKULANI HOTEL Courtesy Halekulani Hotel
Literary Detective Charlie Chan came to life in the former Gray's-By-The-Sea lodge. In 1925, writer Earl Derr Biggers was staying here when he penned the famous novel "House Without a Key," the first in the Chan series. The Halekulani's restaurant, House Without A Key, which sits near this location, is named for Biggers' book.
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 18 Yunte Huang, a Chinese immigrant and English professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, wrote the critically acclaimed book “Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History.”