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Glen Grant, 56; Historian Collected Hawaiian Ghost Stories

From Staff and Wire Reports

Glen Grant, who told the ghost stories of Hawaii for more than 30 years, died Thursday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 56.

The storyteller and historian was best known for his collections of Hawaii’s obake, or ghost, stories. He moved to Hawaii in 1971, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA. He later went on to receive a master’s in education and a doctorate in American studies from the University of Hawaii.

Grant wrote many books, including “Obake: Ghost Stories in Hawaii,” “McDougal’s Honolulu Mysteries: Case Studies in the Life of a Honolulu Detective” and the “Chicken Skin” series of ghostly tales. “Chicken skin” is local slang for “goose bumps.”

In 1995, the Honolulu City Council honored Grant as one of Hawaii’s Treasures of Multiculturalism. In 1998, he was a participant at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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