Recommended Reading

Love, Tragedy, and the Oldest Bar in Hawai`i- A Documentary by Carter Churchfield


These are some of the sources for the WWII Red Light District Tour:


The First Strange Place by Beth Bailey and David Farber

This book is a collection of scholarly papers. It has lots of excellent information, it can be a little dry though.


Repotting Can Be Such a Bitch by Jack Cione

You will have to buy this directly from Jack. His book is a tell all memoir of his time in Honolulu as a night club owner. He was the first person to create an all male, nude musical review in Hawai`i. This can be bought from Jack directly, give him a call at 808-949-5353, $20 and that includes postage.


Honolulu Harlot by Jean O'Hara

This sensational expose covers Jean's time as a Honolulu prostitute. Ask your library for it or buy is on OR you can hear me reading the whole thing on YouTube . If you listen to the video please leave me a comment! Here is a link to the pdf of the earliest version of the book:


Second To The Last To Leave the USS ARIZONA by Lauren Bruner

After decades of silence Mr. Bruner has finally shared his experiences in Chinatown during its red-light district years and what he experienced during the Pearl Harbor attacks. He was the second to the last to leave the USS Arizona as it sunk beneath the waves. You can buy a copy at Smith's Union Bar, 19 N. Hotel St. $50


Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life of Norman K. Collins

Larger than life personalities as they reminisce about the history of the tattoo culture in the US in this comedic documentary. Rated R for naughty language and content. Sometimes found on Netflix but here it is on YouTube: This is SUPER FUNNY. Stop what you are doing right now and watch it.


Dousing Honolulu's Red Lights by Richard Greer

This article focuses on military and police involvement in the operations of the red-light district. It is free online:


My Experiences In The Honolulu Chinatown Red-Light District by Ted Chernin

A firsthand account of WWII Chinatown including information on how racism influenced the brothels. This article includes a map and some photos. It is free online:


HPD biography of Chief Gabrielson

It is four short paragraphs about his term in Hawai`i.


Interview with Adeline Naniole (who worked as a maid in a Hotel Street brothel), by Vivien Lee

Mrs. Naniole recounts her time working as a maid in the Rex Rooms brothel. Only a few pages are about that and the rest of the interview is about her time working at a pineapple factory. This is an excellent read!


Cool article about the Risque Theatre (a fabulous name for a pornographic theater, btw). What strikes me as very funny is that it's about porno theaters in Honolulu in the 1970s but the advertisement at the bottoms says GET TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES NOW!


Club Hubba Hubba article


These are some of my sources for The Devil's Den Tour:


Plague and Fire by James C. Mohr

This is an exciting walk through the history of Chinatown and its struggle with disease and fire.


The Colony by John Tayman

Leprosy was much feared in Hawai`i. People who were diagnosed with it were sent to a colony on Molika'i. This book is interesting and has a lots of details about the population but includes just a little about Father Damien.


These are my sources for The Last Queen: An Historical Walking Tour About Lili`uokalani:


Taking Hawai`i: How Thirteen Businessmen Overthrew the Queen of Hawai`i in 1893 with a Bluff

by Stephen Dando-Collins

This beat by beat account of how Hawai`i was turned from a kingdom into a territory of a foreign nation is an excellent, sometimes overly detailed book. It is the most comprehensive text on the subject of the overthrow that I have found and it doesn't pull any punches.


The Betrayal Of Lili`uokalani by Helena G. Allen

A vivid picture is painted of the world Lili`uokalani is born into. Her character, struggles and emotions are brought to life and you really feel like you are experiencing things from her point of view.


Hawai`i's Story By Hawai`i's Queen, Lili`uokalani

The queen herself wrote this memoir to tell her tale as a last effort to restore her monarchy. She speaks for her people while demonstrating her perseverance and even her humor during her struggle.  


Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 by Jonathon Osorio

This text tells the history of Hawai`i from the perspective of the Hawaiian people very effectively.


The Hawaiian Chiefs' Children's School 1839-1850 by Mary Athertone Richards

Diary entries and letters of Amos Starr Cooke and Juliette Montague Cooke were compiled by their granddaughter.


Queen Lili'uokalani. the Dominis Family. and Washington Place, their home by Rianna M. Williams

Many excellent photos, articles and documents are brought to life in this book about the private lives to some very private people.


Shoal of Time, A history of the hawaiian islands by Gavan Daws

This English language perspective of Hawaiian history is well sourced and very readable.


The 1893 United States House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Report regarding the overthrow the the kingdom of Hawaii (also known as The Blount Report) by James Henderson Blount

After the overthrow President Cleveland appointed "Paramount Blount" to investigate the events surrounding it. This is his final report.


Other materials that aren't discussed on the tours but are still relevant

"You Can 't Say 'No' to a Soldier": Sexual Violence in the United States during World War II by Michaele Katherine


Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed: The Selling of Sailor Jerry by Micheal Corcoran


Shit Street Memories: Honolulu's Seedy Hotel Street in the '70s by Micheal Corcoran