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of Hawaii -Manoa Student Folklore Project, 1973
When the "Aikanaka
legends" first became part of the Obake Files, a search was then
The Filipino informant worked for Dole Pineapple Company in the early 1960s as an irrigation crew member. During the planting season, his crew often worked in 24-hour shifts in staggered hours, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. They were working in the Helemano section of the pineapple fields at about 2 a.m., moving huge sprinklers into position for irrigation.
As he was walking in the dark across a section of the field, he suddenly tripped and fell into a shallow hole. When he got up, he called his co-workers to verify what he had found.
"When we looked at the hole," he recalled, "we saw that it was a great big footprint. I swear we measured the thing. It came out to about three feet! Anyone who has a foot a yard long must be a real big man?
After telling this
incident to older workers, he was told that some of the men had seen a
giant walking through the pineapple fields in the Helemano section. They
always had thought it was a spirit that haunted the place where an old
pineapple camp had been.