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A Halloween treat: Touring Hawaii's cemetery curiosities

This is one of the tombstones featured in the Halloween lecture, 'Cemetery Curiosities' This is one of the tombstones featured in the Halloween lecture, 'Cemetery Curiosities'
NUUANU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There are no ghosts in this Halloween story -- only the curious, sometimes comical ways people choose to be remembered.

"Cemetery markers are not just names and births and death dates. Tombstones, when people are being creative, can really reflect the personalities, or what people loved to do in their lives," said cemetery researcher Nanette Napoleon.

On Halloween night, she'll explore some of those more unusual choices in a lecture, "Cemetery Curiosities."

"There's a grave for a clothespin manufacturer in Vermont who became the last maker of wooden clothespins in the United States," said Napoleon.

That headstone belongs to Jack Crowell. He's not alone in his quirkiness.

One woman has a parking meter as a headstone. Inscribed for eternity: "Our mom, her humor lives on."

In the Oahu Cemetery on Nuuanu Avenue, there is a marker made to resemble a book, and with good reason. It belongs to Emma Ahuena Taylor, who was a Hawaiian historian.

In another area of the cemetery is a bench marker, where visitors are invited to come and sit on the headstone while visiting.

There are others just as personal — and odd. 

Nanette’s presentation is free and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Parking is also free, and refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, call 261-0705 or email nanetten@hawaii.rr.com. 

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