Monday, March 7, 2011

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel - A Major Location For The Filming Of "The Black Camel" (1931)

I recently visited the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known affectionately as the "The Pink Palace".  Many scenes from the 1931 Charlie Chan movie "The Black Camel", were filmed there.  You might find this surprising, that even though I was born, raised, and lived my whole life in Hawaii, I had never visited the Royal Hawaiian Hotel before!  What makes this even more interesting is that I only live a couple blocks away from it.  The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is magnificent, and one can sense the history of the place just by walking around its gorgeous lobby.  I spoke to some of the staff about my forthcoming book "Charlie Chan's Hawaii", and also the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's connection with "The Black Camel".  They were enchanted, and to help me with my research, they gave me a free copy of the book "The Pink Palace", written by Stan Cohen, which is a lovely and succinct history of the famous hotel.  The picture at the top of this post is the actual cover of the book.

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