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Chester Kahapea, symbol of Hawaiian statehood, dies at 65

March 23, 2011 |  4:23 pm


Chester Kahapea, who became inextricably linked to Hawaii's 1959 statehood as a grinning newsboy in an iconic photo, has died. He was 65.

The former newsboy died March 4 at a Honolulu hospital from complications caused by Lou Gehrig's disease, his son Christopher told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In 1959, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a picture of Kahapea smiling and holding a newspaper with the headline, "Statehood." The picture went on to be used in numerous publications, including The Times.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Chester Kahapea in 1959. Credit: Associated Press / The Star-Bulletin, Albert Yamauchi