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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

BEGINNING OF THE 1960'S, HELEMANU, HAWAII, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Glen Grant collected many stories from the folklore of Hawaii. Some of them are about a giant named Aikanaka, an urban legend from the town of Wahiawa. The giant supposedly wanders in the pineapple fields or lies on the lonely stretch of road in the pineapple fields.

When the "Aikanaka legends" first became part of his Obake Files, a search was made through the older materials collected a decade before which linked Wahiawa to strange, unnatural beings, and two such stories surfaced which had been collected in the 1970's.

One is from a Filipino man who worked for Dole Pineapple Company in the early 1960's 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., in the Helemano section of the pineapple fields where at about 2 a.m. they were moving huge sprinklers into position for irrigation.

As this man 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 reporting this incident to older workers, the man was told that some of the men had seen a giant walking through the pineapple fields in the Helemano section, and always thought it was a spirit that haunted the place where an old pineapple camp had been.

Circa 2005, the story entered a ufology catalogue of encounters with humanoids.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000683
Date of event: Beginning of the 1960's
Earliest report of event: The 1970's
Delay of report: Decade
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Book on local folklore.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Book on local folklore.
This file created on: June 6, 2008
This file last updated on: June 6, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Hawaii
Type of location: Pineapple field.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Farm worker.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 0
Type of entities: Giant
Entities height: Giant
Entities outfit type: N/A
Entities outfit color: N/A
Entities skin color: N/A
Entities body: N/A
Entities head: N/A
Entities eyes: N/A
Entities mouth: N/A
Entities nose: N/A
Entities feet: 1 meter long foot.
Entities arms: N/A
Entities fingers: N/A
Entities fingers number: N/A
Entities hair: N/A
Entities voice: N/A
Entities actions: N/A
Entities/witness interactions: N/A
Witness(es) reactions: Fell in hole interpreted as footstep mark of a giant.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Fell in hole interpreted as footstep mark of a giant.
Explanation category: Folklore. Not UFO-related. Not a CE3.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. gg1:] GLEN GRANT:

Glen Grant collected many stories from the folklore of Hawaii. Some of them are about a giant named Aikanaka, an urban legend from the town of Wahiawa. The giant supposedly wanders in the pineapple fields or lies on the lonely stretch of road within the pineapple fields.

When the "Aikanaka legends" first became part of his Obake Files, a search was made through the older materials collected a decade before which linked Wahiawa to strange, unnatural beings, and two such stories surfaced which had been collected in the 1970's.

One is from a Filipino man who worked for Dole Pineapple Company in the early 1960's 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., in the Helemano section of the pineapple fields where at about 2 a.m. they were moving huge sprinklers into position for irrigation.

As this man 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 reporting this incident to older workers, the man was told that some of the men had seen a giant walking through the pineapple fields in the Helemano section, and always thought it was a spirit that haunted the place where an old pineapple camp had been.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Helemano, Oahu, Hawaii, in 1965, at02:00 a.m., a Filipino working for the Dole Pineapple Company as part of an irrigation crew was walking one late night in the pineapple fields, setting up the huge sprinklers into position. As he was walking in the dark he suddenly tripped and fell into a shallow hole. After investigating the hole it turned out to be a large man-like footprint. After telling what had occurred to the older workers, he was told that some of the men had seen a giant-man-like figure walking through the pineapple fields in the Helemano area.

Albert Rosales indicates as source The Obake Files, Encounters in Supernatural Hawaii.

Points to consider:

Glen Grant is a researcher of the local folklore in Hawaii, he also used to organize "Haunted Hawaii" tours.

What we have here is no UFO sighting, no UFO occupant, no alien, no humanoid.

What we have is a man tripping into a small hole and the hole being called a giant's footprint, and then the tale by local elders of legends and rumors of the local folklore.

To note: the case is not exactly dated 1965, but "in the early 60's".

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None.

Evaluation:

Folklore. Not UFO-related. Not a CE3.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 6, 2008 Creation, [gg1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2008 First published.

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