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Halakahiki
Hala

First Appearance:

May 10th, 1960

Known Relatives:

Unnamed Grandfather (deceased)
Unnamed Parents (deceased)
Unnamed Aunt

Created By:

Chester Gould

Can Be Found:

The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 19

Halakahiki (meaning "Little Pineapple" in Hawaiian) was an orphaned native Hawaiian girl. She had dark hair and typically wore a garland of flowers. Her parents had died when she was an infant and she was raised by her grandfather who led a traditional Hawaiian native lifestyle.

Helped by Dick Tracy Edit

Halakahiki's grandfather were killed during the big storm in the early 1960s and she was sent to Dick Tracy's city, where her aunt was living. Halakahiki had never seen her aunt, and her only clue to the woman's identity was a pineapple tattoo that she had on her ankle that matched one on her aunt's ankle.

Spots read of the girl's search for her aunt in newspapers and concocted a scheme to claim Halakahiki. Since his wife was a native Hawaiian herself, they planned to have her ankle tattooed with a pineapple to complete the ruse. This plan was successful at first, but Halakahiki easily realized that Mrs. Spots' tattoo was recent when she discovered that it was still sore.

Mrs.Spots took pity on Halakahiki and helped her escape. Spots killed his wife when he discovered this and he became a fugitive. The little Hawaiian girl was eventually reunited with her real aunt.

Notes Edit

  • Gould's depiction of the pineapple tattoos on Ms. Spots' and Halakahiki's legs being identical is somewhat questionable, as it's unlikely that a tattoo artist could exactly duplicate someone else's tattoo or do a pineapple the same way twice.