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Newsboy who became face of Hawaii statehood dies

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 7:08 PM

HONOLULU -- The man who became inextricably linked to Hawaii's 1959 statehood as a grinning newsboy in an iconic photo has died.

A son of Chester Frank Kahapea told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the former newsboy died March 4 at a Honolulu hospital from complications caused by Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 65.

The Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary on Wednesday confirmed Kahapea's death with The Associated Press.

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 New York Times.

Kahapea's son, Christopher, says his father passed his work ethic onto his children and he helped them deliver newspapers.

Kahapea is also survived by another son, one daughter, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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