The smell of cigar smoke
By Kendra Oishi
My story dates back to before I began working here (pre-2001), when Glen Grant was still alive and doing his Downtown ghost tours.
One of the stops on the tour was the Capitol steps facing the Queen Liliuokalani statue, where we all sat as Glen Grant spoke. Mr. Grant was telling various stories related to the area, including how Governor Burns used to walk around the Capitol, often smoking a cigar. He explained that even after Governor Burns was long gone, people would sometimes smell a cigar, even though no one was smoking in the area, and that it is believed that the cigar smell was a sign of Governor Burns' presence.
As Mr. Grant was transitioning to another story, I thought I sensed the aroma of a cigar in the air, but I kept that thought to myself and just brushed it aside as a figment of my imagination, influenced by the story I just heard. Then, a young women sitting on the steps behind me leaned toward her friend and said, "Do you smell that?" Her friend replied, "What?" The young woman says, "I thought I smelled a cigar." Then I realized it wasn't just me, and that perhaps Governor Burns was indeed in our presence.