Known as the “Hula Cop,” for the double life he led as a detective with the Honolulu Police Department and a nightclub performer, Mossman was a fixture at the Barefoot Bar in Waikiki throughout the 1950s and 60s. He would sing, dance and tell funny stories until the early morning hours and then go on to his day job.

During its heyday, a typical “hot” night at the bar would see Mossman joined on stage by a visiting Hollywood celebrity, who would then leave his “footprint” on the wall as a memento of the occasion. All the fun came to a halt in 1969 when the Mayor of Honolulu, Frank Fasi, in his zeal to increase the beach real estate in Waikiki, turned off the mike.


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