The stories of these Hawaiian Haunts will send chills to your core.
Looking for some inspiration to feed those desired spine-tingling sensations of fear from our favorite Aloha State? Read below to find out the spookiest-of-spooky Hawaiian stories and haunted places.
1. Haunted Hawaiian Cemeteries
Most of us feel like cemeteries are creepy and disturbing, but some of us also enjoy the thrill of being around the deceased, and the adrenaline rush of being somewhere often seen as taboo. These 5 cemeteries are a great place to spend some time with the dead on your favorite islands. ((Just make sure to always be respectful, as the culture and traditions are held in high regard to many locals and tourists alike.))
One of the most famous is the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii (Mauna ‘Ala (fragrant hills), the final resting place of the Kamehameha Dynasty, and the Kalakaua Dynasty.
Another is the Kalaupapa and Kalawao Settlements. “These historic tombs at the Siloama Churchyard, constructed from lava rock and lime mortar, have begun to deteriorate and collapse throughout the decades. Despite a recent effort to restore several of the tombs by the National Parks Service, the graveyard still lends itself to the eerie – especially at night.” (ref: onlyinyourstate.com)
Or, you could visit the Kuamoo Burials, also known as the Lekeleke Burial Grounds, where it is established as the resting place for warriors killed during a major battle in 1819.
2. Hawai'i Plantation Village
Every October, this outdoor history museum tells the story of the island’s sugar cane workers and life on the plantation from 1850 to 1950, as well as the history of immigration to Hawaii, featuring restored buildings, replicas of various plantation structures, and a few ghosts as well. It’s actually considered a valid haunted attraction!
3. The Night Marchers
Known as one of the most famous supernatural phenomena in the islands, The Huaka’ipo (also known as the night marchers), are the spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors who have been cursed to march the islands for eternity. Legend has it that they spend their nights roaming the islands visiting old battlefields and religious sites. Others say that these warriors are simply restless souls looking to reclaim rightful territory, replay a battle gone awry, or avenge their own deaths. Some even say that the night marchers are searching methodically for an entrance into the next world.
Whatever their mission, the night marchers are said to march in a single line, often carrying torches and weapons while chanting and playing drums. To protect yourself, you must quickly run indoors or lie on the ground face down in respect if you come in contact with these restless spirits. You must also be perfectly silent and still, for any sudden sound or movement could invite the deadly glance of a night marcher. If you make eye contact with the night marchers, you will die and be forced to march with them for an eternity. (ref: kauaianthro.org)
4. The Honolulu Strangler
"He walked into the Honolulu Police Department and claimed to know where her body was. The police followed the suspicious informant in hopes of finding answers to four other unsolved murders.”
While I’d love to recap the terrible acts of these murders, take a look at the full story compiled by kealakai.byuh.edu, based on “information provided by the “Case File Podcast”, or “Casefile”–an award-winning Australian crime podcast with an anonymous host.” To read the full article, click here. It’s truly fascinating stuff- if you’re into that sort of thing. ;)
5. The Haunted Kaimuki House
This is the famous haunted Kaimuki House, located on the corner of 8th and Harding. The house is widely known to many as one of the most haunted places on the island. And, while the house itself looks relatively normal, the story behind it is anything but “normal”.
First, a Kasha (a man-eating ghost from Japanese folklore) is the creature said to inhabit this residence. The evidence supporting its haunting is heavy, and many do not doubt the existence of something eerily supernatural. “Other interpretations of this monster include a ghoul who lives around crematoriums and feeds on the dead, and a cat-like demon from the sky who steals away bodies. However, all three versions have one thing in common: its insatiable hunger for blood and corpses.” (ref: realhaunts.com)
Many years ago, in 1942, police officers were called to the house by a woman who kept repeating "she’s trying to kill my children!" When they entered the house, all the officers would do was helplessly watch in horror as the three children were levitated, slapped, and hurled across the room by an “invisible force”.
Featured in the local newspaper: supposedly, a young boy detected an "odor of ghost" in the home, enraging the kasha, and resulting in a vicious attack against the family and law enforcement officials.
And that’s not the only story available! Although the house originally known as the Kaimuku House, was torn down in 2016, the legend still remains.
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