Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Aug 31, 2021

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Our rottweiler puppy, Hanuman, was a gamble from the day we bought him home. His rambunctious behavior was cute because he was so small and chubby and extremely cuddly.

Aug 29, 2021

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I have to stop eating these small packets of Milky Way bars, otherwise, I'm going to have to find a bathroom, and there are none available at this location.

Aug 28, 2021

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....Conclusion


There was no evidence of any physical or internal trauma that made Gale fall into a coma. The doctor at Kaiser said that if he didn't know any better, he would say that the coma was self-induced.

Aug 27, 2021

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Continued from yesterday's story.....


Sherwyn Watanabe was mercilessly teased in school, at karate class, and by his cousins because of his name. People called him 'Cher' and would constantly shout the lyrics to 'I Got You Babe' at him every time they saw him.

Aug 26, 2021

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Did you ever have one of those friends that you've known for a while, but every now and again, they do things that make you question your friendship?

Aug 25, 2021

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"Any Other Night"

by

Tanya Kapanui


Abby heard a slight rustle through her veil of sleep and thought she’d left the window open.

Aug 24, 2021

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This is what I imagined it to be. It wasn't hospice. It was my own home with high ceilings and oversized doors like giant blinds than portals

Aug 23, 2021

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There used to be a Filipino restaurant next to the 31 flavors near the intersection of South King Street and Punahou.

Aug 22, 2021

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I didn’t have any more dreams after my last encounter with Nancy. As for Avarice, who knows where she could be or even how she figured out where to find me?

Aug 21, 2021

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"I had Avarice when I was very young," Nancy regretted. "The sound of the name sang right on my tongue, but when I saw that one of the definitions was cupidity, I thought, well then there you have it. Cupidity is like little cupid shooting arrows of love.

Aug 20, 2021

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I regarded the elder woman for a second, scoffed, and walked away. I caught a brief glance of the foot and vehicle traffic on Kalākaua before I took a left turn at the lobby. Halfway past the concierge desk, I stopped dead in my tracks.

Aug 19, 2021

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In the dream, I'm walking along the beach at Waikīkī. Itʻs the late afternoon, and itʻs a bit overcast. Itʻs not overrun with tourists, cabana boys, and surf instructors.

Aug 18, 2021

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I've done this a thousand times more than I can count. The reports, the tags, and all the admin crap are like rote. I have it down to a science.

Aug 17, 2021

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The evil spirits he'd been called to banish from a house in Kuli'ou'ou valley didn't wait for his arrival. They manifested at his front door.

Aug 16, 2021

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As you've already read, growing up on 6th avenue in Kaimuki during the mid to late '80s and early '90s was very interesting.

Aug 15, 2021

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1


6th avenue extends from the intersection of 7th and Brokaw, where it then becomes Alohea street. It ends just past the Wai'alae dental center at Keanu and Palolo.

Aug 14, 2021

Why I Don't Sage or Smudge

The other night after our Ghosts of Old Honolulu walking tour, when most of my guests were leaving, a young woman came running back to talk to me. She mentioned that she sensed a lot of grief in one of the places we visited and asked if I ever saged the space and ended her question with a millennial “just so you know” comment at the end. 

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In the late '80s and early '90s, Mrs. Mendiola herself was well into her dotage. Yet, everyone on our block loved her because she grew her own fruits and vegetables and generously shared her stock with everyone.

Aug 13, 2021

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The two-story apartment building toward the end of Pupukahi street was fresh and brand new even for the early 70s'. It's where I lived when Kikaida first made his appearance.

Aug 11, 2021

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Three times a day, I had to feed my grandfather Kon-gee or what my mother called Jook. I hated it because it took away from my Xbox time, where I could play and talk to my online friends while battling the hordes.

Aug 10, 2021

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The sun rising from the east blankets its early morning hue over the capital district. Street sweepers kick up dust and leaves leftover from the shower trees along south king.

Aug 9, 2021

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The homeless man was a blight on the Capitol district that the authorities could do nothing about. He had been previously arrested for harassment, terroristic threatening, indecent exposure, and vandalism.

Aug 8, 2021

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 Yesterday 8:03 a.m.

Whatever it is it presses down on the bed between my feet and places what feels like a hand on my ankle. It doesn't do anything else.

Aug 7, 2021

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The old warrior’s mind was like an enclosed fishpond surrounded by a protective wall of silence and long hard stares into nothing.

Aug 6, 2021

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At the very top of this section of this cemetery is the unmarked grave of an infant child abandoned by its teenage mother in 1994.

Aug 5, 2021

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Two local boys got wind of a story associated with a neighborhood Hongwanji Temple being haunted. So, on a balmy summer night in June, they rode their bicycles down the old dusty pathway that lead to the humble grounds where the temple stood.

Aug 4, 2021

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There's a lot of things you end up losing as you get older. Your hair, your dignity, your family and friends who eventually die before you do.

Aug 3, 2021

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The owners at the condo complex in lower Liliha complained to the maintenance manager about the smell coming from the unit on the third floor.

Aug 2, 2021

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1

I sit in the library for most of the day because I'm pathetic. It's hopeless. So, I sit for most of the day either getting lost in a good book or logging in online and just surfing the internet.

Aug 1, 2021

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My job wasn't all about contracts all the time. It comes as a relief when I don't have to off someone by gun, poison, or usual means. A pūʻolo.