Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Sep 10, 2021

100 Ghost Stories Counting Down To Halloween 2021 #51


This very last Capitol ghost story comes from another former security guard who shared his experience while working there during the '80s.

He said the Capitol during that time was not without his fair amount of controversy and scandal. More often than not, the security guard said that it almost became a common thing to see ladies of the evening lingering about the breezeway between the back of the 'Iolani Palace and the state Capitol. He couldn't really chase them away, and so as a matter of course, he made small talk with the ladies every now and again. There was one in particular who he befriended that called herself Sadie. Not her real name, of course. She always wore a red dress and would appear at the rear stairs leading up and through the rotunda. She was a Maui girl from Keanae. How she came into her current situation was a matter that was never discussed, but she talked about everything else. She had a daughter back home who she left behind to be raised by her parents. "They kicked me out," Sadie sighed. "I dunno when I'll be able to see my baby." The security guard said that a sheriff would suddenly appear without fail, and Sadie would follow him into one of the elevators. The security guard had no idea where she went after that, but that was the routine for almost a year. Then suddenly, Sadie stopped showing up, and the security guard never saw her again. Fast forward to the present time, as the almost seventy-year-old former security guard at the state capitol is sharing this story with me. "One night, I was here with my grandson, you see? I helped him make flower lei to place on the Queen's statue. The next thing I know, I hear a voice calling me! Nate! Nate! Nate!" I turn around, and sitting on the steps is Sadie. "Hi, Nate! Long time no see! Come sit down, let's talk!" She begs while tapping the empty space next to her. I grab my grandson, and we briskly walk back to our parked car on Punchbowl. "Tutu, what's the rush? Where you going?" 

"Never mind!" I scolded him. "Just get to the car so we can get out of here!"

"Tutu, what happened?" My grandson begged.

"That woman who was waving at us?"

"Yes," my grandson was not getting the hint.

"You can see right through her!" 


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