Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

May 11, 2022

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Of all places, a fast-food choke and puke shouldn't be infested with spirits. However, when you have a high turnover of teenage employees and managers in their early to mid-twenties, you have a concoction of frenetic, repressed energy bursting at the seams. It's that exact kind of energy that attracts otherworldly activity. Especially when the establishment is sitting on an ancient bloody battle site where those who were defeated were left where they perished. Under pain of death, no one was allowed to peruse the battlefield to retrieve their dead. It was horrible for a Hawaiian to die that way, their bones exposed to the sun. So during peak rush hours, pans, trays, and boxes of frozen burgers flew across the grill where the cooks were putting orders together. People in groups of two or three walking down the stairs that led to the break room were shoved by something that wasn't there. In pairs of two, managers worked in the downstairs office, never wanting to be left alone because they would hear voices or feel someone's body press against theirs. Most troublesome was the peak evening rush, when lines formed going out the door, and the drive-thru would back up to the main road. Employees sometimes fell to the ground convulsing and foaming at the mouth; others would simply go catatonic, while a few broke down and cried hysterically. Having the establishment blessed only seemed to make things worse. Finally, the owners had no choice but to close it down. After that, it became a roller rink for a while until that went out of business, and now? Well, if you see it, you'll know.


17A Productions Presents

Lopaka Kapanui at Hawaii Theatre

A storytelling concert at the historic Hawaii Theatre. This master storyteller is one of Hawaii’s most popular teller of tales and has been in the business of scaring people for more than 20 years. Lopaka is terrifically skilled at provoking that sudden chill going down one’s back or causing the small hairs on your arms to stand up. Chicken skin is what we call it in Hawai‘i. Others might refer to it as chills or goosebumps. Sharing real accounts of Hawaii’s supernatural culture, Lopaka often leaves audience members questioning the darkness on their drive home and anxiously leaving the light on at bedtime.


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