Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 22, 2022

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Twenty three years ago my friends and I were hiking the Aiea loop trail at precisely nine in the morning which is right about when the time when the place is still quiet and unbothered by tourists and the like.

The trek itself was uneventful in the way that we did not encounter any wildlife or trouble makers, we were simply enjoying our own company. We were passing Pu'u Ulau when my shoestrings became undone. I stopped very briefly to kneel down and adjust the laces and when I looked up my friends were gone. Standing there instead was a cadre' of Hawaiian chiefs and warriors. They glared at me as I had intruded on a very important ceremony that was privy only to themselves. I turned to run, but another regiment blocked to the path going back the other way. They glared at me too, they were not at all pleased with my presence on the trail. In a second, both sides rushed toward me with spears and weapons at the ready. All I could do was cover up and hope and pray for a quick end, but it never came. Instead, it was my friends around me, wondering what was wrong. The said they came back and saw me tying my shoe laces, after which I stood up and went into some kind of a trance. I shared with them what I saw, but they laughed and said that I was suffering from dehydration. We completed the trail, and went to go eat somewhere before calling it a day and heading home. As I now write this story to you sir, I still cannot explain what happened to me that day. Please share this story, but don't mention my name.


17A Productions Presents

Lopaka Kapanui at Hawaii Theatre

A LIVE and IN-PERSON 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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