Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 25, 2022

Don't 2022

Winds like these are very few and far between.

So it can be very emotional when they unexpectedly alight through an area with a cool, gentle touch, almost like a warm caress. The wind that manifests from a sheer humid nothingness that causes the tiny hairs to rise on the back of your neck is the one that gives you pause and moves you to reconsider your surroundings. We were standing in the basement of a closed office at a state building, reviewing old survey maps from the great mahele, when a breeze blew through the space and sent loose pieces of paper flying about the room. "Everyone, stop what you're doing," I cautioned. "Put everything down; we forgot to pray before opening these survey maps." There was no resistance from any of the people in the office.

"We did something wrong?" Karl Mishima asked.

"Not wrong," I replied. "But these maps were made by Hawaiians who lived in these areas. They left a secret code on these maps of night marcher trails. To let other Hawaiians know where not to go or build."

Everyone gasped and quickly joined hands with everyone else, and I offered a prayer in Hawaiian. One of apologies, intention, and humble gratefulness. After the prayer, I submitted one reminder to the group. "Don't think about taking pictures and making copies of these maps for your profit; it won't turn out good for any of you. But, of course, you don't have to listen to me. You can do what you want. Just don't come crying to me after the damage is done because it will be too late by then."

Everyone went back to work, and the same wind filtered through the office and returned the opposite way before it dissipated. If you know where to find old maps, then you know which office I'm talking about.


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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