Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 15, 2022

Guilt 2022

 Another story about another house with a strange unsolved history in urban Honolulu.

It was the last of those old 1920s half-storied, hipped roof bungalows with overhanging eaves and exposed rafters. It was occupied by your typical local family, which was rare. Typically, a Haole or Asian family-owned those kinds of homes. If a Hawaiian family owned a place like that, they were the hapa type, not full the blooded ones, and their last names were Haole which meant that somewhere back in their lineage, a Hawaiian woman of financial and social consequence married a white man, who gained his status through her. The local family who occupied the domicile in Mānoa valley suddenly disappeared one day. No one knew where they might have gone. The cars were home, the tv was on, and a full meal sat on their dining room table. It was undeniable that a family lived and breathed in this place; the only question was, where did that family go? The site was a hard sell afterward; no one stayed long because of the eerie feelings, the odd noises, and the never-ending whispers and sounds of sobbing. Over time, the house fell into disrepair and began to lean off its foundation. For safety reasons, it finally had to be torn down. That is when the bodies of the missing family were found entombed in the house's walls. With no signs of physical trauma, it was determined that the family was still alive as they were being sealed or concreted into the walls of the place where they lived. A killer and a motive were never determined, and the case remains unsolved.


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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