Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 16, 2022

Ho'okō 2022 1

Jedidiah Corliss, by way of circumstance, and not by the hand of God as he would later say it was, but by happenstance, saved the life of the only child of the Aliʻi ʻai moku of Lihuʻe who was near to falling off a sheer cliff to the rocks below.

As a show of thanks to the Calvinist, the aliʻi ʻai moku sent his youngest daughter to Jedidiah to become his wife. Her name was Lau, and as generous and as heartfelt as the gesture may have been, Jedidiah humbly refused the offer as he was already married to his wife, Grace.

 "Now, you have two wives," Herman, a neighboring Calvinist of Jedidiah, translated for the aliʻi ʻai moku. Herman continued with a smile on his face and whispered to his friend. "If you do not accept this young girl into your home, the chief will take it as a personal insult. So simply nod and agree."

Jedidiah did precisely that, and the girl went home with him. Grace was happy with the circumstance and understood it as the girl being sent to help with whatever was needed doing by the direction of Grace herself. Unfortunately, Jedidiah did not tell her the whole truth. Two months later, the aliʻi ʻai moku appeared with his retinue in front of the home of Jedidiah. Herman translated to his neighbor that the aliʻi ʻai moku was disappointed to see that his daughter was not pregnant with Jedidiah's child. It was his hope that through the child, they would become related as family. Lau told her father that she was treated as an enslaved person and that Jedidiah wholly ignored her. be continued


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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