Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 18, 2022

Hoʻokō 2022 3


"Jedidiah could not come up with the money to pay for passage back to the east coast to retrieve his son and the daughter of the aliʻi ʻai moku," the museum curator said.

"None of the other Calvinists would help."

"So, what happened?" A member of the three-person tour group asked.

"We know that whatever happened, Jedidiah had more children, but they were outcasts in the Calvinist community, but that the aliʻi ʻai moku took those children in and raised them as his own," The curator shared. 

"Well, that's obvious," one person scoffed.

"Obviously, not Jedidiah's children at that point," the second person agreed.

"Jedidiah couldn't get to Boston or wherever, and maybe he was too afraid to show his face," the third person began. "Rather than kill Jedidiah's family, the ʻaliʻi ʻai moku made his own family from the wife of Jedidiah,"

"Do you really think that is what might have happened?" The curator asked the group.

"There cannot be any other explanation," they replied.

"Well, that concludes the story of Jedidiah Corliss; thank you all for coming today," the curator bowed.

"By the way," the one person asked. "You never mentioned the name of the aliʻi ʻai moku; what was it?"

"Ah yes," the curator apologized. "His name was Kalanihulikaiʻōpua, the royal churning billowing clouds,"

"Such a beautiful and interesting name," the three agreed. "We never caught your name, by the way?"

"My apologies," the curator bowed. "It's Jed Kalanihulikaiʻōpua."


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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