Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 3, 2022

Knocks 2022

 Soft and then loud but gradually like a crescendo in a music piece.

That's how the knocks would start, very quiet and then build ever so maniacally that the door or the wall would shake as if an earthquake had struck the house. Then, without warning, it would stop cold, and dead silence permeated everything. It was most frightening then because it was quiet, which drove you mad. After all, you did not know what to expect in the next second or minute. No heavy traffic, no trucks or heavy vehicles happened by, so there was nothing to account for the terrible knocking and shaking of the house each night. The couple moved out and found a home in the Waikele area, abandoning their home in Whitmore. The house was eventually leveled to make room for a new condominium. In the house's walls was found a corpse of an old plantation worker, who by the appearance of his skeletal remains had been spackled and concreted into the wall while he was still alive. Now the reason for the knocking and the shaking is known. 


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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