Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 5, 2022

Pushed 2022

 No longer the Sears at the mall on the Windward side of the island, it stands empty and stark.

It was a mere shadow of what it used to be when customers filled its aisles and long lines formed at the cash register. Before its demise, a manager who oversaw the hardware section shared with me that you could see senior citizens being pushed to the floor by some invisible force on the security video. Whole tool boxes would fly off the shelves, nearly striking customers in the head or body. Appliances would teeter back and forth as if they would topple their total tonnage on anyone who came too close. Cash registers would refuse to open so that the cashier might give change, or it would turn off and suddenly come back to life. Most troublesome were the doors, which opened quickly but closed slowly; sometimes, they would swing open angrily and slam shut, trapping people so they could not escape. I never heard if a blessing was ever conducted, just that one day, Sears was closed. I wonder if the troubled spirits are still lurking about, or if they are at peace once and for all?


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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