Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Jun 19, 2022

Take 2022

John Kenai, his wife Alyssa, and their daughter Kylie became houseless when their landlord decided to sell the house at the last minute.

John had no family as his parents passed away when he was 17. Being adopted at birth, none of his siblings wanted anything to do with him simply because they were not related to him by blood and felt they owed him nothing. Alyssa's parents agreed to take Kylie in while she and John got back on their feet, but they would not let their daughter and her husband live with them. Finally, a program for small houseless families was announced on the evening news, which both John and Alyssa saw while scrolling through their cell phones while parked in a McDonald's parking lot, using the free WiFi. Proof needed to be provided that one or both parents were employed but not earning enough to rent a home. John and Alyssa were magic because that was the exact situation they were caught in, and they ended up qualifying. The place was a nicely furnished condo near the university. It had a pool and a playground, and Kylie's school was right down the road. John was glad to see that they didn't end up in a community of houseless people but in a place of their own. Once the three were moved in and settled, life began anew, and the Kenai family was content and happy. On her days off, Alyssa would keep herself busy around the house, cleaning, tidying up, and shopping for necessities. Often, her parents would engage in small talk and make sure that family life was good and everyone was happy. However, each time they left, they always offered to take Kylie for a few days or to have her stay with them on holiday. Alyssa would kindly refuse and remind her parents that Kylie needed to get used to her new life and that she couldn't stay with her grandparents all the time. No arguments resulted, and they would leave. Alyssa always expressed her frustration about her parents to John, who replied, "Kylie is their only grandchild, so it makes sense that they would want to spend more time with her."

One day, John and Kylie happened to have to same-day off. He was able to witness firsthand what his wife complained about so often. Their doorbell rang, and it was Alyssa's parents that John saw standing inside the doorway when he came out of the bedroom. Pleasantries were exchanged, and small talk ensued, and then they made their way to leave. Just as Alyssa had said, her parents were halfway out the door when they turned and offered to take Kylie for a few days. As she had done many times before, Alyssa politely refused, and her parents acquiesced and left. 

"Would not have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself," John was shocked.

Not less than a second later, the doorbell rang, and it was Alyssa's parents standing there, dressed entirely different than the way they were not less than a minute ago. "Did you forget something?" Alyssa asked.

"Maybe YOU forgot something!" They scolded her.

"What?" Alyssa was confused.

"Thanks for not telling us where you live! We had to find out on your social media, not from you!" Her father was not happy.

After much back and forth, Alyssa and John found out that her parents had been waiting for a call, an email, or a text about the address of their new home but never received one. So, they did their own snooping online. When Alyssa told her parents of their many visits and their obnoxious insistence on taking Kylie, they were incredulous. "This is our first time stepping foot in this place!"

Then, who kept coming to their condo, trying to convince Alyssa to let them take Kylie?


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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