Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Nov 30, 2022

Nailed 2022

Naturally, they thought she was helpless and stupid because she was a woman wandering the aisles of the hardware superstore.

Nov 29, 2022

Lepo'ula 2022

Rust-colored dirt beneath my feet interspersed with flakey salt deposits.

Nov 27, 2022

Coffee 2022

Every morning, she'd sit there with a hot cup of coffee she would never drink, a breakfast she would only half finish, and a magazine she'd stare at without reading.

Nov 26, 2022

New Punk 2022

 The little cracked seed store in Ala Moana was never for a moment dull.

Nov 24, 2022

Kūkulu 2022

Men who work paving roads, filling in potholes, and other such labor have told me that they hate working late at night in the rural areas of ʻOʻahu. The vibe gets really creepy, really fast.

Nov 23, 2022

Manawa iki 2022

 It was humid, and I was rushing to get to my car, turn the a/c on and just sit there for a couple of minutes before heading to the drive-thru.

Nov 22, 2022

Trouble 2022

One never expects trouble even though trouble could be lurking about, waiting for an opportunity to make itself known and presentable when you least expect it.

Nov 19, 2022

1977 2022

There weren't too many places in Waipahu to park late at night and enjoy a dinner plate from Graces Inn with a jumbo-sized drink to wash down your mixed plate of shoyu chicken, Terri-beef, cone sushi, fried noodles, and corned beef hash.

Nov 17, 2022

Again 2022


Because of my uncle Thomas, my parents could buy the family station wagon at a good price.

Nov 16, 2022

Iwakaluakumaha 2022

On the 24th, Barry Kalaluhi waited in the small church in the warehouse district in Kalihi.

Nov 15, 2022

Kalina 2022

Empty space without even a residual echo of all the glory, life, heartache, and sadness imprinted into the very fibers of the floor, the twisted mesh of the screened windows, and the sturdy wooden pillars and beams.

Nov 14, 2022

Uncertain 2022

 She was the strongest person we knew; she held the ʻohana together after our father passed away.

Nov 13, 2022

Homeful 2022

Having these last few beers on the most beautiful day I've seen in a while was not easy.

Nov 12, 2022

Paʻakai 2022

My old neighbor was a Hawaiian mother who advocated using natural salt from the sea, for blessings, to salt meat, and for regular table salt.

Nov 11, 2022

Free Me 2022

 ...continued from yesterday

Between us were the kitchen counter and the rack of knives.

Nov 10, 2022

Nov 9, 2022

Free Again 2022

 ...continued from yesterday


Admittedly, it shook the core of everything I thought I was up until I met Merla in her dog and human incarnation.

Nov 8, 2022

Free 2022


There's something to be said about how the Las Vegas machine has everything big, bright, and in your face.

Maha'oi 2022

“I don’t even know if get fish in Manoa falls; I was the only one here this morning right at sunrise.

Nov 6, 2022

Five 2022

Can animals become ghosts or spirits after their body no longer lives?

Nov 5, 2022

Four 2022

 We encounter spirits all the time, not like how we see them in the movies but in real life.

Nov 4, 2022

Nov 3, 2022

Nov 2, 2022

One 2022

 The first time I saw a spirit, I became immediately nauseous after the experience.

Nov 1, 2022

Six 2022

I lurk around old memories, old feelings, and the nostalgia of peaking during high school and never being able to live beyond it.

#106 2022

 My life is like swimming in the shallow end of a pool, where I was too afraid to venture anywhere profound because I’d gotten used to the life that I was told I was supposed to have.