THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       HAWAII   16TH AVENUE BRIDGE (OAHU) Approximately 15 years ago, a young girl was killed on 16th Avenue Bridge in Kaimuki in a hit and run accident and local residents claim that the child still haunts the bridge. She is often encountered by pedestrians who ask if she is ok and then asked if they can help her to get home. However, those who do agree to walk (or drive) her home say that by the time they reach the end of the bridge she vanishes. It is incredibly sad to think that this poor girl is trapped on the bridge where she met her death and never able to go home. 842 BETHEL ST. (HONOLULU) This building operated as a police station and jail from around 1931 to 1967. In modern times, office workers have reported toilets flushing inexplicably, doors opening and closing, and disembodied footsteps. About five to seven years ago, one worker reported seeing the image of a man’s face in her computer monitor. She turned around to find no one there and since then has never worked late alone again. The building is currently owned by the City and County of Honolulu and employees there have seen a ghostly apparition in the restroom and their file cabinet doors opening and closing by an unseen presence. A typewriter will begin typing when no one else is there and at one point an employee saw a newspaper flip a page on its own as though someone was reading it. The sound of a squeaking office chair and lights flickering are also common events that take place there. AIEA HIGH SCHOOL (HONOLULU) Established in 1961, this is one of the best public, co-educational college preparatory high schools in Hawaii but beside it's notable reputation in education it has another side too as many claim this school is one of the most haunted in Honolulu. According to legends this was built on an old burial ground, which triggered the activity there. Many people have seen shadowy figures, especially the R building area which is known as its most haunted location. Strange noises are heard almost all over the campus at night and many students have reported this to school authorities. Apparitions are also seen and disembodied voices heard. BISHOP MUSEUM (HONOLULU) Dating back to 1889, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state of Hawaii, housing not only the world’s most extensive collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian art and artifacts, but also one of the world’s major collections of zoological, entomological, and natural history specimens. The ornate buildings of the Bishop Museum were originally part of the campus of a boy’s school and one half of the Kamehameha Schools, a private institution to provide education to native Hawaiians. Two schools – one for boys and one for girls – were established by philanthropist and businessman Charles Reed Bishop, husband of Bernice Pahahi Bishop. According to local Hawaiian superstition, nothing should ever be removed from a heiau,  a place of worship and human sacrifice. However, someone at Bishop Museum apparently did not get that memo because while designing an exhibit for the museum he attempted a recreation and took some lava stones from a real heiau to use in his exhibit. The following day the mother of one of the museum’s employees had a nightmare and told her son that if he went to work there was going to be blood everywhere. Her son shrugged off the warning reminding his mother that he could not afford to miss work. Upon his arrival at work he was asked to fix a problem with the roof of the museum. However, he ended up falling through it and landing on the heiau exhibit, striking his head on one of the stolen lava stones and dying instantly. It is said that the man is still haunting the museum to this day in the form of an apparition. People also report crying and heavy breathing during their visits. CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY (HONOLULU) There is a rumor that Lokelani Dorm at Charminade University actually served as a children’s hospital during the second World War. Students and members of the faculty have reported hearing children’s voices, seeing doors open and close on their own and feeling as though they are not alone. Not only have residents at both Keiffer and Lokelani Halls reported multiple ghost sightings, but security guards have described experiencing “very strange” activity. In Eiben Hall they were locking up the building when their radio walkies shut off, isolating them inside without a means of contacting anyone. When they walked outside, the doors shut automatically behind them and the walkies suddenly worked fine. Room 208 in Hale Lokelani has a tale of its own. Years ago there was an exorcism performed and the cross that was previously in the room left behind a stain that cannot be removed. Other ghostly goings-on have been reported, from a spectral skateboarder to soldiers’ spirits that linger in a wartime morgue. Unexplained sounds and electronic phenomena abound, allegedly stemming from a suicide and the aforementioned exorcism. Strange dreams shared by multiple people and the feeling of being choked during sleep also have been experienced. DOLE CANNERY SIGNATURE THEATER (HONOLULU) Screen number 14 at Signature Theaters at the Dole Cannery is rumored to be the regular hangout for the ghost of a man in his late 50s that watches people in the audience from a top corner seat of the theater. This place is also rumored to be the site of a deadly bus crash that killed a group of schoolchildren in the 1980s. Children can be heard screaming and crying in the bathroom next to the theater. It’s also said to be built on an ancient Hawaiian heiau, or a place of worship or human sacrifice. Spirits of ancient Hawaiian gods stare at patrons and staff as they walk by. FORT STREET MALL (HONOLULU) This was a Russian-built fort that was fought over three times, the site of the first paved road in Honolulu and the original site of the Queen’s Hospital. In 1810, the largest site for human sacrifices, Pākākā Heiau, was located where Fort Street Mall is today. Pākākā was owned by Kamehameha V’s mother, Kīnau, with the walls decorated with the heads of men offered in sacrifice. Some say that the headless ghosts of the sacrificial victims still walk around the area late at night. The historic area carries numerous stories of bubonic plague, two great fires, and countless tales of murder and mayhem. HAWAII THEATER (HONOLULU) The theater’s doors opened in 1922 and it lays claim to be the last functional historic theater in Honolulu. When it opened, reporters called it, “the pride of the Pacific” due to the grand style and decor. Originally presenting vaudeville plays and silent films, the theater operated strictly as a movie theater from 1933 to 1984 when it closed its doors. The building underwent several renovations before reopening in 1996. When remodeling began so did reports of odd sounds, strange happenings and objects moving on their own. Several have come in contact with what they describe as the ghost of a Chinese man said to have been murdered in the building during the theater’s early days. No one knows who he is, but some say he was a janitor working alone in the building while others claim he was a a gambler who was beaten there and left to die. His spirit has been responsible for doors opening and closing on their own, lights flickering or going out entirely and the sound of footsteps when the building is empty. HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE (OAHU) In September of 1938 construction of Hickam Air Force Base was completed and the following year, construction on the main barracks started. In 1940 the base had everything military personnel could need. The barracks had everything from squadron day rooms, a mess hall, a medical dispensary, laundry facilities, barbershops and other creature comforts the soldiers on the base could utilize. The soldiers enjoyed their home away from home so much they gave the barracks the nickname the “Hickam Hotel.” But when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, Hickam suffered a tremendous amount of damage. Since then, a number of unusual incidents and accidents have occurred at Hickam AFB. One incident occurred in 1955 when an R6D-1 was attempting to land during a heavy rain storm in the dark. The R6D-1 crashed and more than sixty people perished. People who have been on the base have claimed to hear the sounds of soldiers dying while others have claimed to hear what they say are the sounds of bombs striking and exploding. Additional reports claim that World War II soldiers in their fatigues wander around different areas of the base. Another claim is that there is a ghost named “Charley” on the base that likes to play pranks on people in the form of throwing objects and switching radio stations. Witnesses also claim that a guard shack on the base is haunted at night by the ghost of a soldier in uniform. It’s said he had apparently been killed while on duty in the shack. HIGHWAY 1 (OAHU) Highway 1 is another one of the most haunted places in Hawaii and is located on the island of Oahu. Highway 1 is a roadway that passes through the Koolau Mountains and legend states that many ancient warriors perished in those mountains. Construction on the Highway took much longer than expected, roughly seven years until completed, and one of the reasons that it took so many years is that countless workers who claimed to see ghosts would either leave work the same day or would never return. People working on the highway claim along with seeing countless ghosts they also hear the voices of the warriors speaking to them. People have also made claims that they have heard the cries of the warriors inside the tunnels along the highway. During the construction process, the bones of the ancient warriors were excavated which was said to have disturbed the warriors’ final resting place and triggering activity. HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE HOTEL (OAHU) Located on the island of Oahu, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel was born from the idea of Henry J. Kaiser who also built the Hoover Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam. It was formerly called the Kaiser Village Hotel and today sits on more than 22 acres of beach front property with the biggest swimming pool in all of Waikiki. It has exotic wildlife, more than 22 restaurants and botanical gardens. It’s the largest hotel in the Hilton Hawaiian chain and has more than three thousand rooms for guests to choose from making it the 17th largest hotel in the whole world. Although some people find it difficult to think of ghosts in a tropical paradise such as Hawaii, the Hilton Hawaiian has more than its share of ghost stories from the hotel staff and guests. It is said that the ghost of a beautiful woman in a red dress is constantly seen wandering the halls while others report seeing her on the beach. Many believe that this beautiful young lady is the volcano goddess who comes to Earth in many forms, including that of an old woman and a hitchhiker. Legend says that in 1959, an employee of the hotel saw the young lady vanish right in front of his own eyes and although most people believe this is the volcano goddess, others say that it is the ghost of a young woman who was murdered in her hotel room. HONOLULU AIRPORT (HONOLULU) The Honolulu Airport opened in 1927 and thousands of people travel to or out of Oahu’s main airport every day. Based on Honolulu ghost stories told by locals on the island, there is one individual who does not leave the airport, a blonde woman in a white dress, known as the “Lady in Waiting” who has been spotted in different areas of the airport, including at the gate. The story says she had fallen in love with a man who had intended to marry her, but when he left on a flight and never came back the Lady in Waiting was so devastated she took her own life. A call one of the local policemen working the airport would receive over and over again was about a lady standing at a gate, looking out a window at the runway. Callers said the woman looked like someone waiting for the arrival of a passenger, but many times the planes had since stopped arriving. She was sometimes seen in secured areas where no one without proper authorization could go and when they would go to check on her, she would always be gone. Other witnesses have seen a ghost on the Wiki-Wiki shuttle and toilets flushing on their own. People have also experienced the sensation of someone called the “Choking Ghost” sitting on their chest causing them to choke. HAMILTON LIBRARY (HONOLULU) The Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa is the largest research library in the state and serves as a key resource for the flagship Manoa campus (a land, sea and space grant institution) as well as the other University of Hawaii system campuses. It was designed by George Hogan who designed numerous houses on the island including The Plantation Estate which was used by Barack Obama as his Winter White House. Reports of this location being haunted have mostly come from the custodians and students who frequent the facility after hours as many have heard strange noises and seen apparitions in the library aisles and restrooms. A woman dressed in a pink muumuu has also been seen walking around the first floor of the library. Not the only place haunted on campus, the ninth floor of the Hale Mokihana Dormitory is said to be haunted by a student who killed himself there in the ’90s. People have seen the deceased figure roaming the halls and every now and then, a student will see someone standing at the foot of their bed. When they question who they are and why they’re there, the figure will say, “This is my room. I died in here,” before disappearing. HULIHE’ES PALACE The large stone house was originally built for and by John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawai‘i. Kuakini was a cousin of King Kamehameha I and the brother of Queen Ka‘ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha I. Although little information exists regarding the actual construction of Hulihe‘e, we know that excavation work began in 1837 and a year later, Hulihe‘e was completed. In January 1914, Mrs. Bathsheba Allen purchased Hulihe‘e for a reported $8,600 and for the first time since it was built, Hulihe‘e was no longer in the hands of the Hawaiian monarchy. Mrs. Allen’s death a month after her purchase left the house empty for the next 10 years. Today it is a museum and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young Hawaiian boy. No one is certain who he is but some surmise he might have worked there at some point. Several odd occurrences are said to be by his doing such as phantom footsteps, strange mists, orbs showing up in photos and cold breezes inside the house. Some members of the staff claim when they are at the palace alone and locking up, they have the sense that they’re not alone. I’OLANI PALACE (HONOLULU) Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world flock to visit the historic ‘Iolani Palace, once home to the Hawaiian monarchy. This National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu is ripe with memories and artifacts not to mention, ghost stories. Want a glimpse of Queen Lili‘uokalani? Stop by the palace grounds around 5:30 a.m. and you just might see her ghostly figure or at least, that’s what palace security guards say. They also report hearing the piano mysteriously playing in the Blue Room and a silhouette of a Hawaiian woman peering out from the window of ‘Iolani’s second-floor bedroom, where Lili‘uokalani was imprisoned. Some with a royal bloodline connection to Kalākaua and Kapi‘olani claim to hear chanting or Hawaiian music playing when they enter the upstairs bedroom. It’s rumored the 135-year-old banyan trees that dot the property house the spirits of those who didn’t have families to care for them signifying not all the ghosts spotted on ‘Iolani palace grounds are royalty. These trees harbor spirits of IAO THEATER (WAILUKU) Opened in 1928, the Iao Theater is easily one of the most haunted spots found across the eight main Hawaiian Islands, with the documentation to prove it. The theater is so haunted, in fact, that it was featured in the fianl episode of the Syfy show, Haunted Collector in 2012. Originally both a silent movie house and vaudeville house, the Spanish Mission-style theater fell into disrepair in the 1980s and after threats of demolition, the theater was placed on both the State of Hawaii Register of Historic Places (1994) and the National Register of Historic Places (1995) and is now home to a local community theater group who have reported various paranormal happenings. There have been various reports of lights flickering and unexplained voices throughout the theater, though the most chilling story is that of a misty, luminescent ghost sitting in random seats throughout the theater, as well as on stage when the theater is closed. Witnesses claim the female apparition is friendly and many affectionately refer to her as "Emma," an unknown flapper and actress who has a penchant for productions that take place in the 1920s. Lights flicker and boards malfunction for no apparent reason, but as soon as someone acknowledges Emma, the unexplained activity stops. Other ghosts have been seen in the basement and it’s said these are the ghosts of Hawaiian soldiers who died during battle centuries ago in the Iao Valley. Witnesses have also reported feeling cold spots, seeing shadowy figures, and hearing voices. Another not-so-friendly ghost has been witnessed making things fly off the shelves and generally causing chaos in the dressing rooms. KAIMUKI HOUSE (OAHU) In Japanese folklore, a Kasha is a demon or cannibalistic entity that feeds on human corpses and is said to bring the bodies to hell as punishment for committing mortal sin during life. Though these haunting cases don’t seem to exactly fit the definition, a Kasha is believed to reside in the Kaimuki house in Honolulu. The Kasha is believed to have first established its residency after a father murdered his family. The bodies of his wife and son were found buried on the property, but his daughter’s was nowhere to be found. In the summer of 1942, authorities were called onto the Kaimuki property because a woman claimed that an unseen entity was attacking her children. When police arrived at the home, they were confronted by a hysterical woman screaming that a ghost was trying to kill her children. According to reports, the police watched in horror as the invisible force assaulted and threw the children across the room. Sometime later, three women moved into the Kaimuki home and one night an invisible force grabbed the arm of one of them, which frightened the ladies and resulted in another call to the police for assistance. After explaining the incident to the policeman, the women asked if he could follow them as they drove to one of their mothers’ homes. A short time into the drive, the women suddenly pulled into a parking lot. When the policeman got out to investigate he found the women wrestling with an unseen force, with one woman seemingly being choked. When he attempted to help the lady, he was forced back and restrained by what he described as a “large calloused hand.” The policeman finally managed to get the lady being choked out of their vehicle and into his patrol car, but neither of the cars would start. When the policeman allowed the choking victim go back to her vehicle, both cars started as if nothing had been wrong. They drove out of the parking lot, but things only got worse. The policeman saw their car door get ripped off the vehicle and tossed to the road and moments later the choking victim was thrown out of the moving car. The women and policeman were helpless to do anything but watch as the Kasha choked its victim to death. In 1977, a young couple who had just moved onto the Kaimuki property arrived back home from an outing and retired to their room. Around midnight, the woman woke up because the room had become very cold and looked around to see if any of the windows were open. She then saw what appeared to be a large woman with no arms or legs hovering over their bed. Frightened by the incident, the couple consulted with their reverend, who told them to offer food to the spirit because it might need assistance returning to where it belonged. The couple followed the reverend’s instructions for a week, and the spirit never returned again. KAPAA QUARRY ROAD (KAILUA) Many lives have been claimed by Kapa’a Quarry Road’s winding and treacherous curves. Rumor holds that numerous ancient altars line the road and people have seen phantom hitchhikers as well as the Menehune, a mythological dwarf people in Hawaiian tradition who live in the deep forests and hidden valleys of the Hawaiian Islands, hidden and far away from human settlements. The road has claimed the lives of several motorists, and now the dead reportedly wander Kapaa Quarry, searching for a way home. Some hitch a ride from the living only to disappear before astonished drivers’ eyes. KILAUEA (VOLCANO PARK) Located in Volcano Park, Kilauea is the most active volcano in Hawaii and one of the most active in the world. In ancient Hawaii, the volcano was used to make sacrifices to the volcano goddess Pele and legend says she lives within it and dances inside the flames and lava flow. She is said to have the ability to take on many forms and has appeared in photographs taken inside the volcano. It’s said anyone removing anything from sand to lava rocks is destined to incur her wrath and become cursed. Several hotels and businesses report having items taken from the volcano by mainlanders sent back to them to return to the site after experiencing extreme misfortune after returning home. Many claim to have lost their jobs, homes, relationships and endured catastrophic events in their lives. KING INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (OAHU) King Intermediate School on the windward side of Oahu has acquired a reputation for being haunted since it opened in 1964. The Honolulu Police Department occasionally gets calls about vandals on the property, but when they arrive on scene they’ll encounter rocks thrown at them though there’s no one there that’s responsible. A former principal at the school reports a dark, shadowy figure can sometimes be seen standing in the back of a classroom saying, “Get out” in Hawaiian. During another otherwise normal school day, a substitute teacher was pushed into a closet by an unseen force while the class looked on in horror. KONA BEACH HOTEL (KONA) Built on the grounds where King Kamehameha’s castle once stood, the Kona Beach Hotel is said to be seriously haunted. King Kamehameha, the ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii, died in 1819 and is said to be buried somewhere on the grounds where the hotel now stands. Local legend claims that the top floor of the Kona Beach Hotel is where King Kamehameha lived out the end of his life and is the most haunted spot in the building. Visitors have reported hearing the distant sounds of battle and seeing apparitions of warriors roaming the hotel grounds after dark. In addition to the strange sights and battle cries, a gallery painting of Queen Liliuokalani located on the first floor appears to breathe in and out while glaring at guests as they pass by. MANOA FALLS TRAIL (OAHU) Mānoa Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile trail on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The trail is a part of the Honolulu Makau Trail System and leads to a popular 150 foot waterfall called Manoa Falls. Hiking the trail is approximately a one-hour round trip and many tourists are attracted to the waterfall and lush scenery. Stories and legends have long been linked to Manoa Falls, but none like the legend of the Night Marchers evokes shuddering fear from the locals. The Night Marchers (or the Phantom Marchers) are told to be the spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors. As the legend goes, the direct path of the Night Marchers is the Banyan tree located at the beginning of the trail. It’s said the sounds of banshee screams can be heard as you walk the trail and it is important to listen for the sound of conch shells, the beating of drums and the light of torches, for these all mark the arrival of the Night Marchers. If one encounters their arrival, it is crucial to do the following: crouch low to the ground, rest on your stomach and resist the temptation to look them in the eye. One real-life encounter with the Night Marchers happened in the 1970s when two Hawaiian fishermen claimed they saw the torches and the sound of the conch shell of the Marchers as they were baiting their lines when around 10pm. In response, the fisherman followed protocol and  laid down on lava rock and avoided eye contact until the Night Marchers left. Scenes in movies such as Jurassic Park and Catching Fire  were filmed at Manoa Falls. MCKENZIE STATE PARK (OPIHIKAO) With its gorgeous vistas and peaceful atmosphere, the park is a popular place for visitors to enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities in a secluded, quiet environment. However, while it is undoubtedly a place of great solitude and beauty, MacKenzie State park is also known for its rather dark history and a sinister reputation as being one of the most haunted places in Hawaii. In the 1850s, numerous prison convicts were brought here from Honolulu for the purpose of working on sugar plantations, clearing land of the thick jungle undergrowth and maintaining the historic coastal trail. At this point the area was already long considered to be haunted by restless spirits the Hawaiians called the ‘uhane, as well as by spectral processions of ghostly figures with torches and drums, called the “Night Marchers” who were said to come out on nights of the full moon and unleash battle cries. It is also said that hundreds of these prisoners died over the years, their bodies typically unceremoniously buried in unmarked graves out in the wilderness and their ghosts have ever since been said to roam the park. There are also frequent reports of hikers hearing footsteps behind them when no one is there, seeing shadow figures moving about in the trees as if following them and dogs  allegedly spooked by unseen threats being too terrified to go anywhere near the area. These spectral prisoners are also said to prowl about outside the tents of campers in the park, whispering and walking about only for the tent occupant to look out and see no one there. They have even been seen setting up their own camps, complete with campfires, which fade out of existence if one approaches. More frightening reports describe screams and groans emanating from the darkness, tents being shaken, or apparitions of the prisoners appearing within tents to attack the occupants before vanishing. MORGAN’S CORNER (OAHU) In 1948, two escaped prisoners murdered Mrs. Therese Wilder, a 68-year old widow, in her house. They bound and gagged her and left her unconscious on her bed. She died of suffocation due to the broken jaw she had received during the struggle and the gag placed tightly around her neck and mouth. The men were captured a few days later, but the case continued to horrify Honolulu and started a lengthy debate over capital punishment in Hawaii. Its location was named after Dr. James Morgan, who lived on a hairpin turn of the Nu‘uanu Pali Road (now Nu‘uanu Pali Drive) from the 1920s to 1940s. While Morgan’s Corner is now empty and no house remains, it is believed that Mrs. Wilder never left. The most well-known claim is the spine-tingling sound of screams that visitors report which are believed to be the sound of Wilder wailing for help. There is also an urban legend that surrounds Morgan’s Corner that goes something like this: A couple had parked under the tree late one night and later when starting for home, found the car would not start. The boy decided to go and get help, leaving the girl alone inside. It was a windy night and the long branches of the tree could be heard scraping against the car’s roof. After waiting what seemed like an eternity, the girl fell asleep only to be awakened in the morning by policemen surrounding the vehicle. They asked her to get out and walked her away from the car, telling her to not look back. She explained what had happened and curiosity made her turn back towards the car. It was then she saw her boyfriend hanging upside down from the branches of the tree with his torso sliced open and his fingertips scraping the roof of the car as his body swayed in the wind. (Which is an urban legend told about many “Lover’s Lane” - type places.) Another story from Morgan’s Corner involves a girl named Brittani Lochmann, who is said to have hanged herself on a tree at the end of Nuuanu Road. Her body wasn’t discovered for several days and by the time it was, her body was completely ripped away from her neck, leaving only her head in the noose. Her head was never reattached to her body, even for her own burial, which locals claim is the reason her spirit still haunts the Nuuanu Pali. NU’UANU PALI HIGHWAY (OAHU) One of the most infamous of all the alleged Hawaiian ghost stories comes from the Nu’uanu Pail Highway which is the main highway on the island of Oahu and connects the windward side of the island with downtown Honolulu. Construction on the original road started back in 1845 and over the years it has been further developed. Along the breathtaking Pali Highway developers created the Nu’uanu Pali Tunnels. According to legend, various areas along the highway are haunted. At the Pali Lookout, people have seen Hawaiian soldiers being tossed off the cliff as well as a ghost dressed in white. It is also believed if you try to transport pork across the Pali Highway first your car will stop and then an old woman with a dog will make her presence known. In order to get past them, the old woman’s dog must be fed the pork. Locals and visitors to this area claim to have seen the apparition of a young girl with long, black hair skipping rope as she floats down the road with one witness claiming her nose, cheeks and mouth were missing with nothing but a pair of large eyes bulging out of their sockets. She is said to have been the victim of a rape before the man strangled her with her own jump rope and left her lifeless body in the bushes to decompose. The manner of death may explain why the girl’s spirit showcased bulging eyeballs, but the only possible explanation for the missing facial features is that wild animals must have found and eaten parts of her face before authorities were able to recover her. OAHU COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (OAHU) The Oahu Community Correctional Facility is Hawaii’s largest jail and the 950-bed facility sits on 16 acres in Honolulu. The facility not only provides a place for an individual awaiting trial but it also offers numerous other services and programs for the detainees such as; parenting skills, substance abuse, and domestic violence issues. The facility also offers a work furlough program and jobs in the laundry facility and kitchen. Long before the facility became what it is today it was the Oahu Prison and from 1909 to 1944, 47 men were executed by hanging there. Offices are now located where the gallows once stood. There are prisoners that have been in the facility who have made claims of cell doors that rattle and guards who have attempted to sleep in the squad room claim something about the room makes it very difficult to sleep. OLD MAUI HIGH SCHOOL (MAUI) The first co-ed public high school built on Maui was for the children of plantation farmers in Hamakuapoko. The building itself was abandoned in 1972 after a steady decline in enrollment and the school was relocated to Kahului twenty minutes away. The spirits of early students and teachers are said to live on inside the abandoned school, with sounds of a crying girl inside the school’s bathroom. People have reported feeling as if they were being choked or pressed into the ground as soon as they set foot on the site and others say these choking ghosts only target students who skipped class. The school is on private property and can only be viewed from the road. PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM (HONOLULU) On December 7, 1941 thousands of soldiers lost their lives when Pearl Harbor was attacked in what is known today as the start of World War II. Although the attack left most of Pearl Harbor damaged – and Hawaii and the entire United States badly shaken — hangars 37 and 79 were left standing and in 2006, transformed into the Pacific Aviation Museum. Hangar 37 is a now a museum while Hangar 79 stands battle ready. Both are rumored to be haunted. Home to more than 30 antique aircrafts and exhibits, the museum is a historic destination for local residents and out-of-state travelers as well as a few paranormal enthusiasts. There have been claims of visitors hearing unexplained footsteps, anomalous sounds of music, disembodied voices and sightings of a mannequin that moves on its own. In 2012 the museum was featured on TV’s Ghost Hunters where unidentified sounds and lights were recorded. PLANTATION VILLAGE (WAIPAHU) From 1850 to 1950, Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village housed Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Filipino and Hawaiian sugar plantation laborers. Today, local guides give hour-long tours to tourists and school groups visiting the 50-acre village to learn about immigrant life back then. Of the 25 plantation houses, about half are reputedly haunted. The Portuguese family house is said to be haunted by a ghostly young girl from the plantation’s past who appears to be fond of children. One day, a worker in the building felt her shoulder touched. First ignoring it, she then ran screaming from the house when her hair was flipped forward by an unseen force. At the Puerto Rican house, there are reports that a Japanese doll mysteriously appears outside of its case. One worker from the Okinawan home claimed a choking ghost followed him home. The Sy-fy Channel’s Ghost Hunters team once visited the village to investigate the reports of paranormal sightings. Directors there say between 15 and 20 actors on the haunted plantation event quit each year because of unexplained phenomena during the events. One actress in the Portuguese house went home one night with unexplained bruising on her legs, then the following night a different actress inside that building reported the same thing happened to her. Because of reports from visitors, tour guides, workers and even the annual haunted-house actors, people aren’t allowed to work alone in the houses and as a safety precaution, now work in pairs. POUNDER’S BEACH (HAUULA) On the windward side of Oahu, this beach paradise is famous for its high surf and pounding waves and is located between the towns of Holland Lee, a popular spot for body boarding, surfing and skim surfing. On the Hauula side of Pounder's Beach, one can sometimes hear a child's lost cry or see a woman wandering the waters with many saying they have encountered both the child’s and the mother’s spirit on the beach at night. It’s said she saw and heard her son drowning and called to a surfer nearby but the roar of the waves drowned out her pleas. She then dove in to save him but the surf was too rough and, she too lost her life. ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL (HONOLULU) Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, his queen consort, were devout members of the Church of England led by their good friend Queen Victoria. At their request, Thomas Nettleship Staley was appointed bishop in 1862. Inspired to build a place of worship in the Anglican tradition, Kamehameha IV commissioned the construction of what would later become the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. However, the king died on the feast day of Saint Andrew in 1863 before ground-breaking so Kamehameha V, the king's brother, took over the project and laid the cornerstone in honor of his predecessor on March 5, 1867. Queen Emma’s spirit often pays a visit during the Day of Ascension to the church which she inspired and her favorite piano is often heard playing her favorite tunes when no one is sitting at the instrument. Strange sounds are heard and shadowy figures follow visitors when the church is empty. THE LODGE AT KOELE (LANA’I CITY) Looking more like a country manor than a hotel, this Four Seasons resort is tucked in the middle of two world-class golf courses. It’s also said that the place is built over an area known to be a sacred burial ground. Regardless, tales of fleeting apparitions and dark shapes have been reported here almost since its inception. The hotel is said to even have pictures of the apparitions that were taken during a photo shoot. The ghosts do not seem to be attached to one spot of the hotel as much as they seem to be everywhere. Could this be the effect of being built over these sacred grounds? USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL (HONOLULU) In 1962, one of the darkest days in the history of the United States was commemorated when the USS Arizona Memorial was erected above the hull of the wreckage of the Pennsylvania-class battleship, which remains below the waves of Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor memorial was approved in 1958 and completed in 1961 and serves as a museum and a tribute to all who lost their lives in the attack. Since then, the memorial has drawn vast numbers who wish to pay their respects to the heroes who fell on that fateful day. 1,177 sailors died aboard the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack and most of the bodies were never recovered. Since the devastating attack, countless visitors to Pearl Harbor have stated they have experienced different hauntings. One of the more common experiences that people visiting claim is the feeling of tremendous sadness, extreme pain and incredible fear for no apparent reason. People state they have seen the apparitions of sailors on the dock and under the water surrounding the sunken vessel. The ghost of another sailor is believed to wander the deck of the USS Arizona at low tide. Another repeated claim are those of orbs, mists and ghostly forms in photographs. WAIMEA FALLS (HALEIWA) Oahu’s North Shore area seems to be a hotbed of paranormal activity with various tales of strange sights and sounds. There is said to be an extremely haunted house on the North Shore where a woman became so frustrated by the constant crying of her newborn that she ended up killing the child and burying his body underneath the house. Now locals say that in the early hours of the morning the sounds of a baby crying can be heard coming from the house, but no-one can ever trace from where exactly and most of the time no living infant is on the property. This is by no means the only spirit belonging to the North Shore as there is also said to be a ‘drowning spirit’ inhabiting the pond in Waimea Falls Park. Legend has it that the spirit must sacrifice a soul every so often and indeed, throughout history, a number of people have drowned in the pond which might not be all that unusual until you learn that the bodies always resurface 3 days after they drown – the length of time that the spirit takes to perform its ritual. According to local stories, in the past when the gods needed a sacrifice, they would claim one of the cliff divers whose body wouldn’t surface after he completed the dive. Several days later, the spirits would release the body and it would wash up to the shore which happened again and again for centuries, so locals regard it as a sacred place. Now, when cliff divers perform for tourists, sometimes photographs show a phantom cliff diver diving along with the live ones. At low tide during the dry season, locals say the outline of a skeleton can be seen formed from the shapes on the cliff face with its reflection in the water. WAHIAWA GULCH The Garden originally started out as a park in the 1920s and in 1957 officially opened as a botanical garden. By day, the Wahiawa Botanical Garden is a beautiful destination for those wanting to see lush tropical flora. Nearby, however, is the home to the legend of a much more ghostly sight. If you peer down into the nearby gulch at twilight, you may just see a glimpse of a local legendary obake, or ghost, “The Green Lady of Wahiawa”. Reports of the Green Lady describe her as a monstrous woman with green-tinted skin and with clothing and long black hair covered in moss and seaweed, Her approach is heralded by the stench of the decaying plant matter that covers her. Legend tells the story of this woman and her child who would often visit the Wahiawa Botanical Garden. One day, while taking a shortcut through the nearby gulch, the woman became separated from one of her children in the dense growth as the gulch grew darker. Unable to find her child, she died of heartbreak and vanished herself. Now she wanders the area and is said to snatch up any children she finds playing in the gulch in an attempt to replace her own. She is also said to have been spotted at a nearby elementary school. WAIALAE DRIVE-IN THEATER (HONOLULU) The Waialae Drive-In opened May 24, 1956, with Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk and James Stewart in The Naked Spur. Operated by Royal Theatres, it had a capacity for 790 cars and sat across from the Kahala Mall. The Waialae Drive-In closed in January 1986 with the movie Young Sherlock Holmes and has since been replaced by an upscale subdivision. The theater is said to be haunted in large part by being located next to an old graveyard. There have been numerous stories about ghostly encounters. and one in particular refers to a faceless woman with no feet or limbs. Many have said to have seen this woman in the woman’s bathroom at the theater and claim she pounds on stall doors and appeared in the bathroom mirror in her frightening form. Now that the theater is gone, the faceless woman has been said to frequent the nearby Kahala Mall or the Kahala Hilton Hotel which is also in close proximity. It’s noted that in Japanese folklore, a Mujina is a creature with no face that can shape-shift into human form. A famous Japanese Mujina was named Kozo who took the form of a monk and traveled the dark roads at night asking strangers for water or tea to drink. Japanese immigrants brought this folklore to Hawaii and the old tale took on a new spin. In 1959, a woman was reported to have seen a Mujina at a drive-in theater in Kahala when she went to use the restroom and noticed another woman combing her hair. Once close enough to see her clearly, she immediately noticed that the red-haired woman did not have any facial features. The woman was reported to have had a nervous breakdown and was treated at a hospital. Originally, the locals thought that the story was just a rumor, but when local radio host Glen Grant was discussing its validity on-air in 1981, the woman made a personal call into the station and recounted her story, even adding that the Mujina she’d encountered had red hair, a detail which had previously been unreported. WASHINGTON PLACE (HONOLULU) Named in honor of the first president of the United States, Washington Place was built in 1847 by wealthy sea captain John Dominis, but later became the home of Lydia Kapa'akea, aka Queen Lili'uokalani. After the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the queen inhabited the beautiful colonial house until her death in 1917. It was subsequently purchased for $55,000 by the Territory of Hawaii and converted into a governor's mansion. Over the years thirteen Hawaiian governors occupied the house until 2001 and Washington Place is easily one of the most haunted buildings in Honolulu. Like other stately buildings, it’s said to be haunted by the ghost of a Queen from Hawaii’s past. People have reported seeing her pace the building as if she was inspecting it to make sure her servants are doing their job properly. Some people claim engaging in conversation with an old woman in Washington Place, only later realizing they had spoken to the ghost of the Queen. The spirit of former Governor John Anthony Burns is said to remain at the house, even greeting visitors and giving impromptu tours of the building. RETURN TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE SOURCES AND TEXT
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