Long ago I’ve stopped “ghost hunting”. The Hunter can easily become the hunted, and something unwanted can follow you home. No thanks. But, during my investigations into what sites to go to for the highest chance of a sighting, I have found that many places that have been said to be haunted, are indeed not, most “stories have come from well known urban legends that come from different parts of the United States and the world. Here, I’ll name some of the more infamous stories most well known on the island… Most are urban legends. Most have no credible witnesses to the “sightings”, and always a friend of a friend, my cousin’s friend, etc.
First I’ll talk about Morgan’s Corner. Growing up I was told that this was the most haunted spot on the island. Spooky story about a girl and a guy parked there making out, when they tried to leave, they found they were out of gas, the boy left to find a gas station (you should already know how this one turns out). This is a urban legend that comes from the mainland in the 70’s, I think. Honolulu Magazine did an analysis of this story, and you can find it here:
Now I’ll talk about the Old Waialae Drive-In Theater. This outdoor theater, which closed in the 1980s, was next to an old graveyard. For years there were stories about a faceless woman who haunted the women’s bathroom, pounding on stall doors or appearing in the mirror. According to some accounts, the figure didn’t have feet, either.
Upon researching the faceless ghost, I found that this has come from Japanese lore. There are stories in Japan about the faceless lady. Again, there’s no credible witnesses or proof that this “ghost” was actually at the location. This also is an Urban Legend. The drive in is closed and is no longer in existence. KHON did kind of a flash back on the old theater. You can find it here:
Next, let’s look at Kipapa Gulch in Mililani. This was the site of a major battle in Hawaiian history. The bridge that spans the ravine has been the site of numerous head-on accidents. The gulch is also supposedly on the path of the night marchers, who proceed with torches from the mountains to the ocean. Residents and those who work in the area have reported seeing lights move down the mountainside and into the gulch and hearing the sounds of people crying under the bridge.
While I’ve heard many stories about this location, there’s no credible witnesses or proof that anything supernatural has happened here.
I could keep going and going, but I think that I’ll stop here. I mainly wrote this for my friend Holly who likes this stuff… Hope ya all liked it!