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Pele’s Curse – Pele's Curse is the belief that anything natively Hawaiian, such as sand, rock, or pumice, will impart bad luck on whoever takes it away from the island. One version about the legend's genesis is this: a disgruntled park ranger, angry at the number of rocks that were being taken from the islands by visitors, said that Pele would curse them with bad luck should they take anything. Another version often told is that bus drivers, tired of the dirt and grime brought on their buses by the tourists' collection of rocks, started the story at the beginning of each tour to discourage the rock collecting. True or not, every year countless tourists send these back in order to escape the awful bad luck they acquired

Laupahoehoe – It is said this small town is governed by the spirits of days gone by. Cabinets dance around, words come from the night, spirits call your name. Laupahoehoe (leaf of lava) is known for what happened on April 1st, 1946, the April fool’s tsunami, when three towering tidal waves roared over the peninsula killing many residents including over 20 children and four teachers. Other than one mangled body (crushed by the rocks) the others were never found. Only two children and one teacher survived and today a memorial stands in remembrance of the lives lost.

Laupahoehoe Railway Museum – Between 1909 and 1913, the Hamakua Division of the railroad was constructed to service the sugar mills north of Hilo. Early in the morning of April 1, 1946, a massive tsunami struck several low-lying areas of the Big Island. The railroad line between Hilo and Pa'auilo suffered massive damage; bridges collapsed, trestles tumbled, and one engine was literally swept off the tracks. The museum claims to have a collection of rail photographs that show a series of strange apparitions from a time when double exposure was not well known. Today, employees report hearing footsteps and background music playing softly.

Keahou Area – Reports of activity are constantly reported in the Keahou area. Between the numerous burials in the area and the hotels built on sacred ground, Keahou in general is known locally as one of the Island’s most haunted areas. One story tells of a lady who took a stone from the beach, possibly near an ancient heiau, back to her hotel room. She had a vivid dream of a Hawaiian warrior with a traditional weapon telling her to put the stone back right away. The next day the lady took the stone back, but on the way, along the trail, she claims to have seen the same warrior apparition walking with her.


Kalapana Painted Church



Kalapana – Kalapana was one of the most beautiful old Hawaiian villages on the island. A lava flow struck the area in 1986 and destroyed 181 homes, a visitor center and maintenance shop in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, highways, and treasured historical/archeological sites. The famous painted church was moved to a new location but the community center was destroyed. A few die-hard residents continue to live near area, still facing active lava flows.

Keaau Burial Grounds – A family living in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area of Keaau reported strange activity happening in their home after a recent remodel, a common occurrence in reports of supernatural activity. Loud banging in a particular bedroom was reported by three different family members at three different times. They learned that an ancient burial ground was really close to their home which they felt was cause of the strange happenings. The family reported the activity to be steadily getting worse, and they are actively seeking someone to bless their home.

Honu’apo – Now a State Park called Whittington Park. Take Hwy 11 on the southeast side of the island and it can be found between Pahala and Naalehu. Honu’apo (turtle cove) was a thriving 1883 port town with industrial warehouses, a mill, and railroad connection. The port was used to transport taro and sugarcane grown to the town area. When the roads were improved, all shipments went by truck and the residents deserted the town. The pier was rebuilt twice after tsunamis had destroyed it. After the second tsunami, they gave up on rebuilding the pier and it was allowed to decay.

Kapoho – Kapoho was a farming town, it had stores, a church, school, several houses, but was destroyed by the 1960 lava flow, much the same way as Kalapana 30 years later. From Hilo take Hwy 11 to Keaau. Turn on 130, proceed 11 miles to Pahoa. Turn on route 132. About 6 miles down the road, on the left, is a forest of ironwood trees growing in red cinders in front of a small (100′) red rock volcano. This is where the town was.


Palace Theater



Palace Theater – The Palace Theater is said to be one of our local haunts. Built in 1925, it is one of the more prominent public buildings constructed in Hilo in the early 20th century. It was restored years ago after having been closed and is now open. The projector room is said to have two spirits who still operate the machine from time to time. An employee reported when she first began working the projector, the activity was more prominent, but as time went on, and she became comfortable talking to the spirits, activity ceased. Another witness claims to have been touched by a spirit on her shoulder by a tall male entity.

Kalapana’s Calling Ghost – A boy named Kalani was walking in Kalapana one day when he heard his name being called from behind a bush. Half expecting it to be a friend playing a trick on him, he was surprised to see it was a beautiful Hawaiian girl calling out to him, “Kalani”, Kalani”. He followed the voice to a clearing in the woods when he felt the air between him and the girl become noticeably colder, in the middle of a hot day. He ran away when the girl’s voice turned violent, almost demon-like, calling his name “KALANI! COME HERE!” A subsequent visit showed that if Kalani would have ventured towards the girl any further he would have fallen into a deep lava pit that was concealed by thick vegetation. His aumakua are said to have put the cold air between him and the girl, preventing him from falling into the pit, scaring him and saving his life.

Kealakehe High School – According to Wikipedia, the name Kealakehe means “the pathway of death” in the Hawaiian language. Numerous sightings have been reported at this Kona School, such as doors opening and closing on their own, witnessed by both student and teacher.  In fact, one former student athlete claimed that the old locker room was so common with activity that they never even gave it a second thought.  Reports of locker doors slamming shut on their own as well as walking could be heard and was somewhat commonplace in the facility.





South Point – South Point, the most southern tip of the Big Island, is said to be like a rift in time. Sightings of UFOs and other strange occurrences abound in this area, prompting more than numerous authors to write about the subject. I included South Point in the Hawaii Vortex Field Guide because of the strong energy that is present here, and because a “ley-line” passes through the area. Just off the southern tip, fisherman report that electronics malfunction on a regular basis and one person even reported to me personally that their boat mysteriously broke down and started leaking while out at sea resulting in having to be rescued by authorities. Ancient ruins can also be found in the area.>

Ke’ei Beach – Sightings of warrior apparitions have been reported at Ke’ei beach on the Big Island. According to an eyewitness, the apparitions were fighting with war clubs just outside of their house. Apparently a battle was fought on these grounds in the ancient past and it was Pokane night the night of the sighting. Another witness reports feeling strange at times while at the beach and seeing a black figure roaming around near sundown. Both eye-witnesses refuse to return after dark.



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