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Kohala’s Laughing Children – One night a girl snuck away from her friend’s house in Kohala where she was staying for a week to go up the street and meet some boys. On the way she passed a local graveyard when she began to hear voices behind her, but no one was there. The voices grew in to children’s laughter, getting louder and louder, scaring the girl who ran back to her friend’s house. The friend’s Mom told the girl that over 100 years ago there used to be an orphanage across from the graveyard that burned down and several children died in the fire.
Castle Ruins – Downtown Kona is very historical, with buildings dating back hundreds of years. Some of the history behind these buildings has been lost over the decades. By Kalani Street in Kona, close to MacDonald’s, there are ruins of an old building that looks like an old castle, overgrown with vegetation and barely visible from the road. Two friends were visiting the area when one of them claimed their hand was pushed by an invisible force, causing him to drop and break his camera. Afterwards, the friend was also pushed by an unseen force, causing them both to run in fear. They later learned that a king and queen had possibly died there, but that portion of this story is unconfirmed.
Manuka State Wayside Park – Nicknamed Obake Park, Manuka State Wayside is a small park in south Kona. Next to the parking lot are two graves, each marked by a single gravestone, by now the names well worn and weathered. It is unknown who these graves belong to, but they do exist. One eyewitness learned the hard way that if you camp overnight there you should leave a food offering near the graves otherwise you might be visited by otherworldly beings.
King’s Trail – King’s Trail is an old coastal rock trail built by King Kamehameha I who ruled the Hawaiian Islands from 1795 to 1819. This trail circled the entire Big Island and, for many decades, served as a major travelling route for native Hawaiians to go from one end of the island to the other. Local legends say that the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors are still using this trail. Over the years, people have witnessed eerie sights like a procession of disembodied flickering torches or heard haunting sounds of drumming, chanting and battle cries. These occurrences often happen during a windy rainstorm or on calm moonlit nights.
Tombstone of Miloli’i – A husband and wife couple were on a beach near the village when the husband jumped on what he thought was a flat rock but was actually an old gravestone that had washed away now lying on the beach. As soon as he landed on the stone, he was hit with a tremendous force comparable to being hit from behind with a two-by-four. His wife witnessed the event. When they inspected the stone on the beach they realized it was a tombstone so they notified a villager who had the spooky gravestone returned to its rightful place.
Palani Rd. Sighting – There is a story of a woman who died in car crash sometime in the 1950's, driving up Palani Road from Kailua-Kona town. It was a rainy, moonless night and the roads were very slick. One curve is particularly bad as you come around it, the road almost hairpins to the left. The woman was very upset because she caught her lover with another woman. She was crying, and going too fast when her car slid out of control and hit the tree head on. Ever since then, there have been a multitude of accidents – all of the drivers that have run into the exact tree have claimed to have seen a woman, soaking wet and crying, standing in the middle of the road. The drivers claim that while trying to avoid her, they crashed into the tree.
Kuamo’o Burials – Kuamo’o Burial Grounds, also known as Lekeleke Burial grounds, was the site of a major battle that ended the old ways of Hawaiian kapu religious system. Located at the southern end of Ali’i Drive in Kona, the area is checkered with burial mounds and grave markers. Unlike most Hawaiian battles, this one was fought using modern weaponry, including rifles and cannons. A nice place to hike during daylight hours, the scenic area turns eerie once the sun goes down. Chicken skin can be felt here as soon as you pull up in your car. The energy imprint of the area is so intense it once caused my entire investigation team to mysteriously get a taste of blood in our mouths…not to mention our equipment malfunctioned too. The cliffs here can be dangerous, especially during high surf. During our first visit, a hiker accidentally fell over the cliff and had to be rescued.
Ghosts of Greenbank – Greenbank was a mansion built in North Kohala by Dr. and Mrs. James Wight of Australia. Greenbank has over 100 years of recorded spiritual encounters. Some of the first concerns about the mansion arose when it was to be built upon the same location as an ancient Hawaiian heiau. Another major concern was the fact that Dr. Wight intentionally ignored warnings from local kahunas when he built the home directly over a young girl’s grave. Topping the situation off came when he decided to place an extremely evil stone at the base of his veranda, leading to years of illness and misfortune. The strange activity stopped once the stone was donated to the Bishop Museum, where it sits today.
Kukui-o-pae – Kohala District – Very near the northwestern extremity of the Kohala district, most northern point of Hawaii Island, near Upolu Point and less than three miles from mysterious Mo’okini Heiau and also the birthplace of King Kamehameha I.
Waipi’o Valley – Hamakua District – Entrance is at a cleft on a high bluff overlooking the sea or possibly on the edge of a valley wall, or mouth of a river and a tree usually serves as the roadway by which the soul takes its departure. The Waipi’o entryway is said to be at the mouth of the valley at a place called “Keoni”, an area long ago covered by sand to conceal it from human eyes.
Maka-hana-loa – Hilo District – Not much information is available about this leina.
Kumu-kahi – Puna District – Cape Kumukahi is the easternmost point of the Big Island. The name means “First Beginnings”, and it was named after a hero of the Kahiki who landed here. Kahiki means “east”, or “where the sun rises”. Legend has it that the 4 wives of Kumukahi, represented by volcanic pillars along the coast, tossed the sun back and forth. This is suggestive of the movement of the sun between the solstices as it moves along the horizon. In addition, the nearby Kukii Heiau is an ancient temple which served as a navigational school, built in the ancient times, and rebuilt in the 16th Century. The Cape Kumukahi Light is a lighthouse on the easternmost point of Hawaii. It is best known for its survival through an eruption of Kilauea in 1960.
Leina-akua – Ka’u District – Leina-akua translates to “God-leap”. Hawaiian scholar Mary Kawena Puku’i recorded that an old kukui tree in Ka’u was used to “cast-off” spirits into the otherworld.
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