Cemeteries are eerie, creepy, disturbing – especially at night, and definitely when they are abandoned, or even the site of hauntings. And while Hawaii has no shortage of cemeteries, here are a few of the most prominent, and creepy.
1) Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii
Known as Mauna ‘Ala (fragrant hills) in the Hawaiian language, this is the final resting place of two prominent royal families: the Kamehameha Dynasty, and the Kalakaua Dynasty. In the early 1920s, remains were transported from the main building to tombs constructed on the ground.
2) Kalaupapa and Kalawao Settlements
These historic tombs at the Siloama Churchyard, constructed from lava rock and lime mortar, have begun to deteriorate and collapse throughout the decades. Despite a recent effort to restore several of the tombs by the National Parks Service, the graveyard still lends itself to the eerie – especially at night, or in black and white.
3) Makiki Cemetery
Owned by the state, but only taken care of by families and church groups, this graveyard has suffered neglect for years. The cemetery lies in stark contrast to the high-rises surrounding it.
4) Kuamoo Burials
Also known as the Lekeleke Burial Grounds, this historic Hawaiian burial site is the resting place for warriors killed during a major battle in 1819.
5) Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission of Paia Cemetery
This Buddhist cemetery holds more than 600 grave markers, showcasing the variety of styles in Asian graveyards. Towards the back of the graveyard, near the ocean, is a pile of stacked tombstones, believed to be displaced by a tidal wave in 1946.