Hawaii has a unique history full of royalty, warriors, and culture. And with that distinct history comes our own fair share of ghost stories. But not all of these haunted happenings take place in hotels, houses, or royal residences. Sometimes the haunted locations are roads, highways, bridges, and even trails. If you’re looking for a spooky activity this month, here are ten haunted roadways throughout Hawaii.
1) Morgan's Corner
Located on the Nuu’anu Pali Drive is the infamous Morgan’s corner, a sharp S-shaped turn near Dr. James Morgan’s villa. In 1948, two escaped prisoners murdered 68-year-old widow, Therese Wilder, in her home. She was bound, gagged, and left unconscious in her bed. During the struggle, she suffered from a broken jaw, and she subsequently suffocated, due to the broken jaw and gag placed around her neck and mouth. Some say she can still be heard screaming for her life. Others make claims of seeing a teenage girl holding her own head – the story says that she ran away from home and hung herself on a tree near the turn.
2) Palani Road
A woman died in a car crash on Palani Road during the 1950s – it was a rainy, moonless night, and the roads were rather slick. The woman was upset because she had supposedly caught her lover with another woman. She was driving too fast, and the car slid out of control and hit a tree head on near a hairpin turn. There have been several accidents in this same spot since then, and all the drivers claim to have seen a woman standing in the middle of the road, soaking wet and crying; the drivers say that they crashed trying to avoid the woman.
3) H-1 Highway
Said to be one of the most haunted places on Oahu, during construction on the major highway workers claimed to see the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. While digging through the mountain, bones of ancient Hawaiians were found. It took seven years to build the freeway because they couldn’t find people to work.
4) Banyan Tree, Manoa Falls Trail
At the start of Manoa Falls is a Banyan tree, though to hold lost spirits. This tree is allegedly in the path of the night marchers – the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. It is said that you can hear the faint sound of drumming on particular nights.
5) Nuu’anu Pali Highway
It is said that Pele and the demigod Kamapua’a – a half man, half pig – had a bad breakup and agreed to never see each other again. The legend says that you cannot take pork over the Pali Highway, which separates the Windward side of Oahu from Honolulu, because it means that you are symbolically taking Kamapua’a from one side of the island to the other. The legend says that if you try to bring pork across, your car will stop at some point along the journey and an old woman with a dog will appear. To continue on your way, you must feed the pork to the dog.
6) King’s Trail
An old coastal rock trail built by King Kamehameha I who ruled the Hawaiian Islands from 1795 to 1819. The trail circled the Big Island and served as a major traveling route for native Hawaiians. Legend says that the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors still use the trail. There are reports of a procession of disembodied flickering torches and the sounds of drumming, chanting and battle cries.
7) 16th Avenue Bridge in Kaimuki
A young girl was killed in a hit-and-run on this very bridge several years ago. Residents claim that the little girl asks pedestrians for help home, just to disappear at the end of the bridge.
8) Poola Street
Just past Kalani High School is a spot at the top of Poola Street. Rumor has it that there was once a Heiau that sat on the spot that now, if you drive your car over and put the vehicle in neutral, the spirits will push you uphill.
9) Corner of Merchant and Alakea
In downtown Honolulu, on the corner of Merchant and Alakea streets sits Kaua’nona’ula – meaning rain with the red rainbow – which allegedly serves as a gathering spot for Wailua (ghosts). An electrical worker in a building across the street claims to have hear a scream while working late one night.
10) Kappa Quarry Road
Many lives have been claimed by Kapa’a Quarry Road’s winding and treacherous curves. Rumor has it that numerous ancient altars line the road, and people have seen phantom hitchhikers as well as the Menehune.
Do you have any experience with these ten ghost stories, or know of any other haunted roads in Hawaii? Share your stories with us in the comments!