The Hawaiian Islands have a unique history full of royalty, warriors, and culture. And with that distinct history comes our own fair share of ghost stories. From haunted roads and abandoned buildings to hotels, universities and prisons with ghosts among their residents, you might be surprised to find out that these 11 spots throughout Hawaii are believed to be haunted.
1. Chaminade University
Often considered to be one of the most haunted schools on the island, this Honolulu campus was once home to a children’s hospital that lived through World War II. Room 319 was once used as a soldiers’ morgue, and there have been reports of ghosts inside. In Room 208, you can see the faint outline of a crucifix on the wall, even though it’s been decades since it hung there.
2. MacKenzie State Recreation Area
MacKenzie State Recreation Area, a secluded park covering 13 acres on Hawaii Island’s rural southern coast, is home to ironwood trees, volcanic sea cliffs, and quite a few paranormal encounters. Portions of the King's Trail wind through the park, and according to the National Park Service, improvements to this ancient coastal trail were made in the mid 1800s by prisoners and those unable to pay their taxes. Legend has it that the souls of prisoners who died while working on the trail still wander around the park. Visitors have claimed to see apparitions of haggard men wielding pick axes and hand tools, wandering around at sunset.
3. Mo’okini Luakini Heiau
Located in an isolated area of the North Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island is a place so shrouded in darkness that it is advised you only visit during the day. The Mo’okini Luakini Heiau was one of the first temples to be built on the island, and has an evil history rife with human sacrifice. The large, flat stones that were used in human sacrifice still sit near the heiau, and some visitors claim that they can feel restless spirits that roam the temple.
4. Hamilton Library
Students and custodians alike claim they have seen apparitions and heard strange noises wandering through the library’s aisles and in the bathrooms. The most detailed report comes from a janitor who saw a young woman in a pink muumuu lurking around the first floor.
5. King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
King Kamehameha is rumored to have been buried on or near the hotel grounds. Anyone who seeks the supernatural will want to visit the hotel’s top floor, where guests have heard sounds of battle, and apparitions of warriors. A portrait of Queen Liliuokalani, located on the ground floor, has been said to inhale and exhale before your very own eyes.
6. The Corner of Merchant + Alakea in Honolulu
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 heard a scream while working late one night.
7. Iao Theater
The theatre, which opened in 1928, is said to be haunted. There have been various reports of misty ghost sitting in seats throughout the theatre, as well as on stage, though witnesses claim the apparition is friendly. Other ghosts have been seen in the basement: it is said these are the ghosts of Hawaiian soldiers, who died during battle centuries ago. Witnesses have reported feeling cold spots, seeing shadowy figures, and hearing voices.
8. Mililani’s Kipapa Gulch
Said to be the site of a major battle in Hawaiian history, the bridge spanning the ravine has witnessed several head-on collisions. Residents have reported hearing the sounds of people crying under the bridge, as well as seeing lights move down the mountainside, into the gulch.
9. Oahu Community Correctional Center
A 950-cell jail is the site of the former Oahu Prison, where 47 men were hanged between 1909 and 1944. The gallows were converted into offices, and prisoners have reported hearing the rattling of cell doors, and guards claim to have trouble sleeping in the squad room.
10. Old Maui High School in Hamakuapoko
A former town and land division, Hamakuapoko is said to be haunted by spirits from the area’s missionary and plantation days. An abandoned high school is the site of a local legend, telling of choking ghosts who accost students who were skipping class. The ghost of a girl crying inside the boarded up high school bathroom has also been reported.
11. Kapiolani Park
Hundreds of years ago, this park was witness to some pretty gruesome battles, as well as human sacrifice, and as a result, reports of unusual sights, smells and sounds are so common that the Honolulu Police Department has actually gotten used to distressed calls from travelers.
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