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Haunted Hawai‘i: My Personal Experience With the Supernatural and the Unexplained

Many say that Hawai‘i is full of ghosts and otherwordly beings–not just from one culture, but all of the cultures that live together in the islands. This is one writer’s experience with the supernatural.


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Here are some common superstitions you’ll hear: 


  • NEVER walk over a body on the floor

  • DON’T SPIT in the kitchen sink

  • WHEN YOU GIVE someone a knife as a gift, be sure to include money

  • NEVER POINT at a grave

  • DON’T BRING an empty box to someone’s house

  • DON’T CUT hair or nails at night

  • NEVER STICK chopsticks straight into a bowl of rice

  • SALT wards off evil spirits

  • DON’T WHISTLE at night or the spirits will follow you

  • DON’T POINT at the moon

  • WHEN YOU LEAVE a funeral, throw salt over your shoulder so the spirits won’t follow you home

  • A MOTH OR BUTTERFLY is a family ancestor visiting


Get Spooked 

Need more chicken skin in your life? Try these resources. 

VISIT THE Haunted Plantation, where you walk through a collection of plantation homes already known to be haunted.

October 9, 10, 16–18, 23–25, 30 and 31, $15 general admission, $20 fast pass, $30 VIP front-of-the-line access, 7 to 11:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St., Waipahu, hawaiihauntedplantation.com.

Photo: David Croxford


READ Obake Files: Ghostly Encounters in Supernatural Hawai‘i by Glen Grant (Mutual Publishing, 2000), the quintessential collection of modern Hawai‘i ghost stories.


TAKE A TOUR of spooky sites with master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui with Mysteries of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu’s original ghost tour. He offers a variety of tours, including two-hour walking tours of downtown Honolulu and Waikīkī.

Most tours cost $40 per person. 673-9099, mysteries-of-hawaii.com.



About the Author 

Throughout her entire life on O‘ahu, Catherine Toth Fox has been spooked by spirits, some of which follow her home. Until this story, she has never written about her personal supernatural experiences—and probably won’t again. (Too stressful.) Instead, this former newspaper reporter will stick to writing about food, travel and other experiences for local and national magazines, newspapers and websites from the comfort of her home. Which isn’t haunted (anymore). 





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Honolulu Magazine July 2019