Episode 85: Mysteries of Hawaii with Lopaka Kapanui

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 2:13 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 28, 2021 at 7:13 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Growing up in Hawaii, we’ve all heard you shouldn’t whistle at night and don’t stay out too late.

To get us ready for Halloween, we talk with master ghost storyteller Lopaka Kapanui about spirits, Pele, and which building on Oahu is considered the most haunted.

Kapanui is the founder of “Mysteries of Hawaii,” which was recently ranked as the second-best ghost tour in the country by USA Today. He also served as cultural and paranormal consultant for Netflix’s “Finding Ohana” movie.

Kapanui says the spirits have grown restless since the pandemic and may be more active come this Halloween. He says there’s a particular time of day when spirits are the most active.

“4 o’clock in the morning is what is considered the sidereal hour and that’s when psychic energy is at its peak,” says Kapanui.

Kapanui also says you should follow your elder’s advice not to whistle at night.

“I remember hearing that growing up and was told wherever there’s a crossroads do not whistle. In Kaimuki, there’s a crossroads where 6th Avenue becomes Anuhea and 7th Avenue becomes Brokaw. All those streets stop before they become a street, so in the middle is what I call a dead zone. It’s essentially a crossroads and it’s very active. So, if you were to test the whistle theory, that would be the place to do it,” said Kapanui.

It’s been a month since the eruption inside Halemaumau Crater and Kapanui says there’ve been more sightings of Pele but not always on Hawaii Island.

“Before there’s an eruption, someone will always call me who lives in the Salt Lake area and tell me that they’ve seen Pele. They’ve seen the old Hawaiian lady walking on the side of the road and stop to give her a ride and she’s not there. They always ask me ‘What is Pele doing in Salt Lake?’ I say Salt Lake is where she tried to make a home. She tried to make a volcano but she could not because she dug up salt water,” explained Kapanui.

When it comes to the single most haunted state building on Oahu, Kapanui says he has had many reports of strange encounters inside the state Department of Health building on Punchbowl Street.

“It’s really, really haunted. Sometimes you’ll interact with a state employee not knowing they’ve already passed,” said Kapanui.

You can hear Kapanui’s ghost stories in person. He’s putting on two shows Saturday night at the Waikiki Shell.

There’s even more spooky tales with Kapanui on our ‘Muthaship’ podcast.

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