The Hawaiian Islands are rich with culture and lore of supernatural beings. Real-life tragedies and dark events in local history have spawned many urban legends and scary stories from Hawaii. Tales of mysterious creatures, old goddesses with old grudges, and legends of ghosts are simply part of daily life on the Hawaiian Islands.
Everything is considered "alive" on the island. Even the banyan trees littering the landscape are believed to contain lost spirits that became tangled in their twisted, otherworldly form. Every nook and cranny, every rock and leaf are some part of Hawaiian urban legends. There are so many creepy stories and Hawaiian urban legends that have been passed down for generations, it's hard to pick the scariest one.
The Kaimuki House of Horrors
A house located at 8th Avenue and Harding Avenue in Honolulu has a gruesome past. Much of its dark history stems from a cannibalistic demon called a Kasha. Like a ghoul, the Kasha feeds on dead human flesh, and once it's done, it drags the of the corpses to hell.
Legend has it that a man murdered his entire family and hid their bodies on the property. The wife and son were found buried, the daughter was never found. Then, in 1942 a woman reported her children were being assaulted by evil entities. She called the police, according to reports, and when the police arrived they witnessed the children getting tossed across the house by an invisible force. There have been multiple reports of paranormal activity at the house since, and needless to say, many families have moved in and out.
The next occupiers of the Hawaiian hell house, was three women. One of them was grabbed by the entity, the other two called the police for help. Once again the police couldn’t really do much except escort them out and follow along behind them as they drove to their mother’s house. While following the ladies, their car pulled over. The officer went to check on them only to find two women wresting the invisible goliath that seemed to be choking out the third woman. He tried to help them but was pushed and held back by what he described as a “large calloused hand.” He managed to get the choking woman out of the car, but neither of their cars would start until she went back to her own car. The police officer and the other two women watched helplessly as the door was ripped off the car and the woman was choked to death.
The Drowning Ghost of Waimea Valley Falls
The Waimea Valley Falls cliff diving show attracts tourists in droves, but there’s a dark entity lurking deep in the lagoon. It's said that’s why tourists are no longer allowed to swim there. Only trained divers are allowed venture into these waters, and even they aren’t in there very long.
Locals believe the waterfall and the lagoon are haunted by a “drowning spirit” that is out for human sacrifices. It drowns a human and keeps its body for the duration it chooses and then releases it back up to the surface. The first account of the spirit was back in 1952. A sailor named Bill Lawrence drowned in the lagoon but the friends who were with him said they saw a struggle. Lawrence would go underwater, pop back up, and then somehow get pulled back under.
They couldn’t get to him in time, he disappeared into the murky depths and police couldn’t find his body. Bill’s friends planned to remain on site until the body was found. They camped in the valley that night and claimed to hear sounds of running back and forth from the direction of the lagoon, into the woods, and back out again several times. The body was found the following day.
The Night Marchers, Warriors of Ancient Times
The night marchers are definitely not the type of ghost you want to upset. They are ancient warriors who, according to legend, roam the Hawaiian Islands at night. They are heavily armed and dressed for battle with drums pounding, torches held high and blazing through the night.
They say anyone who hears the sound of conch shells and chanting rising through the air must hide. If spotted, they must play dead or lie flat at the feet of the marchers in respect. Locals warn anyone who comes in contact with night marchers to not make eye contact with them. Anyone who does not have an ancestor among the night marchers and dares to make eye contact with them will be killed.
Mujina, the Faceless Woman
The legend of Mujina first appears in Japanese folklore and was brought to the Hawaiian islands by Japanese immigrants. A Mujina is a faceless creature capable of mimicking a human form. The earliest known sighting of this creature in Hawaii occurred in 1959, when a woman saw the faceless creature in the bathroom of the drive-in theater in Kahala.
The woman claimed when she entered the restroom there was another woman combing her red hair. Once she got closer she realized the woman didn’t have a face. Terrified and unable to process what she saw, the woman fled the premises babbling incoherently. Allegedly she suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized. The story was so popular, it caught the attention of a local radio show. Host Glen Grant was discussing it on air in 1981 when the woman called into recount her story, insisting it was true. She went into great detail and soon many were taking her story as fact. Since then others have reported seeing the faceless woman all across the island, including Grant.