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Creepy Stories And Urban Legends From Hawaii

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The Hawaiian Islands are rich with the 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 is 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 Green Lady Of Wahiawa

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    Obake - a malevolent shapeshifter - is another part of Japanese folklore that made its way to Hawaii. One of these entities is known as the “Green Lady.” She has hair full of seaweed, jagged teeth, fish-like scales, and is covered in a green substance resembling mold or moss. She has been seen wandering the Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Some have seen her traveling as far as the Wahiawa Elementary School.

    The most popular theory of this spirit’s origin is that while visiting the Wahiawa gulch, one of her children got lost and was never found. The woman died from her heartbreak, and her spirit roams searching for her lost child. After the loss of her own child, it's rumored she’ll gladly take any child she sees.

  • The 'Playful' Choking Ghost

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    The central region of Oahu is home to an entity called "The Choking Ghost." Whether there are multiple choking ghosts or simply one that likes to wander is uncertain, but the old Kakaako Station of the Honolulu Fire Department seems to be a favorite spot for this aggressive presence. 

    Firefighters frequently report the sensation of weight on their chests and the feeling of being choked in the middle of the night. The encounters are brief and haven’t actually resulted in death, so the entity has been classified as a "kolohe spirit," or pranksters. These are mischievous ghosts that enjoy freaking out the living. Today, the firehouse is often visited by supernatural enthusiasts hoping to capture orbs in photographs.

  • The Shark Man Who Loves Human Flesh

    The Shark Man, aptly named, is the shapeshifting child of the Shark King and a human woman named Kalei. According to legend, his mother tried to suppress his animal desires by keeping meat away from him when he was a child. But when he came of age and started dining with men, he took his first bite of meat and an insatiable hunger for flesh was born. 

    The problem was, animal meat wasn't enough - he desired humans. He would transform into a shark and snatch up locals swimming in the ocean. Eventually, they struck back, hunting him down in his shark form and beating him to death. They chanted over his body, cut him to pieces, and burned the remains out of fear of healing and regeneration powers. Now, his vengeful spirit hides in the Kaneana Cave. This cave has its own passage leading straight to the sea. It's said he uses it to drag his victims through it back to his cave to eat them.

  • The Portal Between Worlds At Ka’ena Point

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    According to local lore, Ka’ena Point is a “jumping off” place between two worlds - as in, one can jump off from this world and into the afterlife. Apparently, it’s only for those who are already deceased.

    It’s the spot on the island that a spirit, or "uhane," must go to if it wants to leave this world. If it gets lost and doesn’t make the leap into the next realm, it will be forced to haunt the island until it’s able to find its way.