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Obake Hunting in October

October is a time when thoughts go to ghosts (obake) and stories of the unexplained.   Hawaii is recognized as one of the most haunted states in America and the reason for this has been credited to its unique mix of multi-cultural immigrants who all brought their own superstitious beliefs with them.  Over the years, these stories have integrated themselves into the very fabric that makes Hawaii, Hawaii.

One of the most recognized collectors and story tellers in Hawaii was Glen Grant.  He published a number of books that recorded stories and tales that have been told and re-told, sometimes for generations.  Whether you believe the facts related in the stories is a personal choice, but for many people who grew up in Hawaii and for many who have moved to Hawaii as non-believers…the percentage is high of those who believe that there are happenings that cannot be rationally explained.

Among the many books that Glen Grant authored were Obake Tales, Obake Files: Ghostly Encounters in Supernatural Hawaii (Chicken Skin Series), and Chicken Skin Tales.  For those not familiar with the term “obake”, it is a Japanese word, meaning ghost or spirit and is commonly used by all nationalities in Hawaii.  While his “Chicken Skin” series is what he is most known for, Glen Grant also authored or co-authored a number of books about the history and culture of Hawaii.

Carrying on in the footsteps of his close friend and mentor is master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui.  Well known in his own right, Lopaka Kapanui offers ghostly tours of Honolulu.  In the month of October, he has a special tour presented with the Waikiki Trolley called Haunted Hawaiian Nights.   The tour is offered between October 9th and 31st, at a cost of $35.  For more information or to make your reservation, contact the Waikiki Trolley at (808)593-7676 or go to

You can also sign up for one of Lopaka Kapanui’s regular tours.  You may find his Thursday evening tour of particular interest.  The Waialua, The Edge of Night, a 3-hour tour that explores what Glen Grant considered the most haunted area of Oahu.   Described by some guests as their scariest experience ever…there is still no guarantee that you will experience what they may have.  Then again…

The Waialua tour is held on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:00 and 9:00 pm.  Cost for those 15 years and older, $55.  No one under 15 is allowed.

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