Haunted Hawaii-Ghosts, Spirits, Night Marchers and more

Did you know that Kona and Keauhou have haunted places and numerous ghostly sightings? Sure, Hawaii is not one of the top ten most haunted places in the US , but since I began living here two years ago, there are so many stories of people seeing ghosts, having strange things happen to them and so on, that I thought I’d share a few for Halloween!

1. The Kona Lagoon was torn down in 2004 after sitting vacant since 1988 when Japanese developers went belly up, but the second story behind the demise of the hotel was that the hotel itself was haunted.  A story from the Honolulu Advertiser called it cursed.  “Surrounded by ancient temples and archaeological sites, it was built on the dwelling place of supernatural twin sisters, ‘aumakua who took the form of lizards, according to Hawaiian legend. Security guards hired to watch the property when the 462-room hotel closed in 1988 were frightened at night, said Joe Castelli, who lives at the neighboring Keauhou Kona Tennis and Racquet Club. “They told me that they would see lights up there and hear Hawaiians singing and talking,” Castelli said. “…But when they got there, they didn’t find anything. So they said they just didn’t go anymore”, the article states.

Thousands were killed at the human sacrificial heiaus on that property during the time when Hawaiian villages thrived in the Keauhou area and to this day, nothing has been built there. A Hawaiian friend of mine whose mother worked at the Kona Lagoon said that most of the employees left because of the hauntings. She herself had trays flung up at her by angry spirits. My friend who is very attuned to the spirits said the hotel structure blocked them and they could not be released. When the hotel was torn down and the site was blessed, the energy forces of the spirits seemed to have calmed down. The heiau bases have been rebuilt, but the site remains fenced off and blocked from the public with no clear plans to use the land for commercial property.

2. Pele sightings-My husband has seen the ghost of a girl in our home a few times and just last month, during a slumber party for my daughter, two of the party guests saw a young girl out on the lanai. They thought it was one of their friends and when they both went to the screen door and called her name, she vanished. Some people on the island think that if you see a young girl, especially if she is wearing white, it is the spirit of Pele, the goddess of the volcano. People say they have seen a lone woman standing on Saddle Road and she asks for a ride. Friends say if you see this, ALWAYS pick her up.

3. A friend of mine who works at the Kona Sheraton (formally the Keauhou Bay Resort and before that the Kona Surf) say there are two little girls that play in the hallway of the hotel where the guest rooms are located.  The guests call security to tell them to stop. The security guard has been getting that phone call for years and knows that there is nothing he can do, as the girls are just ghosts. The staff also say there is a ghost that stands at the cliff in front of the hotel from time to time and he just disappears when you look away and then back again.

I did a little research and found a post about the haunting of the Kona Surf: “To locals, it’s obvious: the Kona Surf was built on an ancient battleground, and the ghosts are dead warriors. Bones and dirt are crucial, especially here on Hawaii, the first settled island which was home to warring kings. After battles, the dead were interred in unmarked burial caves. Construction crews frequently come upon human bones, and are required by law to stop work and call in archeologists and Burial Council officials to inspect the remains. A priest may come in to give a blessing. Apparently, this didn’t happen with the Kona Surf.

Personally-I was standing near the side of the hotel near the ancient remains of a village near the chapel and felt overcome with some strange force after I was “talking to the spirits”-just saying Aloha and such and almost passed out. I ran off the property and felt better. A spiritual friend warned me about inviting spirits in and not having the training to surround myself with a white light of protection. Again, this was over a year ago and I did not know what to think of this. Now I absolutely believe it.

4. Another spiritual friend of mine, Carol, was walking behind me at the bay next to Keauhou Bay within a few hundred feet of where a village once stood. As we were going across the rocks, she was walking behind me and she let out a cry. I turned around and she was down on the ground. Being 70 years old, I thought she may have tripped and she said that she was PUSHED down. I thought she was nuts, as this was before I heard about the spirits of the ancient Hawaiians. She said that she had felt an energy come up from behind her and then shove her down. We got out of there very quickly!

5. When I ask people who have lived on this island for years, invariably they have a story about seeing a spirit, getting “pressed”, where the spirit pushes on your chest and you feel like you can not breathe or have seen dark shapes along the roads at night. I ask them why no one from the mainland really knows about this aspect of the island and they say they just don’t focus on it. However, after looking up “haunted Hawaii” on Google, I see that my stories are not alone on the web! This was news to me that the  King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located near downtown Kona had a nice little write up about it being haunted, as well. “Footsteps. Apparitions. Hauntings. Ancient Polynesian warriors. The pissed off bones of the Hawaiian King himself, buried at an undisclosed location someplace beneath the hotel, that only his ancestors know about. A portrait of Queen Lilliuokalani, that glares at you and breathes. It turns out this place is indeed haunted by more than just Hawaiian royalty, but by dozens of angry, restless spirits. You can even see them during daylight hours — their hair-raising reviews on Tripadvisorwill surely have you heading for the rolling green hills of The Big Island — or flinging yourself into the nearest live volcano.”


My husband believes that our island, due to the vibration of the volcano, which is made of lava, which is silica based, is resonating at a higher frequency which puts us closer to the 4th dimension. This allows those living in the other world to be closer to those living in this world. Or is that that the Hawaiians so truly believed that their spirits were locked in their bones that the desecration of their bones by unthinking construction workers through the years has unleashed their unholy fury upon the land? Who knows, but the unearthing of bones and the wrath from the ancients still is causing problems in Oahu, as well. Check out this story:

Interstate H-1 Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s busiest freeway is the famous east to west Interstate H-1, and it is also the most haunted route on the island. The ghostly tale begins in 1953 when troubled workers dug through the mountain on a daily basis while apparitions of Hawaiian warriors did their best to frighten the road crew away. The men were continuously taunted by the spirits with angry appearances from the miffed apparitions who refused to be up heaved from their burial grounds deep within the mountain. Scared workers walked off the job without question which made the excavation turn into a seven year long event.

New crews were hired to continue with the project that was quickly becoming known as one of the most haunted in the area. Endless piles of ancient human bones were found from the non-stop digging. These bones were considered sacred, thus making digging a problematic issue for the worried crew. The warrior spirits were highly agitated by the presence of the workers, and the crew started to rebel by refusing to dig any further. Eventually the highway was completed in 1960. A friend of mine just told me a few days ago that equipment moves around the site of the H-1 and a tractor was moved  two miles from the site with no apparent tracks during the night.

When you come to Hawaii-come in respect for the land and the culture that resides here. And if you stay in Keauhou, notice if your dreams don’t seem a little more vivid..there IS an energy here. Happy Halloween!


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31 Responses to Haunted Hawaii-Ghosts, Spirits, Night Marchers and more

  1. Janelle hawkins October 31, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    I lived on Hawaii in the 80’s. When the Mauna Lani Hotel was built (i was working there at the time) the owners of the hotel ignored Hawaiian beliefs that a corner of it was built over a sacred trail to the sea. At the time of the blessing, every Kahuna refused to bless that particular corner. When the hotel opened, almost every guest using that room would report very strange happenings and would demand to be placed in another room. I lived in Kalauoa and had several encounters with Night Walkers in my house until i rearranged my furniture to appease them. And, lastly, i had a definite encounter with Madame Pele while walking my dogs on the upper road. She took the form of a white peacock and I had the strangest feeling that I have ever had. She literally stared at me with very eerie eyes. Yes, I believe!

  2. jim April 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Does anyone recall anything about the haunted wing of the Intercontinental Hotel in Wailea in the 70’s? jim

  3. Billy October 24, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    I used to live at the Surf and Racquet Club. I also worked at the Kona Surf and Keauhou Beach Hotel. I have plenty of stories!

  4. Marlene Affeld November 8, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Enjoyed your article. I too believe in the nightwalkers. After living for several years near Volcano on the Big Island I have “talked story” and heard too many local stories. I have also seen unexplained lights in the night, deep in the forests where it would be impossible to walk at night. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Don March 13, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    Yeah I had an encounter up close with the night marchers near Aneahoomalu. I posted a story on weird hawaii. com. Entitled “it knew my name ” do a search and it will pop up.
    I also believe that the live volcano is somehow connected to the activity on the big island…. I don’t know how I know….I just do.

    • Trenayce June 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      I was in Hawaii for two weeks this year, for a spiritual retreat. We stayed at the Kona Tennis and Racquet Club. This is directly next door to the “Kings Temples”, of which the beach resort is now closed and has been “given” to the Hawaiian Schools. On the first night at the resort, I was awakened with a very loud ceremonial rattle and my bed was shaking fiercely. I was the only one that experienced this, out of all of us in the group. I was already aware of the stories of haunted Hawaii, but I did not expect to be greeted with such a live experience. My two weeks were filled with nightly shakings and loud rattle sounds, as well as what sounded like two big rocks being hit together before the rattle would sound. I’ve had many experiences with ghosts, so I was more annoyed by this than anything, my the 4th or 5th night, because I was getting no sleep. Soon my roommates became aware of the nightly shakings, but no one experienced the exact same things. Which was weird to me, but we all were having our own experiences. It wasn’t long before we began to see unidentified flying objects. They were very bold and came very low to the ground, to the point where they looked like street lights, if they weren’t so massive in size. Well, we went to swim with the dolphins and got so much more! I finally went over to the King’s Temples and offered flowers and a prayer of thanks and gratitude for the beauty of the island. I acknowledged their presence and asked them to stop shaking my bed at night. That was the most peaceful night I had since I’d arrived. I experienced a past life on the island and that was very disturbing, as it was very horrific the way so many of us had been slaughtered. I prayed for the spirits that were still trapped, and in some way I believe my presence helped shift the low vibration of the island. I send nothing but love and light to Hawaii, it needs a lot of that energy. Every one of these stories could have happened, very easily. It also sits on a part of the earth that is considered a Vile Vortex, the Big Island. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/antigravityworldgrid/ciencia_antigravityworldgrid.htm
      You can read more about that at the above link. There is so much about our world that we don’t know about. Thanks for sharing!!! Aloha<3

      • Julie Ziemelis October 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

        Thank you Don for sharing that story!! I have heard stories of people hearing “tribal” noises on that property next to the Surf and Racquet (where they also built over heiau) Personally, I have felt eerie walking near the property and learned through feeling what Kapu meant! Sounds like you are an intuitive and can see the things they want to show you more clearly. Again, thanks for the retelling!

  6. Elisa September 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    My husband and I stayed at the Sheraton Kona resort room 1408. On the last night I had a dream of a black shadow hovering over me. I screamed and my husband woke up and starting flying his arms above me. I told him what a terrible dream. The next morning I asked him why he didn’t hug me why did you fling your arms all over the place. He told me I wasn’t dreaming. I woke him up and he saw a black shadow over me. When he looked again she turned her head and looked at him then disappeared. She was an older lady with white hair. She was wearing a yellow dated muumuu.

    • Julie Ziemelis September 5, 2014 at 12:26 am #

      WOW! Now that is freaky, Elisa! Thanks for sharing that ghost story!

    • Julie Ziemelis October 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

      This still gives me chicken skin. Whew.

  7. Denisa October 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I live up in Kuakini Makai, and I see subtle shadows and movements daily 🙂 I always think it’s a gecko or a ferret, but in focus nothing… I did not know about this aspect, but it makes sense. We are moving to Keahou on the 31st, may we exchange kindness to each other (bow).

  8. Denisa October 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I live up in Kuakini Makai, and I see subtle shadows and movements daily 🙂 I always think it’s a gecko or a ferret, but in focus nothing… I did not know about this aspect, but it makes sense. We are moving to Keahou on the 31st, may we exchange kindness to each other (bow).

  9. Lenore October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for sharing! Being a newbie to the island, I wondered what stories were going to come up for Halloween!

    Thank you for this great article!

    • Julie Z March 6, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks for reading Lenore!

  10. Lenore October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for sharing! Being a newbie to the island, I wondered what stories were going to come up for Halloween!

    Thank you for this great article!

    • Julie Z March 6, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks for reading Lenore!

    • eal July 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the stories I actually just moved her myslef not to long ago and I was doing research on stories and other stuff also I live on maui but all my friends andd even my siblings and I too say that every single elementary school is haunted on the island.

    • Julie Ziemelis July 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Aloha Lenore-sorry for the lag on responding! I will be sharing some spirit stories in my new book on How To Move to Kona successfully!

  11. Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Cindy-I did not mention that my son actually saw his Lego’s spinning around on the rug by themselves when he was playing and our TV turned itself on while we were standing in another room..yep..I keep a BIG open mind around here and just bless them and keep going.

  12. Deb October 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Awesome, info…do you do walks?

    • Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Deb-I can show you the most haunted area near the Sheraton, and where I was overcome by the spirits. I was going to say, I can tell you how I called them, but them my spiritual friends would say that is just dangerous..possession is probably NOT a fun feeling..;-)

      • robin shepherd August 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

        most Sheraton in other islands are haunted,too!! I wonder why?

        • Julie Ziemelis August 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

          I did not know that, Robin! The employees at the Kona Sheraton talk about the ghost girl that is in the kitchen area and a large Hawaiian man who can be seen wandering the property.

  13. Deb October 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Awesome, info…do you do walks?

    • Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Deb-I can show you the most haunted area near the Sheraton, and where I was overcome by the spirits. I was going to say, I can tell you how I called them, but them my spiritual friends would say that is just dangerous..possession is probably NOT a fun feeling..;-)

  14. Cindy Rice Meenahan October 26, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Wow, Julie!! I don’t know what else to say. You and your family’s personal encounters are firsthand–no story embellishments. That’s amazing. When I go to Hawaii the next time, I’m definitely going to check out these places!

    • Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Cindy-I did not mention that my son actually saw his Lego’s spinning around on the rug by themselves when he was playing and our TV turned itself on while we were standing in another room..yep..I keep a BIG open mind around here and just bless them and keep going.

  15. Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Thanks Nancy for your comments! If my mainland friends see all of my Kona friends saying, “It’s true!” it may be easier to let them know there is definitely something here.

  16. Julie Z October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Thanks Nancy for your comments! If my mainland friends see all of my Kona friends saying, “It’s true!” it may be easier to let them know there is definitely something here.

  17. Nancy S October 26, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Great Story Julie! Yes, I have heard many of these same tales, I have felt the energies and seen the images. It is part of the amazement of Kona! Love it! And the Spirits Love me. Aloha, Nancy

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