For generations, spooky stories about creepy public bathrooms or hitchhiking spirits have been swapped around hibachis and water coolers. Some are rooted in Hawaiian history; others are urban legends. And still others are so deeply personal, it’s almost impossible to dismiss them.
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Old Waialae Drive-In Theater on Waialae Avenue
This outdoor theater, which closed in the 1980s, was next to an old graveyard. For years there were stories about a faceless woman who haunted the women’s bathroom, pounding on stall doors or appearing in the mirror. According to some accounts, the figure didn’t have feet, either.
The banyan tree at the start of Manoa Falls Trail
Banyan trees are said to hold lost spirits. But the one at the trailhead of Manoa Falls isn’t a peaceful holding area for these roaming souls. According to “Uncle Joe” Espinda, a tour guide on Oahu Ghost Tours, this tree is in the path of the night marchers, ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. On some nights, he says, you can hear the faint sound of drumming.
Pacific Isle Mortgage, 379 Kamehameha Highway Suite B, in Pearl City
Workers in this two-story building reported strange, unexplained activity. One woman felt someone playing with her hair. Another heard children laughing and running through the hallways.
Wahiawa Elementary School, 1402 Glen Ave.
For several decades, sightings of a Green Lady, a scaly female creature, has been seen in the wooded area next to the school.
Atlas Insurance Building, 1150 S. King St.
Residents who lived on this property prior to the building’s construction say a tormented spirit haunted the area. Patrons of Karaoke Room 2, which moved out of the building a few years ago, reported feelings of uneasiness in the women’s restroom. Some claimed they’ve seen a ghost appear in the bathroom mirror.