Ghost Tour Meeting Location: 447 S. King Street
Tour Duration: 60-100 minutes across 1 – 1.5 miles, includes 8-12 stops
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Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!
Tours are available daily year-around from the afternoon to late at night. Some are offered throughout the day based on season.
Walk the palm-lined streets named after the ghosts that haunt them as Honolulu Haunts takes you through the historic downtown district of Hawaii. Hear the gripping stories of the past, as well as the confirmed local legends, eyewitness accounts of ghost sightings, and unexplained supernatural activity, all while being steeped in the culture and events that created Hawaii as we know it today.
Hawaii is an island chain with a violent past. Formed from deadly lava that rose explosively from the seas, cooled and welcome lush, verdant life and eventually migrant peoples from across the Pacific. Hawaii’s human history is filled with restless spirits. The constant tribal warfare, ancient ritual and human sacrifices mean that Honolulu is no stranger to the passions of people who struggle for power, and constant changes in rulers is the hallmark of the island’s history.
The culture clash of modern and ancient Hawaii has caused eruptions of pain and passion, which have left their marks on Honolulu’s buildings and streets. This also means the ghosts here are different, with different cultural traditions, different systems of belief. The same causes of hauntings remain universal, unfinished business, and extreme pain and anguish, but here they leave a supernatural legacy that is as unique as the lush vegetation.
The ghosts of Honolulu have a gathering place, one special intersection, built on an ancient crossroads where, under special circumstances, the spirits of the dead wander down the street. Are you hearing drums? Those could be the night marchers, dead guardians of high chiefs and priestesses, their torches and conch shells also announce their coming, and a curse falls on anyone who looks them in the eye. They are sometimes seen, like a trail of glowing fire ants, far off in the lush hills out to the East of Honolulu, above Pearl Harbor.
Most people know Hawaii for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a surprise attack that resulted in the tragic deaths of 2,403 Americans and sent shockwaves through the nation. This attack was the spark of aggression that ignited America’s involvement in World War Two. Hawaii was a key strategic location in the Pacific theatre of war, because of its special location.
Hawaii’s chain of eight islands is the most isolated place in the world. Sitting 2,390 miles from the US and 4,000 miles from Japan, Hawaii is surrounded by deep blue ocean waters that, for years, protected these islands from most of the changes that infected the rest of the world. That was until Captain James Cook arrived in 1778 and tried to name the islands he chanced upon, the Sandwich Islands, after the Earl of Sandwich, who had sponsored his voyage. We are all glad that it didn’t stick!
Cook and those who came after him, brought foreign disease, change and the modern world. Traces of Hawaii’s unique past remain visible though, including the ghosts of many who died before their time and are tied to the lands here. From unmarked graves to human sacrifice, executions, and deadly disease, Hawaii has a past much darker than the Aloha spirit suggests. Many of the ghosts that roam the sacred grounds near the palace look to protect their land and watch over their people. Some are merely looking for their final resting place.
Ancient Hawaii was divided into multiple classes, warring chiefdoms competed for limited resources. Frequent wars over influence, territory and resources caused near-constant conflicts, deaths and ritual burials. In 1795 King Kamehameha, of the island of Hawai’i united the separate islands of Hawai’i, O’ahu, and Maui, Moloka’i, and Lana’i into one kingdom following 15 years of bloody battles. He was helped by modern guns traded with the British from their base in Vancouver. All of the islands became wholly united in 1810 when Kaua’i and Ni’ihau joined the kingdom voluntarily to avoid further bloodshed.
This unification began the transformation of Hawaiian class systems and society. It would eventually lead to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy 80 years later. There are many ghosts from these bloody battles, the ancient Chiefs and Chiefesses, and the royal bloodline that roam Hawaii today. The ancient Hawaii culture suffered under early American rule and saw increased racism against the native and immigrant populations. These tensions created yet more ghosts that roam the streets today.
The Native Hawaiians of the past are not the only ghosts seen in the historic district of Honolulu. After the United States gently overthrew the Hawaii monarchy, but long before the wide paved streets and smooth sidewalks of today, there were settler burial grounds and unmarked graves. There was also a vicious outbreak of Bubonic Plague in the 1900s that resulted in the intentional burning of sections of Chinatown. There were judicially ordered hangings and unsolved mysteries that still haunt the spooky courthouse.
With changing class systems and culture, many local people could not afford private burials and graves. As such, there were shared burial plots and headstones with no names. Once disturbed, the spirits remained restless.
When contractors were digging the foundations of a new multipurpose room for the Kawaiaha’o Church, they unearthed over 600 unmarked remains. It was discovered that the church’s whole border was ringed in unmarked graves. These disturbed graves explain the many reports of ghostly activity in the churchyard. One includes sightings of the high priestess Hao. Her ghostly vision comes yearly to bathe in an ancient spring on the site of the church. The church is also where a beast with glowing red eyes was seen by two security guards, hear their bizarre tale on your tour with Honolulu Haunts.
Many believe the islands of Hawaii were created in a battle between Pele, goddess of fire, and her older sister, Namaka, goddess of the sea. Is it any wonder that an island chain created in battle holds many legends and beings that defy mainland expectations? From Mo’ o water guardians to industrious mythological dwarf people, the Menehune, Hawaii is filled with supernatural creatures that go beyond the narrow vision of western beliefs. There are gods and goddesses of the land here in Hawaii and legends of flora and fauna, beasts that protect, and terrify. Knowing is half the battle. Knowing where to go, where to avoid, and how to escape seeing these creatures unscathed is part of Hawaii’s everyday life.
Book your tour today to take a guided your through the dark forests of Hawaii’s history, go into the stories behind the ghosts of Hawaii; see for yourself the haunted places steeped in history. Join the tour today to see historic Honolulu in all its ghostly glory.
Our tour is for skeptics and believers alike! While it can’t be guaranteed you’ll witness something you can’t quite explain, you will get plenty of thrills and chills on your tour. Many of the stops on our tour are spooky in broad daylight, but on cloudless nights they become even more disturbing. Add in your expert local guide’s narration of the murder, sickness, revolutions, and other violent acts, and you’ve got a potent mix guaranteed to give you an experience you will never forget. The stories of hauntings we tell at each stop on your tour are based on eyewitness accounts and long-lived local legends, and many of the sites boast decades of reported paranormal activity. We encourage you to take photos throughout your tour and to report any anomalies you witness!
Whether you’re a lifelong resident of the island or just in town to enjoy the islands’ beauty, everyone can discover more about Honolulu’s past! Do you know the history behind America’s only royal palace? Or how the culture of Hawaii has changed in the last 150 years? Honolulu Haunts combines real, historical stories about the city with local sightings and legends to bring you a tour that’s as fun as it is educational. Kids, teens, and adults alike will enjoy becoming more familiar with Honolulu’s detailed history—and its resident ghosts!
You’ve seen Waikiki Beach, stared at green sea turtles from a distance, and maybe you’ve even ridden around on a glass-bottom boat. Just when you think you’ve seen all the interesting things Oahu has to offer, think again! Our tours are a perfect change of pace from the more conventional attractions. You’ll leave your tour with a host of scary stories to thrill your friends back home as well as a better familiarity with some of Honolulu’s most prominent buildings and historical figures.
Maybe you want a fun follow-up to a day of hopping around Oahu’s many beaches and mountains, or perhaps you’re looking to impress a date with something unusual. That’s where we come in! Our tours are scheduled at night to fit everyone’s schedule, even on weekdays, and our tours last around an hour and a half—the perfect way to wrap up a date, a night on the town, or a long day of sight-seeing.
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Honolulu Haunts offers customizable group tours to those looking for the perfect way to spend time with family and friends! Our team of informative guides can help you plan the perfect group tour. We can even work with you to tailor your tour according to your specific interests and needs. Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll work with you to help make it happen! Check out our Group Tours page for more information. [link to group tours page)
Have you tried other guided tours of Oahu and Honolulu before and found yourself trudging behind an unenthusiastic guide who mumbled a few facts and dates before herding his flock to the next stop? Fear not! Honolulu Haunts is anything but a conventional tour. Our guides are fun, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and committed to making sure you have the best tour possible. We want you to ask questions, get involved, and enjoy your tour! And, unlike a conventional tour, our tours are designed with entertainment in mind. The stories we tell on our tours are based on research and historical data, but we don’t let that stop us from having fun! We have carefully crafted our narratives to blend entertainment with factual data and evidence of the paranormal, bringing you the best of the best. We also visit unique locations throughout the historic district of Honolulu that other tours ignore, making this tour stand out from the crowd.
What better way to build team unity than to take your employees out for a group ghost tour? Honolulu Haunts has a little of something for everyone—scary stories for the thrill-seekers, research-based history for the scholars, and fun for everyone! Check out our Group Tours page for information on how to start putting together the best company outing your employees have ever attended! [link to group tours page)
Hawaii has some ono food, but maybe you’ve had enough mac salad and kalua pig for one trip! If you want to take a break from zipping from local brewpub to local lunch joint, then try a ghost tour instead! Or perhaps you’ve over-indulged on Leonard’s ono malasadas and are looking for a way to walk it off. Honolulu Haunts is a fun way to burn those calories while enjoying the city’s tropical weather and beautiful historic buildings.
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