Why Hawaii? Besides the glorious spectacle of sun, sea, and sand, Hawaii may just be one of the most crucial destinations in the world for the advancement of paranormal knowledge. The Hawaiian Islands are among the most remote places on the planet geographically. They are not only remote in terms of mileage, but also genetic novelty. For a relatively small archipelago, Hawaii has the highest percentage of species that exist nowhere else on Earth. Given such unique status, you’d expect far more differences than similarities. However, when it comes to the expression of cryptozoological and paranormal phenomena, I’ve found just the opposite.
Although Hawaii is the only state where Bigfoot has not been reported, many other familiar wonders reprise their proverbial roles albeit with a whole, new cultural context. Such startling cross-cultural connections may be the key to uncovering the truth behind these extraordinary experiences. I examine just a few of these intriguing connections below. Investigating recurrent similarities across time and space may reveal that there is some reality to even the most curious of encounters.
Dogmen & Kupua
The Bray Road Beast has been spotted for decades in Wisconsin. Dogmen or werewolves have been reported all over the U.S., especially in the Midwest. Accounts of bipedal wolfmen crouching by the roadside eating roadkill is nothing new here as depicted in this illustration sketched from the recollections of the witness by artist, author, and the OG monster researcher, Linda Godfrey. I was shocked when I heard of an identical sighting along a deserted road on Oahu. In Hawaii such shape-shifting spirits are known as kupua, which can come in many plant, animal, and mineral forms including the form of a dogman. The cultural context in this case is the story of a demigod named Kaupe. But that aside, the witness reports from across thousands of miles of ocean, on the other side of the planet, are remarkably similar to those in Wisconsin and many other Midwestern states of the Mainland — a bipedal creature seemingly half human and half canine.
River Deaths & ‘Uhane Kahea
Another parallel that leapt out and grabbed me on my first trip to Hawaii in 2015, involved a far scarier specter called ‘Uhane Kahea or the Calling Spirit. This is no ordinary ghost, but a murderous creature whose sole purpose seems to be luring eligible, young men to their deaths. The phantom appears as a ravishing, wanton young woman who calls the name of the unsuspecting man, drawing him closer with an alluring smile. She leads him on literally and figuratively and he follows blindly, failing to notice a cliff’s edge, surging water, or another equally deadly hidden pitfall. When I heard the story of one such fatal mishap from Zach Royer, I saw it as one possible answer to a perplexing question. What could drive almost 300 young men on the Mainland to drown mysteriously in rivers and other bodies of water miles away from their last known locations? These cases have collectively become known as the work of a shadowy cabal of Smiley Face Killers. But alternative explanations for mysterious drownings abound throughout the histories of different cultures. The Scottish had the deadly water horse known as the Kelpie. The Japanese have the anally obsessed, but fart-repelled Kappa. The Slavic have the soul-stealing Water Man. Closest to home, the Ojibwe tell tales of the pernicious “Water Panther” also known as Mishipeshu, whose villainy can only be curtailed by the protection of the Thunderbird. Yet are any of these water spooks better suited to ensnare a young man than the irresistible Calling Spirit?
Fairies & Menehune
An ancient race of people who built sacred structures and who may still live among us playing mischievous tricks and cursing road construction projects on the sacred land they guard so fiercely. Wait. Where are we Ireland . . . Iceland? Nope. I’m still talking about Hawaii. However, all of these far-flung cultures seem to harbor the same beliefs just as many native people of the Mainland do. These little people are guardians of nature and must be respected. Some may even be our ancestors. Other fae traditions also appear in a new guise. The Wild Hunt of Germanic and Scandinavian lore, for example, features a threatening procession of fairies or the dead that are an eerie echo of the ancestral Hawaiian warriors called the Nightmarchers. Those unlucky enough to cross the path of either are as good as dead. Perhaps these strange similarities between Hawaiian tales and Mainland lore are just due to coincidence or the cultural contamination resulting from colonization. The only way to know is to investigate. It’s worth studying if there’s even a small chance that such close connections between cultures separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles point to consistent attributes of authentic phenomena.
Haunted History of Hawaii Tours
If you’re interested in learning more about the hauntings in Hawaii and seeing these places in person, check out Big Island Ghost Tours!
Zach Royer, Hawaii's paranormal expert & author of the Hawai'i Vortex Field Guide, will guide you on a journey to the Big Island's most energetic power spots & sacred sites, giving you full access to connect with the subtle energies of the land. Spend time exploring the secrets & mysteries of Hawaii!
This adventure is based on his bestselling guidebook Hawaii Vortex Field Guide and is comparable to nothing else on the Big Island! Experience vortex energy & mystery on the world's most isolated island with Royer the Explorer!
Experience Hawaii Island's sacred energy centers & natural wonders! HIKE with certified guides & local researchers to various sites, from the peaks of MAUNA KEA in the north, to the windswept cliffs of SOUTH POINT - both strong ENERGY VORTEXES!
POHOIKI BAY is the most recent center of heightened magnetism on the island due to recent lava flow. A visit to the Big Island's newest BLACK SAND BEACH high in magnetism is a must to detect for NEW VORTEX ENERGIES! Spend the afternoon absorbed in the energies of The Golden Triangle mass of vortexes near KEALAKEKUA BAY!
Learn about the Island's ESOTERIC HISTORY, HEIGHTENED MAGNETISM, LAW OF ATTRACTION, and how the MANIFESTATION ABILITY is INCREASED in Hawaii due to many undiscovered (until now) factors.
INCLUDES: This experience includes two guided 10+ hour days of experiencing Hawaii's energy vortexes, hiking many of the Big Island's most beautiful areas, an intense study into the secrets & mysteries of Hawaii, a ghost tour in Kona and Hilo, a UFO vigil atop Mauna Kea (a known UFO hotspot), a signed color copy of the Hawai'i Vortex Field Guide, safe transportation to and from your location, various park admissions and MUCH MORE!
The Hawai'i Island Vortex Adventure sets off once a week and can accommodate up to six (8) total participants at once unless prior arrangements have been made. This experience includes two guided 10+ hour days of experiencing Hawaii's energy vortexes, hiking many of the Big Island's most beautiful areas, an intense study into the secrets & mysteries of Hawaii, a ghost tour in Kona and Hilo, a UFO vigil atop Mauna Kea (a known UFO hotspot), a signed color copy of the Hawai'i Vortex Field Guide, safe transportation to and from your location, various park admissions and MUCH MORE!
$444.00 PP (Group discounts available)
DISCLAIMER: Guests are advised to be in top physical shape due to the nature of this tour and are responsible for their own meals with stops provided at multiple locations along the way. Hiking boots are recommended. Occasionally, supernatural activity (miraculous healings, strange sightings, etc) is reported at these sites by people, possibly due to a variety of different factors including high levels of earth energies, magnetic/gravity anomalies, spiritual energies or residues, elevation and/or other unknown factors.
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