Hawaiian Scary Ghost Stories III

Cemetery at the base of Diamond Head
Cemetery at the base of Diamond Head

This is my third Hawaiian ghost story hub. Most people call them goose bumps, but in Hawaii, when you feel the presence of a ghost, or you are affected by a spooky story, we call it "chicken skin" . This is the sensation where you feel the hair rising on the back of your neck, your eyes get big, and your heartbeat races. This particular ghost story was told by Cheryl Wilson to Glen Grant, a famous story teller in Hawaii, who died in 2003.

The funeral for my grandmother in the spring of 1950 was a beautiful memorial service held in a church in Kaimuki. My grandmother had lived a full life and left this world attended by her large, grieving family. She and my grandfather had been blessed with many children who bore them numerous grandchildren.

When the Mass was over, the final blessings were given to be followed by the procession out of the church. The six pallbearers were chosen to carry my grandmother to her final resting place. They solemnly gathered around her coffin, slightly bent their knees and genlty lifted the side handles in precise unison. As all six of the men then attempted to rise up and take grand mother on her last journey, the coffin would not move. It seemed as if it were fastened down to the bier with bolts. Quickly glancing at each other in astonishment, they tried again to lift the coffin. Again grandmother's remains would not budge. Realizing now what strange occurrence was taking place, a murmur rose from the mourners in the church.

My grandfather knew instantly what was happening. Although he was a devout Catholic, grandfather was well-steeped in old Hawaiian beliefs concerning the spirits of the dead. When the coffin did not move, it was the Hawaiian understanding that the deceased was not ready to go because the loved ones were not there to say good-bye.

Now grandfather looked among the mourners to see if everyone my grandmother loved was in attendance. Her punahele or favorites were her mo'opuna or grandchildren. All of the grandchildren were at the funeral, grandfather knew, but my two older boy cousins were nowhere to be found. As the first grandchildren, they were especially favored by grandmother.

A quick search was made for the cousins and they were soon discovered outside, playing on the church grounds. The boys were ushered in to pay their respects and to bid a fond aloha to their beloved kupuna.

After the good-byes were said, the pallbearers lifted the coffin without any trouble. The procession followed my grandmother out of the church and then on to Diamond Head where she would eventually be laid to rest.

In her final farewell, my grandmother had taught her mo'opuna her last earthly lesson. The bond of aloha is not severed by death.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you like the Hawaiian ghost stories sfrentz06. I appreciate your positive comments.


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sfrentz06 5 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

I love your ghost stories they are so much fun to read. Keep up the good work on your hubs.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Youngcurves19. Glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your comments.


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Youngcurves19 6 years ago from Hawaii

This is an amazing and beautiful story mahalo for telling it! I did get goose bumps and your ending was very touching and true!

I voted up beautiful and awesome


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am glad that you saw the good in the story - I would hope the same thing happened to my grandchildren if they do not show up at my funeral! Thanks pmccray.

Aloha Lita. I appreciate your comments.


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I don't believe in ghosts, but I do with spirits of the dead still around us because they refuse to cut the ties with the living. Offering them prayers and sending them to their final "home" will eventually give them a quiet repose. Thank you for sharing this.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

This story was more endearing than scary. What love this woman had for her family it was intense and never ending. Voted up, marked awesome, beautiful and shared. Great hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Interesting WoodsmensPost. I used to work as a diener in the morgue, so I guess I got used to those kinds of things. I wrote a hub about my experiences back then.


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WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

Now that was an interesting story. I'll have to read the other ones soon. One of my first jobs was in a cemetery and strange things happen surrounding funerals and burials.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks MartieCoetser. It could be fact or fiction - I am not sure, since the story was told to Glen Grant by a person who says she experienced it.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Gosh, this is spooky! Is it fact or fiction? I love your style.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Pamela. Glad you liked it. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Very nice. I enjoyed this very much.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

So right, dallas93444. Spooky time of year with so many goblins and ghosts going around.

@Eiddwen: You are very welcome. Hope you enjoy the other one too.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for this beautiful story told so naturally.

I haven't read your first one, so I'm going on to read that in a bit.

Take care elayne.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

The time of the year for ghost stories... Thanks for sharing.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Me too LianaK. Glad you enjoyed it.


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LianaK 6 years ago

Awesome story :). Love scary stories around Halloween!!! So much fun. Thanks for the great hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Boo You Micky Dee!

Thanks gorfor!

That is interesting about your brother. I wish I did, but no. Thanks for commenting.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Boo You Micky Dee!

Thanks gorfor!

That is interesting about your brother. I wish I did, but no. Thanks for commenting.


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Aris Budianto 6 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

Great story quite scary, I have a brother who can see ghosts, he had sixth sense, I believe. Do you? thanks Elayne001


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gorfor 6 years ago

Wonderful story


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Boo!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That would be a good ghost story, too Hello, hello. Maybe you can write that one. Thanks.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That was so wonderful. At first I thought she wanted her husband by her side. Thank you and I enjoyed reading this story.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Personally, I have not seen a ghost, but can sometimes feel their presence. Thanks dahoglund for your comments. Perhaps our minds make them up, or not?

That is interesting travel_man1971 - I am very near sighted and have astigmatism so I may be seeing them, but it looks natural to me. I wish I had a third eye.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I believe in the existence of ghostly beings. I often see their apparitions, although it's just a blurry vision. They said that my third eye is open that I often see the manifestations of these beings.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I am dubious of the existence of ghosts but there is something fascinting about ghost stories nevertheless.

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