Residence: Aiea, HI
Date of Performance/Collection: April 12, 2013
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Japanese (spotty)
One of the most widespread ghost stories in Hawaii is the story of the Nightmarchers. The story goes that all around the Islands of Hawaii, ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors still occupy the land. They are most common around sacred places or old battle grounds, but no one really knows why they still march those lands. If you were to ever be in the presence of the nightmarchers, you would hear loud beating drums, and they most often come out right before dawn. You are never supposed to look at the nightmarchers, but instead either look away quickly, or get as far away from them as possible. Because if they catch you looking at them or you interrupt their march, it could be deadly for you or loved ones.
I was also told never to sleep with your feet facing the opening of a tent, or any door really, because ghosts and spirits can come and drag you out from where you are sleeping. So still to this day I try not to sleep with my feet facing any openings, because that is apparently how ghosts take people from their rooms when they’re sleeping.
Tasia knows quite a few Hawaiian legends, but she said that her sister is much more tied to the land than she is. They aren’t native Hawaiians, but living in Hawaii immerses you fairly wholly into Hawaiian culture (regardless of if you are a native). I used to stay at the Royal Hawaiian when I was younger as an annual Thanksgiving vacation, and I remember always hearing that part of the hotel was haunted. I can’t remember who exactly told me, but I just remember being told that there was a part of the hotel where customers claimed they saw and heard soldiers marching through the hotel. I was never informed of the Nightmarcher tale, but now hearing this story I’m assuming the Nightwatchers were the source of the problem.